Marc and I are blessed with lots of family and friends in the Bay Area. So…for Thanksgiving we had many invitations, and made the rounds, visiting both sides of our families, and good friends. Since we knew we’d be having two holiday meals yesterday, we made a few dishes to bring along. Marc made our citrus cranberry sauce with pineapple, and we took half to each place.
We attempted (rather unsuccessfully) a sweet potato pie from a recipe I’ve been wanting to make for years. With walnuts, coconut flakes and maple syrup in the crust, and coconut cream in the filling, I just thought it HAD to be good. Well, the recipe didn’t call for salt. Big mistake. I salted the crust a little, but it all needed just a bit more. Plus, the walnuts were bitter, and therefore very unpleasant.
We added a teaspoon each of rum and vanilla (Marc’s idea), but used egg replacer, so there was a strange granular texture and was so far off, that the flavors really couldn’t stand up. We added probably a third more sweetening than the recipe called for, but it still wasn’t sweet enough. I know produce can really vary, and maybe the yams just weren’t sweet enough to begin with…but it tasted good before the egg replacer went in, then it went all chalky, and wasn’t saved by baking.
Bright orange and creamy looking, the photo belies the chalky bitter reality.
Oh well. We can’t be fabulous all the time…gotta let other people have their moment too. Maybe we’ll play with the recipe a bit. If we get it right, I’ll post it. Heck, at least I can take solace in the fact that the sweet potatoes were local. So were our green beans, and the walnut bread, onions, herbs and delicata squash in the stuffed squash I made.
Now that…that was a dish to be proud of. Walnut bread was just the right amount of breadyness and walnuttyness (thankfully not bitter) for the squash. The fresh parsley, sage…and thyme (missing the rosemary) were so lively with the veggies. Everyone who contributed to the holiday meals we at yesterday, did a stellar job. Yum! All in all, Marc and I had a Thanksgiving to be thankful for, filled with laughter, family, good friends, 5 households, 7 pies, at least a dozen traditional dishes, 1 exuberant pit bull puppy and two blond beaming children.
The light was so low, it’s not a great picture. But this was the beautiful, simply set table at our friends’ home…complete with napkin rings she wove and beaded, autumn leaf candle holders I gave her for her birthday, and fresh hallah bread she worked on all day.