American Girl, Heather, has asked for suggestions on where to find a Christmas tree….
Hi ladies. Wow! It’s been an exciting day- royal wedding bonanza. Which means I can now say that I am officially one degree of separation away from the future Queen Katherine (as she now likes to be called) via my hair stylist. Hint hint, see earlier posts!
OK, so Thanksgiving is almost here, and lets face it, living in a country that doesn’t honor Turkey Day as a holiday always proves to be a tad difficult if you are trying to prepare that meal and entertain. So here are my suggestions after doing it five times.
Baker and Spice: They are your new best friends for ordering your Thanksgiving meal- prepared, cooked, and delicious, especially if you have an oven that can’t fit a turkey… Baker and Spice do everything from the hors d’oeuvres to the stuffing, and yum yum yummy pies.
Partridges: Great for buying all of your ingredients (they have REAL whip-cream for your desserts in the American section), and pre-ordering turkeys (cooked and uncooked) and pies (pumpkin and pecan are available for pre-order.) What else? They also stock Stove Top stuffing, Ocean-Spray cranberry sauce, and Aunt Jemima Corn Bread Mix.
Eating Out: Apparently The Phene Pub in Chelsea will be providing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu on the 25th, so if you’re desperate there’s always that option. One year we dined at The Ritz, which was nice, but a tad silly due to the fact that they didn’t present us with the Thanksgiving menu, but did to British family next to us. Here are some other recs for dining out.
This year I am off the hook! Our neighbors have invited us over on the Saturday evening and my contribution is pies from Baker and Spice and our nanny to play with all of the children.
A fellow AG brought these over last Thanksgiving, and I am dying to make them again this year….
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (Available at Waitrose, Whole Foods, and Partridges).
Preheat oven to 200 C and line muffin tray
1. In an electric mixer bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and water until combined
2. Sift into this mixture the flour and spices
3. Mix until moistened
4. Stir in pumpkin
5. Spoon batter into muffin tray
6. Bake at 200 C until wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (15-17 minutes for large muffins; 10-14 minutes for smaller muffins)
This recipe usually makes about 2 dozen muffins.