Thanksgiving 2014 - A Delicious Recap


The Holiday season is officially upon us. As the manic 'shopping' season get underway, I just got over clearing out all the dishes from my food coma inducing Thanksgiving feast.
Thanksgiving must be the most festive non-denominational holiday in the US, irrespective of religion, social status, geographic location, Everyone gathers around as a family to celebrate and eat. and eat, and then fill up on dessert and coffee!
 For me, Its an opportunity to shift to high gear and get cracking on experimenting with the flavors of Fall ingredients - Pumpkins, cranberries, apples.

This year, I volunteered to test a 10 cup stack n'snap food processor from Hamilton Beach and I received a package last Monday. While my kids had a little spat over what the packaging carton would be converted into, (a cloning machine vs. a car), I took the opportunity to explore the new gadget.. 


My first food processor was a Hamilton Beach which was a perfect workhorse until a little piece of the jar snapped off. Turns out that piece was crucial in completing the safety circuit so the gadget would not work without it.

One of the first things that I noticed about the new machine was that there was no sliding  or any king of shearing action required  to lock the jar onto the part housing the motor. the jar slides down on the motor and the spindle on which the blade is fitted is airtight (other brands have a doughnut hole shaped design which can leak). The machine is simple and uncomplicated, One disc that is used for both shredding and slicing, and a large S blade that handles all crushing and pureeing jobs with ease. The best part ? the blade stays put & doesn't drop out when pouring the food out.

I ran the machine for almost every dish I made for thanksgiving and it executed the tasks smoothly. You know, the way it amazes you that you take the entire process for granted without going through the anxiety that comes with trying something for the first time. I definitely look forward to have this appliance by my side for my culinary adventures.
The Stack n' Snap food processor retails at $59.99 at retailers in the US of A and from the Hamilton Beach's site.

My thanksgiving table this year had more dishes than I have photographs for. That's what happens when mother Nature decides to literally 'rain on the parade'. Ambient natural light is practically non existent for taking good photographs, not to mention that the sun bids adieu by 5:00 pm. other than the sweet potato salad and the roasted brussels sprouts, the new food processor was indispensable in making them,

The dishes:

Cranberry Orange Zest Rasam (A clear soup for my 5 year old daughter)

A Roasted Pumpkin Biryani spiced with Vadouvan, a French spice blend that traces its origin to the Southern Indian state of Pondicherry.


Diced and baked sweet potatoes tossed into a salad with pomegranates, Vidalia onions and Pomegranates, a hint of jalapenos and a drizzle of lime.


Brussels Sprouts, roasted to perfection after being marinaded briefly with Annaparabrahma's Malvani Masala.


and not one but two pies, an egg-less, chai spiced pumpkin pie baked with a gingersnap crust, topped with home made spun sugar 'sculptures'.


And lastly, an Apple Pecan tart spiced with ginger, cinnamon & cloves.



It makes no sense to cram five recipes into one blog post, so I plan to share those in the next five post.

Bon Appetit!

Comments

  1. I am not very fond of pomegranates and pumpkin but the dish seems to be yummy so its better I try once cooking the same...Once I am done I will surely share the feedback with you.

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