Thanksgiving feast

Happy Thanksgiving blog and to all my American blogger friends! In honour of Thanksgiving I decided to make our own little Thanksgiving dinner here in New Zealand. I've never had a Thanksgiving dinner before (exciting!) and also becuase I thought it seemed like a good time to feel thankful, especially in light of our Pike River mine tragedy:(

Our main course was roasted chicken with cranberry sauce, roasted potatoes, green beans, apple and walnut stuffing and sweet potatoes (made in true American style with marshmallows on top!) 

Dessert was my first ever Pumpkin Pie!

I was really pleased with how it turned out! I think the best part of making it (aside from getting to eat it when I was done) is the delicious aroma that fills your house while its cooking. It smells like a combination of Christmas,Autumn and a doughnut, weird I know. But it smells great! very spicy and sweet.

My secret was this stuff:

"Libbys 100% pure pumpkin" yes, its pumpkin in a can. Apparently this is the traditional American way to make your pie. My awesome friend in Auckland, Amanda. Sent me some from New Zealand's only American food store. How cool is she? 

I'm guessing the secret here is its texture, because there's no way I could have got my roasted pumpkin to as smoother consistency.

mmmm delicious pumpkiny goodness!

I used the "Joyofbaking" recipe posted on my blog here. They suggest serving it with maple cream which I happily did and it was a triumph! Such a great flavour to match the spicy pumpkin. All you do is whip up your cream and mix in a drizzle of your favourite maple syrup at the end. Yum!

Pumpkin Pie verdict? Sensational!