Sausage rolls aren’t popular in the United States. In fact let me re-phrase that, “sausage rolls aren’t available in the United States”, well most of the United States anyway :). You might find them in some British pubs or restaurants, but for the most part, I don’t believe they are favored here. The British have claimed sausage rolls as their own, even though the concept of ground meat wrapped around puff pastry is common in every cuisine…. think samosas in India, empanadas in Spain, pierogis in Poland and the list goes on.
The great American Bake-Off has begun. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and everywhere in the United States, families are preparing their menus, ordering turkeys, baking pies and more pies. Ovens are being tested, treats are baked, families and friends get together all giving praise and thanks for what we have and are able to share with those less fortunate. It is purported to be the most traveled day in the United States. Boats, planes, trains and buses are in operation to get loved ones where they need to be, whether just an hour away or from coast to coast. This four day holiday is an adopted holiday for me, but one that I embrace wholeheartedly. I did not grow up celebrating Thanksgiving, but I love this beautiful holiday that represents, warmth, love, friendship and sharing.
I’ve been blogging for just over a year and a half now and in that time, I’ve come to appreciate fellow bloggers from near and far. You could be following someone’s blog in Turkey, Spain or Argentina, but also blogs from folks who live on the same continent as yourself. There are just so many facets that make up the blogging world, but one that I’m most passionate about is continuing to learn about the various cuisines around the world and forging friendships via a common medium. I’ve come across so many amazing blogs (mine pales in comparison), it definitely is a learning curve when all is said and done. There are a few favorite Indian bloggers that I follow, and I’ve got to say, whenever a dish strikes my fancy, I bookmark it and try it out. Today, I’m featuring Indian vegetarian cuisine.
Some of you who are regular readers to my blog, will know that we usually go to an Annual Chili Cook-off in the Fall. Our friends very kindly delayed it for me this year since I was visiting family across the pond. There’s a lot of thought that goes into this annual tradition, the invitations, the prizes, the sides, the guest list, etc.etc. Our hosts have it all designed down to the last detail. We were blessed with wonderful weather again, albeit a chill in the November air. The outdoor fireplace provided the warmth and the screened in porch served as the dining area. This year there were 8 entries, the judges were sent to an inner room to make their selections, the burners kept everything warm, and the party was yet another huge success! The wining entry was “Hawaiin Heat” which I hear was real hot and spicy. The People’s Choice Award was “Apple in a Pig’s Mouth”. There were home-made cheese and chive buns, bubbling hot macaroni and cheese and a table full of toppings for the various chilis.
We’re just a few weeks away from Thanksgiving, a holiday I absolutely love. In fact I probably have more of a fondness and appreciation for this holiday over Christmas since it is not as commercialized. The First Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World. Today Thanksgiving evokes images of football, family reunions, Thanksgiving parades, roasted turkey with stuffing, pumpkin pie and giving thanks. For most Americans it is a 4 day weekend, Thanksgiving being celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November. It is a holiday I look forward to as it involves togetherness, food, warmth and sharing.
Fall is the second most favorite season for me, Spring being my first. Every Fall, nature showcases a brilliant display of colors and leaf-peeping trips are planned all over to take in a glimpse of nature’s splendor. There are many factors that can impact the leaves, such as a sudden drop in temperature or a violent storm that blows the leaves off the trees before they have a chance to fall. The Northeast United States probably has the most splendid display of colors. Reds, yellows, and orange hues seem to fire up the sky, in places it almost seems like the sky is ablaze and indescribably beautiful. The cooler, crisp nights bring better results.
Summer is done and dusted, Fall is on its way out the door and the dreaded winter months lurk around the corner. I’m not a winter weather person at all, I grew up in warmer climes, I did not experience snow nor frigid temperatures till I was in my mid-twenties. As a result, I do not really look forward to winter at all. Heck I tried skiing and skating, but felt clumsy and awkward trying to master it at a later stage in life. Like learning another language, it is good to start at a younger age. As I age, my bones feel creaky, I moan and whine, I complain about the cold, I long for island vacations, or a get-away in the colder months.