Would love the recipie for the apple gingerbread upside down cake? But its not a request for now.
The tables look great and the baking is well awesome.
Easy way (not ggmother's recipe) is to get a gingerbread mix and spice it up with more ginger + allspice, cloves, cinnamon. I use 1/2 tsp ginger, scant 1/2 tsp. allspice, 1/4 tsp. cloves, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon. That suits me, but adjust to your own taste. This makes it markedly spicier than the mix but not overwhelming. Stir spices into dry mix, before adding egg and water.
Then in square 8x8x2 inch buttered pan, lay down a pattern of apple slices. Use a crisp, tart-sweet apple (I like Braeburn, Gala, Fuji, better than Granny Smith for this.) Put some cinnamon and sugar on the apple slices. Then make the gingerbread batter, and pour it gently over the apple slices (if they turn up, you'll have embedded slices, not flat ones on a surface.
Bake according to package directions. I usually cut the slices (after it's cooled) and flip them apple-side-up one piece at a time. Serve with real whipped cream, if you can. It's amazing that way.
THank you so much will christen the oven with it, once I get my place in Morwell.
Moving to the country to escape MCS Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. *smiles am Glad its not a family recipie cos I'd not want upset anyones ggmother. Think mom has a recipe for the spongy or cakey gingerbread. :)
Is exactly how I grew up having TG, and how my fambly still do it on the East Coast, everyone gathering in NH. This year was going to be a big 'un, many of the 17 cousins going to be there... (I'm the eldest.) But, we could not make it, Cypher having lost his job. Eh. I'll make the next one!
Everyone brings a fav dish, (I made sushi 7 years ago!) a complicated dance of arriving Wed, hanging and talking, and the next morning; cooking, and helping, and laughing and wine drinking, is followed by a leisurely eating time, followed by more wine, and games, and more laughing, till the wee hours, then, we all have a wonderful breakfast and all go do fun things till it is time to give hugs and love and go home.
The Mom In Law ordered out for tomorrow, some turkey and whatever comes with. I will be noble, and gracious, and go, and eat. They'll all sigh about how hard and stressful holidays are, eat in 15 mins, and leave to do Other Stuff.
I find it interesting how different folks' family traditions can both vary so widely, and be so similar.
Someday, maybe next year? I will have my first ever Thanksgiving in my home. I have carefully, over the years, slowly collected from here and there; a lovely table cloth, place mats, napkins, and more, all in my fav warm reds, ochre's, tans, golds... Fall colors. All still pristine, and waiting waiting waiting... (By then we should have propane, and a working stove, lol!)
Good things come, yes?
I hope you and yours have a lovely, warm and wonderful time, sharing food, and being with good folks!
I'm sorry it's not working out for you to go home to the cousins this year, DW. Sucks. I hope your day goes better than you fear.
I wanna eat at YOUR house; that gingerbread/apple/walnut thingie sounds divine! The tables look great, I really love that blue brocade.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and all the USians here. Me? If my D&D game is on tonight, it'll probably be burger or pizza takeaway, or maybe chicken. If my D&D game is called off, I'll probably make a batch of spaghetti sauce and have that. If I'd planned enough in advance, I could've bought a pumpkin at Halloween and hoped it stayed good 'til now (about a 50-50 chance of that in general). Unfortunately, I'm not nearly so good as you at that whole meal-planning thing. Good thing no one is relying on me for it, eh? :-D
Anyway, once again, all the best of the holidays to everyone here!
2011-11-24 10:00 am (UTC)
Your table looks really great. I'm enjoying somewhat processed turkey and fixings but real(YES!!!) roast beef here in Kabul and missing my kids.
Also enjoying the blue brocade -- stunning -- though in an emergency I used a cowhide rug as a table cloth with sheet underneath. Worked pretty well too...
And really looking forward to the next book, especially now that e-books mean I don't have to wait an extra couple of weeks.