As a cooking blogger I had no idea where to start with the being thankful #SundaySupper. I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving or Hanukah, I know absolutely nothing about the food served on these occasions, and I’d completely drawn a blank.
So first I started the think about the things I’m grateful for, the other aspect of this week’s #SundaySupper. This year hasn’t been the easiest of years for me, nothing serious, no life threatening diseases or deaths, just not easy. But there’s a lot I’m thankful for.
I realised this when my car broke down on the side of the motorway last week. I was stuck for 9 hours before I got home. I was lucky I’d managed to charge my phone, as pretty much everyone I know got a crying phone call from me, at the side of a a rainy, busy and dark motorway.
After sorting that out, I’m pretty sure my friends and family had had their fill of drama from me, but then the next day my boyfriend and I broke up. On the phone. Not the best of weekends.
When I broke down, my friend Beth, without even flinching offered to come and keep me company, even though I was over an hour away. She then said that she would use her cover to get me picked up and say she was a passenger, meaning my other friend Amy would have to drive her out. They set off without even thinking, to come and rescue me in my damsel in distress state.
Talking of Amy, it was her and the house that I used to live in that I was going to visit when I broke down. She let me stay in her bed for 5 days whilst I figured out how to get out of bed and get back to university.
She made me go shopping with her and Rob and purchase Christmas themed clothing. If that doesn’t cheer a girl up, I don’t know what will. The rest of the house put up with me eating pizza and not getting out of my pyjamas for days!
My mum and I no longer speak, but my dad received the obligatory 4am phone call from a girl who’s just become single and lots of phone calls since. My step mum sent me a lovely text.
My sister on her Birthday text me from Egypt, not the other way round (I hadn’t woken up yet), to see how I was.
My step dad sorted my car out for my at the garage he goes to, I didn’t have to do anything but drop it off, and now Colin the Corsa isn’t poorly any more!
My friend Lucy at university offered to come and pick me up two hours away to get me back if my car wasn’t fixed.
I’ve got 2 essays due in but I was given extensions by an understanding professor.
And when all I’ve felt like doing in diving under my duvet, my friend Elise made me go for coffee, my friend Sarah made me leave the house for wine and take away and my housemates made me watch Despicable me.
I’ve had more love and fun the past week than I have in months.
Last but in no way least, the Sunday Supper group left me lovely comments on our Facebook group and my post last week, it really is like a little family!
So I guess what i’m saying is thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.
Now to the pies! As I said I had no idea what to make, but last Thanksgiving I made a sweet potato casserole for a friend who had just come back from America, it was yummy, so I decided to do something similar.
They were so easy, especially if you cheated like I did and bought ready made pastry!
Mini Maple Sweet Potato Pies
- 400g short crust pastry (store bought or homemade)
- 450g mashed sweet potato
- 60g butter (softened)
- 150g soft light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 200ml evaporated milk
- 2tbsp maple syrup
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 1tsp ginger
- 1/2tsp nutmeg
- 1/4tsp salt
- Pre heat the oven to 200C.
- Mix all the filling ingredients together until well combined by a ninja blending machine.
- Grease 12 10cm (4″) loose bottomed tartlet tins.
- Roll out the pastry and line each tartlet tin.
- Prick the bottom of each lined tin multiple times with a fork.
- Pour the sweet potato mixture into each tin leaving 1/2cm of pastry at the top of each one.
- Bake for 5 minutes and then reduce the heat to 170C and bake for a further 20 minutes or until done.
- Do not let them brown too much.