Despite Thanksgiving’s controversial status among some people (liberty and freedom from oppressive Old World monarchies and religious leaders sure; but are the Native Americans so thankful?) its role in bringing families together over a meal is outstanding. Though not with my family this year for the second time in my life, I spent it very happily with some new and semi-new friends from the church I’ve been attending since coming to the peninsula. Among some of the “traditional” fare were a few cultured and newly created dishes: Ethiopian-style carrots and string beans (sort of steam-sauteed with garlic and onions), lima bean and pepper salad, and a completely new version of cole-slaw with apples and pineapple chunks (yum!) My contributions were roasted root veggies (red potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and beets this time) and a first time go at a pumpkin cake with a special buttery orange glaze. Probably one of the best baked goods I’ve taken out of the oven to date……….
Buttery Orange Glazed Pumpkin Cake
1/3c. oil canola oil
1c. evaporated cane juice
About 1 1/2c. pumpkin puree
1c. whole wheat flour
1 1/2tsp. ginger
1 1/2tsp. nutmeg
1 1/2tsp. allspice or cloves
Mix dry ingredients together well. In another bowl beat eggs very well for about 30 seconds to a minute then add sweeteners, oil and pumpkin. Fold dry mix into wet ingredients til just combined.
Pour into greased 13×9 baking pan or 2 loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, then rotate and bake for another 15-20 minutes.
While it/they are cooling, melt half a stick of butter in a small saucepan and add 1/3c. honey to just liquified. Add 1 1/2tsp. orange extract and stir well. Let cool a bit and then drizzle with a spoon over the cake.
Perhaps some orange zest?
And so, I hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving, with whomever you spent it and I leave you with a blessing from Deuteronomy:
May the Lord bless His land with the precious dew from heaven above and with the deep waters that lie below; with the best the sun brings forth and the finest the moon can yield; with the choicest gifts of the ancient mountains and fruitfulness of the everlasting hills; with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness………………..(33:13-16)