Elections, Carrot-Cardamom Bread and a Thanksgiving Survey
Happy Election Day to all you U.S. voters out there! Don't forget to vote! I mailed in my ballot about a month ago, so tonight's outcome is a long time in coming for me.
Need an elegant accompaniment to 4:00 tea? Well, here’s just the thing, Carrot Cardamom Bread. With carrots, wheat bran and eggs, this tasty treat is almost healthy for you (nevermind the ¾ cup of vegetable oil). At least it's healthier than this pretty carrot cake.
¾ cup vegetable oil (or a combo of oil and applesauce totaling 3/4 cups)
1/2 - 3/4 cup sugar
1 cup grated raw carrots
1-½ cups sifted flour
½ cup wheat bran (not a brand of cereal, just bran that you’d find in a health-food store)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cardamom
¼ tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 325F In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar and oil then add the eggs. Mix vigorously, then add the grated carrots and combine. In another mixing bowl, place the flour, bran, baking soda, baking powder, cardamom, pepper and salt. Music to mix dry ingredients by: “Lost in a Supermarket” by my favorite punk band of all time, The Clash. Whisk together and then add to the wet ingredients in thirds. Grease and flour a 9”x5”x3” loaf pan , the pour in the batter. Bake for 1 hour or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy with your afternoon tea. And remember, pinkie up!
Ok, here's my problem. I want to make something new this Thanksgiving, having done a turkey roulade (double-butterflied turkey breast rolled over its stuffing and wrapped in pancetta) last year. Gabriel has informed me that he really doesn't like turkey because it's too dry. He'd prefer goose. He did however enjoy last year's pancetta-wrapped turkey since the pancetta kept the bird moist.
So, I'm floating among 3 options:
1) Make the same turkey dish as last year (a little boring to do the same thing).
2) Make goose for Thanksgiving (does that seem sacriligious to you?) or
3) Invent a really moist turkey dish (haven't a clue what that might be).
Any thoughts? Anyone?