Some of you may have seen this photo on my Instagram account (@vickyheiler) on Sunday, where I told you that we’d be making our first turkey feast. Well, now I can proudly show you a few snapshots! We may still need a bit of practice (the skin ripped as we were turning it on the BBQ & we forgot to tie down the legs, causing the birdy to do the splits while cooking), but we had so much fun & it actually tasted amazing. We were a group of 6 people, 2 really close friends + my brother and his lovely girlfriend. It was perfect for a small gathering, there weren’t too many people in the kitchen and we had a great time cooking together. Everyone was in charge of different things and by the time we sat down for dinner it was definitely well deserved after about 5 hours in the kitchen. Here is what we made: BBQ smoked turkey (with hickory and apple wood chips) with a side of homemade mashed potatos and brussle sprouts with bacon and chestnuts out of the oven, and for dessert I made pecan apple pie and one of our friends made homemade vanilla ice cream with tahitian vanilla – need I say more? I didn’t worry about a super nicely set table or the kitchen looking like a bomb had struck, because really, the day was about spending time with friends and enjoying eachother’s company. Before dinner, Mike made a little toast, giving thanks to the fact that we do have the luxury of sitting down to an amazing meal like that – and he is so right. We really are lucky and I definitely am thankful to be able to have days like this past Sunday! Did any of you celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Have you ever made a turkey?
Without a doubt, salads are my favorite go-to lunch. I feel like the possibilities are endless, they’re so yummy and not to mention healthy. After work, I usually make a quick salad with whatever the fridge has to offer, plus a slice of whole wheat bread on the side to fill me up. For winter, my current favorite combination includes citrus-y grapefruit, grilled prawns and parmesan shavings, all atop a bed of arugula. I dare you to try this NOW! You won’t regret it, I promise :)
Last week, a basket full of pumpkins, along with the new Braun Multiquick 7 immersion blender arrived at my door. While I was busy painting other pumpkins over the weekend, I finally got around to making a spicy pumpkin & carrot soup last night. With soups, salads and sandwiches, I usually don’t really follow a recipe, but rather work with whatever the fridge has to offer. But, since this one turned out pretty good, I decided to jot down the recipe and keep it on hand for future reference.
On Friday, we celebrated the birthday of my favorite guy. As birthdays tend to have a way of being lots of fun, they also come with a big portion of too little sleep. So, our Saturday was all the lazier. We ran a few errands, cleaned up the leftovers from the party and then headed to Vienna’s Prater (kind of like a mix of an amusement park & a fair) for an early dinner. Mike decided to introduce me to my first ever “Stelze” (roasted pork knuckle … definitely sounds a lot better in German) at Schweizerhaus. I usually don’t eat pork, but paired with a Radler (a mix of beer & lemonade) and a bit of a hangover it was a pretty awesome dinner. Sometimes playing tourist in your own city can be really fun!