Starting with THANKSGIVING!!!
We had two places to be for Thanksgiving this year, Ayrion’s uncle’s house and my mom’s house. Ayrion and I are the only folks on his side of the family that are gluten free, I wasn’t expecting to be catered to. I thought I would need to bring my own sides to go with the turkey, but was pleasantly surprised when we were asked where to go get the GF versions of side dishes. The only downside was no pumpkin pie. We waited too long and everywhere was sold out of them and even sold out of pie crusts so I couldn’t even make my own. I was okay though, we still had another house to hit.
Now, my family isn’t normal. We celebrate all of the Pagan holidays so we had already had our “thanksgiving” at Mabon. Once a year my mom does a big meal on one of the traditional holidays that is non-traditional. This year, we did it for Thanksgiving. She made Chinese. This was her first year doing the full meal as gluten free. We went to one of the Korean super markets here in town to find stuff, they actually had several things labelled as gluten free, I was impressed. The one thing we had the hardest time was finding wrappers. We asked someone and they finally took us to where they were, shopping trip success. That was the main thing we went for.
Dinner was Winter Chicken, Hot and Sour Soup, and Fried Wontons. I didn’t get pictures of everything but we got some photos of making the wontons and how they turned out. I will be attempting to make my own dough for wonton wrappers soon and will let everyone know which one is better.
We normally do a diaper folding technique to wrap the wontons but the rice paper wasn’t as awesome for that. I had to fold them like a taco then roll them sort of. Dessert was had there, Elle made her delicious GF Vegan Strawberry Cupcakes. Those are ALWAYS welcome in my book :)
The weekend was the big part though, who cares about Thanksgiving! It was the 50th anniversary for DOCTOR WHO!!! Oh my goodness. I had to do something spectacular. Did I want to do Doctor Who themed foods? No. Did I want to do a nice sit down dinner? No. I wanted fondue, and so did Space Boy and Ayrion.
Now, fondue requires a special set-up. I had said to Ayrion one day that I wanted a fondue pot and I kept thinking he forgot. Before the baby was born, we were visiting with his uncle and his uncle was showing us a genius idea to keep bugs out of the dogs water outside during the summer. It was a fondue kit base with the water dish sitting on top of it. I once more reminded Ayrion that I still wanted a fondue pot. His uncle told me to hold that thought and went and grabbed an induction cooktop complete with pot and setup for fondue. YES! Dreams do come true. He gave it to us as a wedding present.
I personally love The Melting Pot, there is way too high of a chance for me to get C.C. though. They do have GF options, which is a good thing but I’m that sensitive. You can find their recipes online though. I found the recipe for the Fiesta Cheese and modified it a bit. Mainly because I didn’t know where to go get the super fancy cheese that they use. Here is the modified recipe:
8 oz. cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
2 oz. colby jack cheese, freshly shredded
4 oz. beer, we used Redbridge
3 oz. salsa
2 tbsp. flour or 2 tbsp. cornstarch, I opted for GF flour.
1 jalapeno, finely diced- I got a can of diced jalapenos.
There were other dippers than what is in the photo. We had a bunch of veggies. The bread was GF ciabatta bread. The bowls had our homemade coq au vin meat. The boys got seafood, mine was just beef. It was a success.