The Beginnings of my Thanksgiving Root Vegetable Medley…#backtomyroots (Taken with Instagram)
So today I celebrated Thanksgiving with my family and decided that my contribution would be my now yearly traditional Root Vegetable Medley. I tend to like cooking this dish because it’s easy peazy to execute and it also brings me closer to the Earth. I say this because the vegetables that I use in the dish are grown directly in the soil, and in my eyes are nurtured closely by Mother Nature herself.
I came up with this recipe a few years ago, because my family needed another substantial side dish and I wanted something that I wouldn’t feel would be too strenuous to make and also be delicious at the same time. So true to those criteria I use potatoes, turnips, parsnips, beets, carrots, garlic, pearl onions and mushrooms. I cut each one up into good bite size pieces, peeling accordingly and then I marinate for about 30 minutes in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, apple cider, red wine, brown sugar, and maple syrup with salt and pepper too. Then I throw everything on the barbeque to roast for about an hour at about 350-400 degrees, wrapped in tin foil and turning occasionally so things don’t stick and there you have it, a wonderfully flavourful Root Vegetable Medley. It keeps well and I find that because the vegetables are so hearty, that the flavours deepen over the next few days. Bonus!
The other reason why I like this recipe so much is because of its connection to the Earth. By picking out each ingredient and peeling it, chopping it and preparing it to be cooked, I feel a real sense of connection to the food that I’m about to consume. In this process I get so lost in my thoughts about how bountiful Mother Nature is and how giving the Earth is, and how wonderfully diverse life is to be able to share itself with me and my family that I can’t help but be anything but thankful. And just because this dish doesn’t technically have to contain any meat, it doesn’t mean that I can’t still thank my food for giving its life to help sustain mine. I still do say a little thank you and a prayer and also compost what I don’t end up using in the end (skins and stems), so that I know that there is still a component going back to the Earth, to restart the cycle again.
This all goes to say that I took Thanksgiving a lot more seriously this year. I felt that it was necessary to make the most of my time with my family and also spend some time in nature which I did with my boyfriend Jess. We went on a nature walk down at Jack Darling park in the Rattray Marsh, to make the most of the fall colours, the rock beach with the perfect skipping stones and the great last moments of warm sunshine.
So lastly, I hope your Thanksgiving was a great one too and that you made the most of your time with friends and family. This time of the year is all about remembering the good memories you’ve created over the last year and preparing for the winter, a process that can be incredibly rewarding and fun if you allow it to be. I sure am trying. So let me know if you made anything that turned out great this year or had a fun time with your family or friends or even spent some time outdoors. I love to hear about it!
Happy Thanksgiving all!