Canadian Thanksgiving & the recipe for "Lauren's turkey stuffing"

My first kind!

On the weekend we were fortunate enough, we meaning Rosie my wife and I, to join our friends Nick and Lauren Whitehead and other guests for Canadian Thanksgiving. For those that don't know, Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day occurs on the second Monday in October and is an annual holiday to mark the end of the harvest season.

Lauren hails from Canada and was the head chef for Saturday night's feast. We dined on a massive perfectly roasted turkey, mash potato, greens, candied yams (a menu inclusion that sparked much debate as to the difference between a yam and kumera) and an amazing turkey stuffing, the recipe for which I managed to extract from Lauren. Dessert was pumpkin pie with perfectly cut maple leaf pastries as decoration (Nick's handiwork).
The intention of this blog is to post as many interesting and varied recipes and food experiences as possible. Here's the first recipe;

Lauren's Turkey Stuffing

1 x Loaf of white bread left out overnight to become stale and then broken into small pieces

1 x Onion

1 x celery stick sliced

1 x handful of fresh herbs (be creative!...or use parsley, thyme or rosemary)

1 x handful of lightly toasted almonds

1 x handful of raisins

1/3 cup of chicken stock

Salt and pepper to taste

Chop the onion roughly.
Sautee onions and celery. Add whatever fresh herbs you have just at the end when you remove from heat.
Chop the almonds (not too finely, not too course). Add to onions & celery.
Add the raisins.
Add the onion mixture to the bread and stir to coat. Add the chicken stock to moisten slightly, then add the salt & pepper.
Stuff into your turkey or put into a separate casserole dish. If you put it in the turkey, the temperature should read 165 degrees before eating.



  1. Congratulations on your first FLOG! I'm impressed and particularly pleased with getting a mention. Rx

  2. Love the photos. A nice touch. Love this flog! When are you going to go public?


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