I’m on a roll with the ball recipes this week. These late November Thanksgiving inspired balls are a variation of the green tea white chocolate energy balls from my last post.
Having never experienced a real life Thanksgiving celebration, I have to confess that most of what I know about Thanksgiving comes from movies and the internet! A key ingredient (from the movies, anyway) seems to be the stressful preparation of an enormous meal of not particularly healthy food. Do people really put marshmallows on sweet potatoes? The movie versions also usually seem to include a dramatic confrontation between estranged extended family members, usually with a happy ending.
Fortunately, real life happens beyond movies and the internet, and I’m sure many people in America and beyond embrace the good things about this celebration. I do like the idea of stopping to reflect and appreciate what you have. It fits with my worldview and, according to this recent New York Times article, being grateful is good for you.
I also like the idea of cranberries, chocolate and pecans. I made these balls a little smaller than the green tea version so they were easier to share around on a party plate. Halve the quantities in the recipe if you like. And don’t forget to take a moment to be grateful when you pop one in your mouth.
Update – thanking our U.S. friends for their invite and insights
An update since first writing this post – I now know a whole lot more about Thanksgiving and what makes it an important celebration, after being part of a lovely Thanksgiving afternoon tea with friends recently. Thanks, Rachel!
What about you? What’s your experience of Thanksgiving?