It was Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. Buddy says it is "his best" holiday of all. He ate as much pumpkin pie as he possibly could. Ben, Loopy and I aren't pumpkin fans. Good thing Grandma made lemon merangue pie (with MJ's recipe). I contributed chocolate pavlova, with a chocolate hazelnut ganache filling and fresh raspberries on top. The chocolate shavings are from Bernard Callebaut - the finest chocolate you can get, in my opinion. We have a local Callebaut chocolate shop here and I use it in all of my baking. Just the smell of that store when I walk through the door is enough to send me right over the moon.
And speaking of being over the moon, we had this port after dinner. My dear friend Bob had it brought in for me, just for a treat. What a lot of trouble he went to, I can tell you that. And all for the most delicious, dizzying nectar. I managed to save that bottle for two whole weeks to enjoy it at Thanksgiving with my family. I talked to Bob yesterday and he admits to having a "backup bottle" and he's coming into town next weekend for a visit... if I had to describe the flavour of this port to you, it would be "cherry chocolate cake in a bottle" and that wouldn't be a word of a lie, not one word. Can you just hardly wait to order some for yourself?