3 Thanksgiving Meals for the Whole Family

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and what better way to get into the holiday spirit than to try your hand at these 3 innovative holiday meals. Whether you’re cooking for the entire family or a simple dinner for two, these three holiday entrees will be sure to steal the show!

Spiced lamb with sticky date and onion chutney recipe

An aromatic marinade packed with toasted coriander and cumin seeds, cinnamon, and paprika make these juicy lamb cutlets wonderfully-spiced. They can be prepared up to a day in advance and are a brilliant party food idea for festive celebrations.


  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 lamb cutlets or chops
  • handful pea shoots, to garnish
  • 1/2 pomegranate, seeded, to garnish
  • handful mint leaves, to garnish

For the onion chutney

  • 25g (1oz) butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1-2tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 x 200g pack Medjool dates, chopped

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Cooking lobster needn’t be tricky and this simple recipe for a hearty weekend main shows you just how easy it can be. Pairing sweet, luxurious lobster with mature Cheddar, rich Parmesan and a drop of Prosecco (optional!) gives you a comforting and indulgent dish that’s perfect for sharing with friends.


  • 2 x 400g packs frozen whole cooked lobsters, defrosted
  • 500ml (17fl oz) whole milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 50g (2oz) salted butter
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 30g (1 1/4oz) plain flour
  • 150ml (1/4pt) Prosecco (optional)
  • 200g (7oz) mature Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 400g (13oz) macaroni
  • 16 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp chopped tarragon
  • 50g (2oz) dried breadcrumbs
  • 50g (2oz) Parmesan, grated
  • crisp salad, to serve (optional)

Milk chocolate truffles with almonds and honeycomb recipe

If you’re into making Thanksgiving dessert from scratch, then this delicious recipe is for you!


  • 2 tbsp single cream
  • 100g (3½oz) milk chocolate, chopped
  • 100g (3½oz) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 150g (5oz) Crunchie bars
  • 40g (1½oz) whole almonds, toasted and chopped
  • cocoa, for rolling
  • icing sugar, to serve




Related posts: “Step-by-step guide to Making Meringue 2”


Understanding Travel Advisories Before Your Next Trip

These days, you’re probably not planning a trip to Iraq or Afghanistan despite the United States and other developed nations currently advising citizens against all non-essential travel to these countries. But a government travel warning doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad idea to plan a trip to a particular part of the world.

In fact, within the last few years, the governments of the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. have also released advisories about the following countries: Thailand, Mexico, China, and India.

What Is a Travel Advisory?

Governments issue travel advisories to let their citizens know about safety concerns that may affect travel to a particular country or region. In the United States, these warnings are issued by the State Department.

Travel advisories are released for a variety of reasons, including terrorism, natural disasters, political unrest, wars, health emergencies and outbreaks of crime. Travel warnings may also cover areas of the world where a government does not have the ability to respond to the problems of citizens traveling there or example, if the government doesn’t have an embassy in a particular country, or if the functioning of its embassy is threatened by local violence.

Many governments make a distinction between long- and short-term travel advisories. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings for ongoing problems such as civil wars and unstable governments, while travel alerts cover temporary issues such as natural disasters or election-related demonstrations.

A travel advisory no matter how strongly worded cannot legally stop you from traveling to a particular place. After reading an advisory, it is up to you to decide whether to heed or ignore the advice. While your government will try to help you if you run into trouble abroad, you will always be traveling at your own risk.

(insert photo)

Evaluating Travel Warnings

Not all travel warnings are created equal. When deciding how seriously to take a particular travel advisory, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Is the entire country affected?
  • What’s the danger?
  • How long ago was the warning posted?
  • Is there a safety net?
  • Is travel insurance an option?

Related posts:Hurricane Matthew stops travelers in their tracks