As we welcomed the second week of October and started to listen to my childrens’ requests for costumes, treats, and Halloween decorations, it hit me: It’s that time of the year again! Yes, the leaves are changing color and the smell of spices and pumpkin tells us fall is here. The way I see it, it is never too soon to start planning our holiday menu to celebrate in style with our family and friends.
As moms, we are more often than not so busy with so many other things that planning ahead for the holidays is not possible. This then results in a lot of stress during a season when we are supposed to be sharing the joy and unwinding while sipping a nice cup of ginger tea. That’s why I have been on a mission to find recipes that I like to make to celebrate this year’s season; and of course, they have to be hassle-free.
I see this season as a great opportunity to not only share traditional dishes, but also to be adventurous and try new things. They way I do it is by separating the main events and doing a mix of new and traditional dishes my family can enjoy. Another important element is to have dishes within our menu that are easy to make, so the kids can join in and feel part of the preparations as much as the celebrations.
The holidays give us a unique opportunity to create special memories for our children and strengthen our family bonds as we celebrate, as well as to pass our traditions from one generation to the next. Having your kids involved in the process of preparing meals and decorating makes it a much more memorable time for them and yourself.
I hope you like these recipes as much as I do, and this roundup can help you once you start planning for the upcoming weeks. It might seem it’s too early in the game, but I am sure you’ll be trick or treating sooner than you probably expected.
As usual, I chose recipes from the Caribbean and added a few international staples made with a different touch.
Let the holiday excitement begin!