Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanks to this blog, Facebook and Twitter I have had the fortune of being able to communicate with so many wonderful people in America who, although we’ve never met, I consider my extended friends. It’s to all of you who I dedicate this post to and wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings.

Someone who messaged me today on Twitter said “Julia, I know you do not observe Thanksgiving in the UK, but I’m sure you see the beauty of the celebration. I wish for U happiness!”. And they were spot on; although we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here I am thinking of all of you who do. Thank you for reading, befriending, following and being there x

Turkey and Cranberry Parcels

Turkey and Cranberry Parcels

These little parcels are quite delicious. The crispy, flaky filo pastry gives way to reveal an unctuous, gooey turkey filling with sweet, plump cranberries and a mild cheese taste. Perfect for a Thanksgiving celebration.

Serves 2 as a main meal and 4 as a starter

Olive oil
400g turkey, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 shallots, finely diced
100ml double cream
A handful of mature cheddar cheese
2 handfuls of plump, dried cranberries
12 sheets of filo pastry (270g packet)
A knob of butter, melted
Salt and black pepper

Preheat the oven to 200c.

Heat a little olive oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the turkey and fry it until completely cooked through then remove it from the pan and set it aside.

Add the shallot to the pan and sauté it for a few minutes then add the turkey back to the pan along with the cream, cheese and cranberries. Season the mixture well and simmer it, stirring, until it turns thick and gooey then turn off the heat.

Lay out a sheet of filo pastry and brush it with the melted butter then lay a second sheet on top. Repeat with a third sheet then put a quarter of the turkey mixture into the centre of the pastry. Pull up the edges of the pastry into the centre and press them together to form a sealed parcel. Brush the top of the pastry with a little more of the melted butter. Repeat for another 3 parcels.

Carefully place the parcels onto a baking tray then cook them for about 20 minutes, until golden brown.

Turkey and Cranberry Parcels 2

Thanks to my friend Vanessa for the inspiration.



  1. NessaJ
    November 25, 2009 / 9:52 pm

    Oh wow, they look great! Glad the suggestion worked out 😉 x

    I might cook those Monday night for tea with the leftover turkey from our Sunday Thanksgiving lunch!

  2. Cool Lassi(e)
    November 25, 2009 / 10:09 pm

    That looks awesome

  3. Tinsie
    November 25, 2009 / 10:12 pm

    Awww these look truly amazing!!

  4. Chow and Chatter
    November 25, 2009 / 10:20 pm

    these look great a good way to use up leftovers!

  5. LexEat!
    November 25, 2009 / 11:00 pm

    yum, they look great!

    my best friend lives in NYC and she's going to do a guest blog about her thanksgiving for me. I agree with you – any occasion based around food is worth celebrating, where ever you live!

  6. dragonfly
    November 25, 2009 / 11:01 pm

    looks so delicious…

    happy thanks giving:))))))

  7. Justin
    November 26, 2009 / 12:46 am

    those look adorable (and yummy)

  8. Janice
    November 26, 2009 / 9:42 pm

    mmm tasty little bites there. Yes, I know what you mean about making lots of friends in the US through blogging. It really breaks down the boundaries of our little planet.

  9. Julia
    November 28, 2009 / 11:31 am

    Thank you all 🙂

    Chow and Chatter – yes, they'd be perfect for leftovers!

  10. The Mrs.
    November 28, 2009 / 7:53 pm

    How kind of you to think of your American "friends". This recipe sounds and looks delicious! :o)

  11. doug87
    November 28, 2009 / 8:27 pm

    Looks like a great choice for my next office pot luck! Thanks for sharing; I hope you don't mind, but I also posted your link on my site, Love your writing and the photos, as well!

  12. Julia
    November 28, 2009 / 9:50 pm

    Thanks The Mrs 🙂

    Doug – thank you, I shall add your site to my list!

  13. yourfoodchoices
    November 28, 2009 / 10:36 pm

    What a fantastic idea! These packets look like the perfect answer to the big "what next" question. So many left-overs, so little … you get the idea. Thank you for this beautiful recipe.


  14. bartholomewfish
    December 21, 2009 / 8:13 am

    Wow, this looks delicious!! Just came across your blog, and I love it! Congrats on your manuscript being accepted; the whole process has to be exciting!! I added your link to my site,! Look forward to reading more posts!

  15. Jashua Teresa
    December 29, 2009 / 6:40 pm

    Hmmm thats talented… I copied your recipe ..LOL… But instead of oil I made them with Patan ghee and the taste became delicious…

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