Serwah’s Thanksgiving Menu Plan for 2019, The Year of the Leftovers

Serwah’s Thanksgiving Menu Plan for 2019, The Year of the Leftovers

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu


Main Course and Side Dishes

Glazed Orange Scented Turkey with orange peels in cavity and gravy

Small Ham with apricot preserves and cloves

Mashed Potatoes

Corn Bread Stuffing with apple and sausage

Macaroni and Cheese Bake

Black Eyed Peas

Green Bean Casserole

Pot of Collard Greens or Creamed Spinach (w/cream cheese) or Creamed Kale

Bacon wrapped Asparagus with toothpicks

Cranberry Jelly or Cranberry Sauce

Rolls and Butter (Hawaiian Rolls or crescent rolls or dinner rolls or poppers)

Cocktails and Holiday Liquor (Holiday Cheer)

Cranberry Sparklers-cranberry juice, soda, Absolut Vodka

Vodka Gimlets -Roses Lime Juice, soda, Absolut Vodka

East 8-pineapple juice, squeeze lime juice, Grey Goose Vodka

Moscow Mule-crushed ice, 1 ounce vodka, fig eau de vie (Bouka Bokobsa) 1/2 ounce ginger simple syrup, ½ ounce fresh lime juice, ½ ounce agave nectar or date syrup, freshly grated nutmeg, lime wheel and mint sprig for garnish in a copper mug

White Wine for dinner or White Wine Spritzers with soda and lemon

Case of Holiday Beer

Grapefruit Shandy-grapefruit juice, light lager beer

Brandy baking



Americano-1 part Campari, 1 part Red Vermouth, Soda

Campari and soda

Kir -White Wine and Crème de Cassis

Kir Royale- Champagne, Crème de Cassis,

Shaker & a bag of ice


Baked dips and crackers (Charleston Dip or Artichoke Dip or Party Dip)

Warm Brie with dried cranberry and walnuts w/ crackers

Puff Pastry Brie, Dried Cranberry and Walnuts

Caramelized Walnuts

Stuffed Mushrooms

Curly Toothpick Art-Cubed Salami and Cheese

Baby mini bread slices and toppings

Chips and Dips


Easy Cracker Canapes with toppings (look on the Ritz Cracker Website & Triscuit Website)

Veggies and dip

Baked Cheese Balls

Meat Platter

Pumpernickel and Spinach Dip


Baby sandwiches for starving cooks on white bread with crusts removed sliced in fours (use Ham and Cheese, Ham Spread, Jalapeno Cheese Dip, Spinach Dip etc.)

Ham Spread or Deviled Ham on baby sandwiches or sliced mini baguettes or sliced thick cucumbers or on crackers (good for starving chefs while cooking)


Desserts or Dessert Tray

Brandied Pears

Sweet Potato Pies w/ Whipped Cream

Mountain Rose Apple Pies or Brandy Apple Crisp or Apple Crisp Bites or Apple Hand Pies or Pie Poppers with Ice Cream

Raspberry Crumb Bars

Quick breads for breakfast or dessert tray (zucchini and pumpkin)

Fresh Baked Bread (for left overs sandwiches)

Warm Custard in ramekins with berries or spices or Flan


Dessert Beverages


Masala Chai (Fresh ginger grated, cinnamon stick, black tea, cardamom pods lightly crushed,     2 ¾ cups milk, ¼ cup pure maple syrup, bring ginger and cinnamon to a boil in 3 ½ cups water, add tea bags, ad rest, steep off and return to heat, strain

Torani Iced Turtle Latte (see Torani website for dessert drink recipes)

Rose Tea, cloves, cinnamon, orange peel, lemon peel

Apple Cider Toddy’s-1/2 orange, cloves, apple cider, cinnamon sticks, Brandy, whipped heavy cream, brewed

Hot Toddy-coffee espresso 3 shots, 1 shot whisky “Bartle’s and James,” Half and Half, whip cream, cinnamon stick, beer mug glass,  sprinkle brown sugar on top



Acorn Squash w/stuffing and cranberry

Turkey Salad Sandwiches (curried Salad, Cali Club, Mango Chutney/Melted Brie/Shredded Turkey)

Turkey Cobb Sandwiches

Turkey Sliders with Stuffing Biscuits

Turkey and Cucumber Salad Wraps

Buffalo Chicken Pull Apart Bread

Warm Brie Salad with sesame seeds coated on brie slices on romaine with vinaigrette

Coronation Chicken Salad Wraps

Turkey and Spicy Hummus Clubs

Spicy Banh Mi Sandwiches

Turkey Brie Bacon and Cranberry Sandwiches

Pulled Cran-Turkey Sandwiches

Chinese Chicken Salad Wraps

Turkey, Mozzarella and Kale Pesto Panini

Turkey Sandwich with hot honey

Turkey Cranberry and Brie Wraps

Pesto Chicken Salad Croissants

BBQ Turkey Melts (tailgating) (pulled turkey with bbq sauce and melted Velveeta on a sub)

Rose Petal Jam and Turkey on Fresh Baked Bread (check Middle Eastern Markets)

Turkey Enchiladas

Ranch Turkey Tacos


Pot Pies

Creamy Turkey Pasta Bake

Mashed Potato Soup

Stuffing Meatballs in Marinara on Toast (meatball sub-is)

Shepherd’s Pie with leftover mashed potatoes

Creamed Kale, Fried Egg and Crispy Onion Tartines

Toast with Cranberry and Bacon and a touch of arugula

French Toast Turkey Sandwich

Bistro Turkey Calzone

Pan Roasted Chicken with Pineapple Chile Glaze

Bones and Rocket Greens make stock, strain and make soups

Apple Cider Beef Stew

After Dinner Chill

Smoke Box

DVD Player/films Popcorn and Vernos



Digestive Cocktails

New dishes, serving dishes and serving spoons, plastic containers, pans, nice outfit, table cloth, flowers, candle and a prayer

Happy Thanksgiving from Revolving Stream!


Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu, Founder, aka “aoseibon” ♥

Thanksgiving Notes 2019-Planning Ahead

Thanksgiving Notes 2019-Planning Ahead

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

This year it’s all about planning for your leftover turkey!!!  Good has about 17 leftover recipes like Turkey Cobb Sandwiches, Curried Turkey Salad, or Turkey/Brie/Cranberry Wraps etc.  Another good one to search for is Turkey Enchiladas.  But this year it’s collecting all or lots of leftover recipes and making a splash to extend the festivities or the after-party!

Things to think about are planning cocktails and aperitif.  Good drinks can be “Cranberry Sparklers” with club soda, cranberry juice and Absolut or Grey Goose’s “East 8” recipe on their website with pineapple juice and lime, or “Apple Cider Toddys” or “Vodka Gimlets,” with good vodka and roses lime juice and club soda if you like.  It’s nice to invest in a shaker and have a bag of ice on hand.  You can shake things up with ice, and then strain them.  You can plan for a selection of this year’s choice cocktails.  A few bottles of vodka can make several different cocktails and brandy is good to have on hand for desserts and baking and white wine with dinner.

The internet is your best friend.  There are many sites with good recipes and spend the afternoon searching or updating your favorites then printing them out and assembling a binder.  You can make a binder each year or have a general binder with your research or have different types of holidays you plan for different years or different crowds.

So after you have planned your cocktails, canapes, and leftovers, work on your side dishes, main courses, and desserts.   Brandied pears are nice, sweet potato pies or apple pies are wonderful.

Make sure you have a centerpiece, good music and some after chill ingredients and plan far ahead.  You can start shopping and making playlists early.


Fit, Lean & Beautiful #48

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #48

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu


Eating healthy while working out is always a challenge.  Try this Buddha Bowl Book List:


Nourishing Superfood Bowls, Lindsay Cotter

Buddha Bowls 100 Nourishing One Bowl Meals, Kelli Foster

Buddha Bowls Cookbook 2018, Cara Banks

Build-a-Bowl, Nicki Sizemore



Fit, Lean & Beautiful #47

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #47

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

When “pumping up” muscles develop and sometimes knot.  You may have heard about these famous little knots one gets in their back or their buttocks region?  Gyms of the future may need to incorporate Physical Therapy or Massage Therapy to work out the knots that people accumulate from stress or with just simple “pumping up” of muscles or with targeted exercise.  A good PT or massage therapist can smooth out the muscle and restore their patient back to health.  It is as if to achieve optimal health we need to get massages or “worked on” as is said in PT following periods of exercise.  Wouldn’t it be great if there was an X-ray device that told you if you had knots or problems with muscles?


Fit, Lean and Beautiful #46 Cold Remedies #2 Chicken Soup Recipes

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #46  Cold Remedies #2 Chicken Soup Recipes

Compiled by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Simple Stock

4 pounds chicken backs, bones, necks, wings broken up

2 medium onions quartered

2 medium carrots quartered

1 large celery rib with leaves quartered

2 cloves of garlic, unpeeled

4 sprigs parsley

2 sprigs fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

10 black peppercorns


Place chicken in a stock pot, add 2 quarts water, cover chicken by 1 inch at least.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, skimming off foam.  Add remaining ingredients, reduce heat and simmer, partly covered for about 2 hours, add more water if needed to keep ingredients covered.  Strain through a sieve.

For a richer version do the same but add ½ cup dry white wine or vermouth plus two scallions cut in 1 inch pieces.  You can also roast chicken bones at 375 for 40 minutes.

Classic Chicken Soup/Basic Medicinal Chicken Soup

1 chicken 3 pounds cut up

2 onions chopped

3 stalks celery scrubbed and chopped

2 carrots scrubbed and chopped

1 tsp salt

3 sprigs of parsley

Ground pepper

Combine all ingredients with 3 quarts water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, partly covered for 1 ½ hours.

For other variations add a can of coconut milk and curry.  You can add cooked noodles, rice or potatoes.  Make additions to individual pots or add to bowl, as they may turn glutinous in pot.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

8 cups chicken broth

½ cup fresh lemon juice

¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper

½ cup white rice (cook rice and add as you eat it)

1 medium carrot, shredded

4 egg yolks

1 cup chopped cooked chicken

1 lemon thinly sliced for garnish

In a large saucepan, combine chicken broth, lemon juice and pepper, bring to a boil, add rice and carrot, Reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes, under rice and carrots are tender.

Remove ½ cup of soup and gradually whisk into egg yolks.  Stir back into soup.  Add chicken and heat through, do not boil, or eggs will curdle.  To serve, ladle into bowls and serve with lemon slices.