Make it. Eat it. Love it.
An eerie silence fell over the city moments after the news broke that Hamas’ military chief was assassinated. Parks were cleared out, schools and shops were closed and people took to their homes rather quickly. We sat and waited. When the first siren came it was almost a relief, the 2 hour waiting period for what we knew was coming was torture. From there it was a long night of hourly sirens. We lost count after the 15th barrage of rockets came in less than 24 hours. And after that, my husband and I packed up the baby and dogs and headed north to Jerusalem for a bit to escape the constant sound of the haunting red alert sirens. As impending war loomed over both Israel and Gaza, we sat tight waiting it out, hoping the violence would end sooner rather than later and all the bloodshed of both Palestinians and Israelis would stop.
As news broke out that rockets were hitting Tel Aviv and sirens went off in Jerusalem, we headed back south to be in the comfort of our own home, feeling safe in our little ‘safe area’ knowing it was better to be in a city with iron dome then one without. Days passed, and the IDF, Hamas and other Palestinian factions fought, smack talked each other over twitter (seriously) and kept the world on the edge of its seat waiting to see if full-war would break out. Talks of a ceasefire finally came to fruition; and just like that things went back to normal. Life continued on as usual. As the satirical publication The Onion, so accurately put it, “Calm sense of impending violence returns to Middle East as ceasefire brokered”. Sad but true.
Due to the situation here, our yearly expat Thanksgiving dinner was cancelled, but, this year I feel I have more to be thankful for then ever. My family sent so much love and support and showed how much they really care and love us. Friends from near and far, those who I keep in touch with on a regular basis and some who I haven’t spoken to in years sent wishes of safety. Fellow bloggers and followers emailed to show support, which makes me beyond thankful to be apart of such a wonderful community. I’m thankful for my amazing, healthy baby girl, who was so unfazed by each siren and loud boom. Oh the innocence of youth. And my husband, who kept me calm and sane and made me feel safe through probably the most trying time we have had here in Israel. And lastly, I’m thankful that I was brought up with understanding, tolerance and love.
I regret not being able to post this before all the Thanksgiving baking and cooking took place. However, it’s a wonderful candy anytime of year. After all, who can resist the combination of dark chocolate, roasted pecans and chewy caramel? I mean, really is there a better combination out there?
If making your own caramel is intimidating, fear not. I failed many many times before perfecting my caramel making. The blog Endless Simmer has a basic caramel sauce recipe with step by step instructions and photos, which will make your caramel making a lot easier. Also, if you haven’t already, invest in a good candy thermometer. It will change your life.
This recipe can be adapted to many tastes and makes A LOT of candy, so make sure there is plenty of room in your fridge to store for a rainy day. Leave out the pecans and add marshmallows or go for milk chocolate instead of dark. I roasted the pecans with spices of the season such as cinnamon and nutmeg but feel free to spice things up with some chili powder or be adventurous and add some sweet curry in there.