Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours…12

Posted on January 13, 2012 by ChristieFood News

The guys on Ramsey Street were right. It is so lovely to have nice neighbours. Especially when they give you cake.

I am usually the one sharing my cooking experiments on the neighbourhood so it is a very nice feeling to have the favour returned.

Last night I got a text message “pumpkin roll at your door”. Now that’s the kind of text I like to get!

I opened the door to find the gorgeous package pictured above.

The lovely Viola had dropped off a wedge of her Aunty’s famous pumpkin pie roll based on this recipe.

After many Christmas’s and Thanksgiving’s in the US eating this delicious cake, Viola decided to give it a go. She said the freshly ground spices (cloves, cinnamon) and proper American canned pumpkin puree are what make it so good.

She even imported cans of the pumpkin puree to make this and credits the lovely burnt orange colour to this special ingredient.

And the taste? Luscious! Heavy with spice, dense and moist. The cream cheese provides a lovely cooling creamy contrast to the other strong flavours. But you’ll just have to take my word for it :)

Do you have friendly neighbours?

Christie x
  • Wow that looks amazing! And what a great thing it is to share foods and traditions with those in your neighbourhood. We do it here all the time and it’s a lovely way to meet and learn about the people living around you.

  • Mel

    We have great neighbours, and this has been the way for almost my whole life. None have given me cake though! However a few have given me flowers, provided alcohol and a shoulder to cry on, and invited me for many meals, particularly when I was living on my own. And when my mum died, her neighbours (some of whom were my neighbours when I was a kid!) provided my dad, brother and I enough food for a week.

    • Hi Mel, Thank you so much for sharing this and I’m sorry for the loss of your Mum. It is heart-warming to know there are still such generous people out there paying it forward. Christie

  • Oh yum! What a treat.
    I grew up with wonderful Greek neighbours as a kid and I always remember the plates being passed over the fence that held wonderful cakes and meatballs that were stacks better than Mum’s.
    I miss that.

  • Encouraging you all to give it a go!

  • I wish we had neighbors like this, that looks awesome!

  • I have fantastic neighbours but I’ve never gotten a cake at the door. I’m going to word them up and let them know they’re letting the team down.

    I’ll start it off and make something and leave it at their door and then leave hints.

    The pumpkin roll looks great.

    • I’m actually giddy reading that you guys think it looks great! It was the one that cracked in the attempt to roll so its not the best looking ‘roll’ of the lot, but as not to be wasteful, I’d be damned before throwing that bad boy away! Have a peek online for other American inspired yummies like pumpkin spice whoopie pies – now THEY are amazing!

  • What a wonderful thing for your neighbours to do! :) I’ve never tried a cake like this – I’m going to have to keep it mind for things to try.

    I have lovely neighbours, but like Maureen no one would give me cake. Although I do chat with my dear old greek lady down the street about her cat alot! Maybe I should bring something round for her :)

  • What a lovely package to have received! It looks very moist and delicious. I don’t have any neighbours nearly as lovely-in fact the opposite! lol

  • Yum! I was very fortunate to try this recipe of Viola’s also and I love, love, love it! I have never been a fan of any fruit/vege based cakes (that’s right, I don’t eat carrot or banana cake) but I could have licked the crumbs off my plate this time.

  • I have the best neighbours ever, although it sounds like yours would give mine a run for their money! :)

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