Rerunning my thanksgiving post from last year, because it is that time again….
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite American holidays, because — well, that’s easy. It involves cooking!
It took me a long time to warm to the taste of turkey. But having married into an American family that loves their annual turkey dinner, I didn’t really have a choice. It was a love-it-or-leave-it type of deal…well, maybe never quite that harsh. But I was certainly scared straight. I began to not only enjoy that once bland, inscrutable meat, but also crave it. And on the years that we are away from family (like this one), my husband demands a ‘proper’ American turkey meal. In other words, no garam masala in the pumpkin pie, like the White House chef once did¹. No chilies in the cranberry sauce either!
I’ve had a lot of learning to do, but now I can pull off a decent-sized turkey meal with each item made from scratch…
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Would you ever consider going wild creatively on the Thanksgiving theme rather than trying to do it “traditionally.” Just curious.
Interesting question. For me, the point of these food centered holidays is to anchor you back (once a year) to those familiar tastes. So I tend to stick with that (also, as I said in the post, hubby demands the standards). But if I wasn’t wildly experimenting the rest of the year I might feel compelled to do so on TGiving.
What’s your policy? Do you have a holiday like this in the UK?
I love Thanksgiving as a festival of gratitude and family, and I try to give it to my kids here. But I also feel sadness and anger that there’s so much un-truth the Native American story around this time of year and regarding the foods, so I try to incorporate discussion of this into the meal– don’t feel I can let the horrible history not be discussed.. Also, Hubby always wants Bread Sauce is we have a turkey, so I go with that. I’m working to figure out what abundance can mean without gluttony or excess or waste, as well. My food tends to be traditional too, but I try to be imaginative I guess…. Maybe I’ll check in with you in a few weeks xxx
Thanks Annie. You always manage to broaden my mind beyond my blithe narrow concerns…a great idea to include native american foods…and a fun research project. Let me know what you come up with.