Well kittens, I am back online after one hell of a trip to the U S of A! So much to report back on so there may be an onslaught of fantastical postings over the course of the next few days. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, I thought I should give you a little update on my big plans for Thanksgiving (which is celebrated on Saturday due to the British lack of respect for American holidays, grumble grumble gobble gobble).
Contrary to the popular belief that Thanksgiving is just a way to carb load before the Black Friday madness of 2am sales and camping outside in subfreezing wind chills to get a GPS for $20, the whole point of Thanksgiving is to reflect on the good fortune we have. There is something really special about Thanksgiving to me and it stems from the fact that it is a holiday that all Americans celebrate regardless of their respective religion. And since I have been an expat for 8 years running now (and don’t live in places that have football, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Black Friday), Thanksgiving has become a way to celebrate my American heritage, to give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life and to share a fantastic meal with special people.
This year will mark our third annual Thanksgiving extravaganza in London – it is becoming somewhat of an institution round these parts so the pressure is on to make it bigger and better each year. Now, as you can imagine, I love to host a good party. Being the planner that I am, it brings out the best in me. This time has been a bit trickier as I have been preoccupied lately with running amok in America but now that I am back, it is back to work and back to business… just in time for Turkey day!
Here is what is on the menu this year:
- Puff pastry wrapped baked apple brie
- Seven layer salad
- Baked spinach and artichoke dip
- Sweetcorn spoon bread
- Cranberry and pecan stuffing*
- Mashed potatoes
- Honey-roasted carrots
- Candied sweet potato casserole
- Red cabbage
- Cranberry sauce
- “Killer” mac and cheese
- Truffle mac and cheese (because one variety of M&C is not enough (ever))
- Cornbread with chilies (and without for those with a more sensitive palate)*
- Giant organic turkey with gravy*
- Pumpkin cheesecake dip with sliced apples
- Grammy’s famous pumpkin pecan pie with bourbon butter sauce
- Pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting
* = My most wonderful caterer is taking care of these items. They say everything is bigger in America… this includes ovens so the fantastic people over at Fait Maison take care of the big bird for me, including cooking and delivery! Not only that, but Mariam at Fait Maison picks out a gorgeous 20lb organic free-range (and halal!!) turkey from Miller of Kensington.
Happy day-before-Thanksgiving to you all!