I cooked my very first Thanksgiving dinner this year. For eight people, the most I’ve ever cooked for. In London. It was actually quite comical to cook dinner on a holiday for a bunch of Brits who really had no idea what Thanksgiving is. 🙂 It was not comical for me running all over town trying to find all of the ingredients I needed. The turkey in particular was a challenge, and I decided to forgo the traditional bird and instead got a fantastic turkey breast roast from my local butcher. That was a great move, really, because the meat was high quality and I literally just needed to put it in the oven for two hours. It came out perfectly. In addition to the turkey, I made a camembert en croute (no brie wheels in London, I’m afraid) and set it out with some olives and marcona almonds for the guests to munch on until dinner. We welcomed everyone with a glass of rose cava, then sat down to dinner. Aside from the turkey, we had sausage and apple stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar, asparagus with honey, parmesan and hazelnuts, cranberry sauce with orange, and of course, pumpkin pie.
Everyone was looking forward to the pumpkin pie as most had never had it before. Apparently pumpkin is a mostly savory ingredient in England, who knew? We sipped wine and limoncello late into the night and it was a truly wonderful time. I’m so thankful for this new life I’ve created and new friends to be able to share the holidays with.
© Jennifer Konopasek and GoodTravelerKarma, 2011.