Friday, November 25, 2005

Thanksgiving Dinner

preparing the turkey

This is a picture of the turkey before I baked it. I gave it a nice massage with oil and scented herbs and stuffed it full of bread. Then it got to go in the sauna for about 3 hours. And afterwards, it got to undergo surgical weight loss. It was very tasty!

I freaked out about 45 minutes into the roasting because there was no juice to baste it and it didn't looked cooked at all! I called my parents, who reassured me that it would turn out fine. And it certainly did, no small thanks to the thermometer that my mother sent it to me when I couldn't find one in France! All of the guests enjoyed it, and the pumpkin pie was authentically delicious. Yum! I also made green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Miam! On my way home from work, I stopped to buy some cranberry sauce. I had searched everywhere, and finally asked the English video clerk where to find it. There were tons of other products too, like Dr Pepper, Worcestershire Sauce, and salad dressing--even cream of mushroom soup! I had given up on making the green bean casserole without cream of mushroom soup, since I couldn't find it, and I finally decided not to buy it either because it cost about 3 Euros per can! The cranberry sauce cost 2
90, but I ended up buying it anyway. It was worth it.

Now I think the turkey chemicals are kicking in, because we all settled down to watch television (although there is no parade or football game) and are quietly dozing off . . .


Karina said...

that bird is beautiful! i'm glad you had a sucessful Thanksgiving, always stressful when you're putting it on by yourself. So much fun to share this holiday with others though. Got Frenchies to like pumpkin pie at ours ;)
Very fun.

helene said...

So where did you find this American market?? We have already had turkey sandwiches and turkey soup, what do you have for left overs in France? Turkey crepes??

Jube said...

I confirm. The turkey was excellent. I don't know about turkey crepes though.