Thanksgiving Blog...

I'm in a bit of a sentimental mood today, for some reason....I've been thinking about the ghosts of Thanksgiving past...for almost 1/2 my life, I have been the "host" of many a Thanksgiving Dinner....usually because I was overseas and not around any other Americans...so, not being one to miss an opportunity for a party, I would try to introduce some of the locals to the Thanksgiving Tradition....as a result, I've cooked some pretty interesting holiday meals....everything from turkey and dressing, to steak and lobster....as a matter of fact, the last time I cooked Thanksgiving Dinner, it was two years ago...it sticks in my mind....

I would always organize to cook a big dinner on the weekend following Thanksgiving....we'd invite around 10 to 15 people, and throw a big party...I'd cook a feast, and we'd drink wine around the table and tell stories, and laugh, and just enjoy each other's company....I was always the only American present at these shindigs, and I absolutely loved it....to me, it really brought out the REAL meaning of our nation's Day of Thanks....getting together with Friends and Family, and just enjoying life and their company....

The last time I cooked, I let the Mother-in-law help out...she finally convinced me that since Thanksgiving is so near St. Andrew's Day, we should have Haggis as an appetizer.....I was dead set against it...but since I had prepared the feast for the past 7 years, I gave in to her wishes....as a result, I threw my usual menu ideas out the window and decided on Steak and Lobster as the main course.....getting the Steak was no problem...we were only 35 miles south of Aberdeen, so the finest beef in the world was available at every butcher's shop....getting the Lobsters was a bit more tricky...I called up a local fisherman in Arbroath, and asked him if he had any Lobsters...he replied that he had quite a few, but they were only between 2 to 3 pounds....and getting bigger ones might be a problem.....I asked if I could come by and pick them up on Saturday morning....he said, "well, it depends on if I can get them"....he had plenty of them, but they were still in the pots...if the weather was good on Saturday, he'd row his boat out and get them...if the sea was bad, he wouldn't risk rowing out to get my lobsters....so....we all prayed for calm weather...

As it turned out, the weather was fine, and I drove to Arbroath and picked up the critters....there were 8 of them....all blue and white spotted....crawling around in a big box....I put them in my trunk and drove to the In-laws to begin the meal......during the drive over, they escaped the box and dispersed themselves all over my trunk....I spent half an hour trying to catch those varmints and get them into the house...

The meal went great...the pumpkin pie that I made didn't exactly go too well with the Haggis....but the red wine was flowing, and we CELEBRATED another Thanksgiving....where friends and family are, everyday should be Thanksgiving...

by Eric on November 26, 2003 | Comments(6) | SWG Stories
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Comments so far:

Gah, the holidays are a pain. I've no real family left so I don't do too much and I usually end up with friends at their family's holidays and I feel like a tag along.

Can I tag on over to your thanksgiving this year? heh. At least you cook good food.

posted by: Ash on November 26, 2003 11:09 AM

Oh, Ash. Don't feel that way. Anyone who is included in Family Thanksgiving is blessed, indeed. You know you are an especially wanted guest or you would not have been invited -- unlike relatives with whom one has no choice! Enjoy your day.

posted by: Indigo on November 26, 2003 02:16 PM

Indigo is right, Ash....I celebrated the holidays away from my "Family" for the past 10 years...be happy to have friends that you are comfortable with. Enjoy the Holidays..

posted by: Eric on November 26, 2003 02:21 PM

I admit it. I had to look up "Haggis."
To think, I could have gone on not knowing...that would have been a lot less nauseating. ; )

posted by: Key on November 26, 2003 03:14 PM

Key:...it's actually a lot better than it sounds by the ingredients..heheh...normally served with "tatties and neeps"...or, taters and turnips to us Hillbillies...

posted by: Eric on November 26, 2003 03:23 PM

Haggis and lobster? Holy heritage, Batman! Talk about mixing cultures (and foods!!!).

posted by: Jack on November 26, 2003 10:26 PM