Thanksgiving on Friday! Sure, why not? There's no holiday here on that Thursday. So why not celebrate ol Thanksgiving whenever you can? Well that' what we did. We invited our friends over, a lady from Scottland, her husband from Paris and their darling bilingual children. It was impossible for me to find a big bird, no butterballs in Provence. Although there is a place in Antibes, called Geoffrey's, which might have had one, but in past years when I've gone there to check out their Thanksgiving goodies, I haven't been very thankful that I went. They charge a good five times more for the stuff. A can of cranberry sauce goes for like 5 Euros. Yeah right! This year I was thankful I decided to shop at Geant Casino in Frejus. I found enough "Dinde" in peices to make up for a whole bird and I didn't have to do any de-gutting. Yipee! It was really hard, and I found this funny, to try and keep the meal to typical American fare. As I passed the olives I went to buy some, and then remembered, we never had olives at thanksgiving! As I passed the pate and went to buy some, I had to stop and remember, we never had pate! Then as I passed the cheese and went to buy some, I forgot we didn't have cheese after our meal for Thanksgiving and I bought enough cheese for 20 people! HA, oops. Well yeah, I ended up apologetically serving it before the desserts, but they were glad, being used to eating cheese at that time. After all, I had pretty much shocked their taste buds with my strange ways- I made them try my mother's old receipe and my favorite, candied yams with pineapple and marshmellow. The yams were found in the "exotic" food isle. Near the small amount of Mexican Food offered. So funny. But anyway, except for the cheese platter, I think I succeeded in making a tradional American Thanksgiving Dinner. Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoe ( added shredded Parmesean, but I think my mother would have, too) Oh I had to use pumpkin instead of summer squash, but that was fine, simialr taste and same color. I bought brocoli, but forgot to make it, actually, just remembered it now, how funny is that!? So now we have three large heads of brocoli to eat. Ah yes, for an appetiser, (note I didn't say hors d'oeuvre) instead of the typical olives and saussison and almonds that one would fine over here waiting for hungry guests, I had cut up some fresh veggies and made a warm cheese dip I put in a big loaf of fresh bread. Sadly though, the cheese hardened really fast and the loaf of bread became as heavy as a loaf of bricks and nobody but the kids and I ate it. It still tasted good, I thought, but Chris made fun of me. Oh yeah, and the stuffing, I made it from scratch, was very proud of it and just for kicks, to get my back patted before our guests arrived, I had Chris taste it. Well, luckily he did because he said it was terrible (can we swear on this thing, cause that's more like what he said!! ) So I showed it to them, but didn't feed to anybody. It looked good.
For dessert I made lemon tarts, cherry custards, apple pie, had vanilla and chocolate ice cream and coffee. Voila.
We had a great time and I think our guests enjoyed our Thanksgiving meal, too. Thankfully, we can celebrate Thanksgiving any day, any where. Thanksgiving on Friday. I'm so thankful that I have the family and friends that I do! Thanks for reading!