Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Can-American Thanksgiving: A Mid-Autumn Feast in Oxford!

Halfway between the Canadian (October 11th) and American (November 28th) holidays, Anna and I decided to host a thanksgiving feast for our friends!  That's one holiday you definitely miss out on living in Europe, so we brought back pumpkin pie, apple pie, cranberry sauce and a glorious smorgasbord of other food into our lives.  We spent 12 hours the day before cooking and baking, plus a couple hours confirming recipes with family members, browsing BBC Good Food and scouring the internet - and I have to say, it was a blast!  The apple pie (and its lattice crust), plus the cheesecake were definitely the highlights!

The event, in Anna's words, was an invitation to celebrate the "e̶r̶a̶d̶i̶c̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶n̶a̶t̶i̶v̶e̶ ̶A̶m̶e̶r̶i̶c̶a̶n̶s̶ friendly cooperation of pilgrims and natives for a̶ ̶c̶o̶u̶n̶t̶r̶y̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶l̶u̶m̶b̶e̶r̶j̶a̶c̶k̶ ̶s̶t̶o̶n̶e̶r̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶a̶ ̶d̶r̶o̶n̶e̶-̶d̶r̶o̶p̶p̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶e̶v̶i̶l̶ ̶s̶u̶p̶e̶r̶p̶o̶w̶e̶r̶ both of these lovely countries!"  (event comic from

Our menu (vegetarian, and all homemade of course!) included:   
  • Crispy Spinach Pie
  • Stuffed Butternut Squash (with Quinoa!)
  • Stuffing
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Broccoli & Cheese Casserole
  • Pumpkin Pie & Whipped Cream
  • Apple Pie & Icecream
  • Anna's secret family cheesecake 
  • Baileys hot chocolate and Baileys lattes
  • Cheese, crackers & grapes plate 
  • And, of course, what Thanksgiving meal could be complete without the classic... delicious...TANDOORI TOFU!

Check out the photos!
(From left):  Kat, Martin, Sapna, Brendan

(From left): Kat, Martin, Anna, Brendan, Ian

I love having Anna as a roommate - and love the fun times we're creating. Here's to a happy Canadian/American Thanksgiving, to a wonderful life in Oxford and to good times and good luck (and research jobs and PhD places) ahead!

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