Happy Turkey Day

Sunday, October 07, 2007
And yes, I realize the official celebration of the Canadian version of Thanksgiving is not until Monday. However, as we're celebrating on Sunday and I'm going to busy during most of the day tomorrow, I figured I'd post this today. Gobble gobble everyone!

At last count, I believe there are supposed to be about 14 or 15 people including six children aged 5 and under at our family feast. Oh, it's going to be...fun. No, really, it's going to be a good time. We'll all be so dozy by the time we've eaten, cleaned up, and are preparing for pie that we just won't care if the kids are hopped up on sugar and running around knocking over furniture. We'll pick it up when we've awakened from our collective comas.

As my brother has decided that I just don't make enough potatoes and chosen to make 10lbs of mashed spuds himself, my contribution this year is drinks (various sodas), pie (apple and pumpkin with whip cream), and my mouth watering homemade cranberry sauce (with ginger and orange). Not sure what everyone else will be bringing (if anything) other than homemade vanilla ice cream and gluten free pumpkin pie (a couple of celiacs are among our family and friends). I do know, though, that there will be brussel sprouts, acorn squash, and cornbread stuffing. Oh, and of course, turkey with gravy.

I'm avoiding referring to our get-together as "Thanksgiving" as we don't celebrate the traditional American idea of the holiday. In Canada, it's a celebration of the early harvest and there's really no involvement of pilgrims whatsoever. Plus we don't go around the table and share what we're thankful for.

I was hoping to get some baking done this year but it just didn't happen. I've got some ideas though for Christmas which will likely take place at the brother's place once again. I'm hoping to make a lemon/cranberry loaf and banana bread (with chocolate chips) for Christmas breakfast. If I have time, energy, and the money to do so, I'd also like to whip up a pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. And, as I did last year, I'll likely host Christmas Eve dinner at my place for the close family/friends. That way, the brother and family don't have to cook or do dishes the night before and they don't have a bunch of leftovers in their fridge taking up valuable turkey dinner space.

Unfortunately this year, Mom can't make it to the dinner as she's working. Nuts. Even if we had tried to have a lunch-ish feast, she wouldn't have been able to come. Instead, we'll stop by when dropping everyone at home with a giant plate of leftovers for her to enjoy on her break (or for lunch the next day). I'm looking forward to tomorrow - I haven't seen the niece and nephew for about a month. I'm a bad auntie. And of course, we'll play some sort of Dungeons and Dragons-esque card game while enjoying pie and tea.

So, however my fellow Canadians decide to spend the long weekend, have fun, play safe and enjoy your turkey or tofurkey...shudder (oh yes, I've tried it, it's...an acquired taste...to say the least). As for our American cousins who are "celebrating" Columbus Day on Monday - you don't want to get me started on that holiday, believe me, but have a safe long weekend anyways.

6 comments:

Pokecheck said...

Your love/hate relationship with America is truly endearing, Captain.

And would you send me some of the leftover tofurkey? I hear that travels well.

Hope you and yours enjoy your holiday.

SME said...

I guess, as an expatriate, I still think of Turkey Day primarily as a day to be thankful. We're having wheat-gluten "chicken" with all the trimmings

Karen said...

SME: don't get me wrong. We're all very thankful, I'm sure, for the joy of family, our health, good food, a roof over our heads, etc. but we don't go in for that whole "Let's share our feelings and inner thoughts" sort of thing. Never tried the wheat-gluten. Not a fan of the non-meat meats. I've had various soy products (I like the Veggie Patch chicken nuggets) but never had seitan or TVP. Perhaps something for me to try next year...

Pokecheck: based on my experience with the tofurkey, I think it (along with rats and cockroaches) will be one of the few things to survive a nuclear holocaust. I'll see what I can do :) I hope I'm not giving the impression that I hate America or Americans. I just have issues with "your" (the collective "your") politics, especially foreign policy and it seems that your country has more than it's fair share of ignoramouses (is that a word?). However, this is probably because, you have such a large population compared to us. There's probably a proportionate number of idiots up here as well...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Happy Turkey Day! I am currently being driven bat shit crazy by the smell of the turkey roasting in the oven and it is also such a beautiful day that all the doors and windows are open. Perfect combination!

Tomorrow I will be truly thankful for leftovers, actually.

Gardenia said...

That food sure looks good. I am craving turkey, but our Thanksgiving is still about 5 weeks give or take away.

I'm spreading the word to family - all I want is a full house of hungry beloved family folk.

Like you I am also digging out recipes for cookies and holiday treats. We have a plus here - the Greek festival will soon take place and they take orders for delivery in time for Christmas.

SME said...

I can understand the aversion to touchy-feely holidays. Valentine's Day has that effect on me. I think we designate days for certain feelings to be acceptable, but that's bollocks. You can be affectionate on days other than V-Day, scary on days other than Halloween, and thankful on days other than Thanksgiving!

The wheat-gluten chicken is pretty tasty stuff, and inexpensive, but it has zero nutritional value.
I'm not too fond of most meat subs, either. Depends on the brand.

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