Weeks before the grandiose day of cooking and eating we all know in the US as “Thanksgiving Day”, I made very strong requests to The Hubby that we order a Thanksgiving meal instead of making the turkey and trimmings ourselves. I knew he wasn’t enthusiastic about my idea and so gave constrained answers. But after last year when we pulled an Iron Chef Thanksgiving and cooked everything on the day of, I was ready to throw in the towel and not ever enter the Thanksgiving meal cooking foray ever. Never ever.
One week plus away from Thanksgiving, I was chatting on the phone with a girlfriend, whom I dotingly call “Meet” (because she reminds me of “Geet” a character played by my fave Bollywood actress), to set up a get-together when we got into the topic of turkey day. Maybe it’s the spirits of Thanksgiving past, present, and future that got to me but I unexpectedly invited our family friends to join us for a meal that I’ve been promising myself all year not to cook. My initial reaction was one of dread and I wondered what I got myself into; but Meet’s excitement was contagious and within three days of Thanksgiving, I found myself looking forward to the meal… the opposite of how I felt last year.
To accommodate Ayaan, one of our special visitors (who will be turning one this December), we timed the meal for lunch instead of dinner. Ayaan is Meet and Ajay’s handsome little boy who has been a Prince Charming since when we first met him less than a year ago.
Please baby girls, please… pipe down the screaming. Yes, I know he’d make a great prince to your princess selves, but he’s not even a year old yet. Give him and yourselves a few years. He still needs to gain several feet and complete his set of teeth. He also needs to learn how to uncork a bottle of red. Or white. You know what I’m sayin’. To the Bollywood agents out there scouting for a cute baby, feel free to get in touch with me. This boy could be the next Shahid Kapoor.
As Ayaan’s first Thanksgiving, I wanted to make our Thanksgiving meal extra special by bumping up the veggie side dishes. On our menu for the big day were: glazed carrots, French beans with bacon, embutido, sautéed mushrooms, sausage and bread dressing, mashed red potatoes, cranberry sauce, and the mega star roast turkey.
I have two winners for favorite sides. Last year, my side winner was the dinner rolls. This year, the award for yummiest sides go to: glazed carrots and French beans with bacon. My dinner partners could disagree all they want, and that would be all right with me since there’s only one room for judge and I’m it. [smiles]
As for the turkey, The Hubby and I were more than satisfied with how it turned out: juicy, moist, and tasty. All that glistening goodness you see on the photo is not due to Photoshop. Finger-lickin’ good can now be used to describe this bird that’s usually known for being dry.
Dessert went just as wonderfully as the main course. We made pumpkin mousse, pumpkin pie, and mashed sweet potato. Ajay and Meet made berry cobbler pie, brownies, and chocolate raspberry cake. While Noel, our friend Mike’s comely lady made his favorite dessert: éclair squares. The lovebirds joined us later in the day for a casual dessert potluck since they were busy doing great things by volunteering at a Seattle shelter earlier in the day.
When our friends left, I couldn’t pull myself away from the brownies, sweet potato, éclair squares, and more turkey. How I didn’t end up with heartburn from all the Thanksgiving goodies, I have to chalk up to good genetics. Thank you parents and ancestors. And since it’s not Thanksgiving without giving thanks to all my loved ones and friends, here’s an acknowledgment to all you superb folks… to my family, thank you for being fabulous; to The Hubby, thank you for being supercalifragilisticexpialidocious; to my gal pals and dude friends, thank you for being da bomb. To my dear readers, a humongous thanks for visiting my blog and checking out the entries!
Now that the cooking fiasco and the gluttonous eating sessions are over, I look forward to no food shopping for a few weeks.
HERE’S TO THE HOLIDAYS! CHEERS!