Our Thanksgiving abroad.

We had a very lovely Thanksgiving. My grandparents nicely came all the way here for it, so it really felt like home having family around. We also invited two ex-pat couples to join and I think they were very excited to get the full shebang even here in Hong Kong.

All in all, everything was a complete success although I did feel like a chipmunk storing away foodstuffs for the past three weeks or so… realistically, I think I went to 4 super markets and 1 wet market to track down the usual fixings (1. City Super 2. Grate 3. Park N’Shop 4. Wet market 5. Oliver’s).

I love using pumpkins and pomegranates in centerpieces because you will eat them eventually so it’s very economical. My mom gave me these napkins for my birthday. Only she could know how much I would appreciate napkins that can only be used once a year!

My grandfather reading by the appetizers before everyone else arrives.

The Mr. has started a little tradition of popping corks off the balcony…

We started Thanksgiving at 7:30 once everyone was off work… it definitely feels more like a dinner party and less like a holiday when you don’t have the night off. But at least we had a nice night.

My grandmother looking very classy.

I thought there couldn’t be a more American appetizer than these little guys:

(Don’t worry, I did bake them.)

And here is our first married bird!

My friend Sam who went to ND with me (Yay!! for beating USC on Sunday, btw…) gave me this apron… not surprisingly the Mr. gravitates towards the non-floral aprons in our pantry.

I am now a big believer in turkey brining… I did ours in a little cooler while it defrosted the day before which worked brilliantly. And didn’t the Mr. do a great job carving it perfectly?!

The Mr. did the potatoes (he was a huge help as I had gotten a migraine that morning). And he added truffle salt. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant move. Now making the whole spread yourself (although my friend Natalie did bring a delicious salad) is a ton of work. Here is what I made ahead and froze, thanks to my wonderful MIL’s advice: The stuffing, the pie crusts, the dinner rolls, and the green bean casserole. The gravy I did two days out. And I set the table the day before, which is an absolute must in my opinion for any entertaining.

In fact, the thing I miss most about the States is honestly grocery shopping. The only thing I was never able to find was fresh cranberries. The pumpkin for the pie was from Japan. The pecans I did find, but they were sold in bags with about a dozen pecans in each, so I bought 15 at an insane price. But how can you have Thanksgiving without Pecan pie? Our turkey I bought frozen and it was delicious, but also cost a small fortune 🙂 Somehow celebrating a purely American holiday abroad has all the more meaning!

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10 responses to “Our Thanksgiving abroad.

  1. Absolutely beautiful! I applaud you for being able to pull off such a feast!

  2. Looks like it was delicious and well worth the work! Your table setting is gorgeous, too. Love the photos of you two! xoxo!

  3. truly an inspired pie!

  4. Beautiful! How amazing to have your grandparents come stay with you in Hong Kong! So you know I think you are a southern girl in disguise, and the “once a year napkins” certainly support that claim. But you slipped up when you made “stuffing”. We actually make “dressing” and not “stuffing” in the south . . . that will give you a little something to research 🙂

  5. Looks beautiful! Those pictures were almost enough to make me hungry again after a weekend of feasting.

    But just one thing, Natasha: ND beat USC on Saturday. I mean, that’s what the stadium clock said, even if you were watching on Sunday.

  6. Your table is so pretty! Your food looks yummy, and yes, he did do a fabulous job carving. I’m always torn between getting that thing carved first, which would be so efficient, and you know how I feel about efficiency, especially when it has to do with serving food hot — and having it on the table in all its glory. But yours looks just scrumptious!
    I don’t brine my turkey because the ones here are already brined when you buy them, but I recently brined my friend Susan’s chicken (you know how we trade honey for her organically raised chickens…) as it was thawing, just as you describe, and it was by far the best, tastiest, moistest chicken I’ve ever had!
    I love how you decorated the table with the pomegranates. Oh, I could go on and on, but you all look wonderful and I wish I could give you a big hug!

  7. Your table looks beautiful! And the food looks delicious. I’m very impressed with that carving job – now I feel like we just hacked away at our turkey… It all looks like it made for a wonderful evening.

    (also, as far as I can tell, your grandmother always looks classy!)

  8. Your dinner looks absolutely lovely, not surprising 🙂 Thank you again for sharing your pecan pie recipe – it was fabulous and I hope you’ll share even more of those signature Tash delicious recipes with me! I also loved the cute turkey napkins, and please tell my friend Nick it looks like he did a wonderful job in carving the turkey!

  9. impressive carving job.
    lovely napkins.
    great planning. I brine my turkey too, but since the children arrived, I have to set my table at the last minute now. ah well. Their excitement makes up for that inefficiency.
    And I decorate with edibles too – yes, because it’s thrifty! And pretty.

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