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.
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:
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!