This weekend we had our 5th annual Thanksgiving Dinner here in London. (Thanksgiving is on 27th November this year). For us, it’s a relatively new tradition, brought in by our good friend Kate who, although English, lived in Los Angeles from the age of 12.
Kate takes thanksgiving VERY seriously. Everyone brings a course or a dish and we have a collaborative ‘jamboree’ of awesome food. This year the lovely Claudia hosted. We started with champagne.. (the Pilgrim’s favourite?;) then goats cheese and smoked salmon blinis, moved on to turkey, mushroom, spinach and gruyere en croûte (for the veggies), honeyed carrots, pureed parsnip, roast potatoes, braised red cabbage. Dessert was pecan pie, salted caramel ice-cream. Followed by cheese, followed by Scottish tablet. All homemade, all brilliant. WOAH. Some serious eating. It was delicious, let me tell you.
A big part of the evening is the much dreaded/ anticipated ‘thank yous’ we all do. (how you feel about them depends on how much you like public speaking.. which varies in our gang.)
I hadn’t prepared anything.. but once I got going I was ‘grateful’ for this part of the night too. It’s pretty grounding to take time and take stock of what you’re thankful of.
The evening was topped off by some stunning music from our friend Dar. A highlight was his version of Lyle Lovett’s ‘Creeps Like Me’.
If you haven’t tried a Thanksgiving Dinner before… I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Food, Friends, Family, Music, Thanks. It’s all good. Kate has written this morning suggesting we find more reasons to have similar meals..Here’s my pick of her important days to celebrate…