For the first time, this Brit celebrated Thanksgiving last week. Well, I’m not sure celebrate is accurate. Thanksgiving dinner was had. Followed by much merriment. It was more just about the food. Isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?
Since as long as I can remember, I’ve really enjoyed having people over and cooking for them. Back in England I tried to do it as much as possible with my friends there. I’m proud to say I had an annual barbecue tradition where totally obscene amounts of food was cooked and consumed. And now I’m lucky enough to have a guy who enjoys doing this as much as me.
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see the ridiculous number of food photos. Food is a big part of our life. So we’ll take any excuse to cook up a huge meal for some friends.
Prep began the day before Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie (using Alton Brown’s pumpkin pie recipe) and dry brining/marinading the lamb. Because you see in Bahrain there is no turkey. No wait, that’s a lie. There is turkey right now, which is frozen and HUGE. Too huge for our oven. Pork could have been an option but being a Muslim country, pork is incredibly expensive. (it is available to non-muslims in supermarkets) So – lamb.
Thanksgiving day started off sedately with the prep stages, turning into an absolute whirlwind of cooking. We both loved every second of it. It’s one of the things I’m most proud of – both of us work insanely well together in the kitchen. I hate the brag, but I’m gonna – it’s the one thing people comment most about us too. Makes this girl proud.
Anyway, back to Thanksgiving food. There was a lot. Along with pumpkin pie and lamb we made mashed potatoes, dropped scones, green beans, glorious stuffing, gravy and our friends brought over some fantastic nut roast.
After food things descended into a Chromecast party – I shit you not, this wasn’t planned, but it happened. And it was brilliant. Where else can you watch music videos ranging from random dub step remixes of your favourite songs to some third wave ska.