Thanksgiving 2011 planning

Gavin and I are hosting Thanksgiving at our house again this year. Last year I cooked it for a total of 10 people and this year there are 12! It was funny to celebrate with all the Brits as they definitely don’t acknowledge, let alone celebrate Thanksgiving, as a holiday and they only eat turkey for Christmas. I cooked turkey and all the trimmings, very (for my family) traditional. We started (of course) with cosmos and then moved on to wine and beer. Gavin’s cousin and his (then) fiancee brought a cheese platter, a friend and her flatmate brought mashed potatoes and another friend and his girlfriend brought pumpkin and pecan pie! It was amazing. The food went off without a hitch, everyone had a good time, and we never ran out of anything to drink. Lovely.

This year I am thinking that I might make it a little less “Wilson-family-traditional” and branch out a bit and try some new variations. Maybe a chestnut stuffing? Maybe some bacon in the roast brussels sprouts? Maybe these salads!

I saw these salads in an apple cup from Yummy Mummy over on the Kitchn… Oh the stuff you can find on the internet at work when you aren’t busy (and btw, aren’t her food photos lovely?!). I’m not sure if they are going to be time consuming to make – 12 apple cups? I can make them ahead of time though… Just rub lemon juice so they don’t turn brown? The salad itself sounds good as well – apple, blue cheese, avocado (and pomegranites but they are far too expensive here!). I think I would add bacon crumbles and some candied nuts and serve with some dressed greens on the side. We do everything buffet style since we don’t have a big enough table but I think they would look so nice on the side board!

Aren’t the colors just beautiful? It just screams fall and British apples are the best apples I have ever eaten in my life. No joke. I’m also not joking when I say that they have a super popular type called Cox. Seriously? The Brits just love cocks/cox. But that’s a whole different post ;)

Summer Days

Well not really summer. Apparently it’s October! You wouldn’t know it by looking at the thermometer! It was 25C/77F and yesterday it was even warmer. On Thursday it was the hottest September day since 1895! It was amazing as here in London we never really got summer. Instead, we were boiling in late April/early May and then after that it was just rain and gloom. Until now! It is weird though – it feels so summery but smells like fall. Good combo!

Yesterday was a wonderful day. We had some good friends Paul and Beki over for a BBQ in our garden. We got really lucky and got the last 2 BBQ’s the shop had! We had sausages, chicken kebabs, burgers and lamb kebabs. Quite the meat feast. Today we are making up for it with lots of veggies as we definitely did NOT get our 5-a-day!

Tonight, I am going to get busy and get stuff done. I have to finish my friend’s wedding invites and save the dates, finish my embroidering on my current quilt block, figure out how to design a quilt for my niece Kitty, and figure out how to make an advent calendar for my nephew! Christmas is starting in the peak of “summer” in our house!

Now – off to the pub for one final hurrah. We discovered a wonderful Swedish apple and red current cider! Mmm! Then dinner – pepper coated tuna steaks with asparagus and a cucumber salad! Healthy!

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