Yesterday was our Thanksgiving. From what I understand, its not as "big" a holiday as in the States.
But yet, it still means great food and great company. This year Fidel and I spent our first Thanksgiving together (you are going to be so tired of me talking about him....)
We had our dinner Sunday night, rather than last night.We figured it would be easier over all.
Funny how two different people will cook a turkey two different ways~ we were able to compromise
by combining both methods and the turkey turned out the best I have ever had .
Fidel brined the bird for about 24 hours before we cooked it. The recipe for a brined bird doesn't call for bread stuffing done in the bird's cavity. Well I just had to have my stuffing done that way, so we stuffed the bird.
He usually cooks his meat using a meat thermometer to gauge doneness. Myself, I've always timed the cooking of my turkeys via the Funny Farmer Cookbook calculations. We did both simultaneously and proved to our uber geeky selves that both methods are equal in accuracy.
Lemme see what we had for dinner.....
Whipped mashed potatoes a la Medstudentwife
Ginger glazes carrots a la Fidel
Finnish turnip casserole
Medstudentwife homemade rhubarb pie (I used lard this time for the pastry - back to shortening next time) with French vanilla ice cream.
Plenty of food was left over for last night's repeats, sandwiches today and we think at least dinner tomorrow night. No turkey soup although - I can't stand the smell of simmering poultry carcases.
This all may sound quite consumerish. It is. However on the flip side, it was so nice to have Fidel home to share this time, and that we were able to have the food we ate. For this and so much more I am thankful. Many out there were and are so much more unfortunate.