|Don't hate me because my lattice work is beautiful.|
This year we were in Abu Dhabi for Thanksgiving and we had the good fortune of being invited to a fellow American's house to celebrate, along with some Kiwi friends who were very much looking forward to their first Thanksgiving ever. We had Native American headbands for the kids, Turkey coloring sheets and an abundant buffet line-up. The dinner went off without a hitch and even though we celebrated on a Friday, there was no football, and we rounded off the evening with one child projectile vomiting all over her dad and half the table, there was still enough good cheer to watch a couple of rounds of hilarious SNL skits and gorge on delicious desserts.
I made the Turkey, stuffing and gravy, as well as corn pudding and a cherry pie (Matt's favorite). Luckily there were no huge train wrecks in my food offering, and in fact everything turned out great. As if wonderful friends and family weren't a good enough reason to be grateful, that definitely is. The cherry pie filling sold here is different from the one we like in the US (and fresh cherries are prohibitively expensive from what I can see), but the pie was still good and I am really proud of my crust and lattice work which is the best I've ever done, generally ending up with a wonky, anorexic looking version of Martha Stewart creations when I make pies.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We are headed to the states shortly but there is a forthcoming post on the culinary and aesthetic pleasures of Italy, I promise...