It’s finally come around to it our second Thanksgiving…. but it was our first alone.
We had initially decided NO TURKEY for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. But, we caved and thought we should have it for Thanksgiving. Sticking with tradition and all that.
So we decided leading up to the time that we would be better with just a turkey breast as we waster that much of the bird last Christmas with an 11lb bird (which was the smallest we could get).
I found our turkey breast joint at, of all places, Target.
So with the meat being bought we then put our heads together for which vegetables we wanted to have with it. We of course with good ol’ Tibbs tradition had to have mashed potatoes and roast potatoes. Then it came down to which other vegetables should we have?
I opted for swede (rutabaga) and parsnip bake, but I was told to wait until Christmas to make that. With that came the thought of honey roasted parsnips, which always wins with Christopher, peas and carrots. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but using 3lb of potatoes for a meal is a lot.
So the meal had been decided.
Next up was to decided a dessert. We could have gone for my usual Pavlova, but again we decided this would be a Christmas thing. So instead a went through a list of far easier desserts that I can make without any hassle and finally decided on blackberry crumble.
And so Thanksgiving finally arrived after all of my planned shopping and preparation.
We put the turkey in the oven not sure of what to expect.
Whilst this was cooking Christopher peeled the spuds and I prepared the dishes for the stuffing, roast potatoes and parsnips to be cooked in.
When the turkey was ready we found we had cooked it the above the temperature which had been suggested, but I decided it was better to be safe than sorry.
once this was out of the oven I then had the all clear to start cooking everything else.
Christopher even carved the turkey for me.
This all went swimmingly. I got the potatoes all mashed up with cream and butter and served it all up.
I know it might not look like a lot but it was more than enough. So we went for a small walk just to settle some of the food.
When we got back we decided to watch Punkin Chunkin’. Which is just basically and thanksgiving contest for different types of throwing machines in different categories. Each of them throwing pumpkins or as it was said in the show the punkins.
Part way through we got some appetite back so I decided it was time for blackberry crumble.
it was very yummy.
Even though we didn’t get as big of a turkey as previously we still had a lot left to eat so we decided the best way to finish it was sandwiches, quesadillas and curry.