I failed you guys. Thanksgiving came and went here in Canada without me providing a single recipe for turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce or anything other than fall desserts really. I don’t have a good excuse for why it turned out this way. Sure I tend to focus on dessert anyways but I have never excluded savoury recipes from my site. I think what it really came down to for me was the fact that Thanksgiving all holidays are really more about family and tradition than they are about blogging. Let’s face it, I’m not going to do two Thanksgiving meals, one for photo purposes and one for actually celebrating Thanksgiving. Even though I do it around my immediate family, I don’t think it is appropriate to let 12 people’s food get cold while I work at getting the ultimate shot of the Thanksgiving spread. I guess you don’t technically need pictures to share a recipe but I know they are the first thing that catches my attention.
|I figured somewhere on my computer I would be able to find a picture of a turkey from Thanksgivings past.|
Enough about the actual logistics, pictures or not I am going to share with you a little of what Thanksgiving looks like in Canada, or at least in my family. The bird is the word, no questions asked. Somehow even as a vegetarian I still take on the responsibility of cooking the turkey. Hypocritical, perhaps, but I would rather do it just to remain in control in the kitchen. I always roast it hot and fast. I tried the low and slow thing once and it produced the driest turkey I have ever served in my life. I was not even eating it and I was embarrassed that others had to. For the 6kg (about 13lb) bird I cooked this year, I started it in a 450F degree oven, turning the heat down to 350F and letting it go for just under 3 hours. A little bit of stuffing goes in the turkey but I cook most of it in a 9×13 pan (mainly because that makes it vegetarian!). Homemade cranberry sauce is a necessity. My sister and I always fight over who gets to clean out any leftovers in the bowl, eating it straight with a spoon. Otherwise it really is a straight forward spread; mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, pickled vegetables (this year beets and carrots made the table), homemade buns, a variety of salads and pumpkin pie.
A fellow blogger contacted me the other day with the idea of doing a collaborative Thanksgiving piece and I thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast her Thanksgiving traditions in Chicago with mine here in Calgary. I would say there are more similarities than there are differences. Although I had to laugh when I read her description of autumn, we are already well into winter! Here is what Kendra has to share about her upcoming Thanksgiving plans. You can check her out on Twitter too!