Happy Thanksgiving! I love this time of the year and being in France is no different, except for the obvious non existent holiday. Our family celebrated yesterday, Wednesday, 26 Novembre. Our children all get out of school at noon on Wednesdays and Thursday is always very hectic for our family. I was out of town for four days last week and into the weekend so I had not prepared anything for the big cooking day until Monday. I was a little nervous making the grocery list. For example, Aaron is a vegetarian, so things like gravy and stuffing have to have a veggie broth base and I wasn’t sure what I would find at the local french supermarket. Over the last few weeks I had been keeping my eye out for a turkey and had never seen one, so I wasn’t sure what piece of meat I was going to find to bring home for the meat eaters.
This is the vegetable and chicken broth. They are little packs of gel that you add to water. I have never seen these in the States to know if they sell anything like it. These actually worked great and contained so many herbs and flavoring!
My trip to the Carrefour was very successful, except for one ingredient, well actually two: 1- sweet potatoes and 2- cranberries. In the States, I can buy sweet potatoes year round and they are a Thanksgiving staple! I did find two turkey loin roasts and on tuesday, Aaron had to get to Nîmes to find some sweet potatoes, which he found! Yeah!
I spy pink and white marshmallows!! Thanks to Haribo, we had marshmallows. Haribo is a brand of candy that is very popular in Europe and France. There is a Haribo museum in Uzès that many French know about and like to visit! Marshmallows are called chamallow in French! The pink marshmallows must of added something special because everyone said they tasted delicious!
In little French villages there are old fashioned message boards throughout the village to let the villagers know of any notices or information concerning the said village. The local school where Jack and Sophie attend, also, put up these notices. A few days ago I was reading one about water, November 26th, Sanilhac Sagries… There were some words I did not understand so I didn’t actually understand the notice. Well, around 9:30 am, Wednesday morning our water turned off to almost nothing! I now understood what that notice was! The water was turned off (thanks goodness not completely, but I could not run the dishwasher, laundry, etc). Aaron and I got a good laugh out of it. I had to prepare Thanksgiving dinner with very little water! HA! I got along fine and everything worked out. The water turned on around 3pm so I was able to start the dishwasher before our two guests, the American LDS missionaries, came over. But, I was so THANKFUL for water after 6 hours of preparing and cooking with very little!
Also, our kitchen is not very big and our oven seems to be even smaller. I was a little worried about logistical timing of all the dishes, but I am happy to report that everything went smoothly and things were on the table, hot and ready to eat! Maybe because I was so worried about the space and timing, I planned it out even better.
The stuffing was delicious this year! I think it was because of the yummy french baguettes I used! Yum, Yum!
We were all so happy to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving in France! I know we all have a better appreciation for our wonderful country of the United States of America. We are also very grateful that we can be living in France and that America has so many opportunities that has allowed Aaron to provide this opportunity for us!
I am so grateful for family! I cried at the table as Julia and Alexis are not able to be with us! It has been a sad few days for me as a mother. It is very hard as a parent to have your children so far away on a beautiful holiday as Thanksgiving! I sympathized with the parents and loved ones of the missionaries who were sitting at our table!
Our menu consisted of: turkey, vegetable based gravy, meat based gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetable base stuffing, chicken broth based stuffing, homemade rolls, green beans with bacon, green beans without, sweet potatoes, death by chocolate and an apple crostata. I could not find pumpkins to make a traditional pumpkin pie.
Below are a few photos we snapped of our Thanksgiving Feast!
PS. To help with the Thanksgiving spirit, my kids all enjoyed watching Charlie Browns Thanksgiving!