The big story and the reason why you tuned in for this blog is Thanksgiving (and not at all to do with the pop legend title reference, right?). This was my first big holiday in Grenada. Well, except for Easter, I suppose. But as I spent most of last term miserable and perpetually anemic from mosquitoes, I was less than enthusiastic when Easter rolled around and, if my memory serves me correctly, I believe I spent the holiday crying.
Since I’m having a considerably better term this fall, I actually felt the drive to create (as best possible) a traditional Thanksgiving. “Traditional Thanksgiving” to many may imply the inclusion of turkey. Ah, but this is Grenada, folks and, even if I did have a full-sized oven, there was no flippin’ way I was going to buy a turkey at these prices!
Even so, we did still enjoy chicken breasts, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, flaky biscuits, corn, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie! I’d like to take credit for slaving over this meal all day, but I had to cut some corners. IGA, our primary grocery store, is notorious for running out of the particular item you absolutely must have! Knowing this, I wondered what problems the grocer would have in the week that preceded Thanksgiving. Many of the American students would be collecting their holiday meal items at the same time. Concerned as I was that IGA wouldn’t have something I needed to prepare our meal, I began stocking up on supplies early. So I bought instant mashed potatoes weeks before Thanksgiving in the off chance that IGA wouldn’t have fresh potatoes the week before the holiday. I bought Stove Top stuffing, Pillsbury Grands biscuits, canned sweet potatoes, a premade pie crust, a jar of Heinz gravy (made in Pittsburgh!!). The only thing I didn’t skimp on was the pumpkin for the pie. That I bought fresh, then boiled and mashed myself.
|I combined these two as a topping for the pumpkin pie. So good!|
|The wishbone, which was the highlight of the night for David.|
|Mid-bite... sort of.|