Happy Thanksgiving! As some of you may know, Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday. I love fall – the colourful leaves, pumpkins, sweater weather, and of course, the Thanksgiving meal!
Germans celebrate a similar holiday to Canadian Thanksgiving, the Erntedankfest, the harvest festival of thanks. It tends to be more of a rural and religious celebration than a large family tradition as it is in North America, however.
Despite the fact that I am the only Canadian around that I know, I really wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving. I usually have a hand in preparing Thanksgiving meals but have never made the whole meal by myself.
First off, the turkey. Where to get one when Germans don’t celebrate Thanksgiving with a stuffed bird at this time of year? S and I checked out a butcher shop in our small town, but no dice. Next up was the local big supermarket. Success! I wasn’t looking for a whole bird, just some pieces so I could make this Turkey and Stuffing casserole from my new favourite food blog, Budget Bytes. I was able to find 4 dinosaur-sized turkey legs which I thought would do the trick.
I wanted to keep the menu simple – just the classics. I made stuffing, turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, maple roasted sweet potatoes with pecans, and green beans. For dessert, I made pumpkin scores with a spice glaze.
It was fun to celebrate Thanksgiving again with S – the first time we celebrated together was in NZ when we helped to prepare a meal for about 25 students living in our student residence. I am thankful for everything in my life – good friends, a loving family, and my life here in Germany with S knowing that we have many adventures ahead.