We celebrated our first Canadian holiday this weekend, by giving thanks...for good food and good company! None of the locals can give me a reason for why the holiday is celebrated a month before the American Thanksgiving, and many of the locals thought it was a worldwide tradition! Clearly there are many misunderstandings about the holiday...
So, looking up trusty Wikipedia, this is the reason we are supposed to give thanks this weekend.... "Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day (Canadian French: Jour de lAction de grâce), occurring on the second Monday in October, is an annual Canadian holiday to give thanks at the close of the harvest season. Although the original act of Parliament references God and the holiday is celebrated in churches, the holiday is also celebrated in a secular manner."
We had Chloe and Lachlan over for a delicious feast and lots of wine and champagne and gin. To celebrate the occasion we watched Pieces of April (just so they would savour my turkey even more) and Shortbus just cos its an awesome film.
On the menu:
Entree: French Onion Soup with Parmesan Cheese Croutons
Mains: Rosemary and Thyme Turkey Stuffed with Fruits and Nuts; Cranberry and Orange
Relish; Home-made Turkey Gravy; Garlic Mashed Potato; Baby Carrots Glazed with Honey and Balsamic Vinegar; Snow Peas with Mint and Pine Nuts.
Dessert: Home-made Cinnamon Apple Pie with Warm Brandy Custard
God, we ate so much.
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