Any excuse for a party, you will often hear an Australian say, but is it really true?
I often wonder why don’t we celebrate some really good holidays in Australia? Thanksgiving (a day about being grateful for the food, harvest & all we have?) Or Halloween (a time to dress up spooky, meet your neighbours & eat lollies!) It puzzles me?
In my house, we love a good celebration, any opportunity to get dressed up. My daughter is 1/2 Canadian & this year we celebrated Thanksgiving.
How to make it work
Give yourself plenty of time. (I took a full day)
Buy good fresh & local produce. (I went to a local Farmers Market and Community Garden.) What I couldn’t get from them I bought from a local fruit shop & butcher.
Write a list
Include kids where possible & give entertainment so you can get your work done
Have good music playing!
Get tips from the experts. I consulted Canadian relatives & they suggested the following:
Large chicken (they suggested Turkey – but hey we are Aussie’s)
STUFFING made from scratch (add rice for a Native twist)
Mashed Turnip with brown sugar
Mashed potatoes – (made with cream & a pinch of salt)
Spinach & cauliflower (added by me)
Pumpkin Pie is a must with fresh whipped cream ( we added Ice Cream)
Here is my stuffing recipe & although I am no expert. This was pretty awesome!
My Mum arrived with a lovely bunch of eatable flowers; my friend arrived with her first harvest of zucchini. Lovely touches & very appropriate!
My daughter gave a short candle lighting ceremony, which included a short description of what we’d be eating & history of Thanksgiving. Before eating we went around the table saying what we were thankful for. I recommend this anytime or alternatively ‘Best thing about your day’.
The Recipe got from Canadian Living – it is delicious & simple. (Recipe below)
I’d run out of frozen pastry so I got a simple recipe for short crust pastry (see below). I was surprised how easy it was to make – it has 3 ingredients! The recipe didn’t say to pre-cook the pastry, but I did in line with the instructions on the Pumpkin recipe.
The Clean up
Everyone pitched in – I highly recommend letting your guests do this. Why keep it all to yourself? It’s much more fun cleaning up with guests to talk to.
We’ve booked this one into our family celebrations from now on. Parties do take some effort if you want good food & atmosphere.
I don’t care if other Aussies don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. I think too many people worry about where holidays come from & not being “Australian”! I think people forget majority of our holidays originate overseas.
We are in charge of celebrations in our family, we love culture & trying something new! I believe any excuse for good food, good company & fun! Happy Thanksgiving!