Happy Thanksgiving (to those who celebrate Thanksgiving)!!!
This is definitely one of those holidays that will probably never come into Japan, despite this country's love for importing holidays, such as Halloween and Easter. For one, Japan never had any Native Americans that taught the pilgrims, that never came to Japan, how to grow corn and sat down together for a meal after a good harvest season. But more importantly, it's almost impossible to roast a whole turkey in Japan's tiny microwave ovens.
But I'v always loved this holiday from my childhood days growing up in Michigan and since my sister was heading over to my place for the weekend, I invited the girls over for an early Thanksgiving dinner, sans the turkey.
I was up and early, running back and forth to the supermarket, cooking and baking my butt off. It's always fun putting a dinner together for family and friends, I get pretty excited about things like this. At the same time, I often get in over my head with ideas too difficult to execute by myself. This year though, I was surprisingly level headed throughout the whole process and had a great time in the kitchen, even though it was just me, my oven and reruns of Sherlock
in the back ground.
The menu consisted of apple cranberry walnut salad
, pumpkin soup, blooming onion bread
, mashed potatoes, broccoli and macaroni casserole, green bean avocado fried rice
, spinach balls
, and bread stuffing
. For dessert, there was pumpkin pie
and apple pie, which I baked the day before.
When everyone came over, they helped set the table and then (after a quick photo session of the food, hehe) we all dug in! It was all SO GOOD!
I've learned that get-togethers like this are not really about the food. I mean, it kind of is...but it's not. We could have had conbini bentos and it still would have tasted good, although not as Thanksgiving-y. For me, what makes the difference is that we were all enjoying this meal together. I personally miss my family the most around the holidays, so it was nice to have a full house (because my apartment is tiny, you know?) filled with chatter and laughter over dinner. The fact that we were all there enjoying the meal together is definitely what made it delicious!
I hope you're enjoying time with friends and family this holiday season, too! x
Here are some photos: