Thanksgiving in Glasgow

An expat Thanksgiving is a funny thing. The holiday is in the middle of a busy working week and the rest of the country is caught up in the impending Christmas season. But even if you’re busy on the actual day, there’s always that longing for the holiday back home and the desire to commemorate it in some way. This year I was lucky enough to be working the US shift, so I automatically got the day off. And with Danny not starting his new job until the beginning of December, we had the perfect day to make our own expat Thanksgiving.

This is my second time making Thanksgiving dinner in Scotland but my third holiday in the country. I was over here for Thanksgiving in 2006. We had a theatre class field trip to Edinburgh on the actual day so we all celebrated that Saturday. Our trip leaders provided the turkey, but we had to make do with turkey breasts as that’s the only thing that could fit into their flat’s tiny oven. Everyone was assigned a side dish and I’m ashamed to say I went to easy route and brought a veggie/dip tray. I definitely wasn’t into cooking back then!

I had to work in 2010 but I brought in mini pumpkin pies to introduce my colleagues to some traditional Thanksgiving food. That Saturday I hosted my first every Thanksgiving and managed to cook a turkey, stuffing, scalloped potatoes, biscuits, cranberry sauce and a pumpkin pie for five adults and two kids! No pictures, I think that’s around the time my camera started to not work.

Spent last Thanksgiving in the States so that brings us to 2012. Even with my new camera I only have two iPhone pictures as the uploader’s not working right now (don’t worry, it’ll get fixed before our trip to the States).

My beautiful pumpkin cheesecake, before we cut into it and found it hadn’t set properly. Oh well, pumpkin chocolate chip mousse is just as good!

I made chicken instead of turkey this time, with my own special roast chicken marinade. I also made stuffing, scalloped potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts with balsamic glaze, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and a very pudding-like pumpkin chocolate chip cheesecake. We invited Danny’s mom over and enjoyed some cheese and crackers and homemade pomegranate martinis before the big meal.

Hope everyone’s still enjoying the Thanksgiving weekend or just a good old regular weekend here in the UK.

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  1. joel martinez

     /  November 24, 2012

    Thank you ! We got up this morning and your American Lex and really enjoy it.

  2. Glad you enjoyed it! Missed you on Thanksgiving.


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