This has been my second year cooking Thanksgiving meal for my family – sans turkey unfortunately, but we are starting to make our own traditions, and that’s the fun of a family filled holiday! Last year I cooked with my brother which was incredibly entertaining, but this year he came a day late for Thanksgiving, so I decided to cook myself, with some help from my uncle; his first time in about 15 years! I was thoroughly excited to set the menu again, that is always my favorite part of the cooking experience. There were a few bumps in the road with setting the menu, as the few vegetables that I suggested in the salad, as sides, or in the pot pie were rejected. Potatoes were the ‘vegetable’ that was regarded as the best side dish to have, and that is how the classic mashed potato Thanksgiving side dish came about. Salad was a must for me to have despite the vegetable dilemma, but we fortunately managed to agree on some hearty veggies that we could eat in the salad. There was no way of making a turkey for the first time in a small kitchen with little time, so I decided to make a main dish on the basic theme of Thanksgiving, but that was delightful and easy to make, and chicken pot pie was the ideal dish to satisfy us all! That was meant to be the menu, a decent amount of food for 3 adults and a 4-year-old. However, my uncle, after several years of not cooking, thought that Thanksgiving would be the perfect time to revamp his culinary skills and cook a chicken curry, having a Thanksgiving meal with a dish from our heritage. The menu was perfect, and I had a cooking partner; I was thrilled!
On Thanksgiving Day, we went to the supermarket at 12 pm, only returning around 1 pm with our groceries to cook dinner. The start time of the cooking may have been a little late, but it was thoroughly enjoyable cooking with my uncle and having my cousin play around us during the rest of the day. So much of Thanksgiving is planned around the meal, and although the meal is such a grand event, it is the company and the laughs we have on the day that make us grateful for the family and friends that we have!
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Written by Fatema Sachak