Preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal in India forced us to ask questions that I had never thought of before like, “What part of the pig does ham come from?” We got the wrong cut on that one, so I am actually still asking that question, but you have to think fast when someone’s holding an entire pigs leg up in front of you wanting to know how to cut it.
Or, ‘How do we get the briquettes to light off without a briquette starter?’ Answer: once you have used all the Zippo lighter fluid and firestarting blocks you have, you heat one briquette at a time on the gas stove while someone else fans the rest like crazy…for a long time. However, once we got those briquettes burning and calmed the neighbors, reassuring them that we weren’t burning the place down, they kept burning all day and through the night. Which leads to more questions, ‘How do we bake our turkey on a charcoal grill? Will it take forever? Will it even be done in time for dinner?’ *The turkey actually cooked really fast, in about an hour or two and turned out amazing! Tasting great even after sitting for several hours. Pretty sure BBQing our turkey on a charcoal grill may just become a tradition.
Of course there are questions like ‘Will this bottle of shelf stable dairy product ever become whipped cream if I keep shaking it?’ Thirty minutes of shaking led me to believe that maybe I found the answer, and that answer is: no.
‘Should I brave continuing to make my first gravy from turkey drippings in the dark?’ No better time for a power outage than 10 minutes after the first guests arrive.
And then of course there is always the ‘How in the world do we fit this all in the fridge??’ That one is probably more of a universal question.
I felt extremely grateful to be spending this Thanksgiving with my husband, family and new friends in India.
Overeating, dancing and singing along to ‘Honky Tonk’ and ‘Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy’ seemed to us the best way to introduce our new friends to this very American holiday.