Wednesday 21nd November
Arrived at Mark and Jaewon's house in Frankfort, Kentucky with Tim, Hitomi, Assaf, Noa and their cute little baby Mickey.
|Mark, the victim of our thanksgiving dinner. He'll be slaving in the next two days.|
|Assaf and his 18-month-old baby Mickey.|
|Tim and Hitomi.|
|We just pottered about while everyone else was busy!|
|Mark's Grilled Salmon with Lime Butter Sauce / Noa's Mansaf.|
|Noa's variation on Tabule salad: with quinoa, sheep feta cheese, parsley, olive oil, sun-dried tomato paste, lemon, cucumber, onion, garlic, tomato and walnuts.|
|After dinner, Mark started brining the turkey.|
|Hitomi rolling out the crust for pear tarts.|
|Post-dinner Monopoly Deal card game!|
Thursday 22nd November
A busy cooking day! Mark and Jaewon cooked and cleaned while Assaf and Tim were practising piano on electric keyboards. Noa was looking after her baby, and I prepared one savoury tart and the sweet pies.
|Pumpkin pie for breakfast!|
|I wanted to make a puff pastry mushroom tart with onion purée, and Noa was entrusted with the most unpleasant task of chopping the onion...|
|Freeing the poor turkey from the brine.|
|Jaewon obviously didn't like the look of the turkey in the kitchen sink...|
|Green tea latte helped us get through the day...|
|The only savoury food I made: puff pastry mushroom tart with red onion purée, topped with cep and portobello mushrooms. Noa didn't eat pork, so I only sprinkled cured pork slivers on three quarters of the tart.|
|Gravy made from the turkey jus.|
|Mark used a meat thermometer to gauge the inner temperature of the bird. It was really succulent for a turkey!|
|Jaewon's pumpkin soup.|
|Roast turkey, Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes, Root Vegetable Gratin, Cranberry-orange sauce, Pumpkin soup.|
|Pear and honey tart.|
|Derby tart: I modelled this on Joe Pastry's recipe but didn't have light corn syrup or a pie pan... so I fiddled with the filling and baked it as a tart. It turned out much better than I could have hoped for and was definitely the best pie of the day!|
|Pumpkin pie, obviously.|
|Post-dinner card game again!|
|Thanks to Mark and Jaewon for hosting us!|
Friday 23nd November
We departed with Mark and Jaewon unwillingly and returned to Cincinnati around noon. I stocked up on Chinese grocery in the afternoon, and lured Hitomi into making Kimchi nabe for dinner.
|Asian food for a change!|
After dinner, I headed to the McCane's in Adams County, Ohio to visit John's family and grandparents for two days.
|The McCane's past midnight.|
|I brought this Asian-style steamed pumpkin and coconut cake to share. Obviously not the usual treatment Americans would give to pumpkin.... I'm not sure if they really liked it!|
|John and his mum.|
Saturday 24nd November
Idle day. Visited John's relatives and watched the movie Prometheus!
|Outside the McCane's house. Such an open field!|
|Mrs McCane and her father.|
|Thanksgiving dinner fare!|
|The McCane's already started decorating their Christmas tree. Domestic bliss.|
|Can't wait for Christmas to come!|
I know it sounds cliché, but I'm truly thankful for all the wonderful friends I met this holiday. Good food and great company are probably the best things one could ask for - obviously I'm not quite there yet, but I think these are the kind of memories that we'll look back on with fond affection as we get old. I'm also thinking of those friends who I haven't seen in ages and my family who are very far away. Thank you for being there and my life experience wouldn't be the same without each of you!