Posted by: Ali | October 13, 2009

Peruvian Thanksgiving… and Pie

Having attempted my part, the other people here decided to make all the other bits of Thanksgiving.  We went to the store and actually managed to find turkeys, which surprised me.  We had the choice between an 8-pound one and an 18-pound one, and since there would be about 9 of us, we went for the big version.

Defrosting

Defrosting

However, we had a problem with such a big turkey – we had nothing to do with it!  The sink didn’t have a plug, so we had to stick it in this pot to defrost it, and rotate it every so often.  And never mind a roasting pan, or whatever those things are called, we couldn’t find one anywhere that wasn’t a bajillion soles.

Roasting pan?

Roasting pan?

So we kinda made a makeshift one out of tin foil and a baking tray.  It worked, more or less!

Potatoes were also a group effort:

Peeling...

Peeled...

Mashed with a fork

Mashed with a fork

We also tried to make yorkshire pudding, in honour of there being two Brits present for dinner, but we didn’t have enough muffin trays so we had to improvise…

Ana Maria helped!

Ana Maria helped!

It turned out funny-looking!

It turned out funny-looking!

Unfortunately it didn’t last long.  The whole thing collapsed not long after and the cook, Chris, was dejected at his failure and refused to eat it.  Everyone else thought it was good!

Sweet potato mush

Sweet potato mush

I also contributed sweet potatoes, using my mom’s recipe.  Unfortunately, they boiled a bit too long so they were very soft and turned to mush.  Luckily, they still tasted awesome!

Lauren and Megan, just here for the food!

Lauren C and Megan, just here for the food!

Everyone at the feast

Everyone at the feast

Everything was so delicious!

Everything was so delicious!

And yes, even the pie turned out yummy, although it looked funny:

And a little crispy on the edges

And a little crispy on the edges

Delicious!

Delicious!


Responses

  1. Very impressive, Ali! We missed you back home, but it’s so nice that you have a surrogate family to share your Thanksgiving! The food looks delicious – even the pie. Your stubborn resourcefulness worked to great effect. There’s no meal so delicious as the one that is a true challenge.

  2. I love the pics! I had a great time and must say Ali’s pie and sweet potatoes were muy muy yummy!!!

  3. Looks awesome, Ali! (I guess I’ll have to give clearer instructions on the sweet potatoes next time, but good to hear they were muy yummy.) I like the deck of Canada cards in one of the photos.

    I remember when we living in Dallas, probably the last year we were there, that we found out about a Canadian club that was celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving. I don’t really remember much about it except that it was fun to be around a bunch of Canucks for this special feast. And maybe we went ice skating???

    Glad that you got to celebrate Thanksgiving so far from home! (You know me — I love seasonal festivities.)


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