Well..it’s that time of year again…Thanksgiving! One of my favourite holidays (Christmas is my actual favourite), because it means family, remembering everything we are thankful for, and of course, an extremely filling but tasty meal. Unfortunately I did not get to spend Thanksgiving in Canada with my family, but that is something I will easily give up for the opportunity to live in France!
I actually have quite a few Canadian friends here. In my program there is me, 5 students from Alberta (sidenote: none of them knew each other before coming!), and 2 Newfoundlanders. A friend of mine from my hometown, Squamish also just moved to Lyon a couple weeks ago to teach English for the year, so we have been spending time together. We invited Sophie to join us. Also eating with us was Sorcha, our “honourary Canadian”, who is actually from Ireland. She’s hilarious. They all are, I think we scared the guys a little bit. We had a tough time finding a place that would fit all of us, our plan was going to have to be to eat outside, but luckily Matt volunteered his place when it turned out a few people couldn’t come. We were only short 1 chair!
We did potluck style altogether we had: ham, dressing (as the Newfies call it), mashed potatoes, broccoli, sweet potatoes, pasta salad (thanks Meghann for the recipe), gravy, salad, buns, carrots, and wine (we are in France duh). It was actually really challenging to:
1. find the ingredients in France, for the ham we had to get lunch meat ham that we fried. I also couldn’t find any ranch sauce for the pasta salad…I used something called “nature” which I think is kind of similar….
2. cook in our tiny little kitchens. For the pasta salad I had to boil water for the pasta 4 times…took quite a long time. Turns out I actually made way more than I needed to and we barely made a dent. I didn’t know though, I had never cooked for that many people!
Happy thanksgiving! Look around you and appreciate what you have and all of the special people in your life 🙂