Wow! SO politically incorrect, except I really am talking about Indian (spices) and this was my very first Thanksgiving to do the cooking.
There’s some irony in the fact that I had to move to England (i.e. the land pilgrims were escaping) to finally roast my first turkey.
I was a little apprehensive, especially when I woke up at 4 am this morning after several dreams in which I blow up the kitchen. Not a good way to start the day.
Fortunately, I’ve spent the better part of this week researching recipes and roasting techniques, combining everything I learned into one massive production.
Along the way, I also learned that there are a LOT of American foods that the British find… well, gross.
For instance, mixing peanut butter and chocolate (a la delicious Reese Peanut Butter Cups) or combining sweet and savoury (a la marshmallows on sweet potatoes).
“No, that IS weird,” my one and only British friend confirmed.
To that I retort, “You eat Marmite…
… and you love it!”
In any case, I opted to try a savoury recipe calling for chili powder and cumin, both of which I found in the Indian food section of my grocery store. (read: They didn’t carry decent-sized marshmallows)
Okay. So Indian chili powder, even at 1/8th of what the recipe calls for, kicks our pansy-ass American chili powder in the butt fifty time over… and then it eats its shorts.
As for cumin… Yeah. Ground cumin and whole cumin seeds. Not interchangeable in the same quantities.
To put in another way, Mike, who is unfailingly good-natured about my “culinary experiments” (ahem, flops), tasted it before popping it into the oven. He turned to me and said…
(cough, cough) (raspy voice) “I’ll run to the store to get you more sweet potatoes” (gasping for air)
“Are you sure?”
(more coughing… possibly choking)
“NO! Really! (more gasping) I don’t mind”
(struggling out the front door)
So, here is the beginnings of a little dish I’ve dubbed “Sweet Potato Re-do”.
By the way, I HAND mashed it with a wooden spoon in the absence of such turn-of-the-NINETEENTH-century appliances like my beloved food processor as a way of penance for turning my back on All-American Thanksgiving.
Oh, and I mixed in some butter and maple syrup. Yeah. That’s right it’s sweet and savoury… HA!
The mac n’ cheese was pretty, but not the same without Velveeta.
The green bean casserole with dried onions in lieu of “French Fried Onions” was tasty in it’s own wrong way.
The cinnamon-orange cranberry sauce was divine. No canned stuff for me!
We were, however, divided on the bread stuffing…
Avery: Ice Cream now please?
(Shh! not until after you eat more sweet potatoes…)
… and for my crowning achievement of the day.
I did NOT blow up the kitchen.
Oh, and I made this.
Happy Thanksgiving, Homies!