Happy Thanksgiving everybody. While the origin and celebration of this tradition is distinctly American, the "giving thanks" thought behind it isn't half bad. I'll ignore the whole "but the pilgrims killed a lot of Indians" debacle. Everybody should take a second and consider what they're thankful for.
Personally, I'm thankful that it seems people over here got the message this summer when gas prices went over $4/gallon (approx. 6 DKK/liter at the current exchange rate- which is much higher than what is normal for the U.S.). So while gas prices have plummetted to below $2 per gallon (approx. 3 DKK/liter) hopefully the current focus on producing and buying more fuel efficient cars is here to stay.
And staying on the topic of overconsumption - don't say I don't have great segues - we are doing our part to keep up the U.S. economy (and over-consuming in the process, sorry). Facing facts and realizing we'd never be able to cook a proper Thanksgiving dinner, we've cheated. Together with the rest of the Danish crowd, we've bought an Ultimate Whole Turkey Feast [PDF] from Marie Callender's. In case you're hungry, and too lazy to click through, here is the full list of ingredients:
- 10-12 lbs. whole oven-roasted turkey
- 2 lbs. apple-sage stuffing
- 2 lbs. fire-roasted yams (with cranberry streusel topping)
- 16 oz. cranberry sauce
- 3 lbs. fresh mashed potatoes
- 32 oz. turkey gravy
- 1½ lbs. Chef’s vegetables
- 9” round golden cornbread
- 5 oz. honey butter
- Whole pumpkin pie
- 2½ oz. Marie Callenders’s special blend coffee
Enjoy! (we will)