Thanksgiving is a distinctively American holiday. Here in Britain it’s just Thursday. For many of my classmates and I this is the first times that we’re away from our families during the holiday.
In an effort to fight homesickness my flatmates decided to cook Thanksgiving favourites to share. I volunteered to make the apple crisp since that’s what I’m in charge of making at home.
When I go home for break I will help my mom with the cooking for our Thanksgiving dinner. Since we live 3 and 6 hours away from our extended families, we usually will invite any friends who also don’t have much or any family in the area to dinner.
Now, when we have guests coming over my mom tends to make a lot of food. People generally will go home with a bunch of leftovers.
For Thanksgiving the menu usually includes turkey, ham, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, dinner rolls, and dessert. Like I said before I’m in charge of making the apple crisp.
I’m also in charge of making the mac and cheese and quality testing the fried onions that go on the top of the green bean casserole. In addition to this I help with whatever else my mom needs made.
We generally try to prep things a few days before so we just have to pop them in the oven the day of. Although we’re not home this year, I guarantee that making food is going to make us feel like we are.
When we get back to the flat tonight after our internships and start making the food the whole place will smell like Thanksgiving and home. While I’m thankful to be in London, but definitely I wanted to be home with my family today.
Thanksgiving break comes as the much needed break from school I need at this point in the semester.