We weren’t able to make it home this year for Thanksgiving. It is the first time for both of us not seeing family during at least one to two days over the long weekend. To boot, Gabe doesn’t get Thanksgiving off as he is on the European system.
Instead of being sad, we decided to infuse Thanksgiving into Geneva by hosting a traditional dinner at our flat. Our group was comprised of 5 from the United States, 1 from Ireland, 1 from Finland, and 1 from Germany. Oh, and a Swiss dog! It was our first International Thanksgiving.
Those of us from the US made some traditional dishes – green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. It was my first attempt at making turkey and we used the recipe from this site. Many thanks to the friends and family who sent me recipes over email since I was nervous.
My “Virginia biscuits” didn’t turn out so hot, due to the fact they don’t have self rising flour here. Oopsie. The pumpkin pie had a crater, but oh well. It still tasted like a piece of home, and was fun to share an ‘authentic’ Thanksgiving with our friends from other countries.
While we miss our family and friends back home, we feel fortunate to have been surrounded by wonderful friends and good and plentiful food.
Bon weekend everyone!