London Thanksgiving Dinner
8 supermarket trips
3 hours of cooking
5 Thanksgiving dishes (divided)
2 holiday candles
3 bottles of wine
Mix for 3 hours, stirring in 20 minutes’ worth of stories explaining the origin of Thanksgiving holiday and traditions (Optional: add 1/2 cup skepticism and a healthy dash of snark).
To make gluten-free or historically accurate, may substitute alternative Thanksgiving accounts.
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Tagged baking, celebrate, celebration, Cook, Cooking, England, Europe, food, friends, Holiday, London, meal, Thanksgiving, tradition, UK
There must be a template for staff parties:
- Minimal decoration
- A costume or dress code that mostly gets ignored
- Enough food for twice as many people
- Festive music of which one person inevitably takes control
- And clusters of people desperately clutching alcoholic beverages
Don’t confuse this for complaint. It is simply fun to observe how culturally or geographically transcendent the ‘staff party’ can be.
And a holiday message from TTL.
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Tagged babies, Baby, Christmas, community, dance, dancing, drink, food, Holiday, meal, music, party, staff, TTL, Work
This is Elizabeth Quaye.
She’s 13 years old; speaks three languages; loves to eat Mr. Snackys; and always makes sure her younger sister Genesis is included in her games. More importantly, she’s the closest thing I have to a compatriot in Ho.
Elizabeth often comes to my house in the evenings to ask all sorts of questions. Mostly questions about America.
Many Americans view Africa (the continent comprised of 54 countries and hundreds of distinct languages) as a single, stereotypical region. Many of my Ghanaian neighbors consider the United States (the country comprised of 50 states and hundreds of immigrant nationalities) the same way.
Thus, when Elizabeth asked me what is an American meal, I decided to make a point. American cuisine is nonexistent, or at best a compilation of innovations on dozens of different ethnic foods. As we sat in my living room watching How To Train Your Dragon, Elizabeth had her first American dinner: Ghana edition.
My Asian-inspired evening was more to my taste than Elizabeth’s, but to her credit she tasted everything. At least the experience should stop questions about what people eat in America.
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Tagged Africa, America, community, dinner, food, Ghana, India, Indian, meal, recipe, share, story, US, USA
I have the time but not the desire to scurry around town and collect photos of all the street food that has sustained me the past four months. So I refer readers instead to this excellent compilation of Ghanaian food by KitchenButterfly.
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Tagged Africa, blog, cuisine, Ewe, food, foodie, Ghana, Ghanaian cuisine, meal, recipe, Volta Region