It’s surprising how many things we cling to when we are homesick. Thanksgiving becomes especially important when you’re away from home. Americans in Madrid rushed to “Taste of America,” ( a store with American products) to find as many traditional Thanksgiving items as possible.
I love Thanksgiving because it’s an excuse to eat like a pig. You eat all day and then the next day with your loved ones surrounding you. All the expats feel a special kind of lonely this time of year. We all sit around and talk about what we miss about America and our families.
So I went to two Thanksgiving dinners. The first was with my co-workers. We had green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, potatoes, and cranberry sauce.It was nice to be surrounded with loving faces in new country.
Then I held one at my house however I ended up having a flu. I was terribly sick. I cooked and basically left everyone to eat while I puked and passed out. It wasn’t ideal. But I was happy I could sort of have a dinner with my friends.
What I made:
I made the same dish for both, au gratin with cauliflower.
I used a recipe but I made changes. I used cauliflower instead of mushrooms because a lot of people don’t like mushrooms. Instead of cream I used cream cheese which I think came out pretty good. I could find good cream to use for cooking.
Happy Holidays everyone!