Thanksgiving in Bayern by Ecuadorians


Ecuadorians celebrate Thanksgiving? And in Bayern? Sí! Really? Sí. El día de acción de gracias or as most know it “Thanksgiving”, it’s neither a latino tradition nor an european one. But for three years now my husband and I decided to start a new tradition with Thanksgiving and we dragged all of our amigos with us.

Of all holidays I think Thanksgiving is the one that makes “more sense”. Because it’s not about partying or buying presents, it’s about being together with family and friends and being thankful for everything we have. In a world full of iPhones, iPads and all sort of iThings, we tend to forget about the simple things in life (Say good health, having a family, having drinking water, being able to eat every day, having a roof over my head, having an education, having found my soulmate) and we definitely tend to forget about how damn lucky we are. Gratitude is completely underrated nowadays. This is why I really like this holiday, we cook, we laugh, we eat and we are simply grateful.

Having said that, let me tell you about the aventura that is our Thanksgiving celebration. We celebrate it the fourth Saturday of November, Thursday would be impossible since it’s not an official holiday here. The star of the night is the pavo (turkey) of course. It all started on Thursday with the picking up and the seasoning. It’s here where you find out that I love Jamie Oliver and Christmas, so when he publishes a cooking book that it’s called Christmas recipes I just buy it, no questions asked. Here is the book. Turkey, stuffing and sauce recipe was from this book. My advice, go out to a library and buy it there. Avoid Amazon, get out there, breathe some fresh air, enjoy the christmassy feeling of this season and support the local business 🙂

So, for the seasoning we made a simple sage butter with salt and pepper. We covered the still so pale pavo with the butter, stuffed some clementines in it and wrapped it twice with aluminium foil. Our pavo was 15,5 Kg, it felt as if it was the biggest turkey on this earth. Here’s our Jurassic Turkey:

Jurassic Turkey stayed in the refrigerator until Saturday when we left to Landshut, where the dinner was taking place. On Saturday we put it in the oven at 6AM; dinner was planned for 6PM. We kept checking him from time to time. Jurassic Turkey was very well-behaved, so we were able to go check out the town. We bought some wintery decorations, listen to live christmas music and then we headed back home.

After about 7 hours it was time to take Jurassic Pavo out. Result? Perfecto! Then we covered it in a nice bacon blanket and let him cool down for 2 hours. In the meantime we made the stuffing, a yummy butternut squash one, the sauce, a very christmassy one with the turkey fat, cinnamon, cloves & co. and the famous cranberry sauce. The latinas mamás brought arroz navideño (Christmas rice) and Quinoa Salad, the torment of every latino person from the 80s/90s out there.

Right before we sat down we put Jurassic Pavo one last time in the oven. Look at the finished pavo:

Si, it tasted as yummy as it looks. Jamie really knows his stuff…it is known.

After eating we played some games, sang and danced to some very oldies latino music, remembering how far we have all come and how thankful we are to be where we are 🙂

Feliz late día de acción de gracias y’all!!! Gobble gobble gobble.

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María del Carmen Villafuerte de Almeida: Sí, that's my whole name. I'm a married Ecuadorian living in Germany's coolest city, München that is. I'll be helping you refresh your Spanglish through my aventuras with my familia around the world.

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