Hi guys! I know, I know, it’s not Thanksgiving, yet. However, you can feel the Thanksgiving excitement everywhere (except of those who went straight to Christmas after Halloween :P). Thanksgiving Day, which originated as a harvest festival, is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. We have a week off at university and everyone travels back home to spend the Thanksgiving break with their families.
Luckily for me, this week I got to experience a truly American Thanksgiving dinner as well! Together with the other girls on the ISU Western Team we got invited by our wonderful barn owners Kristy and Chris for a home cooked dinner at their house. And guys, let me tell you, the food was awesome! Besides a Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Noodles there awaited us a Corn Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Dressing (stuffing that is not inside the Turkey is called dressing), and Candied Sweet Potatoes (sweet potatoes with melted marshmallows on top). In a warm and cordial atmosphere, we enjoyed delicious food and good conversation, sharing stories and laughing. Of course, there cannot be a Thanksgiving dinner without dessert, and so a Cheesecake rounded the evening off.
I also was introduced to another American tradition, which is the snapping of a chicken clavicle, called the wishbone. The wishbone has to be snapped apart by two people while they are each making a wish. The person holding the longer piece is said to have good fortune or their wish granted. What a strange tradition! But before I could blink, I already had my part of the wishbone between my fingers, trying my luck. ☺
Another highlight of this week was German Night! We, the #bestgermancrewever, decided to cook a German dinner for a big group of international students. However, at this point we couldn’t image yet how much work this would mean for us… We wanted to serve potato salad, potato Auflauf, Frikadellen, sausages, and for dessert we prepared pudding, Apfelkuchen, Milchreis and German Spekulatius. Well, this sounds good, but believe me, the preparations were sliiiiightly chaotic. Flying pickles, forgotten potatoes, pudding on our clothes…but we made it! We had a blast. Everyone enjoyed our final result and we were proud of ourselves. (Me too, nobody has to know that I was only the little kitchen helper peeling a million potatoes, and not the chef, hehe).
I just realised today’s post is dealing only with food, so I hope you had a delicious time reading it ☺ I wish you a wonderful week to come! And I will have a slightly different post for you next time! Can’t wait to show you! K.