October 13th, Thanksgiving Day, was business as usual here in Austria. Since I'd been busy all weekend with company, we (my Canadian friends and I) decided to postpone our Thanksgiving dinner until the following weekend.
Cooking an entire Thanksgiving dinner on my own is something I've wanted to do for ages. This year, a handful of enthusiastic eaters had volunteered to eat whatever I put together, so I thought I'd give it a go.
Thanksgiving dinner in the Bishop household always consists of a roast turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, various vegetables that I ignore, and of course, a beautiful pumpkin pie. These assorted delicacies are arranged on a table set with Mom's best dishes.
Like I said, celebrating a holiday like Thanksgiving overseas means being a little bit flexible. We couldn't find a turkey, even at the specialty Costco-size grocery store, so I got a goose instead. Never mind that I'd never even tasted goose before. They don't sell cranberries here, so a jar of preiselbeeren had to suffice. And the pumpkin pie would have to be made from scratch, of course, since there are no pre-made pie crusts or cans of pumpkin puree in this part of the world.
I got to work first thing in the morning. Rolled out a perfect pie crust with my wine-bottle-turned-rolling-pin. Had to bake the pie for much longer than normal, probably because it was so deep, being made in a cake pan instead of a pie dish (which I don't own). Evaporated milk had to be replaced by schlagobers, but I don't think that made a difference.
I would say, given that the enthusiastic eaters are pushing for a repeat next month for American Thanksgiving, that the venture was a success.