Wednesday, November 23, 2011

an American Thanksgiving in Evreux.


Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

the chefs/hostesses :)

Thanksgiving was celebrated on Wednesday in Evreux, mainly because it's the day that most/all of the language assistants have off! Just like a traditional Thanksgiving, we spent pretty much the whole day cooking and eating, and it was just wonderful. Though not exactly like an American Thanksgiving with family and football, we managed to prepare all the traditional dishes for our international guests! Us Americans were in charge of the whole shindig, so I got to co-host Thanksgiving for the first time! It was exciting, and we took our duty to transmit a traditional Thanksgiving to foreigners seriously! The three American hosts in Evreux were accompanied by 2 other Americans, 1 Italian, 1 Spanish, 1 German, 1 Jamaican, 4 Brits, and 2 French for a big, beautiful meal!

The day started around 1pm, with our major food preparations begun! We prepped plenty in advance, but there was still much to be cooked before dinner time! Guests started arriving around 3pm for appetizers & drinks, and dinner was ready around 6pm. 

the appetizers

The grand menu:
  • baked brie w/apples, cinnamon, and pecans
  • "thanksgiving bites"--sautéed sweet potato slices with goat cheese, celery, apples, and more things?
  • green beans amandine
  • garlic mashed potatoes
  • cranberry sauce
  • sweet potatoes
  • stuffing
  • brussel sprouts with figs
  • turkey
  • pumpkin pie
  • chocolate pumpkin cake
  • apple crisp
And, of course, there was plenty of wine and bread. All of the food was delicious!

our lovely centerpiece

the table & guests before the attack

the aftermath, during dessert :)

Happy Thanksgiving, from all the Evreux assistants!

I just about rolled home--always the sign of a successful Thanksgiving. Even though I'm missing my family today, yesterday was a really fun substitute. I'm sure I'll always remember my Thanksgiving in France! Happy Thanksgiving :)

pax christi.

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