Yesterday marked our second Thanksgiving in Switzerland. I know some expats wait until the weekend to celebrate when they’re not working or in school, but for some reason I have this steadfast rule about celebrating holidays (and birthdays) on the actual day they occur. Last night, after we finished up our Thanksgiving-themed playdate with eight rambunctious children, I quickly pulled together a turkey dinner for our immediate family.
Rather than preparing the whole bird, I just cooked up some turkey breasts with fresh sage. We also had stuffing, potatoes with red onions from the Zibelemärit, arugula salad, chestnut rolls and pumpkin pie. My pie-baking husband made the pumpkin pie, which we also served during the playdate to some non-American friends who had never tried it before. He used an excellent pumpkin pie recipe I found from Kids with Food Allergies (dairy/egg/soy-free).
Even though we weren’t with our family in the United States yesterday (although Skype certainly helped), cooking and eating these Thanksgiving foods somehow made me feel more connected to them. These traditional foods and our memories of past Thanksgivings also help teach our boys about this very American holiday, even though we’re celebrating in Switzerland. We have so much to be thankful for, and I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I also wanted to say a big thank you to Hansine Johnston at World Radio Switzerland for letting me talk briefly on-air about Dairy-Free Switzerland yesterday. While I rambled on a bit during my first radio interview, I really appreciated this opportunity. Bon week-end!