Thanksgiving #4 – feast

Thanksgiving Dinner was great – everything worked out perfectly with the food and timing, didn’t find a dish of stuffing left in the oven later, or forgotten Christmas fruit mince pies in the pantry, there was plenty of turkey and people said the food was lovely and stayed late laughing and talking. It was everything we could’ve hoped for.

But man it was a very very long full day on our feet cooking!

Grating one of the many oranges for The Mister’s (via Mother) stuffing.


Santa’s Little Helper with his turkey.


Pre-dinner chatter.


The marae pot of mashed potatoes (and I say marae pot because as a kid every time we stayed on a marae there were always massive pots in the kitchen used for boiling mountains of potatoes, and we always had to help with the dishes …). And there in the background is the few recipes we needed and when I was getting them out in the morning I realised the are all our own, not from books, well, when I say ‘own’ I mean Mother’s really!!


Lining up for dinner (we now have too many in our urban family to fit around our table and instead of adding into the schedule having to source an extra table and chairs we decided to try dinner on our knees).


Boys enjoying their dinner.


Yum – pie time!


I realied at the end of the evening I didn’t get any photos of our amazing table of food!

Ooops caught in my Christmas PJs finishing up the dishes this morning.


Such a great spring day to get out for some air so we had a pastry and coffee from The Garage in the park across the road.


And so the Christmas season starts in earnest! The tree is up and it might be time to start so Christmas shopping and baking.


#1 M.I.L on 11.29.09 at 8:49 pm

The mashed potatoes were really smoothy and I have a request for the kumara dish next birthday. Also I think it was more informal not being at the table. No everything was a real success. M.I.L

#2 Jif on 11.30.09 at 9:26 am

yum! everything was so tasty as evidenced by my second helpings

#3 Andypands on 11.30.09 at 12:58 pm

Dinner was absolutely spectacular! Dare I say it was the best Thanksgiving ever? Thank you both for a wonderful wonderful evening.

#4 OrangeGirl on 11.30.09 at 1:11 pm

@M.I.L. I do like the idea of sitting around the table – makes it feel like a dinner party but it’s just such a hassle getting the extra table and chairs in the lift and up the stairs. I think that because we managed to sit in a circle it worked out really well in the end.

#5 OrangeGirl on 11.30.09 at 1:13 pm

@Andypands Awww thanks – it was great to have you there! I think it might’ve been ‘our’ best Thanksgiving ever but as for rating against others I wouldn’t like to go there either! Especially as it’s our own NZ version of it without the pumpkin pie and football.

#6 The end of 2009 on 12.02.09 at 5:09 pm

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