Thanksgiving With A Twist


It was Thanksgiving for our friends in the States a couple of days back.  And although we normally do not celebrate this holiday in our family, I thought it was a good idea to ride the “thankfulness wave” this year and give this decidedly western holiday some Pinoy flair. 😉

I was pretty excited with the simple spread we came up with since it became a “kitchen comeback” of sorts for me – that is, after nearly five months of being mostly a “spectator” in terms of food planning, prep and cooking.

Without further ado, allow me to let you in on what we all enjoyed for our first-ever Thanksgiving meal. Frankly speaking, I think I wouldn’t mind doing something like this again next year… time, skill, and resources-permitting, of course.

For starters, I followed the lead of my sister-in-law, Ayn, who served up two kinds of pasta during a recent birthday party for her son two days before – one in red sauce and another in white.

Here’s the red…

 …while this one is the white. 

Having two pasta bases was a brilliant idea, if I may say so, since I found that more grown-ups preferred the red pasta while the kids gravitated towards the white.  In other words: everybody happy! 😀

This, on the other hand, was the “main event” (in lieu of the usual turkey – which I admittedly still need A LOT of  practice in preparing and baking!). 

Of course, the chicken wouldn’t be complete without these yummy sides…

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to take any  “decent” pictures of the desserts – Sans Rival and Mango Bravo cakes – since we were probably all too stuffed already to think straight (think blood flowing more to our stomachs to aid digestion vs going to our brains – hahaha!).

Inspite of our “dessert photo waterloo”, I would say that the evening was still a “success”.  After all, a good meal coupled with the love and laughter of family are always blessings we should remain ever-thankful for.

Bon appetit, everyone, be grateful and stay blessed! :mrgreen: 

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One response to this post.

  1. Wow! Too bad I missed this delicious meal. I miss that pasta with tomato sauce – although I refuse to be grouped with the oldies! The chicken too looks great specially with those beet roots.

    You should have asked Rina to come-up with a turkey, di ba she knows how to cook that already?

    Look forward to celebrating that next year. God has blessed our family in so many ways and it’s nice to remember and be thankful for it.

    Hon, don’t worry, will finally be able to cook for you again in a few days 😉 And yes, it would be nice to be able to do a repeat of this next year.

    Rina doing the turkey? Hmmm… still a bit unsure about that 😳 She can do samosas and shrimp scampi pasta – that’s for sure!

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