This week’s prompt “stuff”
I have enjoyed the innumerable mentions of thanksgiving this week even though we do not have such a tradition in my country.
But I appreciate the importance of the day to all my USA friends. There was certainly a lot of stuffing around to put it mildly, folk discussing the importance of the turkey, the stuffing, the multitude of dishes prepared to compliment the meat, who would carve and how to do it successfully, which I assumed had something to do with not spilling your own blood during the carving.
It was the side dishes that intrigued me. One in particular, probably because I had never heard of it before, was a sweet potato pie with marshmallow topping. Now nowhere in my experience have I encountered those two things existing together. To make it all the more intriguing for me was that the sweet potato came in a can. Now around here the things are cheap in their natural form but I have promised myself that I will scour my supermarket shelves this morning to try and find canned sweet potato or yams whatever form I will be interested in discovering.
Here is an image of the said sweet potato pie baked to perfection by a really wonderful cook who for reasons of humility prefers to remain anonymous:
But I know the event is of great significance and I love that the tradition has been maintained even if many don’t actually like to eat turkey. It fascinates me that all the stuff we associate with special occasions during our year we hang on to fiercely in the name of tradition and we feel rightfully aggrieved if anyone suggests we change tradition.
In Australia we are more concerned with Christmas, its getting closer and the dreaded season of gift giving and increased stress dawns upon us once again. Though in my family we have stopped the once traditional Christmas lunch of a baked chicken, pork, lamb with every baked vegetable imaginable for much more practical cold meats and salads….we now have mothers who don’t look stuffed at Christmas lunch from hours slaving over a hot stove.
But I do hope your Thanksgiving weekend was all you dreamed of…..I am sure as you stuffed your chosen turkey you didn’t give a stuff what we in far off countries thought about it all. So having by now stuffed yourselves silly with Thanksgiving cheer you are feeling great that once again you gave a stuff and honoured your long-term tradition.
Have a good one.