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Thanksgiving in China

It’s that time of year again; time for gorging on turkey and stuffing, sleeping on the sofa, and turkey sandwiches for a week. Of course, since we’re in China, things are a bit different. Last year on Thanksgiving we’d just arrived in Zhangjiagang and so we didn’t do anything in particular. This year, however, we decided we’d see if we could do a proper Thanksgiving dinner in China.

As it turns out, the answer is yes. We initially were worried that we didn’t have an oven, but it turned out not to be a problem. Our menu included:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Broccoli w/ cheese sauce
  • Homemade applesauce
  • Fruit salad
  • Vegetable salad
  • Deviled eggs
  • Nichole’s chocolate pie

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find turkey in China (it just isn’t eaten here). So we did 4 chickens instead. We bought freshly killed chickens, and I had the fun job of cleaning them. Not something I want to repeat on a daily basis, but it was a success. We did the applesauce and the sweet potatoes in a crock pot, and the chickens on the grill in tinfoil, with a can of beer inside. Nichole and I did most of the work, but a few of the other teachers helped out with the process.


The end result wasn’t quite as good as it would have been at home, but it was pretty darn good.


And in best American tradition, there was far more food than we could eat.


We invited all the other teachers, and a few of them brought love interests and/or other friends. We ended up with 15 people, a pretty good crowd. Of course, only 3 of those were Americans, so it was a bit novel for most of them. Anyway, good fun and good food all around.

{ 2 } Comments

  1. Anne | November 23, 2007 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Hi, Bud! I enjoyed all the videos, but I couldn’t tell which one was yours. Was it the first youtube one?

  2. Theresa | December 7, 2007 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Sounds like you had fun! I spent my Thanksgiving in a car, with my mother and Isis doing 80 mph down the road. Fun times were had by…well…none! Miss ya!

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