Thanksgiving was brilliant. Ours was definitely not the traditional, huge family get-together complete with copious selections of stuffing, pies, sweet potatoes, and a 10 pound turkey. We went the much humbler route, as it was just the three of us celebrating, but it was meaningful and such a blessing to put some thought into a meal. Thanksgiving isn't really a holiday in China, so we mostly used it as an excuse to buy new silverware, table settings, and sit down to a nice candlelit dinner as a family. I was in charge of the menu. I wanted to keep it simple, without elaborate ingredients or long prep time. The entire process actually only took 1.5 hours!
LEI FAMILY THANKSGIVING MENU
Sesame Green Beans
Sweet Potato Cakes
Wild Rice, Mushroom, and Pecans
Black Bean Noodles
Chocolate Covered Orange Peels
The best part was the feeling of togetherness. My dad played his favorite jazz radio station, and I decorated the table. New tableware, candles, and decor really adds to the entire aura of dinner. It made it feel special, even though we weren't really deviating from standard dinner fare so much.
The food was amazing, as expected. Everyone's favorite was the wild rice pilaf - warm, nutty, and savory, with a nice crunch from the arrots and pecans.
I dominated the bowl of pumpkin. Seriously. I ate about 3/4 of the bowl.
After dinner we put on old episodes of So You Think You Can Dance, as per tradition. My dad loves Russell Ferguson. Who doesn't? I love replaying auditions, especially S6E5 where Mary lays down the rules while Adam Shankman demonstrates. 1) No hats pulled down over eyes. 2) No never-ending reach out to nowhere. 3) No excessive self worship--stop rubbing yourself everywhere. 4) No men's bootys shaking.
No real dessert for us except some chocolate, nuts, and fruit. Chinese people don't really eat sweets after meals, and I find that pretty smart. We all felt satisfied and content on Thanksgiving, full of gratefulness and wild rice.