Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Expatriate's Thanksgiving in Canada

So, for the second year in a row, I'll be missing Thanksgiving.  I'm here in Toronto, where Thanksgiving/Jour de l'Action de Grâce has come and gone {second Monday in October}.  Also, I'm so accustomed to Thanksgiving marking the start of the holiday shopping madness.

I was at the Metro {Dominion} supermarket in the Annex and there was a buy one chicken, get one free deal, so I took them up on it.  So, this wasn't really an ode to Thanksgiving, which is one of my favourite holidays, but it's probably as close as it's going to get this week.  I really liked how the chicken turned out, which is really surprising since I the electric stove here tends to vex me.  An oven thermometer is in my future.  I just rinsed and patted the bird dry {1.88 kg/4.1 lbs.}.  Sprinkled with salt, pepper, powdered garlic, rosemary, and slices of lemon.  I roasted it for 2 ¾  hours in a oven at "350ºF" {I think it's a bit off}.

I didn't make any stuffing, cranberry sauce {jellied}, potatoes, or pumpkin pie, but there is another chicken in the fridge...

Thanksgiving these days often makes me think of a song in the film, The Myth of Fingerprints {1997}, a great cast in a not-so great project about a rather dysfunctional New England Thanksgiving.

The song?  Rufus Wainwright's cover of "On the Banks of the Wabash"::

Twitterversion:: 2nd."Thanksgiving" in a row in #Toronto,meaning I missed it. Holiday reminds me of a lesser-known #RufusWainwright cover. http://url.ie/2yj4 @Prof_K

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