Monday, November 27, 2006


Thanksgiving dinner went swimmingly... even though I didn't have a single bite of turkey. I couldn't do it after spending 2 hours ripping his little guts out with my bare hands the night before. It was enough to make me go veg (for a couple of days). Everyone else said it was delicious though. We had an unbelievable spread. I've never seen so much food in my life. I'm still eating pumpkin pie for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I consider that a bonus. :)

Pics are up of the Goa trip finally. I haven't labeled any of them yet, but at least they're there.

And in other news, my stepsister had her baby this week. I'm an auntie, kinda.. at least my brother is an uncle... *sigh* My family is complicated. In any case, he's beautiful! I can't wait to meet him when I come home next summer. Keep the pics a'comin, Mama TriStar. Congrats to both of you.

Not much else going on these days, so I'll sign off for now. Pics of Thanksgiving to come soon.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Turkey Day

Holiday cooking in a foreign country is always an adventure. Finding the right ingredients, making do with what you can get your hands on, etc. Today I picked up my Thanksgiving turkey that I ordered from the butcher last month. (You have to give them enough time to fatten them up.) I was hoping and praying it wouldn't still be alive and walking around, because you never really know. He told me that he could keep it in the freezer for a couple of days for me. That was reassuring. At least I wouldn't have to kill it and clean it myself.

So anyway... I get there this morning and he opens the bag to show me the 15 lb. bird, flat on it's back, feet (yes, FEET) up in the air, with his little frozen turkey head looking at me. I about died! I guess this is what I get for growing up thinking that steaks come in packages and turkeys come with built in pop-up meat thermometers, but I sure wasn't expecting it to look at me. After the initial shock wore off, I kindly asked him to remove the head and feet before I took the bird home.

Once I got here, I had to make sure it would fit in my oven. It's a tight squeeze, but I think we can manage. I have not been able to find a roasting pan as of yet. That is my mission tomorrow morning. Otherwise, it's improvization time again. I'm getting very good at it.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Dinner is served

Anyone who has ever traveled has probably seen some pretty funny things on menus. I just got back from 10 days in Goa and thought I'd share some highlights:

As a starter:
Tandoori lamp chops (a distant relative to the Duchess of Sconce and Queenie Candelabra, the poor little fella never saw it coming)

For dessert
Candid Fruits and Nuts (gay men from California that will tell you honestly that , "Yes, those pants do make you look fat.")

and for the main course, try the pasta (middle right hand side):

Just out of curiosity, what do you think they did with the rest of the fish?

p.s. Photos and stories from the rest of the trip coming soon!