Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays, and one of the few American things that I would really miss in New Zealand. To help me to feel at home, my lovely in-laws have thrown a Thanksgiving dinner every year since Mr D & I got married. This year, since we finally have our own house (with a dining room even!) we got to host it ourselves. Exciting! The in-laws came up from Nelson, and MIL cooked with me, so we’re continuing the tradition of doing it together.
A few weeks before Thanksgiving, I was talking about the holiday with a friend from Scotland. She asked if I make a vegetable turkey since I’m vegetarian (well, not actually vegetarian, just complicated).
“A vegetable turkey? Like a tofurkey?”
“No. Like this:”
She was joking.
But I instantly thought “OMG! I want one!”
So I had lots of fun at the Sunday market buying vegetables, and just as much fun giggling and arranging them with MIL on Thanksgiving day, and despite the enormous potential for this idea to turn into a massive pinterest type fail, I think we did pretty well!
The only problem with creating an awesome turkey platter is that then you have to keep people from eating it until all of your guests have arrived and admired it.
It did go beautifully with beetroot-horseradish dip in the end though.
And now I have plans for an even better turkey next year…