I have been a horrible horrible blogger recently. Ever time I go to work on my blog, my internet dies, my computer turns to mush, or I get attacked by frenchies. Now, even though internet has recently decided to be my friend again, although on a limited basis, trial period you know, I still don’t have enough time to really update the two weeks or so I missed. It’s crunch time for my program, on three weeks or so before were done and in that time I have my rapport du stage to write, grammar test, oral test, an exposé, letters to write, and interview with my next potential stage. So, come January when I should theoretically have lots of free time, I’ll try and make up for the last two weeks. Until then I’m just going to try and find time to keep up with the important stuff. For example, our fantabulous turkey sans turkey dinner we cooked this weekend!
While I am not Thanksgivings biggest fan, I still wanted to share the holiday with the foyer friends since it’s a pretty hard holiday to understand. (Try explaining the story about how Indians just gave food to Pilgrims, even though the Pilgrims were killing the Indians off with disease and stealing their land and you’ll see what I mean. 🙂 ) Eliza wanted to do Thanksgiving dinner as well, so we decided to give it a go.
We started preparing weeks before because we knew certain supplies could not be found easily in Paris. For example, brown sugar and evaporated milk do not exist in France. Thankfully, there are a bajillion Americans in Paris and thus there are several stores to serve our double stuffed oreo and peanut butter needs. We went to Thanksgiving, an American grocery store on Rue Saint Paul. They had all the stereotypical American food and supplies for cooking your perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Also, if you are rich, they will even cook your turkey for you and make you pies. However, for any poor starving students, I would suggest looking at all the other alternatives first because imported goods in a specialized store are expensive. While evaporated milk and brown sugar can’t be found in normal grocery stores, maple syrup can, although it’s still not the cheapest. Also, Bazaars come in handy once again for buying supplies. I found 4 tin pans for 2 euros at a Bazaar just by chance, which came in handy when making the stuffing and the sweet potatoes. Also, you can buy pie crust in any grocery store, you even have options.
Saturday morning we headed to the outdoor market up by Alexandre Dumas so buy our veggies and such. We had to stop by Franprix first for some supplies and wound up with free apples as part of a promotion. (Thank you Franprix for magically knowing that starving students like apple pie!!!!! ) Vegetables are actually really cheap in France compared to the US. I bought a giant bag of carrots for 1 euro, and it was similar pricing for the potatoes and green beans. However, they were incredibly confused that we just wanted one lemon.
After shopping, we got to work preparing all the food. Secret ingredient to cooking a cheap Thanksgiving dinner, friends with cooking supplies! Thanks to a mixture of Zipeng, Pengpeng, Eliza, and my cooking supplies I only had to buy a measuring cup. Although, it was a little tricky cutting up sweet potatoes with a dull knife, but we got creative and it all worked out.
My foyer does have a kitchen, but it only has one oven, 2 stovetops, and a microwave. So, we had to balance out when we cooked stuff while also sharing the oven with everyone who wanted to cook lunch.
Besides being a little stressed out, things actually went pretty smoothly. We ate an hour later than planned, but it was mostly because nobody showed up on time, but that’s just life. Our meal included 4 rotisserie chickens bought from the boucherie down the street, green beans made by Pengpeng, stuffing made by Myles, Sweet potatoes and carrots made by me with the help Younes, Rabi, Pengpeng, and Julia, potatoes au gratin made by Eliza, two pumpkin and one apple pie made by Eliza, and wine from Yoann.
We properly stuffed ourselves and had a marvelous night, Thanksgiving success.