Tomorrow, on Thursday the 24th November 2016, Americans all over the world will come together to celebrate one of the most important days of the year - Thanksgiving Day!
On the otherside of the Atlantic Ocean, in Scotland, there are not many who regularly celebrate this day, unless we are in the company of Americans. However at Eriska, with many of our guests visiting throughout the year from the Untited States, we like to ensure that we celebrate with them here in the comfortable surroundings at Eriska.
- First of all, a little recap on what Thanksgiving is all about (a bit of History never hurt anyone...)
Thanksgiving Day is a famous celebration for those across the pond, that takes place on the second Monday of October in Canada, and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States.
In fact, more people in the US celebrate Thanksgiving than they do Christmas. Thanksgiving Day is a secular holiday in a country that officially separates church and state.
Thanksgiving Day can be traced back to the 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, where the religious refugees from England known popularly as the Pilgrims invited the local Native Americans to a harvest feast after a particularly successful growing season.
- Classic Thanksgiving dishes
Turkey: and/or ham, goose and duck or turducken (a spatchcocked combo of three whole birds!)
Stuffing (also known as dressing): a mix of bread cubes, chopped celery, carrots, onions and sage stuffed inside the turkey for roasting. Chestnuts, chopped bacon or sausage, and raisins or apples are also sometimes included in the stuffing.
Pies: pumpkin pies are most common, but pecan, apple, sweet potato and mincemeat pies are also quite popular.
- For dessert, and to whet your appetite, our Head Chef, Paul Leonard, suggests you try his "special recipes" of the popular Pumpkin Pie :