We don't celebrate Thanksgiving.
Despite what a lot of people believe, it's not a holiday anywhere in Europe.
European countries have lots and lots of other holidays, but not Thanksgiving.
Our first non-Thanksgiving was when we lived in Ireland. We'd only been out of the US for two months and were feeling a little homesick after calling the family in Wisconsin. We decided a dinner out was in order.
This was at the height of the 'mad cow disease' scare and the waiter told us this joke:
A man and woman come into the restaurant.
Waiter to man: What will you have?
Man: I'll have the steak.
Waiter: What about the mad cow?
Man: She'll have the fish.
We laughed politely but were clueless.
It was several years later that we learned that, while Americans refer to a certain type of woman as a female canine, the Brits and Irish refer to her as a female bovine.
That's our memory of our first Thanksgiving after leaving the US.
For our second Thanksgiving, we had just moved to Andorra and had lunch at a rather bad buffet.
By the third year we had joined a golf group who held their 'End of Season Event and Lunch' on 'American Thanksgiving'. I have no idea why – could have been pure coincidence.
For the next few years we spent Thanksgiving Day playing silly golf games, eating too much good food and drinking too much good Spanish wine.
By the time we moved to France, we no longer missed Thanksgiving.
Besides, it's almost impossible to find a turkey here in November….
They don't appear in the stores until 2 weeks before Christmas.
We still enjoy all of the traditional Thanksgiving foods – especially the side dishes.
Try this one for your table this year.
10oz (300 gr) butternut squash, shredded
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp dried sage, crumbled
1 tsp tomato paste
pinch of nutmeg
1 tsp olive oil
In medium bowl beat eggs well. Add yogurt, Parmesan, tomato paste, sage and nutmeg. Mix well. Add squash and mix well. Lightly oil a small baking dish. (I use a 8 inch square baking dish) Spoon in squash and bake at 400F (200C) for 30 minutes or until set. Remove and serve directly from baking dish.