Thursday, November 23, 2006

Ameri-japa-nadian Thanksgiving

I thought that would be an appropriate name for today's feast, held to celebrate American Thanksgiving, in the Japanese apartment of a Canadian, attended by 2 Canadians, an American and 4 Japanese with dishes from the US and Canada adapted to the availability of ingredients in Utsunomiya. Fantastic meal!

Today's menu:
  • Roasted Chicken (stuffed, seasoned and prepped by Matt, basted and carved by myself and Yoshi, roasted in our school's manager's borrowed oven, truly a team effort!)
  • Candied Yams (prepared by Matt and Sayaka, satsuma imo substituted for yams)
  • Garlic and Lemon Mashed Potatoes and Corn on the cob (Stacy and Matt team effort)
  • Lovely French bread
  • Maple pie (recipe from "Aux Anciens Canadiens" from Quebec City, made by Yoshiko and myself with Matt providing the pastry)
  • Baileys in Tim Horton's coffee (coffee sent from my dear friend Sean last year, Baileys from Motoki)
  • Persimon and apple
  • Tea, wine and straight (no booze :-p ) coffee served throughout the afternoon\evening.
Quite the meal. I was particularly impressed at how well the chicken and the pie turned out. It was all really good! Unfortunately, the bike ride down frosted up my camera which then fogged up when we came into the warm apartment... and it didn't unfog until dessert... but I am pleased to present to you, the pie...

Quite simple to make really. First beat 2 eggs with 1 cup and a half of packed brown sugar. Then add 2 teaspoons of melted butter, a half cup of heavy cream and a third of a cup of pure maple syrup, beat until smooth. Pour into pie crust, bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50-60 minutes. Let cool at room temperature on a rack, drizzle with fresh cream and voila! Found this recipe online on, and it is purportedly from an amazing restaurant in le Vieux Quebec called "Aux Anciens Canadiens". Man but that was a good pie, will definitely have to make a stop at this restaurant next time I hit Quebec City.

A great time was had by all, big thanks to Stacy for having us over and to Matt for organizing everything and helping everybody out with some part of the cooking, and thanks to Master Kobayashi for making the 2.5 hour trek down from Tsuchiura to join us!

Here is the group (minus Sayaka and Motoki) after a great meal.

This whole holiday-in-the-middle-of-the-week thing really is great... only 2 more days to the weekend!


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