A lot of people have asked me what my Thanksgiving plans are while I’m in RoGA. I don’t consider Thanksgiving a super important holiday; I’ve always enjoyed Thanksgiving (leftover turkey sandwiches!) but wasn’t feeling too bummed about missing it. When I work up yesterday morning, I did feel a little homesick for Ian and my family, but when I wandered into the kitchen for breakfast, I found this!
I truly live with the sweetest family ever! It was so kind and thoughtful of Lela to remember Thanksgiving for me and make me such a sweet cake! And it’s delicious! Yes I had a piece for breakfast! My healthy eating kick continues!
My only plan for the day had been to stop by Prospero’s and see if they had any pumpkin pie. However, I was invited out to lunch at work for what I thought was a birthday celebration for my office-mate, but he didn’t show up. I asked what the occasion was, and apparently Christmas fasting starts in a few days, so it was a last meal of sorts. Orthodox Christians cut out meat and dairy products for the 40 days before Christmas. If the math isn’t adding up for you, it’s because they celebrate Christmas on January 7th.
We went to a Russian restaurant for pelmeni, which is a sort of meat dumpling. Our pelmeni was served in a crock of melted cheese – kinda soup-like – and it was delicious! For dessert we had chocolate and banana crepes – so yum! I was pleased that despite the fact that Thanksgiving is not celebrated here, I was still having quite the food fest.
I skipped the pumpkin pie quest and headed on home after having the chance to talk to Ian, my parents, and my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew (yes he said Hi and Bye-bye!). It was great to talk to my family and say hi to everyone.
I arrived home to the most delicious smell, walked into the kitchen, and found Lela cutting up…
Seriously I love this woman. She said, “it’s not a turkey but it’s close!” Mmm it was so good. We ate it with a cornmeal dish that I can’t remember the name of, and some leftover khachapuri.
Not one to pass up a shopping tradition, I’ll celebrate Black Friday today by buying a pair of boots (I managed to rip my Toms ☹) and perhaps even a new English novel! I’m getting wild, folks. In the evening I’ll head over to the theater that plays English movies – Kolga Theater – for the 1980s classic Blues Brothers. Some fellow Fellows from other parts of the Caucasus will be arriving on Saturday afternoon to visit for a few days, so it’ll be a weekend full of Kiva love and new adventures.
There’s much to be thankful for – a Happy Thanksgiving, indeed!
How did you spend Thanksgiving this year? What was your favorite dish this year? Fill me in – I’m dreaming of marshmallow-drenched sweet potatoes myself 🙂