The Professor and I will not be sitting down to a table full of dead bird parts, nor shuddering heaps of mushy bread scooped from its butt. No piles of potatoes mashed and held together with goops of artery-hardening butter, nor blobs of glistening melted fat and flour mixed up and dribbled all over the top. Not us.
There are many reasons for this lack of American celebration on our part. Besides being in Japan this Thanksgiving and not knowing anyone else who may also miss the calories and disgusting over-consumption that is part of this All-American holiday, we wouldn't be able to locate many of the ingredients if we tried. I know. I've looked.
And even if we could find the ingredients, we aren't able to cook anything bigger than a chicken leg in our 'oven'. The oven that looks like an Easy Bake Oven (I'm pretty sure of this, though--as I may have mentioned before--I never did get that item on my Xmas list as a child so sadly do not really know).
Anyway, there will be no celebration and there will be no family angst as all of our family remains safely stateside.
Since, I don't have to help in the kitchen or pummel my sister-in-law at Wii Bowling, I thought I'd share what types of treats we DO have over here. They are some of my favorites. Really!
First there is the rice cracker that tastes like hard, crunchy creamed corn. Yum!
There is also the rice cracker that is made by someone's old grandma according to the picture on the package. Hopefully, she's not a main ingredient. It is light, crunchy and has a slight sweetness to it--the cracker, not the grandma.
Then there is the rice cracker (see a pattern here?) with the wasabi side. These are delightfully spicy and taste good with beer (The Professor assures me).
Then there are the cookies with the really dumb graphics on the package. Note the dancing cookie and the creepy Stepford Wives-looking girls singing about (or to?) the dancing cookie? These actually taste a little bit like...hmmm, well a rice cracker...but much sweeter and with a hint of coconut.
I love the chocolate covered green tea candies that, thankfully, do NOT taste anything like rice crackers.
And then there is my favorite booze in a can. Not sure exactly what they got in there but it tastes like 7-up and gives you a buzz. It's my favorite.
So Happy Thanksgiving and wipe that gravy off your chin. I'm so jealous.