Thanksgiving

We had again Haldimann’s and our friends and family visiting with us to celebrate Thanksgiving. As a special guest our dearly missed Mat from Melbourne graced us with his presence for 2 days (and helped peeling the potatoes).

After 24 hours of brining and filling it with Richard’s delicious stuffing the bird had a total weight of 14kg and fitted barely into my rather big grill. After 5 hours it looked like this and was ready to be enjoyed!

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Susanna and Mat had decorated the table really nicely. Next to the turkey that turned out almost perfect this year we also enjoyed Susanna’s amazing potato mash, mashmallow covered sweet potatoes, sweet corn, string beans with hazelnuts and lots of great desserts prepared by Haldimanns and Markus. The dinner conversations covered everything from the history of Hungary 2 centuries BC to the implications of porn in the sexual behaviors of societies. We enjoyed ourselves greatly with such a nice circle of lovely people, eating great food and having splendid conversations, that we’re already looking forward to the next Thanksgiving.

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Writing this I’m of course enjoying the mandatory left-over-turkey&stuffing-sandwich. Sooo delicious!

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Fleur de whatever!

I never got this craze about “Fleur de Sel” and was very content today when reading this:

In an article about salt in the September/October 2002 issue of Cook’s Illustrated magazine, taste testers felt that “all nine salts tasted pretty much the same” when dissolved in spring water and chicken stock, whether it was $0.36/pound iodized table salt, $0.66/pound kosher salt, or $36/pound Fleur de Sel de Camargue sea salt from France.

In an article about salt in the September/October 2002 issue of Cook’s Illustrated magazine, taste testers felt that “all nine salts tasted pretty much the same” when dissolved in spring water and chicken stock, whether it was $0.36/pound iodized table salt, $0.66/pound kosher salt, or $36/pound Fleur de Sel de Camargue sea salt from France.

What a terrible day!

Keagan decided this morning last minute that he doesn’t want to go to the public pool with his best friend even tough he was still completely into it 20 minutes before. I had to ignore his protest because Lukas and his father were already waiting for us at the pool, and they obviously had an amazing time in the water.
He also insisted in the afternoon that he didn’t  want to go to Wendelin farm to get our thanksgiving turkey and check out the animals they have there (the ones that are still alive of course). When we arrived everything was peachy and Keagan seemed to enjoy very much looking at the geese, turkeys, chickens and cattle. What happened tough was that the farmer had to carry one goose who was a bit hurt and when we were with the cattle we found a cow-bell that one of the animals had lost.
Back in the car Keagan got very angry and told me that he was sooo right that it had been indeed a very bad idea to go to the farm because a: the poor goose was hurt and b: a cow had lost it’s bell. He so got his mama’s optimism 🙂

New couchsurfing friends in Texas

Two hours before we were heading to the airport to fly to Dallas I had the great idea to check for couchsurfing families in Texas we could meet while we’re there. When seeing the profile of Carrie I immediately contacted her by mail and she instantly wrote back. So while Susanna spent her birthday in the biggest mall in the south-west Keagan and I got picked up by Carrie and her son Miles and we spent a lovely day at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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The next day she invited us to her place and Keagan could play with Miles’s wooden train and while we talked a lot about life, the universe and everything. In the evening she was so supernice and drove us with all our luggage to the airport for our flight back home. We sure stay in touch and hope  that they are going to visit us soon because we really had a brilliant time with them.

South Park

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We arrived safely in our hotel in Dallas and are enjoying Dominio Pizza while watching tv. When Susanna zapped trough the channels Keagan said “go back to the people who just can hop”. What I meant with this was South Park 🙂