We left our hotel in the morning and rode the Metro to Stockel. This is the town/commune where our friends live and where we will be living starting December 3. It was weird seeing everyone around us going to work or school and not celebrating Thanksgiving. They are missing out on a fantastic holiday.
When we got to Stockel, which is a 15-20 min metro ride from our hotel, we ordered cappuccinos, picked up some croissants, rolls, champagne and of course wine and then walked over to our friend’s home for Thanksgiving.
Colleen purchased a 9 pound turkey and brined it for 2 days. This turkey just fit into the oven. She actually took the back bone out and flattened it. Cooking in such a small oven is a challenge and a fun experience. They were calling it their Barbie and Ken oven. The turkey turned out juicy and so flavorful. All the sides with the meal were homemade and everyone was in the kitchen helping out with the food, dishes and/or keeping our glasses full.
I did none of the grocery shopping for this meal. I think Colleen’s sister mailed her pumpkin puree, which sounds like it’s either difficult to find here or very expensive. I’m not sure.
Fantastic champagne, wine, ice wine, lemoncello, and laughs throughout our day.
Couldn’t have asked for a better Thanksgiving when being so far away from family.