Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Of Thanksgiving and Plenty of Food!...



Ah...



Bilen and I brought some flowers to our host-family...



Now I know what the fuss is about Thanksgiving! It reminds me very much of our Chinese New Year reunion dinners back home, just with different types of food...





Two excited people who've never experienced Thanksgiving...



Anyway, I was very lucky a Canadian friend of mine invited me back home with her to celebrate Thanksgiving. My friend Bilen (who comes from Kenya) and I were guests of Kathleen Simpson and her lovely family.

The lovely family, by the way, also consisted of 3 very well-behaved dogs who go by the name Smore, Bo and Sebastian. They are huge in comparison with the dogs we're used to seeing in Malaysia. Smore looks like a black bear (if she's sitting upright and I'm sitting, we're the same height), and Sebastian is a Labrador-Great Dane mix, so figures he's the largest of the lot...





By the lake: Me, Bilen and Kate...



The Simpsons have a lovely cottage by the lake, and we managed a quick stopover to have a look at that as well, on the way to their home...The water was ice-cold, needless to say...But we've been invited to spend time there during the summer if we so choose! =)




First Night Dinner...




Second Night Dinner...



Dinner was a wonderful time. It's been a while since we had proper home-cooked food, and it's been a while since I saw my favourite fish, the SALMON! Oh gosh...It was gooooood...I didn't even mind that there was so much parsley and mint on it, which I despise (in the words of my cousin Ee Lynn, 'despise with passion')...





Turkey! No picture of the person carving the turkey as I didn't ask for permission =)



The turkey was of course a huge hit. They didn't carve the turkey at the table as it was too messy, but I managed to sneak my camera in as Kate's uncle (I won't mention names as I don't know if he would mind) did the carving. Turns out, he was (retired a while back) a world-renown Pediatric Nephrologist who has travelled round the world and was professor at the University of Toronto. He even treated some very-important royalty in Brunei...He sure had some interesting stories to tell, and I had a great time chatting with him after dinner...



We also got to try their traditional pumpkin pie, and being guests, we got the portion with the most whip cream! Haha...





Fake snow! ;)



And one of the mornings, Kate took us to meet her friends, and we had a very good breakfast together at a place called Fresco. My whole meal of a huge plate of toast, eggs, sausages and fries (and coffee) cost me about $6, which I would say was a good deal, considering the size of it.






Newfound friends (clockwise from left): Bilen, Me, Sam, Alex, Robbie, Breanne, Erm-Can't-Remember, and Kate...




All in all, I had a great time! My tummy was very happy (the hips and waist not though!), I was very happy, and it was a great experience...

Next stop? Halloween!


Hey, anything for chocolate man...Now, I better go figure out if that uber-cool Psychology professor of mine has drop-in office-hours for candy...;)



28 comments:

Ydiana said...

Hi Daphne!

Its always great to experience first hand the different culture and how people from the other side of the world celebrate their special occassions. Happy to note that you're adjusting well to your new environment, of course you would.

By the way, you are Tagged! :p

See ya at Great Minds Think Alike. The link is at my profile.

Puteri said...

Glad you enjoyed your first Canadian Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving here won't be till the 4th Saturday in November. Looking forward to some roast turkey myself! :-)

Raden Galoh said...

Darling sister...

Wahhhh! wahhhh! Wahhh! You sure had a good time eh? The food looks yummy and for me who still haven't got the tastebuds right, terliur jugaklah sis...

hehehe...you know, with the pink pillow, I sleep on it, I cry on it...it's the best pillow I've ever had...soft like you...me so missing you and the pomelos from Ipohhhhh...huhuhu...

Next halloween huh? You must send us your photos in the best costume...

take care and love you from far...

Akmal said...

Hey there! :)
That turkey looks fabulous!
Eh, if I am correct, so far most of your posting since you're in Canada involve lots of food haha.
So~~~ Malaysian! :P
Whatever you're doing, Daph, good luck, and enjoy! :)

tokasid said...

Hi Daphne:

Its been a while I last visited here(and elsewhere too),suddenly its already thanksgiving.

I'm glad you and your Kenyan friend became guests for Thanksgiving. And I know both of your thanked them profusely for Giving you a chance to experience it with them.

The turkeys sure look delicious. I have always imagined that turkeys are much better than chicken or ducks. Incidentally in mid August I did bought a piece of turkey drumstick in Jusco. Since we don't know what is the best recipe for turkey I asked my bibik to make Kari turkey and I think chicken is better for curry.

Ehem...have you put on some weight? You look a bit chubby.....Don't get annoyed okay.I'm just pulling your legs.

So Halloween will be next. You better plan something and suprise the Canadians. Maybe a costume of Pontianak. Or the Fox Spirit. Or the walking/jumping corpse like in the kungfu movies.

Have fun and take care.

Clarisse Teagen said...

Oh wow!
It must have been an extremely good time for you Daphne dear.

I looked at the photos and now i wish I could have some of that turkey too lol.

whre4arthou said...

UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

That's so nice nai nai..

Are you booked for summer? We thought you were coming to London.. our housemate isn't staying with us.. he got a job in Singapore.. so you can have the whole room to yourself..

My exams are probably finishing early this year.. sayyyyy.. late May/early June?

Got lots to tell you but I guess you have been busy..

The bunnies have gone to be castrated this morning.. poor things.. Will be taking them home during lunch..

See you around nai.. Huggies!

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Daphne,
Looked like you had a wonderful experience with your 1st Thanksgiving!

I never tried Turkey before.. but I heard the taste is quite bland unless the cook betul2 pandai masak. And looking at the pix, I bet it must have tasted good!

Take care dear :)

Salt N Turmeric said...

Yup, thanksgiving is a time for family. Its pretty lonely if you dont have any family around. Like you said lah, imagine makan besar for CNY but no family members around.

Ni mesti dah tak sabar nak tunggu halloween. Thts Michael's fav 'holiday'. ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Diana,

Yeah...My thoughts exactly...The experience in a foreign country isn't complete without experiencing their culture and special occasions first hand...

And Thanksgiving comes pretty close as 'unique' here...No other countries in the world besides Canada and the States have it!

As for the tag, will come by in a while, once I'm done here...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Puteri,

Yeap, I enjoyed it alright! Especially my tummy...;)

As for thanksgiving in US, yeah, I was told it's the first 4th Saturday of November in the States, and the 2nd Monday of October in Canada...

I wish I could go there too...Anything for good food!

;)

Daphne Ling said...

Oh drat...Have to go people! It's the first day of my one week holiday, and supposed to go out...

Continue with the replies later...Ciao!

winniethepooh said...

so nice of ur friend to invite u gals for thanksgiving..and ure right, its kinda like our cny for them :)n the food..looks yummy! :)

hv fun on halloween! go slow on the treats huh :P

Anonymous said...

Hi Dik,

Glad that you're enjoying life!!! Take good care ok..

kak sya

atif said...

Haha comell ada fake snow XD I thought it just started snowing already up there, no? It's really nice of your friend to invite you over, though, mesti best to have had a very novel cultural experience kan? =)

And have fun during Halloween - post photos up haha! (If possible =p)

Mat Salo said...

Eh, lupa.. Happy Thanksgiving!

Glad you're settling in and having a great time, Daphne. We miss you.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Aunty Dalilah,

Awww...I made you hungry huh? That's good, right? I love eating, so...Hehe...

As for the pillow, awww...That's so sweet. I liked it too...All squishy and soft and cuddly...As for pomeloes, you gotta wait lar till I go back to Malaysia...=(

Glad to see you're up and about and kicking! Take care now...

*Hugs*

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Akmal,

Haha...Yeap, must live up to the Malaysian tradition of eating ma ;) Actually right, I would be eating no matter what my culture is ler...

Anyway, like people here keep telling me, I will be needing those extra layers when winter hits hard. It is supposed to keep you warm ;)

Haha...

Daphne Ling said...

Oh drat...I forgot to finish replying to comments here...

Back soon guys...Promise!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Doc,

Haha...Me put on weight, ar? Biasa lar, Doc...;)

And yes, both Bilen and I were very thankful that we were invited home by the Simpson's. It was very special experiencing the culture here, especially something as 'personal' as Thanksgiving...

As for turkey in curry, hehe...Just leave the turkey to the grill and oven lar...;)

Halloween has come and gone. I was stuck in a meeting on Halloween night =( incidentally, so partying was out of the question...

I wouldn't have gone anyway otherwise. Too many drunk people, and costumes are expensive!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Clarrise,

I've made you hungry eh? Right...I seem to be doing that a whole lot nowadays...Haha!

But yeap, am having a good time here!

Take care now...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Ae Mi,

Hey! I don't know what my plans are for the summer lar...I really don't...

Am actually thinking about studying during the summer so I can finish my degree faster, but haih...See lar, whether I burn out or not by then...

Hope the bunnies are doing well now...I ping'ed you on MSN the other day, but guess you were busy =(

Talk to you soon, I hope...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Aunty Ja,

True, turkey is pretty bland unless you know how to cook it. Actually, I think the gravy is the important thing!

But they say turkey is much better than chicken, in terms of fat content...

I'm not sure, but here, we eat more turkey than chicken, I would say...

I'm not a good person to judge the fat content of turkeys though (cos sure you would say the fat content very high wan)...;)

But yeap, the food during Thanksgiving was gooood!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Farina,

Yeah, I realised Thanksgiving here is like CNY reunion/Hari Raya etc back home. Must be really sad if no family around at all...

So, what did Michael dress up as on Halloween? Not a sheet, I hope ;)!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Winnie,

Haha...I didn't go for the treats during Halloween! Too dangerous, because when it comes to chocolates, I no self-control, wan...

Enough pigging out from Thanksgiving for me!

Hope to see you round, Winnie...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Sya,

Thanks for your wishes. I sure am enjoying life here, despite the very heavy workload...

You take care too, ok?

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Atif,

Ah, Cornell pun ada fake snow huh? Here belum start snowing yet lar. Good, I don't really mind. It's cold enough as it is...

As for experiencing Canadian culture first-hand, priceless! I am really thankful for the opportunity...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Abang Mat,

Yes, I am settling in just fine here, and happy too! As I said, kerja banyak lar here, and very detailed and complicated wan (little bit off only, you risk getting hauled up for plagiarism!!!), but I'm enjoying the experience, so far...

I miss all of you back home too! =( Regards to everyone yeah?