You already know that I’m not much of a planner. But here’s how not-much-of-a-planner I am: it’s Wednesday now (or it will be in a few minutes), Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and I have no plan. No plan!That might sound ridiculous, since I’ve been giving you Thanksgiving meal planning suggestions for weeks. But behind the scenes, I haven’t actually been planning to cook on Thanksgiving myself. We’ll be on Vancouver Island, in Victoria, BC (where Canadian Thanksgiving was observed weeks ago, I know, but no matter). We’ll be in a rental with a (probably inadequate) kitchen. We’re meeting my brother and his sweet little family, so it will be a small gathering. We’ve been playing it cool; we vaguely talked about skipping Thanksgiving dinner in favor of a fancy high tea, or picking up tacos from Hernandez.
But it’s Thanksgiving, and I like cooking for Thanksgiving. And have you ever tried taking two toddlers and two barely-older children to high tea?
So, maybe we should cook a Thanksgiving dinner. Help!
Here are the constraints:
1) We’ll be cooking in a foreign, unstocked kitchen. We’re just going to have to make do on this front; we’re already on the road and didn’t bring our usual kitchen kit. Not even a good knife! Not even salt! Not even olive oil!
2) We’d like to cook as economically as possible, since we’ll have to buy every single thing we need, and we won’t want to have leftovers. (There are eight of us, but four are very small, so we’ll plan for six.)
3) As always, we want to eat well. Very well! And our feast will be vegetarian.
You all always have such good ideas. I like to think that I have good ideas too, but most of them assume that I’m in my own kitchen, which is full of spices and condiments and other magic ingredients.Can you help? I’m looking for your favorite celebratory dish that doesn’t rely on too many ingredients to make it great. And no fancy tools. And no turkey. Go.
If I can get my act together one whole day in advance, I’ll post my menu Wednesday night to inspire those lazy cooks who wait until Thursday morning to plan Thanksgiving dinner. They must be out there, right? (Right?)