Thanksgiving weekend was finally here. We had been planning our Thanksgiving feast for weeks. My friend Mallory from DU came to visit for the weekend and arrived on Wednesday. I spent all Wednesday night baking the pumpkin pie and tiramisu for dessert the next day. We also spent the night watching my roommate, Alee gut our 21 lb. turkey. We REALLY overestimated how many people were coming and may have also gotten 14 kg confused with lbs…After the turkey was stuffed and soaked in wine we attempted to fit it in our miniature refrigerator. Not only did it not fit, we also broke the shelves inside due to the weight. We had to wrap the turkey in a plastic bag and keep it outside for the night. Luckily it was a chillier night but we were hoping for no food poisoning.
We made the tiramisu with ease considering it is an Italian dish. The pumpkin pie did not go so well. First I used a water bottle as a rolling pin for the crust, then we had to use dry milk powder (brought from Ireland with Mallory) instead of evaporated milk. Our biggest feat came when it was time to open the can of pumpkin that my mom had brought over from America. Little did we know that the can openers here do not fit on American cans. We tried everything we could think of. We ended up cutting the METAL can open with a butter knife? How did we accomplish that you ask? We have no idea. Improvising has become a normal occurrence here. After we sawed the can open the pie came together nicely and looked delicious.
Thanksgiving day had arrived!! Since I don't have classes on Thursdays I got to take Mallory around my part of Rome and show her my school, multiple local eateries and other beautiful views. After strolling around the city we headed back to get a head start on the mashed potatoes we were making for the dinner. The minute we walked into the apartment the delicious smells of the food filled our noses. The turkey was coming along very well and everyone was getting their food ready for the dinner.
We had invited other friends over for dinner so we had a total of 13 people squeezed into our tiny apartment to eat. We had people sharing chairs and sitting on stools. It was so worth it, the food was beyond delicious. It was so fun to try different things than I usually have at Thanksgiving (sorry mom & dad!). The company was great and we had a ton of fun. Although I would have rather been at home with my family for the weekend, this made up for it!