Thanksgiving Tradition is About
Family and Food
by Sebastian Hopkins
(New Hampshire, USA)
My wife’s family all live in New Hampshire, and as a Brit now living in America, I’m all about the new holidays that come with living over here.
One of my favorites has always been Thanksgiving, in part for the food, in part for the company and in part for the quirky traditions that come from my wife’s family.
Food is always central to the get-together, and I’ve never known a group of people so set in their ways when it comes to traditions and cooking.
The same people will always bring the same dishes each year, from my mother-in-law’s immaculately cooked turkey to my wife’s uncle who always produces a selection of green beans proudly harvested from his back yard.
My own personal tradition is to try and expand their culinary horizon. Each year, I try to find a uniquely British recipe to bring to the table.
Over the years, I’ve cooked a curry, a large roasted ham with apple sauce and one of the best steak and ale pies I’ve ever tasted (if I do say so myself!). The new tradition that seems to be emerging, alongside mine, is the comments and criticism of my wife’s family!