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London photo: Thanksgiving in London


This is actually the “Christmas lunch” at the sandwich chain where I had this, but I figured that since it was all turkey, cranberry sauce, and pork stuffing, it qualified for Thanksgiving lunch today.

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  • Breninar

    That looks like ʻthe day after Thanksgivingʻ lunch at my house! With a slice of pecan pie, or some leftover praline yams. Does it induce sleepy tv watching?

  • Constable

    Ha, I knew someone else had praline yams for thanksgiving. No one else I know has heard of the stuff. Family dinners during the holidays are the best on my dad’s side, so many “ancient” recipes coming together at once. My aunt from England being a major contributor of these, that and the knowledge that I have been preparing tea “wrong” my entire life.

  • Nah. There wasn’t anywhere near enough carb overload in that sandwich to induce sleepiness. :-)

  • Beowulf

    Yum. This year, it definitely is the day after Thanksgiving lunch for us because the snow we got on the East Coast kept us from going to see our friends. Down side: we had to cook. Up side: Leftovers, leftovers, leftovers! Does England have any kind of thanksgiving holiday of its own at some point? I mean just a day to celebrate one’s life-affirming blessings?

  • There is nothing like Thanksgiving here. Probably the closest in terms of a long weekend and people traveling to get home or be with relatives is Easter (Good Friday and Easter Monday are both bank holidays, so you get a four-day weekend).

  • Breninar

    Pecans make everything better!

  • RogerBW

    In the UK, Christmas itself carries a lot of the symbolic importance that Thanksgiving has in the USA – such as the idea that you should get the whole extended family together in one place, even the horrible ones, and pretend to like each other; and the idea that you should cook a vastly outsized meal and live on leftovers for some time. With shorter distances and smaller houses than in the USA, we’re less likely to have people staying over.

    (Turkey has been a popular option for a British Christmas lunch since it first got to this country in the sixteenth century, though goose was more usual until the beginning of the twentieth century.)

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