Battenburg Belle cooked a tremendous Thanksgiving dinner last night, ooh, it was marvellous.  I’ve a feeling that might become an annual tradition, and why not?  We don’t really do Thanksgiving here in the UK, but when everyone in the USA is having a party, why not us too?

 

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When I asked BB in an email what she was going to cook, the response was: “Diana Henry’s cider brined chicken with prunes, chestnuts and baby onions, with some traditional side dishes – roast spuds, sprouts, a green bean casserole, something to do with parsnips and/or sweet potato, bread sauce, cranberry sauce”  CRIKEY!  Oh yum, yum.  So I volunteered to make the green bean casserole.

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To say this was easy is an understatement.  The hardest thing was finding the crispy onions to go on top as these aren’t really a “thing” here in the UK and you have to hunt high and low for them.  In my case “low” as in the big Tesco, after much searching I found some underneath the salad cream.

Green bean casserole isn’t a “thing” here either, but I know it is in the USA.  Especially at Thanksgiving dinners.  Jack’s version is a 3 ingredient special.  Tinned green beans, cream of mushroom soup, crispy onions, that’s it.  Oh, some salt and pepper, plus a little butter to grease the dish (which I forgot to do).

Jack Cassidy's Green Bean Casserole

Nobody around the table of 10 had ever had this particular delicacy before.  Mr R passed, but I think everyone else tried some.  Earlier on when I told Mr R what the three ingredients were he said simply: “Eugh.”  Then a little later he asked me, “when you say crispy onions, do you mean pickled onions?”  See, I told you crispy onions weren’t a “thing” here.  But in a strange turn up for the books, I really liked the green bean casserole.  Despite the mushroom element.

This morning when I woke up I found a folded up piece of paper in my bra (I don’t usually sleep in my bra, only when I’m exceedingly drunk).  It read as follows: “Mike says that for first post zombie apocalypse, we can still have this for our Thanksgiving dinner as it all comes from cans and packets.”

Wise words.

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The chicken and all the side dishes were REALLY GOOD.  All perfectly cooked, how does she do it?!  For afters there was a simply delicious rice pudding (Nigella Lawson recipe I think…) and a Vincent Price pumpkin pie which was also yummy.  I look forward to seeing the full write up over at the Battenburg Belle blog sometime soon!  Mind you, it might take a while as BB is going to be very busy, the PUPPY arrives today.

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