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God knew what He was doing when He sent a gentle breeze and brought a lovely butterfly to set my heart at ease. The happiness of your friendship and the gentleness of your words have touched my life in special ways and now I feel assured. Thank you for your loyalty and for reading everyday. I only hope you find things to make a happy day.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Thanksgiving To Remember

I found this and thought it was interesting.
The first Thanksgiving menu probably contained turkey. Wild turkeys are smaller than the versions that grace the freezers of grocery stores. They have a smaller amount of white meat in proportion to the dark meat and the meat is a little less tender. The Pilgrims got the better deal when it comes to flavor, though!They had no trouble getting water fowl, and the celebration also included venison and fish. The meat was probably roasted on spits over an open fire, taking a long time to cook through.The vegetables were pretty much limited to squash, beans and corn, thanks to the infamous Squanto who showed them how to grow them. Pumpkins, yes. Pumpkin pie, no. Pumpkins are native to North American and had been in long use by the Native Americans for food and other purposes. The first Thanksgiving could have been the scene of pumpkins baked in the coals of a fire without much added to them. The menu looked something like this:

Roasted whole turkey

Roasted duck

Roasted goose

Roasted venison

Fish covered with leaves and baked in coals

Whole pumpkin, baked in coals.

Two or three other kinds of winter squash, possibly cut in pieces and cooked in large kettles. Beans, boiled with venison

Small kettles of peas

Dried corn, boiled in water.

Corn meal, mixed with other meals and leavened with eggs, baked in the coals - a type of corn bread.

Baskets of walnuts, hickory nuts and ground nuts

Dried fruit such as small, wild strawberries, raspberries, grapes, cherries and plums

Pumpkin seasoned with honey

Boiled corn meal, possibly served with honey

That was quite a Thanksgiving feast, wasn't it? Considering how easily food is obtained today, our Thanksgiving feasts are no doubt much less appreciated. Maybe if we'd try just one Thanksgiving limited to the food we produced ourselves, either by growing or hunting, we'd come to understand better the great celebration of Thanksgiving the Pilgrims had.


Elenka said...

Oy, I'll grow the veggies, but no way would i go out and hunt for my meat! I couldn't do it....Glad I wasn't a pilgrim, although I probably wouldn't have been the one that did the hunting. However, I wouldn't want to be the one that cleaned the animal either.
Happy Thanksgiving, Balisha.

Anonymous said...

Hi Balisha, Great post. Your home is so pretty. I just love that header photo. I can remember Thanksgivings where nearly everything on the table was grown in our garden or killed on our farm. I might starve if I had to do it now. I wish I were closer to you, I would make you some of those "grits" rolls. lol. I changed my regular blog, Living on the Other Side of the Hill to Wordpress also. Here is the address:http://thesouthernlady64.wordpress.com/ or you should be able to get there by clicking on my name at the top of this comment. Guess I will clean for the next 2 days and then start cooking!