I went to America for Thanksgiving, and there's one part of the meal I can't get over
| Last updated
Ever looked at a croissant and gone, 'yep, that would be a great addition to my Christmas dinner'? Me neither, but then I'm not a born and raised New Yorker.
As a big fan of American television, I've learned about a few clichés of the country's holiday season. I'm expecting an abundance of pumpkins, a parade and an American "football" game that seems too far too complicated.
Above all, though, I'm expecting a feast.
Before we get into the makings of the meal, I want to acknowledge the fact that America is f**king huge. The whole of England could comfortably fit inside New York state, and that's just one of 50 that make up the country.
So with that in mind, obviously there are going to be a lot of variations in how Americans celebrate their Thanksgivings. Not everyone will have turkey, not everyone will have pumpkin pie - some, like Chandler Bing, might not even celebrate it at all.
But this is my experience, and it's off to an impressive start with not just one, but two turkeys.
Considering all the hassle that goes in to cooking just one bird for Christmas dinner, I can't imagine many Brits going to the effort of making two. There just isn't the oven space! But here, a magical device called a 'roaster' helps ensure not even one of the turkeys takes up space.
There's no getting up at 5am to start cooking here - the turkey is thrown in at around 10am, and a few hours later it's perfectly cooked and ready to go. The second turkey has been done in a smoker, adding an extra level of flavour and meaning there are even more choices to make over the regular 'light or dark meat'.
We sadly don't have any roasties here, but there is mashed potato, veg and gravy. A lot of the essentials for a good winter warmer.
The stuffing is another story. It's not the flavoursome onion and sage balls I'm used to, but rather some sort of concoction involving 'breadcrumbs', which, apparently, is often just bread that's past its use-by date. Throw in some carrots, celery and stock, and you've got 'stuffing'. Needless to say, Brits do it better.
Now for the moment I'm sure you've all been waiting for. The croissants - or 'rolls', as this family claims. In England, a fancy breakfast; something you might treat yourself to on a Sunday morning. Here, they're rolled up from raw dough out of a cardboard carton, and baked until they look exactly like croissants.
They still have a slightly sweet flavour, but they sit nestled among the turkey and veg without a care in the world. CROISSANTS.
Trying to get into the spirit of things, I did give one a try. I don't know what to tell you other than it was exactly like having a croissant covered in gravy, so make of that what you will.
I guess it's their version of Yorkshire puddings, but it's not for me.
Thankfully, we still have dessert - one of my favourite parts of the meal, and it's a classic pumpkin pie. I have tried this before and I'm all for making it more of a thing in England - the mix of cinnamon in with the pumpkin makes for the perfect festive dessert, and honestly I wish I could manage another slice.
To be honest, though, all the food left me feeling very tired, and we have another thing to prepare for: the Black Friday sales. Wish me luck.