It’s almost Thanksgiving, that beloved American day-off-from-work that celebrates…well, food. Everyone who can make the trip converges on one family member’s home with a casserole or a dessert or maybe both. The adults sit at the dining table while the kids get the folding card table in the living room, with warnings of dire consequences should food begin to fly through the air. It’s the day we gather together to eat. Well, okay, these days it also appears to be the prep day before 24 hours of insane shopping frenzies. Seriously, just try and run to the grocery store for eggs and a loaf of bread between now and Thursday night. You need the skills of a master hunter, a Nascar driver and a downhill skier to navigate the aisles of the store, which are filled with people frantically trying to remember if Aunt Grace likes the jellied cranberry sauce or the whole berry and where on earth the store keeps that stuff anyway. It’s a mini-Black Friday ordeal, and my yearly reminder of why I don’t leave the house on the day after Thanksgiving.
But anyway… food. Yum! In the Massey home, we’re having turkey, green beans, corn on the cob, stuffing, brussels sprouts and homemade cherry pie. Not entirely the traditional fare, I know. No sweet potatoes, and no pumpkin pie, but since I don’t love them, and I’m in charge of the menu, I didn’t choose those items. The fun of Thanksgiving is in eating too much of things that you like, right? Which got me to wondering, what would some of my favorite characters serve on their Thanksgiving tables?
Being a Benedictine monk, Cadfael wouldn’t have an overabundance of food lying around. He knows his gardening, though, so I could almost guarantee an amazing salad of greens and fresh veggies. He’d likely feed you and any guests, and only eat when everyone else was settled. Like someone’s grandma, except with a tonsure.
Assuming he wasn’t in the midst of battle (or lovemaking – he’s a lusty one, that man), Jamie’s table would be groaning under a platter of venison, tatties and curly kale, warm oatcakes and plenty of hearty heather ale.
Anything but pizza.
A bright pink fish with rainbow eyes, whose flesh grows back no matter how many slices are taken, a bowl of candylions and a baked sugar castle with fairy wings for windows, and diamond wine. What did you expect from a Chaos Lord?
Temeraire and Captain Laurence
The captain would enjoy a fine repast consisting of a roasted joint, potatoes and assorted vegetables, slices of a good sharp Stilton and a lovely Yorkshire pudding with gravy, finishing with a bit of crystalized ginger to aid in the proper digestion.
Temeraire has simpler tastes – one cow should do it.
A delicious lamb madras, with sausage stuffed poblanos and a big mug of milled wine to wash it down. The spice must flow!
Feel free to share your favorite characters’ menu ideas in the comments. Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers, and a happy Thursday to everyone else!