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I Can Has Thanksgiving?

I wonder who exactly it is that I need to apply to if I want to borrow a national holiday?

Thanksgiving, I mean. It’s an event that generally passes us by on this side of the Atlantic but, having enjoyed several Thanksgiving dinners in the company of American friends and family, I’ve become quite partial to the event.

Finding no guidance on the matter of who to ask, I thought it best to go straight to the top.

Dear Mr. President,

I would like to borrow, if I may, your Thanksgiving holiday. Given that it has its roots in celebrating harvest bounty and involves eating lots of nice food, it seems like rather a good one to me.

May I remind you that you seem to have Paddy’s Day out on permanent loan, it seems only fair to claw one back.

Yours,
D.S.

P.S. Hope you like the cranberry sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Giving thanks with cranberries

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Going Nuts At Christmas

There has been an ad running of late on Irish radio for a new play. The ad includes an excerpt from the play, which runs something like this:

They eat nut roast… Nut roast? …the only nuts I want roasted at Christmas come covered in chocolate and wrapped in shiny paper…

This says a lot about the bad rap that the classic vegetarian Christmas main course of nut roast gets, and sometimes with just cause. Food for the token vegetarian at the Christmas table very often comes in a distant second to main meat event and, to quote Alice Waters, can be the kind of stridently vegetarian food that leaves us “feeling somehow punished by dishes most memorable for their meatlessness”.

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