Happy Thanksgiving CANADA!!
It’s that time of year again, a special moment to remember all the people who have been good to us, those who helped us and cared for us. The perfect time to say “Thank You” for all the blessings that we received. As for me, it’s my cue for a second year stint of cooking the celebration turkey for my family. I am very glad to do it as my simple way of giving thanks to them for all the love and support from the time that I moved here in Canada until today.
This year due to Covid-19, we had a simple and intimate celebration with our small family bubble, to stay safe. We cooked all the dishes at home, exchanged fun stories and shared some laughs the whole night with some wine and music.
Sharing with you my version of oven roasted Thanksgiving turkey, based on the recipe of my favorite chef Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Turkey.
I’m so delighted that my family loved it! Now for someone who did not grow up in a turkey- cooking/ eating country like the Philippines.. this is very exciting.
They said it’s so tasty and moist, that there’s no need for gravy. They loved it so much that now I am officially the turkey roaster of the family every Thanksgiving. <wink>
I believe that the secret in keeping the moisture is in the filling and preparation. According to chef Gordon Ramsay’s recipe, you have to use fresh and juicy fruits (lemon, apple) and vegetables (onion, garlic and celery, herbs) so the inside is kept moist with the juices coming out of those ingredients while roasting. As for the skin of turkey, prevent it from drying up by stuffing a special mixture of rich soft butter, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, chopped garlic and parsley, salt and pepper in between the skin and meat. Then save some for the outside skin to coat and massage the whole turkey. Do this the night before so the flavor and moisture is locked in as you cover it with tin foil, placed in the refrigerator, ready for roasting the next day.
A roasted turkey is not complete without a delicious gravy to go with it, and Gordon Ramsay’s recipe of gravy is the best ever!! Everyone in my family loved it. I used all the drippings, took out the fillings and then chopped, added the bacon that cooked on top of the roasted turkey, chopped and placed in a pot. Then mixed in a whole pack of chicken stock, more herbs and seasoning and then simmered for an hour or so while mashing and mixing all the ingredients as I cooked it slow. When the sauce came out a little thin, I added some gravy flour to thicken it. We served the gravy hot with turkey slices, along with homemade mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, stir fried beans, potato salad, meat loaf, garlic bread, corn, cranberry sauce, and wine. Bon appetit!
These past seven months was a very challenging time for all of us. Many of our plans were cancelled and some of our family members had to stop working. Thankfully that is all, we are all safe, healthy and Covid-19 free, which is more important than anything. We continue praying as one family for safety and for the immediate discovery of vaccine and treatment for Covid-19. Be careful everyone.
History of Canadian Thanksgiving
For a few hundred years, Thanksgiving was celebrated in either late October or early November, before it was declared a national holiday in 1879. It was then, that November 6th was set aside as the official Thanksgiving holiday. But then on January 31st, 1957, Canadian Parliament announced that on the second Monday in October, Thanksgiving would be “a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed.” Thanksgiving was moved to the second Monday in October because after the World Wars Remembrance Day (November 11th) and Thanksgiving kept falling in the same week.
I believe that despite all the hardships and challenges we face.. there is still so much to be thankful for.
Let’s count our blessings.
Check out my 7 Christmas decorating tips for ideas on designing on a budget. Thanks!