As you would expect, Aussies don’t celebrate Thanksgiving! Luckily, the four of us housemates are all Canadian so were able to put up a pretty good imitation.
We ended up going for a potluck style dinner and, as the hosts, we took care of the meat and the sauces. That meant that bright and early on Saturday morning, Shane and Andre got up to take care of the turkey and ham.
Shane had googled a ham recipe that looked super tasty online… as with most food prep, it didn’t look so good while we worked on it haha.
Om nom. That last photo was staged haha. He didn’t actually eat (much of) the glaze.
While that was happening, we put the table outside to harden the varnish:
The turkey was enormous so it went in the oven pretty early. Despite all of my fears, the boys managed to get it in the oven with a bit of room to spare…
One of the key aspects of turkey eatin’ is good skin. Unfortunately, as a misfit group of students and the unemployed, we don’t have tons of fancy cooking utensils… so we had to get creative with the basting.
After finishing up the last minute cooking duties, Shane and I went to get ready for all the guests
People started to arrive pretty soon after and with each person bringing a dish or two, the kitchen started to fill up. Most of the people there were colleagues from school.
We also had three dogs there!
Shane and I barbecued pineapple to go with the ham… you can see how uneven the old barbecue was by looking at how cooked the back ones are vs the front and side haha. They all went on at the same time…
Once that was done, it was time to carve the turkey and ham, then put out all the food.
Here is Shane and I working away on the turkey…
After that, it was time to get all the food on the table. Doesn’t it look amazing? We had a TON of help from everyone who came and all together it made a pretty good spread.
Even with our huge table, we didn’t really have enough room to all sit around the table so we worked our way around like a buffet and split up to eat.
After dinner, everyone slipped quietly into a food coma and cursed themselves for overeating. We also played a huge game of smash bros, sat around and chatted, and started on the many dishes.
Shane took this opportunity to play with the puppy. He’s a 4 month old Australian Kelpie named Nitro.
We also took a selfie…
After a few hours, we had digested enough to stuff down some desert! Fun fact, pumpkin pie isn’t a big thing here! A few people were quite skeptical and several wondered if it was supposed to be a desert since pumpkin is savoury. Everyone who had had some before was pretty keen.
We ordered it from a shop called The Pie Tin and they did a phenomenal job. I would really recommend going to them if you’re looking for great pumpkin pie in Sydney. It is a little bit more “cheesecakey” than what I’m used to at home but I think that just made it better.
Brendon and Bei had picked up some extra deserts just in case we ran out. And of course we had tons of whipped cream for people to top off their pie. I’m not sure whose hand I caught on the left of this photo but their pie to whipped cream ratio is on point.
I think Nitro was really hoping for some scraps of pie..
Andre was the next one in line for puppy cuddles.
At the end of the night we remembered to take a big group photo! Sadly, Poon-Yu and his family had already left but everyone else who enjoyed and contributed are in the big group photo. Including all three dogs!!
Overall, it was an awesome night! I think everyone had a ton of fun and as Canadians we felt like we had done the holiday right. We all missed our families and friends back home but this was probably the best it could have been away from home.
Also, apparently the family had no problem replacing me on short notice. -.-
Miss you all and love you all tons!!