Yes it's a real turkey in Senegal!
On Thursday for Thanksgiving we were extended an invitation by an ex-pat/American family who lives here to join them with friends for a traditional meal. And of course what made it more interesting is that Lynnette is from the US, her husband Arnny from the Dominican Republic (by way of Dubai before Senegal), and their friends from Austria and Columbia (with some spouses sadly missed due to being temporarily out of the country) - an international Thanksgiving yet with all the Turkey day trimmings! Truth is I wasn't sure what that was going to look like here - and yet Lynette and Arnny - did an amazing job to make it just so.
Lynette told me that even the supermarket ensured a stock of about 200 turkeys - which she quickly put her reserve order in considering they don't raise them here - remember "mouton" is king!. I'm not exactly sure where they were shipped in from but they looked like and surely tasted like a turkey should. We had a lovely sit down dinner with the china, sliverwear and napkins (I mention this for a reason) as well as being graced not only with the turkey, but the gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cornbread casserole, cornbread stuffing, salad, bread and wine - not to mention the engaging conversation had by all.
The meal was scrumptious - but I still was aware of one thing missing - perhaps not by taste but likely because of the color palate - cranberries. They don't have them here. After feeling full of course there was enough room for dessert - of the Austrian fair - an apple strudel and chocolate tart (not pictured because I forgot to take one). Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie will have to wait until next year - as pumpkins nor pecans exist here either.
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