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25 November 2005

thanksgiving feast

WOW!!! i was pleasantly surprised by our indian thanksgiving dinner. originally, we told them to have it ready around 9:30PM as we thought we were still going to be working until 8PM. the customer agreed to let us go at 6PM, so i told the hotel to make it 7:30PM. so, i get to the bar about 7:20PM and they ask me how they want the turkey prepared. AHHHHH!!! no, don't do this to me. if you they are asking that, they haven't even started... turns out, he wanted to know how to serve it. we said just bring the bird, a big knife and a big fork. about 7:45, the head chef comes out and says "dinner at 9:30PM, yes?" NO, NO, NO, now... he said that would be ok because all the food was ready anyways (so they were going to let it sit for almost two hours?). they brought small plates and an army of silverware as is typical for indian fare. we told them to get us each one big plate, and we each made place settings with the silverware and got rid of the excess. then came the food. we got an appetizer by accident. we asked for stuffing. the directions for stuffing were something like "saute onions, celery, mushrooms and green peppers in butter, then mix that with day old bread chunks, chicken broth, milk, butter, put in a pan and cook until golden brown on top". i'm thinking the chicken broth threw them off. we should've said just a little. we ended up getting stuffing soup. soups are appetizers so we got the first. STILL, that stuff was excellent. serendipity, one might say. again, another pleasant surprise. now i need to get the recipe they used from the recipe we gave them because stuffing soup rocks.

after the stuffing soup came THE TURKEY. i mean, it isn't a butterball, but beggars can't be choosers. i still thought it was a good turkey. adam did the carving as he is the best chef of us all and loves to cook. he did a good job of it, too. i have no turkey carving experience. when everyone was done i manhandled the thing in what could've been misconstrued as a delinquent manner in order to wrest the remaining bits of meat from the carcass for leftovers...

the dinner turned out amazingly well. this is not a bad thanksgiving dinner, considering. and with drinks and everything it was only about $170 for 5 people. the hotel did good. the chefs got very good tips. i think they will want to do that EVERY week. we asked for pumpkin pie (they couldn't get it), we asked for pecan pie (they didn't understand pecan), and we asked for apple pie but maybe it was a bit late of a request. still, they offered us this apple toffee a la mode. i'm not a big sweets eater, but this stuff was heavenly. the hotel really did us right. thanks anand regency, chiveram, and the hotel chefs for making us feel a little bit closer to home. next year, i'm making some stuffing soup.


Blogger swedish chef dave said...


i can tell you i wish i was india eating that food as i am totally sick and tired of roast fukin chicken, i have eaten roast chickin 2 times a day for 31 days and i am ready to scream, i dont think i can eat chicken ever again, i could strangle the gay chef here and laugh hysterically about it, if they dont give me a new assignment then i am going to kill my manager and raost him and serve him with apple toffee thingy stuffed in his mouth,
Dave going mad in the prison cell lot 88
glad you had a nice thanks giving day, damned expensive though, hope the general paid

7:48 PM, November 25, 2005  
Anonymous mom said...

YOU are making the turkey stuffing soup next year!!! actually doen't look too bad. All things considered it looks like you had a good Thanksgiving feast. NOTE: I know I didn't give you THAT recipe for stuffing.

9:27 PM, November 25, 2005  
Anonymous mom 2 said...

zac... so glad you had a good thanksgiving will be in charge of the stuffing soup next year....can' wait for that...have a nice week-end and take care of that ya mom 2

10:52 AM, November 26, 2005  

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