Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving menus

I've been preoccupied with writing a novel this month, under the auspices of National Write A Novel Month, and I let Thanksgiving largely slide. In past years I've invited people, but this year I was happy to just have a small Thanksgiving. Usually I spend weeks working up a gala menu, test driving new dishes ahead of time, but this year I didn't have the energy for that. Instead, I suggested to the Sober Husband and children that they create a menu. No one had any enthusiasm for that idea. I turned to six year-old Lola. "Lola, what do YOU want for Thanksgiving dinner?"

Lola pondered. "A corn dog!" she shouted.

"That's not exactly the kind of thing I had in mind," I said, but Lola couldn't think of anything better. I suggested to Lola and Iris that they write up a menu, and later they presented me with this (ornamented with many little ears of corn which had husks at the end, resembling swords):

THANKSGIVING MENU
Lola's Memo

corn dogs
ice cream soup with the xtra ice cream
normal ice crem (chocoalte)
mashed chocolate
chocolate turkey
chocolate cake
mashed cherrys
mashed ice creame chocolat
chocolte xbox
milky ways
cocolits and charrys (how many ways can one six year-old spell "chocolate"?)
vanila, chcolit, straberry ice cream
corn with butter and salt
cocolt corn
chocolt caramle corn

In the end, I drew up my own menu, which was

lanttulaatiko
Unturkey with stuffing and roast potatoes
slow cooked buttered carrots
cranberry sauce
green beans cooked in vodka
personal Baked Alaskas with fresh pineapple

Later in the evening Lola complained. "You didn't make one thing from my menu!" Her father convinced her that the Baked Alaskas were an acceptable substitute for the ice cream soup, but Lola still felt cheated.

8 comments:

hughman said...

green beans and vodka? i'm so there.

no roasted vegetables?

i'm not fond of chocolate so no big loss to me.

the Drunken Housewife said...

I put some potatoes in with the tofurkey, so there were some roasted potatoes... and I basted the whole thing with truffle oil It smelled good.

Vodalus said...

I'm just curious about how she expected you to produce a "chocolte xbox"

the Drunken Housewife said...

That was just sheer silliness.

Jen in OR said...

No offense but I like Lola's menu better. Choklit and Cherrys RULE!

(Said the 33 year old woman who had a corn dog for lunch.)

the Drunken Housewife said...

Lola and Iris brought up the Chocolate Xbox again. "Wouldn't it have been good, with all the wires?" Who do they think I am, Alfred Schmidt?

the Drunken Housewife said...

Oops, should have been "Joseph Schmidt."

Lauren said...

what the heck is "lanttulaatiko"? (I could Google it, I suppose...) also, since quitting drinking, I'm ALL ABOUT THE CHOCOLATE. So, go Lola!