SALVELIO and I had our first Thanksgiving dinner last week… South African style! It was thanks to artist Sue Hoppe, of Richmond Hill, who arranged the dinner in honour of John Lombardo, the American friend in our midst.
All of the guests had to bring something representing their country of origin, while Sue and hubby Max took care of the turkey and trimmings (and loads of other delicious dishes that could’ve fed a posse of pilgrims!)
John is vegetarian but he says Thanksgiving is the one day in the year that he will happily eat turkey. Dorelle Sapere from MBDA shared her top trick – turkey rolls with mini thermostats that pop out when the roll is cooked… the rolls turned out deliciously moist and succulent and so I am SO doing turkey rolls this Christmas – no more dried out, big-ass birds in this house from now on!
We were also joined by two other “proper” Americans… Andrea Lomato and Sheilagh (didn’t catch her surname) who were volunteering in Joe Slovo for John’s Artsworks for Youth street parade, Girls Have Power/Girls Have a Voice that took place on Saturday November 24. Siyanda and Thulethu, two of the children who were taking part in the parade, also came along, as did Colin and Jan Wells, from the well-known framing business in town, and Dorelle’s sweet boy, Rafi.
Thanks Sue and Max… we can’t wait to do it all again next year!