Happy Thanksgiving… in South Africa!

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!

Sue’s turkey… the vegetarian option!

Max ripping into those turkey rolls.

LOVE this pic of Sue… she’s always such fun to be around!

Sue’s gorgeous French beans with almonds and Moroccan paste.

John Lombardo with Jan Wells (left), and two Joe Slovo pupils, Siyanda and Thulethu, who were going to talk on radio the next morning about the Girls Have Power / Girls Have a Voice street parade on November 24.

Those famous turkey rolls… just genius!

Laid-back, lovely evening with some great company.

Jan and Colin Well’s brought this super-yummy bread-and-butter-pudding.

John’s vegetarian chilli – these were great with tortilla wraps.

Dorelle’s antipasti

Salvelio’s tortilla de patata, or Spanish potato omelette. I still can’t make these without them landing on the floor as turning them is quite tricky!

Sue’s berry cooler!

By the time we were done with this turkey there wasn’t a scrap left! Can’t wait to do Thanksgiving again next year!

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