Monday, November 24, 2014

Perfect timing (not)

So it's Thanksgiving on Thursday in the USA. It's a big deal here. The in-laws are coming, as is the college girl, flying in on Tuesday and leaving Sunday. Ours is a fairly small gathering as we have pretty much no family here. I have friends who are hosting 25 people and one couple has an annual outdoor Thanksgiving celebration for 100 people! They even get a mention in the local paper!

Whatever the size of your Thanksgiving gathering, there's always food involved and usually home-cooked. It's a BIG deal.

Which is why I'm sitting here on tenterhooks (or pins and needles, as they say here) waiting for a telephone call ...... from the oven repair man.

Yes, the bloody oven has given up the ghost. Dead. It is no longer. Possibly over-worked since the Little Guy and the Ball & Chain have taken up cooking with a passion only otherwise reserved for golf. They cook the entire week's meals on a Sunday these days. (I know - it's great.) However, as the Punk Rocker son said, it's like going from doing moderate exercise every week to running a marathon every day. Naturally it's broken down. (I think I should be offended by that comment, but I shall ignore it.)

So here I am, three days before Thanksgiving, waiting for a call from the repair man. Of course, even after they come out, it's not a given that they have "the part" in the van/truck (do they ever?) or that the oven will be fix-able.

We are already in Plan B mode as to how to cook the meal. BBQ the turkey? (Which will be really nice actually, - slow-cooked therefore moister.) The turkey won't fit into the crock-pot, so that's out. A kindly neighbor has said she'll give me the keys to her house to use her oven. How nice, and yes, it's given us a measure of calm.

So fingers crossed, and all that. But really - what timing eh?


  1. What a rotten thing to happen. I hope that you can get it sorted out. You could always try that scary looking deep fried turkey thing!!!! Or perhaps just take your lovely neighbour up on her kind offer - that is the sort of thing to be thankful for isn't it!! xx

  2. Yikes! That's just the way, isn't it?

  3. This has happened to my parent's aga - twice - at Christmas. Which, bearing in mind it also heats the end of the house it's in, was quite interesting...

  4. OH NO! I hope it's fixed by now. Enjoy your Thanksgiving break ... and if the oven is still on the blink by tomorrow you'll just have to go out for Chinese food instead :-)

  5. Oh heck - sorry! Good excuse to order in or...
    We did order some of the sides and concentrated on the others and turkey

  6. Toni, how did it all work out?!


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