Tomorrow I go over to my mother’s house to cook a Thanksgiving Dinner. Our traditional thanksgiving menu includes the following: turkey, with dressing (stuffing), mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, often sweet potatoes (yams), Brussels sprouts, and Creamed peas. For dessert pumpkin pie is a must. We also often have Lemon Meringue and/or apple pie. Yes, it is a huge feast. I end up giving thanks that I don’t eat like that every day.
In Canada Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October and is the celebration for a successful harvest.
The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an English explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did not succeed but he did establish a settlement in Northern America. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now called Newfoundland, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first Canadian thanksgiving. Other settlers arrived and continued these ceremonies. He was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in northern Canada named after him – Frobisher Bay.
It took many years for Canada to designate an official day for giving thanks but finally on January 31st, 1957, Parliament proclaimed. . .
“A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed . . .to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.
If you have not heard of Creamed Peas here is the recipe:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup ? and 1/2 cream
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Good Dash pepper
- 2 cups frozen peas (use a 10 oz box, or measure 2-cups from a bag of loose frozen peas)
1. Cook the peas in salt water.
2. While peas are cooking mix the flour, cream and sugar in a jar with a lid and shake until smooth.
3. When peas done pour off most of the water then add butter.
4. Add cream mixture to peas stirring all the while. Stir and cook until sauce thickens.