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Things we’re thankful for or simply: Good thing the Pilgrims weren't from Scotland

November 25, 2009 - Taste Buds
IT’S THE time of year when we all pause and send up a prayer of thanks for all the blessings bestowed upon us this past year.

The Buds send up prayers of thanksgiving all the time (Thank you God for letting my computer turn on without smoke rolling out it; Thank you God for not letting my hair fall out in clumps following that disastrous trip to the salon; Thank you God for allowing Oprah to retire - or are we the only ones happy about this one?)

Seriously, we all have a lot to be thankful for.

We’ve got great kids! Between the two of us, we know at least four out of our five children will grow up to be wonderful adults! There is that fifth one that is a little shaky and which kid that actually is changes on an almost hourly basis but we’re hopeful all the same!

We’ve got wonderfully supportive significant others.

Sure, one continually makes up his own lyrics to well-known songs and one has been known to wear safety orange shoes on occasion (AND he doesn’t even hunt!), but we love them! They put up with us and, funny as we are, we can be a wee bit trying at times - or so we’ve been told!

We’ve got a great gig - getting paid to eat! How many of you can say that?

We get to eat in restaurants, try new things - some bad and some delicious- and pull down a paycheck at the same time!


And on the subject of eating, we are glad the Pilgrims pulled off this whole Thanksgiving thing!

An entire day devoted to stuffing ourselves is like heaven on Earth!

The turkey, the potatoes, the stuffing and the cranberries! What’s not to love here?

Plus, it gives us another thing to be thankful for - stretchy yoga pants! Perfect when paired with a long-sleeve t-shirt for sitting at the table and eating to the point of explosion.

This got us thinking about all the things we would not want to eat for Thanksgiving.

For example, Spotted Dick and Haggis are two dishes which would give us a reason to become Canadian citizens.

If you must know, Spotted Dick is a steamed suet pudding containing dried fruit (usually currants) commonly served with custard, and a standard part of English cuisine. Spotted refers to the dried fruit (which resemble spots) and dick may be a contraction/corruption of the word pudding (from the last syllable) or possibly a corruption of the word dough.

Another explanation offered for the latter half of the name is that it comes from the German word for “thick,” in reference to the thickened suet mixture.

Haggis is a dish containing sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally boiled in the animal’s stomach for approximately three hours.


Here’s a recipe that won’t make your stomach churn from Darlene Balvin of Dillonvale. Make it and you’ll have another thing to be thankful for!

Seafood Salad

1 8-ounce package imitation crab meat

1 12-ounce package frozen peas, uncooked

1/2 cup shredded carrots

1/4 cup chopped sweet onion

2/3 cup fat free mayonnaise

2 tablespoons milk

1 packet Splenda

Mix all together well. Serve after flavors blend, after about 2 hours.


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Spotted Dick. Looks good, huh?