My first Thanksgiving away from home was better than what I could have asked for. While not on actual Thanksgiving day, I did celebrate Thanksgiving over the weekend with a group of amazing people. It was my first Thai-giving! The delay in Nakhon Sawan made the trip worth the wait.
I had met Hannah and Katie during orientation, two fun girls from Providence who decided to join the OEG/CIEE program together. I also met Alex, an awesome chef from Nantucket, at orientation as well. They were all placed in Saraburi together, along with a few other CIEEers. They had a sweet setup. Hannah and Katie had their own house with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Directly behind them was another house of CIEEers, some from our intake group and others already on the second semester of their year-long stay.
Many other people made their way to Saraburi for the Thai-giving feast as well. No turkey, but we did have 3 chickens each seasoned and grilled to perfection by Alex. We had mashed potatoes, homemade applesauce, string beans, two kinds of yummy soups, deviled eggs, bruschetta, and kraft mac and cheese. Nick, one of the teachers at the primary school, made a super spicy vegetable green curry to add a bit of Thainess to the Thanksgiving. Not a bad spread for Thanksgiving in Thailand, especially since we didn’t have an oven!
Of course what is Thanksgiving or even Thai-giving without dessert?! I finally put my baking withdrawal at ease and made these delicious goodies.