Thanksgiving hasn't always been the most fun in the past. My parents divorced when I was 19, and it's been a juggling act during the holidays since then. (For the record, I'm not 19 in this picture. More like 12. The puffy sleeves were a big hit at the Southern California Junior Bach Festival.)
Papa Monkey induced and delivered three babies on Tuesday and another four on Wednesday. On Thursday morning, he sent all of his patients home in anticipation of our arrival at this house for Thanksgiving lunch. His colleague, however, was not as efficient and forward-thinking and had one last patient left who went into labor as Papa Monkey was leaving the hospital.
Brother Monkey, Mr. Monkey, and I watched some early football at Papa Monkey's house while we waited for Papa Monkey to deliver that baby. When Papa Monkey came home, we headed to the nearest open chain restaurant to have our usual non-Thanksgiving lunch. This year, we went to Black Angus.
There's not much to say about Black Angus. You know how it is. It's a typical chain with predictable mediocre food, so I didn't bother taking my own photos.
We started with a Grilled Filet Mignon & Bleu Cheese Flatbread, which was good.
A little after 4:00 p.m., we left Highland to drive to Mama Monkey's home in Riverside. One of Mama Monkey's favorite musicals is The Phantom of the Opera, and she and her husband just saw it again in Las Vegas. This was actually Stepdad Monkey's first time seeing it, and he is now a big fan, too. Since they liked it so much, I played several pieces from the musical while they prepared our Thanksgiving feast.
Oh, how I miss my piano! When the Monkeys finally buy a single-family home, one requirement is that there is room for this seven-foot Steinway grand piano imported from Hamburg, Germany! American Steinways have a matte satin finish, whereas German Steinways have this beautiful shiny lacquer. Mmm...lacquer.
Here are the more recognizable Thanksgiving dishes: turkey (basted in a soy-based sauce with green onions and Chinese spices), white corn-on-the-cob, dinner rolls (wheat especially for me), and yams (wrapped and baked in foil).
kong xin cai (in Mandarin) or ong choy (in Cantonese). I'm not really sure what it's called in English, but it's somewhat spinach-like. It is, however, milder and so much better than spinach.
Mama Monkey is so talented that she can use bean sprouts. Almost as soon as she places her spring rolls on the table, they are gone! There is never any worry about bean-sprout-induced sogginess! Crunch, crunch, crunch!
Looks delish! Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!ReplyDelete
ah, the infamous spring rolls! you look so much like your mom...or at least in that photo!ReplyDelete
Your f thanksgiving meal sound insanely delish! Your posts always make me hungry too :). Yay for maintaining wedding weight :) :)ReplyDelete
I don't know why my post came out so wacky?ReplyDelete
yum...ong choy & glutinous rice AND turkey.ReplyDelete
beautiful steinway, by the way.
brother monkey is hot.ReplyDelete
Happy Thanksgiving Wemo!ReplyDelete
I am :::Drooling::: over mother monkey's spring rolls!
All the homemade food looks delish.. and good for you! I'm skipping the scale at the gym today......ReplyDelete
That's a beautiful piano! The spring rolls look delish, as does the rice. Yummmm.ReplyDelete
That all looks amazing!ReplyDelete
Your mom is beautiful!ReplyDelete
my CW absolutely adores that "green vegetable" but cannot, for the life of her, seem to order it at chinese restaurants. she always tries to order it in mandarin, but then they look at her like she has grown a second head. poor thing :(ReplyDelete
Now I'm hungry all over again. And I want Mamma Monkey's spring rolls! Looks great and I'm glad you got to enjoy lots of yummy food.ReplyDelete
I feel you on the family split thing. ;)