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View From Your Table

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

The reader, an American expatriate living in Serbia, writes:

My brother and I were flying in to HK on Thursday, so our Thanksgiving was on a Friday.)

Attached is a photo of what is for my family as traditional a Thanksgiving meal as it gets: taken from Nepal 21, the restaurant my father’s a partner of. Featured in the photo are the crispy and steamed momocha dumplings: filled with healthy ostrich meat, though otherwise traditionally prepared. That set the tone for the restaurant’s key dishes we then went on to enjoy: Nepalese fried chicken wings picked up by the tips, marinated in Nepalese herbs, so juicy, but fried (in healthy oil), so crunchy on the outside; Nepalese pizza – all dishes that can be found in Nepal but with a twist to suit the contemporary taste for little, healthier snacks. At the table were not only blood relations but very close family friends from other cultures (Chinese and Nepalese). That is how we have celebrated thanksgiving most years as expats: my brother and I spent our childhoods in Hong Kong but now live elsewhere, so this was a really meaningful reunion.

I could write far more about it, even things to do with what it means to be an American expat and how my now liberal father continues to host and gather people from all walks of life of all views at his table – which makes for such interesting conversation and in many ways might also be a component of the Benedict Option, but this text already looks too long!

Maybe it’s too long for a VFYT, but I would love to read your thoughts, and to publish them here. So send me (us) a longer e-mail when you have time.

Salem County, New Jersey

Salem County, New Jersey

The reader writes:

Home roasted Costa Rican coffee (exhibiting polar opposite styles of accoutrementation) stays warm while we try to do the same around the wood stove.

Ah, late autumn. Meanwhile, here in Baton Rouge, it’s hot and steamy today.

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#1 Comment By Thrice A Viking On November 29, 2016 @ 3:10 pm

The Hong Kong dinner was certainly different from the traditional Thanksgiving fare, but looked very tasty nonetheless. (I’m admittedly biased, since I’m not that crazy about turkey and some other usual holiday fare such as sweet potatoes and cranberries. Love the dressing/stuffing and biscuits, however!) I was puzzled by the NJ one, though. That looks like good stuff to wake you up in the morning, but hardly even a liquid feast, much less a solid one.

#2 Comment By mrscracker On November 29, 2016 @ 7:45 pm

That looks like a good, serious woodstove. I miss having one. Central heat and air are grand, but I never can really get warm enough in the winter. There’s nothing like a woodstove to curl up next to.

#3 Comment By russ On November 30, 2016 @ 9:40 am

@Thrice A Viking, I’ll try to include food the next time. My kids weren’t exactly feasting, but they were eating cinnamon toast in the room if that counts for anything. That room becomes the central location on chilly days.

@mrscracker, yes it’s a good woodstove. We had a smaller, underpowered one, but for a woodstove to make a dent in our heating bill in this 1850-ish uninsulated (that’s slowly being rectified) farmhouse, it has to put out some serious BTUs. It’s been real mild here so far, but we’ve only used about an eighth of a tank of oil to this point. Considering all the wood is scrounged from already down sources, I like to think we’re doing as much good for the environment as our wallet.

Rod, not sure if it’s okay for me to “blow my cover” like this, or if you must keep the VFYT sources private. I don’t mind it being revealed that this is my pic, for what it’s worth.

[NFR: Fine by me. I just like to err on the side of protecting readers’ privacy. — RD]

#4 Comment By mrscracker On November 30, 2016 @ 11:17 am

russ ,
I used to cook on a woodstove & we had a small but incredibly efficient woodstove as well in the living room. The dog & I used to fight for the best position on the rug in front of it.
As mild as temperatures are in the Deep South in wintertime, it’s also extremely damp. The damp chill goes right through you.
Good luck restoring your farmhouse & God bless!