My brother and I come from a non-traditional family and we never had those huge family gatherings many families had. One time we definitely went had take-out Chinese for Thanksgiving and another we spent at the buffet our mother worked at. So, it’s only natural that we’ve formed our own non-traditional traditions as adults.
Four years ago we started Sibling Thanksgiving, eating shrimp and grits and tri-colored pepper stir-fry over quinoa in my Hampton, VA apartment. I was a vegetarian, well, pescatarian actually, at the time, but since that Thanksgiving I’ve had two children, moved to Maine and we’ve been making all the usual foods for our Sinling Thanksgivings. Pregnancy made me crave meat and I was pregnant for most of the last 3 years. Anyway, it has evolved and there are five of us at the table instead of two, but we still break have our own spin.
For the past two years we’ve taken a hike after breakfast and before getting dinner ready. It wasn’t an intentional thing, but now that we’ve done it twice I think it’s a THING. So, when normal people (and my husband) are watching football on the couch, we’ll be tromping through the cold woods somewhere. But, while normal people save the eating for dinner, we made a super decadent breakfast this year (which also made a great base for leftovers). It was a sort of hash I dreamed up and my foodie brother made the poached eggs and the suggestion to cook everything in the bacon fat. So for Thanksgiving brunch we had a sweet and gold potato and ground turkey hash cooked in bacon fat with poached eggs on top and bacon on the side. I put a whole sweet onion in the hash as well as two cloves of garlic and cooked it down so much you’d never have known except for the flavor.
^the hash, the original, the leftover hash breakfast, the hiking selfie
I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving and I’d love to hear about your own non-traditional traditions!