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A Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish all of my American readers & people from all over the world: A Happy Thanks Giving!

In Belgium, we don’t celebrate this festive day but we have also many things to be grateful for. A good husband, a good family, lovely friends & neighbours, a lovely house to live in, being able to do the things we love, home-grown produce, etc.

I didn’t know much about this festive day.

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. In Canada, Thanksgiving falls on the same day as Columbus Day in the United States. Because of the longstanding traditions of the holiday, the celebration often extends to the weekend that falls closest to the day it is celebrated.

Thanksgiving in North America had originated from a mix of European and Native traditions. Typically in Europe, festivals were held before and after the harvest cycles to give thanks for a good harvest, and to rejoice together after much hard work with the rest of the community. At the time, Native Americans had also celebrated the end of a harvest season. When Europeans first arrived to the Americas, they brought with them their own harvest festival traditions from Europe, celebrating their safe voyage, peace and good harvest. Though the origins of the holiday in both Canada and the United States are similar, Americans do not typically celebrate the contributions made in Newfoundland, while Canadians do not celebrate the contributions made in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

You can read more here!

I am going to give you a few alternative dishes to celebrate your Thanks Giving. Just click onto the titles to go to the recipes!

**Festive appetizers :

1 & 2. Smoked duck appetizers &  smoked trout, avocado appetizers:

Smoked duck appetizers: see large picture above!

smoked trout & avocado appetizers! yum!

3. Cheesy, ham & pesto appetizers

cheesy ham & pesto appetizers! yummie :)

** Festive soups:

1. Roasted chorizo, thyme & pumpkin soup served with home-made pumpkin &  feta bread

2. My beetroot soup

a tasty beetroot soup!

** Festive vegetarian main dishes:

1. My vegetarian butternut squash,  quinoa & red beans chili

Sophie's vegetarian butternut squash, quinoa & red beans chili!

2. Beetroot risotto with ricotta & parmesan

beetroot risotto with ricotta & parmesan

** Festive sides:

1. Beetroot wedges with a balsamic & orange marmalade sauce

2. Roasted balsamic & rosemary scented baked parsnips

** Festive main dishes with meat

1. Mangocheek’s fennel & swiss chard stew with chicken sausages & Thai coriander ( cilantro ) rice

2.  Veal with a wine & sage sauce, greens beans & mixed oven roasted potatoes

** Festive desserts

1. Gluten free & egg free apple speculoos spiced muffins, great as breakfast too! 

2. Sophie’s healthy gluten-free & sugar-free banana & almond butter cake with dark chocolate chips

Have a good Thanks Giving & enjoy yourself’s & this glorious food too, hey !!!! 😉


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Hello! My name is Sophie & I love to cook & bake mostly healthily but with a twist! There is a bit of gardening & travelling in here too! Enjoy! :)

48 thoughts on “A Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. Great picture Sophie!! I think any of your dishes would work wonderfully for this holiday!

  2. Yeah i know isn’t it a pity we don’t have it here , otherwise it would have been a reason for a big party 🙂
    Love the array of food and love you pic too.

  3. My little sister in NZ asked me the other day for some yum appetisers, I think I may send her to your page instead!! lovely.. c

  4. Oh! Lovely posting – all that fabulous fall food. I’d welcome those appetizers on my Thanksgiving table Sophie – come on over!

    1. Thanks, dear Claudia!! I would instantlt come over & celebrate Thanksgiving with you: it would be so much fun! Maybe one day,….sigh 😦

  5. We don’t celebrate it here in Australia either but I sure wish we did. It seems like such a great occasion for families and a specific day to remember and be grateful for all your blessings.

  6. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I think it’s wonderful you’re celebrating with us–too bad you couldn’t come over for dinner!

  7. these are some great options for turkey day, sophie! heck, they’re great for any day!

  8. What a mouth watering selection of foods, any of them would be great for Thanksgiving, or anytime!
    I’m doing a little giveaway over at my place, so do stop by and enter!
    *kisses* HH

  9. Ooh, all of these look so delicious! I’m so happy to have connected with you. I visited Belgium several years ago — and it was one of my favorite places I’ve even been too! So beautiful.

  10. Belgium may not celebrate Thanksgiving but, you sure know how to feast!!! What GREAT links, Sophie.

    Thanks for sharing…

    P.S. I, for one, wouldn’t mind if you made up for the lack of Thanksgiving with oodles of Belgium Christmas Recipes!!! Smiling right back at ya!!!

  11. I have a lot to be thankful for, such as getting to know you via your fantastic blog and the continual inspiration form all your fantastic creativity. Thank you!

  12. Sophie, I’m touched you celebrated Thanksgiving in Belgium! What a wonderful looking meal you made!

    1. We don’t celebrate it over here, Jessica!
      These recipes were only ideas for an alternative Thanksgiving! 🙂

  13. Wow, that Sophie is one gorgeous lady! I know I am commenting a little late (after Thanksgiving), but I love your Thanksgiving round up of recipes! I am thankful for you!

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