Not exactly, but the fare for the day in my household was Prime Rib for a change of holiday menu. The meal included shrimp cocktail, twiced-baked potato, seasoned with chives and paprika, buttered corn on the cob, butter roasted brussel sprouts, and fruited cheese cake for dessert.
Mr. and Mrs. Phineas Gnome, local Niagara Falls gnomes, celebrated Thanksgiving as well, dressed traditionally as their ancestors from Plymouth, England. They picked beautiful red corn for the occasion to honor the first grain grown by the Pilgrim gnomes. Their holiday menu consisted of Red Pistachio nuts, agaric toadstool, beetroot soup (see arignagardener for some beetroot recipes), cardinal eggs, red corn and strawberries. Get the theme here? All the food is red. I snapped their photo in costume for you to see. This is rare for a gnome to be seen in attire other than is typically worn daily.
Here is a little history of those Plymouth gnomes. They arrived in 1620 aboard the Mayflower after leaving Plymouth, England with 102 religious separatists. Gnomes are secular, but like those individuals sharing passage to the New World, they were seeking freedom of a new home where they could freely practice their way of life in this new land.
Many of the English gnomes suffered through a hard first winter, the same as the Pilgrims, and numbers of them, people and gnomes alike, succumbed to contagious disease. An English-speaking Patuxent Native American gnome taught the newly arrived English gnomes how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, befriend fish in the local rivers, learn the language of the native wildlife, and avoid poisonous plants. These are all skills that are well-known by gnomes of today. In fact, the gnomes had their first successful corn harvest the following year, with a celebratory feast to follow. This was considered the first Thanksgiving. It is little known, and not written in the history books, but the gnomes dined with the Pilgrims and Native American Indians that first Thanksgiving.
Hope your Thanksgiving was filled with unexpected fun and invited friends too!
The Word 4 Wednesday is Accidental, garnering the most votes. The Patient Gardener kindly submitted the Word 4 Wednesday for November 3o. I was going to post things that were accidents on job sites, but changed my mind. You will see an unexpected Accidental here at GWGT for Wednesday.