Monday, October 12, 2009

A Little Tour of My Brain, Part 10 - Thanksgiving Postcards (Turkeys)

Today is marked on the calendar as Thanksgiving Day. Our dinner went well yesterday. The two best things about the day after Thanksgiving is to be able to relax and leftovers. Leftover turkey dinner is the best.

As I promised today’s posting will feature turkeys.

This card shows quite a beautiful white turkey. Are there white turkeys? I did not know that there were. It is a truly majestic bird. If anyone knows anything about white turkeys let me know.

Turkeys are quite a majestic bird but evidently not that bright.

Using the wishbone as a design element for the postcard is very interesting. Two people holding the wishbone and snapping it to see who gets their wish granted because they have the long piece of the bone is one of the long held traditions associated with eating turkey.

How to make Turkey Stock
We carve our turkey in the kitchen and then bring it to the table so there is no wishbone for two people to break and see who will get their wish granted. All bones go into the stockpot. Like leftovers this is another of the perks of turkey dinner. Put all of the turkey bones into a large stockpot and fill with water. Throw in about 6 washed carrots coarsely cut, 3 or 4 large onions with the skins on but make certain that there is no mould under the skins and all of the vegetable water from the vegetables that wasn't used for gravy. Cook this slowly for several hours. Strain through a wet and thoroughly rinsed tea towel. A wet tea towel helps to remove some of the fat. Let cool, skim of any excess fat, put into individual containers and freeze for later use. It is a great for base for soups. I also like to use it for risotto.

I love that brick wall in the background. We have seen similar walls on old estates.

Pink is not a colour that is associated with Thanksgiving. Note the use of the wishbone used as a design element on either side of the church at the top of the card.

I don't know if I could kill my bird, gut it and rid the carcass of its feathers ready for cooking. I like to be removed from all of that process and buy our turkey at the supermarket.

This is an elegant and understated postcard. I like the stylized tracery of the branches and the scrollwork framing the turkey and wheelbarrow.

What a wonderful bird! This is the quintessential image of a Thanksgiving turkey.

If you have had your Thanksgiving dinner already, enjoy yourself today. If your turkey dinner is today have a lot of fun with your friends and family.

"Happy Thanksgiving. Get stuffed, we did!"

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