Wednesday, November 16, 2011

His Dinde Is Cooked

La Mom's 2010 turkey as shown on French TV

Thanksgiving is a very important holiday in La Mom’s household. You know, it’s actually pretty French à la base – cook massive amounts of food, sit around the table for hours, and pass out in a blissed-out gourmet coma.

That’s why Big Cheese has always been a big fan of Thanksgiving. Until La Mom gave him a task other than eat, drink, and be merry.

Big Cheese: Chèrie, I meant to tell you – the butcher who orders the turkeys changed management. They do not order turkeys in advance or cook them.

La Mom: Merde, merde, merde. Where are we going to get a turkey this late in the game?

Big Cheese (with exasperated Gallic puff): Do you really have to order them this far in advance?

La Mom (exploding): What are you talking about? You’re French! You’re supposed to know this stuff! Do you remember the time when the foxes ate all the good turkeys at the turkey farm? Or the time when there was a train strike and turkeys couldn’t be delivered? GET ME A TURKEY!

Big Cheese (alarmed): Bien sûr, mon coeur.

La Mom may not know much about French cuisine, but I know French turkeys. The  nerve of that Gaul.
Can't get to Paris to see the holiday decorations this year? La Mom's got you covered! Visit her Facebook page to see videos & pictures of the Chanel decorated holiday vitrines at Le Printemps. Here's an avant-goût of the pocket-sized Karl Lagerfeld window:

Imagine a Christmas without any presents.
In France and throughout the world, this is a sad reality which The American Cathedral Love-in-a-Box Paris is trying to change. For 20 years, volunteers of various ages, nationalities and persuasions throughout Paris have joined together to provide holiday presents to children in local homeless shelters, orphanages and community centers. This year Love-boxes will also travel to Strasbourg, Mulhouse and Bulgaria. These children will literally receive one gift this Christmas; it's the gift of hope, fashioned in a shoe box by an anonymous, loving gift giver: YOU! Please click here for more information and to find out how you can help.


donna baker said...

Ze better get da goose.

Annabelle said...

La Mom, you are starting to make me nervous. We are celebrating our first Thanksgiving here and I thought it was as easy as going to our Boucher and asking him to roast a bird, merde. I have been so preoccupied with where to get the pies and dessert, the rest of the meal has become secondary! I want it to be perfect because we are having French friends over for their first Le Thanksgiving!

Paris Paul said...

I remember that episode of 100% Mag! What a pity that you didn't meet Estelle Denis. Is the show still on, do you know?

La Mom-an American Mom in Paris said...

@donna baker - Or else 'ee ees een ze merde.

@Annabelle - Get to your local butcher asap and order your COOKED turkey. Make sure it is cooked! I made that mistake one year and just ordered it and when Big Cheese picked it up 2 hours before guests arrived, the turkey wasn't cooked and we had to buy chicken for our feast!

@Paris Paul - Yes, it was a pity we didn't get to meet the beautiful Estelle Denis!

devis said...

I think that that show is still on on M6

this is Belgium said...

I have things under control here in Brussels...

supersocialwahm said...

in the Philippines, Christmas is the longest holiday. Christmas starts as as September (BER months :)) We don't have thanksgiving celebration here but Christmas is our season for thanksgivng. super mom

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Virginia said...

Somehow I don't think you can duplicate a good ole American Thanksgiving dinner in Paris. They don't have all the "stuff" we do. I guess you can pay up and head to Thanksgiving for some of it. Maybe just have a nice roasted chicken! :)

La Mom-an American Mom in Paris said...

@Virginia -Thanksgiving dinner can get pretty good in our house, but it'll never be as good as one in the USA.

@devis - It is, I watched an episode last week. Wonder if they'll rerun Les Moms episode?

@this is Belgium - Great! Is that an invitation?

@supersocialwahm - If Christmas starts so early, you must be so happy when it's over. It must seem to drag on forever.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi I found your blog through Piglet in France, which I found through another blog, A taste of Garlic. One of my friends from a Catholic (in the UK) organized "shoe boxes" to go to Romania .. which this year she is going to travel to and be there to see the boxes distributed, It will be a joy for her to see, as she has worked so hard to make sure that those without, have a very happy day.


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