Saturday, November 27, 2010

My Day-After Thanksgiving Ritual: Turkey and Sliva Crumble (Take 2)

The uneaten half of Daniel's turkey, the day after Thanksgiving, 2010.
I look forward to the day after Thanksgiving almost as much I as look forward to Thanksgiving Day itself. Because the day AFTER Thanksgiving I always enjoy a turkey sandwich with my friend Daniel.  There was a time when we celebrated a holiday we invented called "Y-Giving", in which we got together with several friends in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It was really an excuse to eat an extra turkey.

Daniel makes a mean bird, one that's so good that even confirmed vegetarians make an exception for it.  His cornbread sausage stuffing is also out of this world.  The best part is that Daniel allows me to bring an empty "to-go" container for leftovers.  Over the years, I have discovered that the larger the container I bring, the more leftovers I get to take home.  This year he caught on to me.  When he saw my rather large tupperware container sticking out of my bag he said, "If that's your to-go container, I hope you aren't expecting it to go home full!"  Lying in what I hoped was a convincing manner, I told him, "Of course not.  That's just the only clean container I could find."  Luckily for me, Daniel has a competitive nature and I knew he wouldn't be able to resist filing my empty container to the brim.  I ended up going home with his last four Brussels sprouts, two large scoops of unbelievable gravy, and some really yummy cranberry sauce courtesy of our friend Lisa.

My full "to-go" container, November 27, 2010.
Lisa's cranberry sauce.
We chatted while eating our delicious turkey sandwiches that were served, as always, on fresh slices of bread from a loaf I'd picked up at Eagle Rock Italian Deli, Daniel's favorite bakery.  We added fresh lettuce from Daniel's garden and some of Lisa's cranberry sauce.  You just can't beat it.  I even got a side serving of my beloved cornbread sausage stuffing with gravy.

We topped the meal off with a taste of Sliva Crumble.  Those of you who follow this blog know that "sliva" is Bulgarian for "plum" and that Daniel has been working on his recipe for Sliva Crumble for quite a while now.  The last time I tried it, the sliva filling was good, but the topping left something to be desired.  This time, the sliva crumble was great.  Daniel only gave me what he called "A Taste".  Ever the considerate host, he said he didn't want me to have to pretend to like it if I thought it was terrible.  I secretly believe that he wanted to keep more of it for himself.  And I don't blame him.  It was fantastic.


Daniel's third-try at Sliva Crumble.  November 27, 2010.

We finished off our visit, as we often do, with a tour of Daniel's garden.  We checked out the lettuce crop,  the empty chicken coop, and his new hobby... making Chico Ikebana arrangements.  I don't quite understand the theory behind Chiko Ikebana, except to say that it involves the use of at least on extra "accessory" object.  In the case of the arrangement below, it was the tuna can and fabric-covered fish bowl.  Thanksgiving at Daniel's house.  Always an inspiration.
Daniel's first attempt at Chico Ikebana.