This Thursday , the 26th of November, Americans will be travelling far & wide across the states to visit their loved ones for a holiday which is more important possibly than Christmas Hanukkah or Kwanzaa! Thanksgiving!! According to Wikipedia ,”Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.” Every year it is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November in the states and since there are so many Americans living in London there are plenty of places to celebrate. Our Resident Americana Mel has given you her top 5 spots to eat & be merry on Turkey Day!
1. Benjamin Franklin’s House – Craven Street, London,
Benjamin Franklin House at 36 Craven Street in the heart of London is an absolute gem! It is the only remaining home of one of the founding Fathers of America and is considered to be one of the fathers of electricity. Visiting his house feels like you are walking back into time and it’s very close to Charring Cross so just a short ride away from Camden Town! It is a dynamic museum and also the world’s only remaining home of Benjamin Franklin . What better way to celebrate an American holiday? For more information please visit –
2. Crown & Shuttle Pub – Shoreditch, London . The Crown & Shuttle in East London is hosting an all American event with Turkey burgers and also you can try some of their American craft beer. http://crownandshuttle.com
3. The Diner – Camden Town, London - Why not try our local Burger joint? The Diner Just a few minutes from Tti School ‘s Camden location. This American style diner will be serving up the “insane Waffle Gobbler burger” – shredded turkey leg stuffed with cranberries and cream cheese fried crisp and served between 2 sweet potato waffles – mmmm – Find out more by visiting -http://goodlifediner.com/2015/11/thanksgiving-and-christmas-2015/
4. The Blues Kitchen – Camden Town, London - Every year the Blues Kitchen pulls out all the stops with their Thanksgiving Bash! This year is no exception . They will be serving up a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings and also they’ll have some terrific live music . This year the line up is – THE UNTOUCHABLES – Raw Blues & swimming soul from the 1950s & THE BRASS VOLCANOES – a New Orleans style Brass Band – For more information please visit -http://theblueskitchen.com/camden/whats-on/the-untouchables-djs-keb-darge-til-1am1/
5. The Breakfast Club – No they don’t just serve Breakfast at the Breakfast Club !
They also have a great menu this year for Thanksgiving – They will be serving up the traditional 3 Course meal at a number of their locations around London! You can find out more by visiting – http://www.thebreakfastclubcafes.com
My family has the Turkey with all the trimmings every year! Her favourite dish is Sweet Potatoes topped with Marshmallows . It’s super sweet and apparently dates back to 1917 when they wanted to market more marshmallows to Americans! Clever! Here is her Dad’s recipe!
Whipped Sweet Potato Bake
|3||cans (15 oz. each) sweet potatoes, drained|
|1/4||cup butter or margarine, melted|
|1||tsp. ground cinnamon|
|1||tsp. ground ginger|
|1/4||tsp. ground nutmeg|
|3||cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows|
|1.||Bake 15 to 20 min. or until potato mixture is heated through and marshmallows are lightly browned.|
|2.||Spoon into 1-1/2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; top with marshmallows.|
|3.||Beat potatoes, butter and spices with mixer until blended.|
|4.||Heat oven to 350°F.|