You know I’m a big fan of friends and family reunions. Sadly Easter and Christmas are the last ones we really celebrate in France anymore. No one really cares about Bastille Day and we never even had Thanksgiving. Obviously. Oh how I wish we had Thanksgiving!!! I’d be planning and cooking for days…
I thought I would celebrate my own today though. It would just be me and my cat Sirus. He’d have his favorite paté and I’d pick the perfect comfort food for myself. I decided on a dish of scallops, foie gras and green lentils (recipe at the end of the post).
No Thanksgiving of course without giving proper thanks for all the people and things one loves. And I love quite a few… Since I’m not a crazy cat person (I don’t think…), I didn’t make a speech in front of the cat. Sirus is American (from Georgia y’all) so his French is very limited + he’s 21 and deaf as a post.
No, I think thanks are best given in the way we act and the way we interact with each other. In the way we live our life; in gratitude and with kindness. In the way we find, nurture and use our inner strength and natural talents. Sometimes, words do have to be said, like “I love you”. Very therapeutic! Almost everything else can be left unsaid, but not that.
And so I realized that I didn’t really need a proper Thanksgiving dinner to give my thanks (yes, I know, I’m not the sharpest tool in the box). All I need is to remain conscious of how blessed I am to lead the life I lead with the people I live it for. All I need is to make a conscious decision each day to find, share (promote even) “joie de vivre”. All I need is to enjoy each bite of each delicious strawberry pie, each sunset and each glass of champagne. Each cream puff eaten on the beach, each jar of plum marmalade. The house my grandma left me and the precious moments spent there with friends renovating it. Each dinner party and every single orgasm (food induced or otherwise).
I guess what I am trying to say in a very clumsy way and with too many words is this: gratitude is stronger than just being thankful. It is a way of life. It is a code of conduct almost… I don’t know. I’m tired…
Enough with the cheap clichés and the sentimentality! I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!
Scallop lentils recipe for 2:
- Boil your lentils (4 large fistfuls) for 20 minutes on low heat in water with a teaspoon of baking soda (the edible kind of course)
- Sear 8 to 12 large scallops to a golden brown (one to two minutes on each side on medium to high heat). Use canola oil.
- Cut cubes (2cm) in a large lobe of fresh foie gras (raw). For two people, I’d use about a third of a large lobe.
- Add the scallops to the lentils
- Add the cubes of foie gras right before serving as they could melt too fast in the lentils
- Add chopped parsley for color
- Season to taste