This is a quick newsletter because I wanted to tell you about the German and also the Canadian Thanksgiving which is tomorrow.
First a quick Vielen dank to all my wonderful Canadian German friends!
Canadian Thanksgiving Monday Oct 10, 2011 - German Thanksgiving Oct 2, 2011
The German Thanksgiving called Erntedankfest (Festival of Thanks) is usually held the first sunday of October in Germany, although sources I read say it is not a big national holiday but celebrated regionally and is not the big national holiday that it is in the U.S. or Canada.
Here is a nice video of the Erntedankfest in neighboring German speaking Austria in the Burgenland.
Gert Reitner my German Canadian friend told me that I should mention the Canadian Thanksgiving that is celebrated every second monday in October which is tomorrow. There are is a huge amount of German Canadians. The 2006 census says their are over 3 million in a country of 35 plus million! Read more about German Canadians here.
Why before the U.S. Thanksgiving?
Canadians are farther north so the harvest comes earlier. At least that is what they
told me, last night at our hotel. We had a group of Canadians (many German Canadian) so we roasted off some Chickens and made Dressing and Brussels Sprouts some common choices for the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday.
BBQ Skewered Brussels Sprouts
with thick slice bacon
These are a common Canadian Thanksgiving food and the bacon
gives a touch of German and they are crisp and fresh tasting ,not soggy and strong tasting
We blanched Fresh Brussels Sprouts for 3 minutes in boiling salted
water and then skewered them with thick slice bacon.
The skewers were a little small so we cut the last sprout in half
and put it on like a cap.
Brush with olive oil and dust with salt and pepper and
grill on medium heat for for 10 -15 minutes on each of 4 sides lightly browning.
Although we didn't make Semmelknodel it is a perfect blend
between German - American or bread dressing and dumplings