So the Thanksgiving work-around was a success, right down to what I’m renaming the not-too-sweet pumpkin pies. We even got our Chinese friend Lingling into the act. Since she insisted on helping out I gave her the job of mashing potatoes, which was doubly difficult because we didn’t have a masher, just a slotted spoon. But she gamely mashed away, and the potatoes, a mixture of white and sweet potatoes, were good, especially with the added cream and the big slab of butter we mixed in. The turkey wasn't too bad either.
All in all, it was as traditional a meal was one could get here in China.
The only thing missing for me was Brussels sprouts, which don’t seem to be popular here. But green beans were a fine substitute, and the cranberry sauce had a nice citrus tang, thanks to the oranges Joanna mixed in, and the gravy was watery but flavorful.
You can’t ask for anything more than that.