If I had gone home to Vancouver, it would have looked like this at my family homestead. Our neighbour sent this photo of our home, and another of our street.
But here in Hawaii, the weather is milder. I tried to post other photos – My grandma’s old house (now my brother’s family’s) and her street. I visited here almost every other summer when I was a kid, until about the age of 12, when the trips became more intermittent.
Last Christmas, at my dear friend’s house near Pottsville, I think it was he, Daniel, who told those of us assembled about the “tur-duc-hen”. How had I never heard about this?
“A Turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The name is a portmanteau of those ingredients, turkey, duck, and chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture or rice dressing and sausage meat or seafood stuffing.”
We looked it up on wikipedia to discover that the largest recorded nested bird roast is 17 birds, attributed to a royal feast in France in the early 19th century. We laughed about it for days, and later that holidays, when I told my partner and his best friend about it, the word Turducken kept ringing in her ears as we drove around the South Island of New Zealand.
So, imagine my surprise to find out this Christmas, as part of our feast, we will be having a turducken roll. I can’t wait…
But of course, the real reason I’m here is for my family. My nephew and niece are adorable, energetic, and exhausting. They believe in Santa Claus and when they see him at the malls, or at the Christmas Light Street, they call out, “Santa, santa, santa!” It will be fun to see them on Christmas day opening their gifts.
I suspect I won’t be sending out a newsy e-mail update this year, but will simply leave it at this. A dispatch from here, to wherever you may be, with wishes to you for a great holidays and new year.
(And in fact, it worked much more easily to write this dispatch and attach photos using facebook notes. Uh oh, blogger. Are your days numbered?)