Potato masher extraordinaire: Thanksgiving from an African perspective

So it’s been a few days after Thanksgiving, but people are still raving about the potato mash we brought!

potato mash

Gorgeous potato mash we brought for Thanksgiving.

Wish I could take credit for it, but my husband provided the powerful muscles behind the mashing.

I just peeled the potatoes, simmered them and added seasonings. 🙂

It’s funny that the potato mash meant such a big deal to him during Thanksgiving.

Turkey isn’t his favorite meat and he’s not too crazy about pumpkin either, but he ate a lot of mashed yams and other starchy tubers growing up in Africa.

That’s one thing that sticks out to me about Thanksgiving. It’s such a quintessentially American holiday, yet every culture can relate to the message about being grateful for the things you have.

If you happen to live near a place where there are a lot of international students, I highly recommend that you invite them to share Thanksgiving with you. It’s something my parents did before, with students from China.

It’s a great experience for everyone involved. While they experienced a traditional Thanksgiving, we got to learn about holiday celebrations such as the Chinese New Year.

An added bonus was hearing about some of the better area Chinese restaurants – yum! (Doing our bit to promote peaceful international relations one bite at a time.)

About multiculturalmarriage

I'm glad to be part of a multicultural marriage! I grew up in the U.S. but am married to an African husband. This makes life challenging, creative and cool - all at the same time!
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