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We had been assured they were out there, but my search for a turkey in Gaborone – even a small one – was unsuccessful.


No matter. Botswana is the land of beef, and it didn’t take too much convincing for me to switch gears and go with a roast instead. Beef here is high quality and quite inexpensive. For comparison, a really nice T-bone that might cost me $10-$11 at the Good Food Store back home in Missoula runs about $3-$4 here.

So, I ordered a 1 kilo top roast, and we matched it up with quinoa, sweet potatoes, roasted broccoli, freshly baked bread, salad, and, of course, Yorkshire pudding. Roasted pears for dessert. The roast did come out a tad overdone – the tiny little oven in our flat can be fickle and inconsistent with temperatures sometimes.


Good crust on this one.

I love planning out a big holiday meal, even with only three of us on the guest list for dinner. That miniature oven was the big logistical challenge – with only one rack, careful timing was required to get everything on the table at once.

Our friend, and Julie’s fellow Fulbrighter, Sarah – a bright and brave recent graduate from Northeastern University – joined us for the festivities.


Happy Holidays from Botswana!

Oh, and wine.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends, family, and readers back home in the US, or wherever you find yourself around the world.



4 comments on “A Botswana Thanksgiving

  1. Barbara says:

    You are blessed, and so are all your friends and family near and far. Thankful for your posts

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  2. Tobias Mann says:

    Happy thanks giving you two. Hope you are having a great weekend and Julie is recovering well. I hear good wine works wonders.

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  3. Cydney Sherman says:

    What a delicious looking meal, and an excellent substitute for the traditional turkey dinner. Thank you for including our daughter, Sarah, in the festivities. She so enjoyed sharing dinner with you and spending the evening together. It definitely helped her feel much less homesick at this time of year. Bless you both for your kind hospitality.

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    1. Sarah is the best – she is one of our anchors in Botswana! We had such a great time meeting Chris this week, too.


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