“I didn’t expect it was so good!” “ This is super!” George’s Bible study students were exclaiming at my kitchen.
George teaches an ESL Bible study every Thursday morning. I, who took a whole year leave from work, also have joined this class since last October when my chemo side-effects became mild. While the students study not only Bible but also English and American culture, Eriko, one of the students, asked me if she could learn how to cook turkey around last Thanksgiving.
I was waiting for the right time to cook turkey together with the students, and finally the chance came on this Tuesday and Wednesday.
I usually start cooking turkey around 6 am in order to serve in early afternoon, but for this “cooking class”, we spent two days.
First Miki thawed a 16 lb turkey slowly in her refrigerator for a week.
Tuesday, this big turkey was brought to my house and we cooked stuffing and prepared the turkey.
Wednesday I put the turkey in the oven at 7 am planning to eat at 1 pm. At 10 am all 9 students arrived at my house with knives and cutting boards.
The menu included mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with brown sugar, gravy, pumpkin pies, and apple cider, besides stuffed turkey; everything I learned from Ma, George’s mom.
At once my small kitchen was cramned and became busy chatting, but they were so efficient that even pots and pans were cleaned as soon as they were done, and we only needed to wait for the turkey to be ready.
Yet even at 1 am, the turkey was not ready. “ A little bit more,” we repeated being starved, and it was 2:30pm when we finally sat at the table with excitement.
For many of the students, it was the first time to have turkey, but they loved it!
Being relieved from the concern of my lump on Monday, I thoroughly enjoyed cooking and chatting with the students in spite of the pain of my burned hand from the leak of Navelbine. Those thriving two days were just like a rainbow after a shower.