Let the Words Flow:Writing Prompt 8

Thanksgiving is about so many things, gratitude, family, friends, food and all the struggles and joy that come with that.What is this Thanksgiving about for you?  I invite you to join me: you’ll need pen and paper or a computer, a cup of tea, and a comfortable place to sit. Ask yourself what part of your story needs to be told today. The prompt is an invitation to let the words flow. Slowly read the prompt, whether fact or fiction, and write what needs to be written today. Feel free to change the prompt from first to third person, vice versa, or any other way.

For Thanksgiving this year…….


Thanksgiving Turkey Curacao Style

If you are looking for an exciting and delicious new way to cook your turkey this year, this is a traditional Curaçao recipe. On Curaçao turkey is usually served for Christmas, but ever since I moved to California I’ve been making this recipe for Thanksgiving and it is always a highlight. It’s festive, flavorful and it brings Caribbean warmth to American holiday.  
Prep Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 6.5 hours


1 whole organic turkey 12 to 15 lbs

Turkey Rub

1 cup of organic red wine

¼ tsp organic garlic salt

3 organic garlic cloves, crushed

2 tbsp organic olive oil

1 tbsp organic chicken bouillon paste

¼ tsp dried organic thyme

¼ tsp dried organic sage crushed

¼ tsp dried organic oregano

¼ tsp organic nutmeg


1 cup organic chopped onion

2 cup organic chopped celery

6 organic garlic cloves chopped

1 cup organic ground turkey

1½  cup organic raisins

1¼ cup organic walnuts

1 cup organic green olives

2 tbsps organic capers

1 cup organic chicken broth

½ cup organic red wine

3 cups organic bread crumbs

¼ tsp organic sage rub

¼ tsp organic thyme

¼ tsp organic oregano

¼ tsp organic nutmeg

Himalayan or Celtic salt

4 tbsp organic olive oil


½ Bottle of organic red wine

3 tbsp organic chicken bouillon paste

3 cups water

1 tsp organic garlic salt


Preheat oven to 325º F.

Remove the giblets from the body cavity along with anything that has been tucked into the neck skin. Discard giblets.

Rinse turkey under cold, running water, pat dry with a paper towel, inside and out. Coat turkey inside and out with garlic salt and rubbing spices.

Place onion, celery, garlic cloves, in a pan on medium heat. After simmering for 3 to 5 minutes,  add ground turkey and cook until light brown. Add raisins, walnuts, olives, and capers. Add wine and chicken broth and finally add the breadcrumbs. Set aside to cool.

Fill turkey cavity with stuffing and tie with string. Place the turkey in a roasting pan with a little bit of olive oil on the bottom of pan. Prevent over-browning by covering the turkey with a tin foil tent. Put the pan in preheated oven.

Combine basting ingredients. After the turkey cooks for 30 minutes, prick turkey and baste every 15 minutes.

Turkey should be done in approximately 4 to 4 ½ hours. To allow for browning, remove the tent during the last 45 minutes of baking. To ensure that the turkey is done, insert a meat thermometer into thickest part of the breast. Once the turkey has reached an internal temperature of 180º F, remove it from the oven and let it rest approximately 15 minutes before carving.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

UCSB Multicultural Center Presents a Conversation with Patricia Selbert and Pico Iyer

Please join me and bestselling author Pico Iyer on May 19th at 7pm at UCSB Multi-Cultural Center for an on stage conversation about my novel The House of Six Doors and the universal struggles and triumphs of the immigrants’ experience.

Speaking at Westmont College

The talk at Westmont College on April 19 was very lovely. I read excerpts from my novel and talked about how four different cultures influenced my identity.

The questions and conversation after the presentation were thoughtful and poignant and the discussion was lively and stimulating.  I loved that many people in the audience shared their immigrant experiences, which brought the conversation to a deeper level.

Thanks to all who attended and Thanks to the Department of Sociology/Anthropology and The Office of Intercultural Programs at Westmont College for sponsoring this event!