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Coming Up To Christmas [Dec. 21st, 2010|04:21 pm]
Tony Grist
Whilst sweeping the snow off the car I got into a snowball fight with a couple of passing lads. The snow is powdery- and not so good for making snowballs with.  They scored a couple of hits. I scored one. 

Sainsbury's was full of shoppers. The prices they charge for turkey- just because it's Christmas and they can- are shocking. We bought a large chicken instead.  To be honest I think turkey is dull. And dry. Very dry.

There's still a remote chance that we'll be cooking our chicken in our spanking new oven (rather than our old portable one.) We tried the new oven for the first time last night and it blew the circuit twice. I've just had a call from Adnan to say the company that supplied it will be sending someone round on Thursday to see if it can be fixed. 

[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-12-21 06:43 pm (UTC)
The secret of roasting a turkey so it doesn't dry out is to steam roast it (in a deep roasting pan with liquid in the bottom and covered tightly with aluminum foil which you remove towards the end so the turkey can brown a bit) and for fantastic flavour you stuff the bird with a good classic bread stuffing that has sage and thyme, celery and onion in it.
I just do what my mother did and it's lovely.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-12-21 09:23 pm (UTC)
That sounds very good.

I've recently taken to stuffing the fowl I roast with lemons. It's a tip I picked up from Jamie Oliver.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-12-21 09:42 pm (UTC)
I stuff my chickens with lemons. Good stuff!
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[User Picture]From: shullie
2010-12-22 09:50 am (UTC)
I do that - though I was also taught to put a mix of butter & herbs under the skin helps to keep the bird moist too... as well as apples and onions chopped as one of the stuffing keeps lots of moisture in the bird.

do you also lay streaky bacon across the breast too ??
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-12-22 11:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, butter and herbs I've used. The nice thing about turkey is that herbs blend so well with it. But I've never used the bacon...that sounds lovely!
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