Thursday, 29 December 2011

Christmas Day- Breakfast & MY ROAST.

Chocolate Panatone- Amazing under the grill with butter!

Smoked Salmon & Scrambled eggs...No bread, coz you've already had or are going to have panatone 

The Turkey....W.H Frost Butchers  (My housemates family have ran this for the last 100yrs- The meat is all AMAZING- This Turkey was SO GOOD!!)

12-14, Chorlton Place, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, Lancashire M21 9AQ Tel: 0161 881 8172

Free Range- Hung & Dry Plucked Turkey....makes all the difference

Standard Christmas booze and pickles..

The turkey went in breast side down for the first hour, with 1 sprig of rosemary, 1 pint of water, 5 shallots and the giblets that came with it & salt & pepper- Temperature 180 for first hour then it went down to 150 for the second hour and a half when I turned it breast side up. Cooked it for 2.5hrs in total & let it stand for 1.5hrs. As instructed by Paul Kelly-The turkey man from Sunday Brunch Saturday Starter.

Sprinkle with fresh oregano

Carry on cooking your juices from the turkey- you don't really need to do anything to this, the longer you cook the richer the taste.

Dads meatloaf- Just a snack for while I was cooking (seriously)

I part boiled the roast potatoes and parsnips the night before then left them in cold water over night so they didn't go grey.
Boil for 8-10 mins in salted water until the potato won't stay on a knife - make sure you dry them off before cooking/adding them to hot oil/fat.

Make sure they're this fluffy- my brothers obsessed with the crispy bits so this way you get loads of them. I sprinkled with semolina but flour works just as well and it helped dry them out having left them in water over night. Once you've done this add them to hot oil fat or beef dripping and turn them in the fat so each side gets covered. Season with salt and pepper.
Turn the potatoes a maximum of 3 times throughout the 50/1hr cooking time so the sides get a chance to crispen up.

Bread Sauce-
3 slices of white bread-crusts removed
3 cloves
1 big nob of butter
2 bay leaves
salt and black pepper
3/4 pint of milk
Let this simmer until the bread dissolves, this can be reheated when you're ready to serve it.

Crispy roasties

Roasted carrots with fresh oregano and honey & black pepper :-)

Part boiling parsnips is the only way to make them can also add honey to them so they're sweet and crispy (I kept it simple for Christmas)

Chipolatas from the butchers (amazing on their own then SO GOOD wrapped in crispy bacon) Cook for around 40/45mins on 200

Fry up bacon lardons or smoked bacon finely sliced so they go crispy then add oregano, salt and pepper and shallots sliced into quarters so they go soft. I steamed the sprouts for 7mins then added them to cold water until I was ready to fry them up with the bacon and serve. Add butter when frying- you can add chestnuts too but we had loads of these in the stuffing. Don't over cook, they're yummy with a bit of a crunch.

Stuffing- My parents did this- The Jamie Oliver was yummy! Apricots & chestnuts.

The plate...

It's weird you can't see how hot and sweaty I am here....HOT and SWEATY, but pleased!!
And my sister didn't hang about!

This is the first Christmas my parents haven't cooked...not even sure they trusted me with Christmas dinner!!

Lily loved it...

And I got two drinks up from Dad :-) 

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