TURKEY DINNER7/28/2007 10:13:00 PM
Check out that plate of deliciousness. Welcome to my first-ever Christmas in July. As I'm sure you're aware, Christmas time in Australia isn't really the time for turkey. It's hot, it's humid, and most sane Aussies are having a barbecue or tucking into big seafood platters. (Not me, of course, but then we all know I'm a food-nut). So, when winter rolls around (and this year has been a doozie!), the idea of 'Christmas in July' becomes quite popular. My Christmas in July was pretty much an exact repeat of Christmas 2005, entirely Nigellan.
The Big Turkey Dinner
Spiced and Super-Juicy Turkey
Lidgate's Chestnut Stuffing
Perfect Roast Potatoes
Brussels Sprouts with Chestnut and Pancetta
Hot English Mustard
Fortnum and Mason's Christmas Pudding with Leftover Custard
The Glühwein was a new addition, (not Nigella's, but an ancient German family recipe, I'm told) as was the brined turkey. The recipe for the turkey is here, at the BBC website. Basically you soak the turkey overnight in a water-salt-sugar-spice mixture, which flavours the turkey and supposedly prevents the turkey from drying out. My turkey got dry anyway, which I think had more to do with the fan in my oven than the brine. But it all tasted nice anyway. The turkey is basted in a goosefat/maple syrup mixture, which makes the turkey and panjuices turn lovely golden brown colour, and makes the gravy correspondingly dark and syrupy.
Glühwein - serve it warm in little mugs for pure winter perfection.
Mmm... dark gravy.
Maple Roasted Parsnips
Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Pancetta
Pudding and Custard
Merry Christmas in July!