Christmas Past

A couple of years back I mentioned that we were having a Halal turkey for family Christmas lunch and this really caught readers’ attention. How did it taste?  How did we cook it ((!) Was there anything that made it memorable?

Interesting questions but more than that it was certainly a bird that will be remembered not only for the manner of its preparation but for the additional ‘ingredients’ of twice cooking (in two ovens) a trip through deserted Cambridgeshire and a resting period in a BMW before it got to the family table!

Midst Christmas morning preparations my daughter, Frances, let out a cry of anguish from her kitchen (currently having a make-over) The oven had failed dramatically and the heat was definitely not reaching the level that turkeys expect.

A quick phone call to her brother, who had a fully functioning oven on the other side of Cambridge, and we were in business. The turkey, wrapped in its foil coat, was ceremoniously carried to the waiting BMW – a car which has seen some interesting activities in its 15 years, but which has never played limousine to a halal turkey. And, in the spirit of the da I happily chauffeured a turkey across a deserted Cambridge landscape on Christmas morning.

Four hours later the turkey made the return journey.  Roasted to perfection – crispy on the outside and deliciously tender and moist inside.  The turkey that finally graced our Cambridge family Christmas table was without doubt a well-travelled, well cared for and beautifully cooked centrepiece.

One of the best Christmas turkeys for a long time. Eat your heart out Nigella and Jamie.

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