After many years of somehow always managing to get out of the notoriously daunting task of cooking the Christmas dinner, I‘m not entirely sure how it has happened as I can’t actually remember offering but this year my family have decided to head to mine for the big day!!
With visions of various comedy sketches including Mr Bean and getting my head stuck in the turkey, I can safely say panic is set in and I am currently searching every website going offering the “top ten tips” to have the best stress free Christmas dinner ever!
The biggest question I have is ....... Turkey?!!?!
Obviously I may come across as biased when it comes to Norfolk and promote how everything is great in this wonderful county including our Turkeys, however with Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and the legend that is Delia Smith all previously advertising how fantastic the Norfolk Black is, you know I must be right on this one.So after doing some research, I have found out the Norfolk Black is generally regarded as the oldest breed of turkey, it is reared in the open and matured slowly to produce a strong almost gamey flavour. There is an alternative which is becoming more popular also winning many awards and that is the Norfolk Bronze, this is a black turkey crossed with a wild turkey to produce a bird which is much plumper than the black and slightly sweeter in taste.
Either way, whichever turkey I decide to go for, as it’s a Norfolk one I’m sure I can’t go wrong!
So now that’s sorted I only have to think about, potatoes, parsnips, carrots, peas, sprouts, red cabbage, pigs in blankets, Yorkshire puddings, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, dessert options, Christmas pudding, crackers, table cloth & napkins (matching of course) table centrepiece, sausage rolls, mince pies, cheese board, wine, more wine!………….. I’m sure I could go on.
Hey ho, I‘ve consulted Jamie, Gordon and Delia and now I plan to wing it! Wish me luck.