Brine the turkey overnight - i used a bucket and lots of cold water and lots of salt. This gets rid of that weird turkey smell and also gives the turkey a lovely taste AND keeps the white meat succulent.
Stuff it to the gills - that's ok. Sew it up on both sides. That's also ok.
Cover it in butter. Metled butter, before you cook it. Put foil over it, like make a foil bag and put it over the turkey. Blast it at Gasmark 7 for 40 mins, the Gasmark 5 for the rest of the cooking time. When it is done - poke the flesh - breast and thigh and it should not have clear liquid coming out of it, you can start browning it. This part will take about 30 mins. Then let it rest. We didn't not manage to get it to brown. BUT it tasted great all the same.
|Oisin opens one of his presents|
So the nice thing this year was that the kids did not manage to play all their presents at the one go. Oisin hasn't even managed to play his speaker bag.
|Ghin get these Skylander Giants|
It was nigh impossible to get them to go to the Children's Service, but go they went. Such a stunningly mild day. Such a comparison to the one two years ago where we ended up iced in and pipes burst all over the place.
|Me and my coupons, the best Xmas pressie ever!!!|
Oisin made these coupons which were a year's worth of massages, looking after Ghin, cooking lunch and breakfast in bed.
|Hard to believe six years ago i was soooo pregnant with Ghin|
|Close up of said coupons|
|Ghin gets a laser quest gun|
|Ghin got headphones from our dinner guest|
|A fire and wreath, Ah.... Christmas|
|Then we watched Andrea Bocelli. Peter LOVES this guy.|
That's our Christmas branch. Doesn't it look luverly?
|Look a our organised DVD/CD area|