Monday, 30 December 2013

Turkey tales

We didn't have turkey on Christmas Day. We had ours on Saturday last, when Mr. Squidge's side of the family came on their festive visit.

Unfortunately, we had a few problems with the bird.

To begin with, we had to leave it chilling in the garage 'til the last minute; our cat, in the past, has scratched the plastic wrapping off and left claw/teeth marks in the meat. Although the bird wasn't exactly at room temp before it went into the oven, cooking officially started at 9am.

By 12.30, I knew we had a problem; the bird was not cooking.

As a result, the three-and-a-half hour planned cooking time (as determined by St. Delia - and she stuffs her bird, we don't) dragged on into four hours and the juices were still running pink. Dinner - to have been served at 1pm - was looking like it needed a lot longer...

We finally sat down to eat at 2pm, and I'm pleased to say the turkey was perfect. My stress levels, however, had gone through the roof.

Having waved all our guests off last night and straightened the house this morning, I stripped the carcass (there's something rather satisfying about that job - perhaps it's my caveman roots) ready for turkey curry tonight and probably turkey stew tomorrow and turkey salad after that... Mr Squidge did buy a big bird.

By the time the last mouthful of turkey has been consumed, we'll be into a new year. I won't be making any resolutions - other than to avoid turkey for a while. But I will take the turkey lesson on board; that the things we want to achieve often take a lot longer than we think.

And they still turn out right.

So, there's hope for my stories yet...


  1. Ha! I did giggle along with your turket tale, then found myself nodding with your comment right at the end, that things sometimes take longer than we thought, but still turn out right in the end - that's a whole article right there! In fact, it's a good mindset to take full stop! Cheers to a (turkey free for a while) New Year! Gordon

    1. I nipped over to your blog, Gordino - made me chuckle that it was all about setting targets, and here I was with an end result that was out of my control, thanks to my oven! Happy New Year to you, too!

  2. Omg.. I can so relate to this. I can't remember a holiday meal where we sat down at the planned time.. Something always goes awry but like you said in the end, it still turns out all right. Happy New Year to you! Gobble, gobble! :D

    1. Hi, Mimi! Yep - at least we didn't go hungry...Happy New Year to you, too!