As I write this post, our 4.6 kilogram turkey is submerged in an ice-cold briney bath in the kitchen sink. It is quite a sight because this bird is as big as a baby!
OK, so it wasn't really my idea to get the turkey (but I am getting quite excited about cooking it come x'mas day!), I was thinking more along the lines of a big generous rib roast (which we ended up getting because we don't like to compromise) or a whopping snapper or ocean trout but (did I already mention) I am getting quite excited about cooking this big bird come X'mas day(??)
Here is the menu I threw together this morning before I joined the mad last minute X'mas shopping crowd at our local shopping centre.
to graze on
baked camembert with grissini
smoked salmon, sour cream, chives and buckwheat blinis
to follow with
traditional roast turkey
standing rib roast of beef with herb and seeded mustard crust
to be accompanied by
wild rice, pumpkin "stuffing"
tri-coloured potatoes sauteed in duck fat with garlic and thyme
contemporary waldorf salad (which depends on how lucky i am finding celeriac)
sweet and sour braised red cabbage (or)
mizuna and orange salad
to finish with
ouefs a la niege, mango-champagne soup and berries
Now let's see if things go smoothly between the planning and executing...
By the way, MERRY X'MAS EVERYBODY!!!