Tag Archives: turkey

this video made me laugh

22 Nov

london 1.24pm 6.1C hazy thursday 2018

this blog coffeekatblog.com came up in my wordpress reader and it has a funny video about a thanksgiving turkey which makes me laugh.


hooray for wordpress

16 Dec

london 4.17pm 10.5C cloudy dry friday 2016

i read the post by wordpress, in my wordpress reader,of their 2016 year in review  and it reminds me how very grateful i am that they are here. i dont suppose people say to them how much they are appreciated. well i am saying it now. haha. it is such a wonderful platform to blog. everything works well, and seamlessly, even to people like me who are not really into the nuts and bolts of keeping up all the finer things that you can play with in the site to jiggle your blog to as much custom make as you want it. the best thing is the sense of community. 

i got a turkey from tesco today. it is a free one that i redeemed with my daily mail points. it is 3.4kg, a frozen one, usually £9. now i am debating how to cook it. it would be nice to have it roasted, but i think i am not equal to the task. unless i cut it into two and roast half. that might make it more like roasting a chicken. and the other half i shall make into a curry. i was surprised to see tesco selling cauliflower, carrots , parsnips , potatoes all for 39p per pack. makes me want to roast them.

i pass by the weatherspoons in victoria and was surprised they are open and full of people it was about lunch time, but there were so much scaffolding hiding the entrance, that looking at it from afar i had thought it was closed. but today i happen to walk under all that scaffolding and saw the entrance , and all those people inside. there was no sign outside to say open, business as usual, to let people know. i am glad they are still open, even open on boxing day and everyday except christmas.

i read their opening hours and i have forgotten if they open at christmas or not. my memory is not as it was. they have a christmas menu, so some of their pubs open on christmas day. i was reminded of my memory and words that affected me strangely when i heard them recited by the marriage registrar as she spoke on our wedding … it brought tears to my eyes. and moved me.

today i read this in my wordpress… an article by patti smith about that day when she sang bob dylans’ song at the nobel prize ceremony. read it and then see her performance. and here is the link to the lyrics of the song. it is a very long song. and seeing her performance, that stumble of hers, makes the song more poignant and moving. she is 70yrs old, and after myself being a bit anxious about not able to repeat after the registrar the marriage vows, i can really feel for her. i think she made the performance very moving… and really shows how fitting and appropriate bob dylan deserve that nobel prize for literature. 

added. 8.37pm 10.8C i went to google his other songs, and their lyrics. and came across this one, girl from the north country with a line or two that was very familiar. where have i heard it before? 

Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine

its simon and garfuncle’s scarborough fair, isn’t it? the song here.now who wrote that first i wonder? its a lovely haunting song.



28 Nov

london 7.51am 4.3C clear saturday 2015

saw this cartoon in a blog i follow, can’t help smiling at the drawing, but at the same time realising that i did not have that problem when i bought a turkey and  froze a portion, (its still in the freezer as i write)and we ate the rest which didn’t take long to finish; and it was not a chore to eat it at all.

but i do hear people often mention how much leftovers they have to go through when it is turkey.

the bird i got free was a small one, only 2.8kg, and even then a lot of it was water. i think as much as .5kg of it. so it was really equivalent to a large chicken. and i notice turkey leg bones are huge and must contribute quite a lot to the weight.

 i have seen turkey sold that weigh 7kg or more. who buys those i wonder. they must be a devil to roast. 

i cut up my turkey, and that way not only reduced the cooking time, but also allows me to cook it  two different ways so i dont get too fed up of eating the same thing. but if u follow tradition, u have to roast the thing. i wonder why people roast the bird whole when it cooks so much easier when u have it in pieces. perhaps it is aesthetics, the bird looks more impressive when it is roasted whole. but the dangers of having uncooked parts deep in the bird is prevalent. and sometimes u dont notice it until you open it up at the table. 

found this list showing the numbers of people each weight can feed. 4kg to feed 4 people. i cannot believe that… a 2kg chicken is more than enough to feed 4 people, because there will be the trimmings and side dishes as well.

i cooked the turkey yesterday

23 Nov

london 10.10am monday 2015 5.7C sun and clouds

i was worried the turkey might not last and start to go bad if i wait till tuesday when simon was going to cook it for a friend who was arriving that day. i first bought it about a week ago and it has been thawing in the fridge all this time.

there is a lot of water in that bird.over the week the water has leaked out slowly as it thaws, and i have to empty it periodically as it fills the large plate below that turkey.

 i read the info on the pack about it and it says they have put added water in it. i think to give that frozen turkey a rounded look,make it look like it is succulent  so full to bursting maybe. i suppose looks- wise it looks good rather than the deflated looking bird i got when it fully thawed. though i wish they don’t add water. it has a slimy feel to it that water. there is a chemical in there that binds the water and allows it to cling to the bird.

luckily i decided to cut up the bird instead of roast it whole. it is so i can use a portion for roasting (my halogen oven is quite small, also cutting it in pieces means less cooking time) and the rest for stewing in soya sauce.  it is lucky i did because i found inside the cavity a long neck, and a plastic bag of offal. there was gizzard (only a small part when i would have liked all of it as gizzard is delicious); and liver, no heart though. haha. i put them all inside the stew.

i think most people who want to roast it whole might forget to take those out before putting it in the oven.

normally the bird costs £9, but a lot of it is water and offal, that long neck must weigh a bit. so i am not sure it is such a bargain. and it takes a lot of cooking. all in all, i think a chicken is still best. but of course if i can get it free, or much reduced like £1 or £2 for the fresh bird,( bound to happen once the holiday season is over) it will be worth it.

 added 2.11pm i came back from the library and had lunch of some of the soya sauce turkey. it is much nicer than i expected. the cinnamon sticks that i added to it really does make a difference. the herbal flavour is very nice, reminds me of my mother’s cooking. there is a lot of it, so i will put some of it in my freezer for future meals.

christmas turkey

15 Nov

london 2.58pm sunday 2015 16C cloudy

this turkey is free, i got it from a voucher from the mail newspaper as part of their points system, it required 2000 points , which normally i would exchange for a £5 gift voucher, but this turkey costs £9 , 3.8kg so i think it is a good bargain.

i know it is a bit early to be buying it , and u can delay till later but i wanted to eat turkey and i wanted it now. haha. also i think going this early i am able to get a heavier bird that is labeled small. because the voucher is for a ‘small’ turkey.

there were a range of sizes so i chosed the largest size in the freezer. i think they all cost the same. i am very pleased at this bargain, because i have lately been craving chicken, and this turkey is a good chicken substitute.

i dont roast the whole bird, because it is difficult to get a juicy bird if u roast it whole. i intend to divide it into 3, and roast one, soya sauce another, and curry the third. that way i get variety. 

Digital StillCamera

Digital StillCamera

simon made a suggestion that i roast the turkey ( i was thinking half a turkey would do for 3 of us) on 24th nov when a friend of ours is coming to stay and we can have a roast dinner for him with the trimmings. simon said he will do the cooking.

i was afraid the turkey wont keep for so long, it will be more than a week. but he said it will keep if kept in the fridge. our freezer is too small to contain it or i would put it in there and take it out nearer the time. i dont know how long a frozen turkey thaws out. i am hoping it will be 4days. and that would mean only 3days in the fridge after thawing. we shall see. 

Top 10 Christmas Turkey Gift Ideas

22 Dec

Top 10 Christmas Turkey Gift Ideas.

lots of christmas themed ideas for presents . this  i like. i was laughing all the way through. i like the turkey pop up legs timer and the turkey telephone.

i have always loved this guy’s website featuring the best of everything.

what is even better is that click on the images and it takes u to the source and you can find out the prices of those items and actually get to buy them if u are that crazy or carried away by it all.