And then there were none

turkey feathersThe deed has been done and it’s much quieter in the garden now. No more turkey gobbling in response to Little Missy’s shouts or the hens’ triumphant I’ve-just-laid-an-egg crowing.

They’ve been hanging at Pruntus, my parents’ house, since Wednesday night. Tomorrow I’ll have the pleasure of cleaning them out, after which it’s all go for a belated Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday. Now, just to figure out the timings: Margaret at A Year in Redwood recommends Jamie Oliver’s cooking instructions while my local builder swears by the ones on I’ll have to sit down with my calculator.

Cranberry Relish already made, bread staling for the stuffing, sausagemeat and Brussels sprouts picked up in the English Market. Would like to try a couple of different stuffing ideas – anyone got any good recipes?



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7 Responses

  1. As we did ours on the bbq last year, we didn’t bother with the stuffing at all!

  2. jack says:

    still a month till christmas caroline. have u tried the deep fried turkey.

  3. Lily says:

    We celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday here in Minnesota. As we were eating … turkey … a flock of wild turkey, (about ten), came into the snow-covered field beside the farmhouse. (I’d never seen wild turkey before).Maybe they were just looking for their lost distant cousin!!! 🙂

  4. Lucy says:

    Chesnuts or prunes are always a nice addition to stuffing – though I don’t know how sausage meat and chesnuts would work together?

  5. Caroline says:

    @Margaret in our house it’s not a turkey until it’s stuffed! There was no way I was getting out of that one.@Jack nope! Where on earth would you get your hands on a deep fried turkey?

    @Lily hope you hid the plates!

    @Lucy I tried the combination and the answer is yum, yum, yum

  6. Tom OKeeffe says:

    love the stories.Cant wait to hear about christmas dinner.Are you making Nanas sausage meat pie?

  7. Caroline says:

    After trialling them for Thanksgiving, this year I’m cooking Sausagemeat and Chestnut Stuffing Balls – easy to make ahead of time and just YUMMY with the turkey, especially for the leftover side of things.But I might just have to make Nana’s sausagemeat pie as well, now that you’ve reminded me of it…

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