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Cooking christmas dinner

Post  Mandy x on Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:14 am

This will be the first i have done my self so am a little bit nervous as cooking for Dave's dad, bro and sis. Dave's dad usually does the dinner and he is a fantastic cook so got a lot to live up to!

Any hints/tips/recipes would be great please!

Also a few q's:

1. Got a smallisih oven so not sure how big a turkey to go for. i need one big enough for five adults, one child and one baby?
2. When should i get the turkey? When is too late? Where is the best place to get one? (though was thinking probs just tesco)
3. How do you guys cook the turkey? mum always used to cook over night and then blast for an hour before serving. Is this a good option or should i put in on the morning?
4. How do you get all the timings right with a small oven, so everything is hot at the same time?
5. trifle, how to make?

Thanks and sorry for so many q's

Can you tell i'm a bit nervous? lol

MAndy x

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Re: Cooking christmas dinner

Post  x-Kell-x on Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:29 am

Don't put too much pressure on yourself! It's just a big roast dinner!

We tend to go for a turkey crown as that's the breast meat, usually the turkey packaging will tell you how many people it serves so its not to scary. We get outs in Costco usually but any supermarket will be just fine Smile
We cook it on the day, and the trimmings are all timed like a normal roast dinner.
Trifle I have no idea sorry Smile

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Post  Babymilly on Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:49 am

Ok. Deep breath.. Now calm down Smile

I buy my turkey from our local market. Ill order it this week and collect it Christmas Eve. Talk to the butcher, tell him how many people you're feeding and he/she will be able to advise on size. They can also give cooking instructions.

I always follow instructions as leaving it too long just dries it out.

Roast potatoes take 40 mins so when they're almost done stick your sausages, stuffing balls etc in. If your doing parsnips I'd put them in with the roasties. Once things are done put them on the floor of the ovan as its cooler there.

I'm quite lucky that in have two ovens but I can get away with using one.

What are you doing for starters and pudd?

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Re: Cooking christmas dinner

Post  Mandy x on Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:44 am

Thanks girls!

Starters?????? omg, i didnt even think bout that! lol

Pud, got to do a christmas pud i guess but not many like it but def got to do a trifle. Never made one except the packet mix type but sure not too hard!

Thanks for the tips, didnt think bout putting at bottpom of oven, brilliant.

Am sure will be fine, its just coz never done before!

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