This entry is a bit late, as I’ve been having some camera difficulties. My camera took a trip through the laundry and is now a shiny paper-weight. Gabe’s camera I have no direct plugin for the computer, and I’ve only now just located my USB adapter to read the memory card so I could extract the photos I took to document this feat.
Anyway, for Christmas this year I endeavored to cook my first holiday meal. Kind of strange I’ve made it over 30 years into life without having to prepare my own holiday dinner, but I guess I’m just blessed that way.
I decided it would be a good trial run for that day when I actually host a holiday for family. Now that I have a little more experience under my belt, I feel confident in tackling the challenge of a holiday feast.
For the turkey I kind of cheated in that I got one that came in a so-called fool-proof bag. I’m not sure if its really fool-proof. I suppose I could have it tested, but then again, the High Lord Fool is pretty adept in the kitchen. I’ve sampled his cooking. I’m confident he could pull it off without a fool-proof bag. Either that or he’ll burn his hand regardless of the fool-proofing.
In any case, it turned out pretty good. The skin was a bit charred, but it was moist and juicy just the way we like it:
Gabe did the carving for me (that I have pulled off in the past):
And then we were left with a carcass:
Far less appealing, I’m afraid, with the meat off the bone. I wasn’t all that interested in making soup out of it, so after rescuing the legs, I had the remains tossed out.
Turkey wasn’t the whole of the menu though. Gabe was treated to stuffing and home-made mashed potatoes (from actual potatoes I cooked, not some potato-out-of-the-box).
We also had green-beans (though not as a casserole), jellied cranberry sauce, and of course a dinner role and some gravy.
Here is the whole meal, plated:
Yum! I should note that I burned six out of eight total dinner roles. Next time I will be sure to check the settings on my toaster oven. Still, given I’ve had no experience cooking a holiday dinner, I think having only the dinner roles turn out inedible is a triumph. Fortunately I had spares.
It was delicious and it was a couple of hours before we were ready for desert. That consisted of my mom’s traditional holiday gelatin desert (do we have a name for it?). I made it with raspberry instead of the usual lime… because Gabe does not much care for lime jello. (He’s odd like that.)
I also baked another home-made pumpkin pie. I’ve made three of them this year in total. They’re quite good.
As you can see from this photo, the meal fully satisfied:
There we have it. I can officially cook a holiday dinner. I do now, however, have a deeper appreciation for kitchens with multiple ovens.