I had a panic text from a family friend last year, on Christmas morning. Claire was helping her daughter to cook Christmas lunch – and they had not a single recipe book in the house with the advice on how to cook the turkey. I managed to send them the entire recipe by text!. If you can text a recipe, then it can’t be so difficult – can it? Here it is, in its entirety:
“Turkey – 14lb, for serving at 1.45, cooked by 1.15, rested before carving. Start at 8.15 with bird at room temperature. Loads of butter and strips of bacon on the breast. First 45 minutes at 220 C or 200 C for fan oven. Lower to 170 (160 fan). Foil off / peeled back at 12.30. Then lots of basting (every15 mins) to 1.15. Usually takes longer than you think.”
67 words must be a record for a Christmas Turkey recipe! But at least with these timings, you can be confident of the main attraction being OK?
Perhaps you would like a little more detail? And something to go with it? Not unreasonable requests, I suppose! Well, tune in again tomorrow!