Christmas lunch

Christmas lunch is always fantastic also when it’s on Christmas day 

This year I spent Christmas Day in Sydney with Bron and her sister Lou.

The day itself was fantastic weather-wise. It started warm and sunny and ended with a beautiful lightning show. The thunder wasn’t that good but the rain was glorious. It was also warm and a little muggy. I could feel my skin drinking in the muggy goodness. I love that feeling of perspiration on my brow without doing anything. 

So the plan for lunch was for a small turkey (~4.5 kg), stuffing, ham, roast spuds (potatoes for refined readers), roast parsnips, roast carrots, and cauliflower cheese. There was also bread sauce, I didn’t have any. I don’t get bread sauce 

With the sage and walnut (and bacon) stuffing the turkey weighed in at about 5 kg which meant about 200 minutes cooking at 180 ┬░C followed by a covered rest for 60 minutes. The ham was ready straight from the refrigerator but was dressed with cloves for show.

After lunch and during the thunderstorm Bron heated up a Christmas pudding and made vanilla custard from scratch. The custard was perfect. 


 

I over exposed this photograph. The background is blown out. The ham though was very nice and the cloves studs were a nice touch. 

Ham studded with cloves SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/2.2, 1/60sec, ISO 125
Ham studded with cloves SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/2.2, 1/60sec, ISO 125

 

I tried to slice the ham thinly but wasn’t very successful. Who cares, everyone likes thick cut ham don’t they? 

Ham and cloves SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 200
Ham and cloves SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 200

 

The turkey looks good out of the oven.

Turkey out of the oven after resting for 60 minutes SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 640
Turkey out of the oven after resting for 60 minutes SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 640

 

Nothing like a well stuffed bird.

Turkey from the good end after resting for 60 minutes SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 640
Turkey from the good end after resting for 60 minutes SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 640

 

I tried to truss up the bird to keep the stuffing in. My knot work isn’t as good as it used to be  

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Turkey from the oven after resting for 60 minutes. I didn't truss it up very well. At least it kept the stuffing in. SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 250
Turkey from the oven after resting for 60 minutes. I didn’t truss it up very well. At least it kept the stuffing in. SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 250

 

Regular readers know my favourite piece of any poultry is the cloaca. 

My favourite part of any poultry. The cloaca. It's full of fatty goodness. SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 320
My favourite part of any poultry. The cloaca. It’s full of fatty goodness. SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/60sec, ISO 320

 

I love carving meat. Being able to dissect an animal is so much fun. Unfortunately I didn’t have a sharp carving knife for this job. I did it with a bread knife which meant muscle strands were pulled and the skin was a little ragged. The turkey though was perfectly cooked which made the dissection easy and still very pleasurable.

Turkey all carved up. I do like to dissect the flesh of animals. SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/400sec, ISO 100
Turkey all carved up. I do like to dissect the flesh of animals. SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/4, 1/400sec, ISO 100

 

Plate number one. I didn’t photograph subsequent plates.

My first plate for lunch. Turkey humerus, stuffing, ham, cranberry sauce, distressed spuds cooked in duck fat, roasted carrots and parsnip with a generous helping of cauliflower cheese. SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/8, 1/100sec, ISO 100
My first plate for lunch. Turkey humerus, stuffing, ham, cranberry sauce, distressed spuds cooked in duck fat, roasted carrots and parsnip with a generous helping of cauliflower cheese. SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/8, 1/100sec, ISO 100
The turkey's cloaca. I saved this to nearly the end to savour it. It was rich and juicy and oily and fatty. SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/8, 1/80sec, ISO 100
The turkey’s cloaca. I saved this to nearly the end to savour it. It was rich and juicy and oily and fatty. SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/8, 1/80sec, ISO 100

 

I like my pudding swimming in warm luscious freshly made custard with real vanilla in it. 

Christmas pudding with custard. Check out the vanilla. SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/8, 1/60sec, ISO 1250
Christmas pudding with custard. Check out the vanilla. SONY ILCE-7S with E 35mm F1.8 OSS at 35mm and f/8, 1/60sec, ISO 1250

Bron and Lou cooked a fantastic Christmas lunch. It was delicious.  

What did you eat for Christmas lunch? What dessert did you have? Do you like custard? Share with me what you enjoyed on Christmas day.

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