This is a Cuisine Companion inspired post.
We didn’t have a traditional Christmas last year. In fact, our Christmas lunch actually included bread rolls filled with Promite and Doritos (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it), on a secluded beach. It was pretty great.
Of course, as lovely as it was, it didn’t really feel like Christmas without the traditional fare. While breakfast and dinner were typical of a Newman Christmas, the different lunch resulted in no Turkey or roast veggies. Something which has been sitting on Boatman’s mind ever since.
Now, let’s be purely honest here: my track record with Turkey is not great. I’ve cooked it maybe twice with lots of supervision. It’s been tolerable. But it’s not something that I’m going to roll out as one of my greatest dishes when I have people in mind. With that in mind, Boatman’s turkey dreams were relatively simple in nature. Things like a turkey pasta. Or a delicious home-made sandwich with sourdough bread and a moist maker that would have him screaming, ‘My sandwich! MY SANDWICH!’ aka Ross from Friends. An idea, which I’ll admit, had a rather high level of appeal.
As did then the following idea of adding some kind of cranberry, or CHANberry sauce.
Basically, I just wanted to re-watch all the Friends Thanksgiving day episodes.
But I also wanted to make something different. I make pasta and sandwiches all the time. If I was going to attempt to cook Turkey again, it was going to have to be something fantastic as well as achievable. Which is when I was inspired:
Boatman immediately confirmed his approval of my plan and thus I set about preparing the pie.
Turns out, I still can’t cook turkey. After a failed attempt that I would really prefer to forget, I ended up successfully baking turkey shanks in the oven. If you’re as challenged as me when it comes to large poultry, this is pretty much the easiest way to do it. Baste and bake. Even I couldn’t stuff it up. (Although I almost did. But that’s another story. )
Finally, two months after Christmas, I finally had some turkey I could do something with.
I also, and this may be the most exciting part of the whole process, managed to create my own puff pastry. Not that it actually puffed as much as I would have hoped but I used margarine instead of butter, so I’m blaming that. Either way, this dough, created in the Cuisine Companion was far superior to any other dough I’ve every tried. Light and soft to touch, it’s also light and delicious to eat as well.
And combined with that not-quite prize-winning turkey, I managed to come up with this:
Jess’s Turkey and Bacon Pie.
Of course, I couldn’t just stop there. While Boatman insisted a cranberry sauce wasn’t necessary because the pie was flavoursome enough on its own, I was still dreaming of a Chanberry themed something. So dessert it was. Or morning tea. Afternoon tea. Any kind of snack moment. Basically, I made cookies that I can almost convince myself are healthy at any time because of the rolled oats and berries.
Anything with oats and berries is healthy right?
These cookies are large, crisp and deliciously moorish. (They also make a perfect back to school lunch box treat.)
So yeah, we didn’t have a traditional Christmas this year. But in the end, an untraditional Christmas inspired meal at the end of January, is just as good. 🙂
How often do you eat Turkey?