Don’t BEA Cin­ders

With clever plan­ning, the cook needn’t miss out at Christ­mas…

The Scots Magazine - - Carina’s Kitchen - By CA­RINA CONTINI

WITH Christ­mas just weeks away and de­spite the dark nights and dre­ich weather, the ex­cite­ment in the run-up to Santa com­ing, re­gard­less of how old or how young your chil­dren are, is pal­pa­ble.

The dif­fi­culty for us, how­ever, at this time of year is sim­ply get­ting up in the morn­ing. We re­ally strug­gle. My mid­dle daugh­ter fin­ishes bal­let at 9.30pm four nights a week. I was never built for bal­let, but my daugh­ter has my mother’s genes and loves it. While I can’t dance, I adore watch­ing and this year we have a very spe­cial Scot­tish Bal­let per­for­mance of Cin­derella. Book your tick­ets now as it will sell out fast! (see story on Page 16)

The cook at Christ­mas can feel like Cin­derella – they’ll never get to the ball. If you’re in charge of lunch at Christ­mas, be­ing or­gan­ised is so im­por­tant.

Write your list a few weeks in ad­vance so you can get the or­ders placed. Stick­ing to a cold starter and a cold dessert can make life a whole lot eas­ier. Over the years we’ve cut out cour­ses. It used to be five or six rounds of food. Now we are down to three and it’s so much bet­ter with the main event get­ting a chance to shine –the turkey.

I’ve tried var­i­ous meth­ods of cook­ing the turkey over the years. The slow-cook one that had me up at 3am will not be hap­pen­ing again. Ever. Slow, medium, fast – what’s best?

By far the best roast for me is to cook in the hot roast­ing oven and when it’s lovely and golden, cover with loads of tin foil and the steam keeps the bird lovely and moist. Baste through­out the cook­ing pe­riod and al­low at least 40 min­utes to let the meat rest. You’ll need loads of tin foil and an abun­dance of clean tea tow­els to wrap the foiled turkey when it comes out of the oven.

Creamy dauphi­noise pota­toes, creamed car­rots, sprouts with chest­nuts and de­li­cious cran­berry sauce. We’ll all feel as if we’ve been to the ball! Happy cook­ing, and health and hap­pi­ness to you all this Christ­mas.

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