at home with James Martin - December 2012 - (Page 54)

Dinner is a disaster, help! WHEN YOU’RE HOSTING ON THE BIG DAY, YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR COOL IF A CULINARY CATASTROPHE HAPPENS… he classic scenario of a terrifyingly large, frozen turkey being ‘defrosted’ in the bath might be a scene worthy of a sitcom, but it’s a real life nightmare that’s happened many a time, too. Cooking a successful Christmas dinner can easily be done without committing murder, but it does take planning and careful timing. Sometimes, though, even the best laid plans can go awry – but, with a drizzling of creativity, a dollop of improvisation and a large measure of staying calm under pressure, even the most dire dining disasters can be rectified. Here’s what to do when… T XMAS CRISIS ACT NOW! Simple. Take the legs off the turkey. Pull them out firmly and cut through them at the thigh joint. If there’s space on a lower shelf in your oven, cook the legs separately in a roasting tin below. When it comes to serving, you can always place the legs back in position to show off the finished specimen before you carve. If you don’t have space on the shelf 054 | DECEMBER 2012 WORDS: JO WILLACY | PHOTOGRAPH: GETTY IMAGES You’ve bought that industrial size bird to feed the 500, the giblets are removed, it’s stu ed, ready to go and then, hey ho, as you go to put it in the oven, it hits a sticking point. Quite literally. No amount of poking, prodding and shoving is going to get your turkey into that little oven of yours. Your turkey won’t fit in the oven

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of at home with James Martin - December 2012

DIARY DATES
YOUR CHRISTMAS KITCHEN
UP THE ORANGE APPEEL
MEET MR MARTIN
THE CHEF DIARIES
FLAVOURS OF THE FUTURE
COOK LIKE A PRO
THE STAR EVENT
COOKING SOS
UNDER THE SEA
VEG OUT
JUST DESSERTS
WINE O’CLOCK
TASTEBUDS ON TEST
GUYS’ GIFT LIST
SANTA SPOILS FOR HER
FOR FOOD LOVERS
CHINESE, PLEASE?
THE ROAST WITH THE MOST
MARY CHRISTMAS
BAKE LIKE THE BEST
THE BIG CHEESE
FAT’S YOUR LOT
CLEAN UP
PINES AND NEEDLES
WINTER FOODIE BREAKS
ALL ABROAD
COFFEE BREAK
‘MY FOOD FANTASY TURNED INTO REALITY’
LAST WORD
EDITOR’S LETTER
FESTIVE WELCOME
NEWS AND VIEWS

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