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Can turkey ever be good?

Wow Fourunder, that's just incredible!

Dec 09, 2013
Soop in Home Cooking

Can turkey ever be good?

Hmm, that's a good point. The name would suggest it's spring grown. I'll just check my handy-dandy seasonality chart...

We're good. Looks like March June and July are the only months it's not in season. Hardy crop!

Dec 06, 2013
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Can turkey ever be good?

True, but I want to roast the sprouts and serve them with pancetta. Can't remember how I did it before but I remember it working. I'd better add asparagus too actually.
The carrots are basically there for colour, variety and because they're pretty much free, I'm not a huge fan.

Delamere goats cheese huh? What's it like? If it has that smokey taste I'm aiming for, I'll definitely give it a shot

Dec 06, 2013
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Can turkey ever be good?

Yeah, you too mate :D

Just as an update, we're going with your idea, and it turns out, I get my way with just about everything else! So far we're talking:

Canap├ęs: Smoked salmon, mini yorkshire puddings with roast beef (yumyumyum) maybe some mustard, devils on horseback

Main: Turkey, Goosefat taters, Spring greens, sprouts, carrots, gravy, sausagemeat stuffing, pigs in blankets, maybe I can fit broccoli cheese in?!

Cheese! I get to eat cheese, so I'll get some comte, some stilton and.. probably a brie, maybe some goats cheese. Definitely goats cheese.

Desert: Chocolate yule log.

Gosh damn I can't wait!

Dec 06, 2013
Soop in Home Cooking

Can turkey ever be good?

Thanks for this Alex.
Can confirm on the piling, and a turkey pie is the way forward.

I'll use your advice for the turkey :)

Dec 06, 2013
Soop in Home Cooking

Can turkey ever be good?

Yeah, that's exactly what it means, but no, I didn't coin it!
I think it's just one of those things you get from watching a lot of foodie TV shows from chefs who are ecology minded.

This is a pretty interesting show if you can find a way to watch it: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/hu...

Dec 05, 2013
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Can turkey ever be good?

@hotoynoodle, yeah we're in England, very traditional (but *somehow* only since around halfway through the last century. Before that, it was goose for hundreds of years, but somehow Bernard Matthews pulled off some legendary coup, and now everyone eats substandard verpriced turkey. Weird.)

@Caroline, Yeah, it's at her house (despite my protests) but I'm going to be helping out. I have traditions too dammit! I've been cooking the xmas dinner for years now and I always boss it! Sadly she refuses to even accept a two meat compromise.

@Sweatpea, your idea sounds AMAZING. I'm not afraid of a little effort in the kitchen, and that sounds like it's packed with flavour. I might even put a layer of mushroom paste in there.

Dec 04, 2013
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Can turkey ever be good?

Wow, that's actually a great idea. If I make the sausagemeat stuffing I made last year, pigs in blankets, goosefat 'taters and some nice veggies, I barely even have to taste the turkey!

This could be a winner.

I wish she'd see the light though, we could have a rib of beef!

Thanks as always Harters :D

Dec 04, 2013
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Can turkey ever be good?

Yeah, I think it works better in a pie or something with a thick gravy/sauce.
I'm in the UK here, but I'm thinking the turkey is probably a very similar intensively reared thing.

Dec 04, 2013
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Can turkey ever be good?

Turkey is my least favorite meat, yet my friend (who I'm spending Christmas with) is adamant that we should have turkey.

If I go all out and get a non-intensively reared bird, what's the difference in taste and texture? I find turkey to be grey, dull and flavourless, even when cooked well.

Also there's just two of us, so a whole turkey is kind of insane.

Dec 04, 2013
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feedback on this one-pot dish?

it's actually really good. Not the *most* succulent, but I had it on a low simmer, and ate it the next day (and yesterday, and today) so it's had time to sit. So yeah, you could cut the pieces with a spoon.

The pieces are about half a matchbox in size.

Nov 22, 2013
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feedback on this one-pot dish?

A tiny bit to wash out the tomato cans, but I think 2 cans of plum tomatoes was enough liquid.

Nov 21, 2013
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feedback on this one-pot dish?

Ah these cans were only 30g, I guess it's different over there. So we're talking about maybe 8-10 chovies.

What I would do differently... Well the beans (both kinds) didn't go in.
I did put the courgettes in a little too early, and they lost their consistency in some cases.
Hmm, let me eat some more and remind myself.

Nov 21, 2013
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feedback on this one-pot dish?

Hi all! Well I couldn't find any stock or wine (my flatmates used up my quite large supply without replacing) but it ended up being pretty good. I did use the whole can of chovies, but seeing as the meal barely fit in the pot, it's not over powered.

I tried to use some arrowroot as well, but I'm going to have to look up how it works.

I also did use a clove of garlic, dried oregano, and I sliced the carrots diagonally, which is quite nice IMO.

Last thing; my comments are now in weird places, Swear it wasn't like this yesterday. Thanks for your help everyone!

Nov 20, 2013
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feedback on this one-pot dish?

Hi buddy! Long time, hope you're well :D

Right, I hear you with the chovies, and I will try and source some wine/stock. Fingers crossed!

And just in case I don't see everyone, have an excellent christmas too. I might have to pop back and see how everyone is planning out their xmas lunch, I've missed this place.

Nov 19, 2013
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feedback on this one-pot dish?

Thanks Alka! This is all for me O__O
I think the vegetables stay, if only for a nutrition point of view. I'm not really fussed about authenticity, as long as it tastes ok. Chasseur was more the ... inspiration.

Thining about it, some dried porcini would have perhaps been a better move, you're right. but I have them now anyway!

Roger on the anchovies, and hey, you're the second person to mention lemon, maybe there's something in it!
And I'll try the worcester, maybe some tabasco too

Nov 19, 2013
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feedback on this one-pot dish?

I do like cassoulet quite a lot, and that is where the butterbeans came from. It was kind of an impulse thing.

*edit* Hi Alkapal!

Nov 19, 2013
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feedback on this one-pot dish?

Thanks! This is really helpful, I think I might have actually forgotten how quick courgettes take and thrown them in early.

Any idea why tenderising the chicken keeps it juicy? I eat quite a lot.

Nov 19, 2013
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feedback on this one-pot dish?

Hahah, when I say "for work", it's all for me. I won't eat it all at once, but I will eat it all. Cheaper than sandwiches and much tastier!

Nov 19, 2013
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feedback on this one-pot dish?

I haven't made it yet, but I had in mind a chicken chasseur style one pot dish to make for work. Now that I've read some recipes, it's actually quite a bit different, but I'm wondering if anyone thinks this will be delicious, terrible, or any suggestions to make it more delicious.

I've got about 1.3kg of chicken breast, which I'm gonna dice, along with:
2-3 onions (coarse chopped)
200g bacon lardons
2 cans plum tomatoes
2 cans butter beans
about 100g closed cup mushrooms
3 carrots
2 courgettes (zuchinis)
100g fine green beans
1 can anchovies
And I think I have some thyme knocking about.

Does this sound alright? Not sure if it needs chicken stock or wine (don't think I have any in) for depth of flavour, or the anchovies will be enough.

Nov 19, 2013
Soop in Home Cooking

Organic Milk

You're certainly right on the last two points. I tend to buy organic eggs as I can really taste the difference, and chicken when I can afford to.

Feb 12, 2013
Soop in General Topics

Organic Milk

I know that the UK and the US (where most of you guys are from) probably have a slightly different state of affairs with standard milk, but there are probably still roughly the same advantages to drinking organic milk.

I'm thinking of going organic, but I'd like to ask:

Will there be any taste difference? I generally only go through a pint a week in semi skimmed in my tea.
What exactly are the nutritional benefits? Will I gain anything through such a meagre amount of milk?

Feb 12, 2013
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microwave cooking at work!

These are AMAZING.

Feb 04, 2013
Soop in Home Cooking

microwave cooking at work!

You've got some great ideas there. I love the apples idea.

I've also just realised, it's probably quite easy to make my own fajitas with steamed peppers and onions, and some Quorn roast-chicken things which I'm currently dipping in houmous.

Feb 04, 2013
Soop in Home Cooking

microwave cooking at work!

The chicken broth is a great idea. Thanks!

Feb 04, 2013
Soop in Home Cooking

microwave cooking at work!

Hey, thanks for all the replies guys! I'd agree 5 minutes is long enough. We have 2 microwaves in a communal eating/break space, but I tend to eat those meals later anyway, as there tends to be a rush early on.

I'm gonna make up a bunch of salad too, though it doesn't really fill me up, and I'll have a look at micro friendly veg - maybe some asparagus.

Feb 01, 2013
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microwave cooking at work!

Hi guys.
I've started eating pretty healthy now, but at work I tend to eat a bunch of fruit (bananas, clemantines, smoothies etc) and not much veg.

I've just realised, I can (for example) steam broccoli in the microwave downstairs. I assume I can do this in tupperware.

broccoli is nice, but obviously I can't just munch down on that. Is there someting I can stick in there with it?

I've made things like stew and chilli before, but sometimes it's nice to raid the fridge in the morning, grab some yoghurt, humus, fruit etc. Minimal preparation. If I cooked some chicken breast for example, could I reheat that in the microwave? I could always eat that cold obvs. How about rice? Reheating Or cooking?

I don't actually own a microwave, and haven't had one in the house for... 8 years? Never been a fan.

Jan 31, 2013
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beef steak tomatoes

I used to quite like eating them like apples, with a tiny dash of salt. Mmm-mm!

Dec 20, 2012
Soop in General Topics

What did you have for lunch today Part 5

I've eaten through all the fruit and veg I bought to work, plus a bowl of porridge, and I'm still hungry.

Still have a chicken stew and a youghurt, but god DAMN I could never be a vegetarian. I've barely stopped eating, I feel like a panda.

Dec 18, 2012
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Heathly Eating

Wow, every 2 hours! That sounds hard to manage! Thanks for the tip on the toppings.
It's hard to think of extra ways to get the protein, maybe a protein bar?

The youghurt and houmous have protein, but maybe I do need more. Not looking to get massive though, just need a little more on my calves, triceps, maybe chest and I think I'll be done. Don't mind being slim.

I do have some Quorn (vegetarian) style meats too, so I could consume a bunch of that after working out. I could also try protein shakes.

Dec 13, 2012
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