Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year


Well, it’s almost Christmas, the most magical time of the year. A time for sharing, spending time with family, friends and loved ones, and indulging in lots of festive food. That said, Christmas can also be a stressful time. You want to create a beautiful meal and spend time with the family. You don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen juggling pots and pans.

So, this week, instead of sharing recipes with you, I’d like to share some Christmas day tips. Just a few things that I do each year that make life easier.

Like Father Christmas, you need a list and you need to check it twice. Write down your plan of action starting from Christmas Eve. The more you do on Christmas Eve the better. Then, on the big day, it’s just a matter of putting stuff in the oven. This is my list from last year and I just rewrite it each year. 

Regarding turkey, the best advice I can give you is the following. 

  • Make a beautiful flavoured butter and carefully spread it under the skin of the turkey.
  • I recommend not putting anything aside from a couple of half-cut clementines.
  • Set the turkey on top of lots of veg, herbs and a little water. The veg will make for an amazing gravy and the water will stop the veg from burning.
  • Invest in a good quality digital thermometer. No one wants a dry bird! I cook my turkey until the thickest part reaches 70°C. I then remove it from the oven, cover it with tin foil and a couple of tea towels and allow it to rest. While it rests, it will continue to cook and will reach 75°C.
  • Finally, as I just said, allow the turkey to rest. Don’t take it out of the oven and carve it straight away. As the turkey rests, all the juices will distribute back around the bird giving you a succulent and juicy turkey.
  • And one last thing, add any turkey resting juices to the gravy for extra flavour.

Hopefully, this will help you out and make Christmas Day stress-free. But more importantly, have an amazing day - it only comes around once a year so enjoy it! And not just Christmas Day. Have an amazing boxing day with leftover turkey sandwiches or turkey pie or turkey chilli. 

So the only thing that is left for me to say is from all the team at CooklyBookly MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

See you in 2022!

Richard Rodriguez

Community Manager