As promised, I made sure to bring in the Christmas Spirit into our house of 29 Bridgeway Street even if it means spending the whole day in the kitchen. Aimran, his sister and Ben were around to help, and the 4 of us celebrated Christmas as a family 🙂
My full-proof sweet potato pie. For the ingredients, refer to this post. Safe, savoury and sweet, potato, sweet potato and cheese ALWAYS makes a great easy snacking alternative 😀
Normally Yuletide Turkey is meant to be WHOLE and THEN you insert the STUFFINGS into its cavity (once you remove the insides, that is). However I was faced with a problem of wanting to use the stuffings, but all I had was two
huge-ass major monkey ballslarge turkey thighs. What was I supposed to do?
Then it hit me. My recollection on something called the “chi bao kai” came up, and EUREKA, I thought of putting the stuffings OUTSIDE the turkey, have that wrapped up into the aluminium foil and then oven cook it from within! Of course, I first had to let the thighs be cooked separately so that you get that amazing oven-baked turkey texture 🙂
The stuffing, made of herbs, onions and cashew nuts, is then cooked OVER the 3/4 oven-baked turkey thighs and huge onion rings *click*, all within the comfort of an aluminium bag made to release steam so that the turkey doesn’t get soggy. That way, the turkey meat will also absorb the flavours from the stuffing, thereby giving it the intended aroma and taste. The last few minutes of baking was open-aired at the top to brown it, along with sauteed red onions for sweetness.
I thought it was okay, not that impressive but at least it created fun among the housemates! Overall the turkey was a little too dry, seems like more work could be done about it. Definitely will try to improve next round! Thanks to Ben for the much needed help in the kitchen, and Aimran’s sister for the delicious pesto pasta w/ roasted salmon! Aimran, erm, well, I’ll just let Ben taruh you la hor tee hee