Newsletter #29 - December 2004

Another year almost gone! With such a hectic year for me and Recipes4us, once again I'll be taking a break over Christmas and the New year, so the next newsletter will be due out the 1st week of February.  Many thanks to all of  you  for your support during 2004 and hopefully, your continued support for 2005. Sending you Seasons Greetings and very best wishes for a Happy, Healthy,  Prosperous and PEACEFUL New Year.





Florence Sandeman,  Editor


Food Funny 


What's the definition of a frying pan?

A standard instrument of destruction for various items in particular eggs and pancakes


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Turkey Tips


Below are some useful tips for a perfectly cooked and served roast turkey on Christmas Day


  • Before you buy your turkey check your oven is large enough if you intend cooking a big bird, and buy a special turkey roasting pan.  If worse comes to the worse and you find yourself with a bird which just won't fit in the oven, try removing the legs which can be cooked separately. If that's still no good, separate the crown (i.e. the whole breast section) from the back of the bird, but remember, it will take less cooking time.


  • Allow 350g/12oz per person (with bone)


  • If you have bought a frozen bird do make sure it is well defrosted first. Check by putting your hand inside the body cavity to see if there are any ice crystals left. Smaller turkeys (4 to 6 kg) take about 24 hours to defrost in a cool place (around 18 °C), larger birds of 9 kg and more up to 48 hours.


  • Remember - turkeys are heavy so take care when lifting in and out of the oven. Get yourself some really good oven gloves.


  • Don’t stuff the body cavity. Instead lift the neck flap and press your stuffing up against the wishbone. Any remaining stuffing can be placed in a well greased shallow baking tin, covered with foil and cooked separately.


  • For a tasty and attractive finish, sprinkle the turkey with ground paprika and crushed thyme before cooking and don't forget to season all over the bird with salt and pepper.


  • Before placing in the oven, smear the breasts with  softened butter and protect with foil. Better still, cover with LOTS of streaky bacon secured with wooden toothpicks then cover loosely with foil until the last 30-45 minutes of the cooking time.


  • Allow 20-25 minutes per lb (45 minutes per kg) at 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4 and remember to include the stuffing weight when calculating the timing.


  • Check the meat is cooked by parting the skin between the leg and breast. If it is still a little pink then allow an extra 20 minutes on top of your calculated time. Juices should run clear not pink.


  • Allow the cooked turkey to stand in a warm place for about 20 minutes before carving.  Cover it loosely with a foil ‘tent’ to retain its heat. This extra time enables you to turn the oven up really high so you can get your roast potatoes, parsnips and garnishes such as bacon rolls  browned and crisp.


  • Chill leftover turkey as soon as it is cold and serve within 3 days.


  • When reheating cooked turkey in made up dishes such as risotto, savoury pancakes or in a sauce or curry, make sure it is piping hot all the way through.

What's New This month

Cooking by Country


Click the picture to find out about Russian  culinary culture and history, present day cooking  plus lots of recipes

It is not difficult to imagine what natural bounties this vast land has always proffered to its occupants but the one factor which has had more influence on this cuisine is the climate. Although hearty warming dishes have been the staple for much of the population, the chefs of the  pre- revolution ruling classes created dishes worthy to be ranked alongside the best of the haute cuisine of the day. Luckily for us, these have survived.


The Russian Speciality Dish KASHA

The Russian Speciality Ingredient BUCKWHEAT

Ingredient of the month


Click the picture to find out all about cranberries plus recipes

Probably best known as an accompaniment to turkey during the festive season, these tart little fruit shouldn't be relegated to the making of sauces and jellies. They are an excellent addition in both sweet and savoury recipes alike.


Visit our Party Food and Cocktails page for lots of party food and drink ideas. Includes recipes for punches, cocktails and hot and cold finger foods.

Visit our Christmas page for lots of seasonal recipes plus recipes for home-made gifts for friends and family.

Choose from traditional recipes served at New year from around the world.... and learn how to say "Happy New Year" in that country's language.

New and Featured Recipes      V = Vegetarian


Russian Egg Salad      V

Vinegret       V

Caviar Blini

Summer Borsht      V

Russian Green Soup      V

Aubergine Caviar      V

Cranberry Prawn Cocktail Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites     V

Carrot and Cranberry Soup     V



Bacon Wrapped Dates

Fried Cheese Bites   V

Baked Oysters with Herb Butter

Quail Breast Bites

Mushroom Palmiers   V

Stilton Whirls

Cranberry Prawn Cocktail Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites     V

Seafood Bites with Ginger Sauce

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Christmas Wassail    V

Christmas Buttered Rum    V

Extreme Christmas Eggnogg      V

Dubonnet Fizz      V

Bisschopswijn   V



Sweet Semolina Kasha      V

Berry Kissel       V

Pashka       V

Russian Apple Dumplings       V

Russian Tea Biscuits       V

Khalva       V

Russian Black Bread       V

Angus Toffee     V

White Chocolate Truffles      V

Rum Truffles     V

Vanilla Fudge      V

Turkish Delight

Scottish Tablet        V

Cranberry Nut Muffins          V

Cranberry Citrus Scones        V

Sparkling Cranberry Granita      V

Pears with Spiced Cranberry Sauce       V

Gluten Free Cranberry Apple Crisp      V


Calves Liver Kasha

  Boeuf Stroganoff


  Baked Sturgeon

  Meat Dumplings

  Chicken Kiev


Cranberry Mustard Sausages

Cranberry & Cashew Croquettes     V

Cider Braised Duck with Cranberry

Oven Roasted Buffalo Meatballs

Trout with Raspberries

Cranberry, Almond Turkey Flan

Roast Goose with Cranberry and Orange

Slow Roast Pork with Cranberry Glaze




Kasha with Mushrooms     V

Millet Kasha with Cheese         V

Russian Salad

Russian Mushrooms

Sour Prune Sauce    V

Crumbed Cauliflower    V

Kartoflyanki    V

Vegetable Golubtsy       V

Pineapple Cranberry Sauce     V

Cranberry Sauce     V

Beetroot and Red Cabbage with Cranberries     V

Cranberry and Onion Relish      V

Cranberry Pecan Stuffing     V








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