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Roast Turkey

This turkey turned out really well… Really juicy and made amazing gravy. Inspiration and fool proof cooking of the turkey from Delia Smith.


  • 1 large Turkey!
  • Butter

for the stuffing

  • 3 apples peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 8 pork sausages
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • half a loaf of breadcrumbs
  • knob of butter
  • 100g walnuts
  • 1 egg
  • fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper

for the gravy

  • flour
  • red wine
  • vegetable stock



Go to Delia for this! Perfect results, although we didn’t use bacon.


Melt the butter in a pan. Soften he onions, celery and sausages over a medium heat then mix with all of the other ingredients and season well. Adding a bunch of fresh Thyme is essential…


Pour all of the juices from the Turkey into a large pan on a fairly high heat. When it is bubbling add slowly add some plain white flour, stirring vigorously, keep doing this until you have a creamy texture in the pan. Keep stirring and add some red wine and the vegetable stock (Preferably the water from some vegetables that you’re cooking to go with the Turkey). We used the water from the carrots. Try and get a nice pourable consistency to the gravy. Season to taste…


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Found this recipe on AllRecipes.com. It had the highest rating and it actually is one of the best apple pies I’ve ever had. It’s slightly different because you create a kind of caramel sauce and right before you put the pie in the oven you pour the sauce over the lattice. 


  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt butter in saucepan. Slowly stir in the flour until it forms a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the temperature and let it simmer.

Meanwhile, place the bottom crust in the pie pan. Pile the apples into a mound and cover with crust in a lattice formation. Pour the sugar and butter liquid slowly over the crust.

Bake for 15 minutes in preheated oven then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.

Serve hot with whipped cream.

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This was something we cooked for the Thanksgiving dinner, it’s not actually traditionally American but brought an amazing colour to the table. It was really tasty if a little time consuming.


  • 1 red cabbage
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 apples
  • 1 finely chopped clove of garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • 15g of butter
  • salt and black pepper


Mix the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves together. Chop the red cabbage into strips. In a large pan, layer the ingredients, so that means, a layer of cabbage with salt and pepper, followed by a layer of apples and onions sprinkled with the cinnamon and sugar mixture, then repeat the process, finishing with dots of butter and the white wine vinegar on the top. Cook in the oven for 2 – 2 1/2 hours at 150°C with a li, stirring occasionally…

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Apple Tart

This was actually very simple to make. We cheated and used ready made puff pastry. I hope you like…


  • 6 cooking apples
  • 40g butter
  • 75g sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • teaspoon of lemon zest
  • puff pastry


Roll out the puff pastry and place in a 9inch pie tin, place some dried beans on top of the pastry to weigh it down, then cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 200°C. Meanwhile peel, core and slice three of the apples and cook in a pan with half of the butter, half of the sugar and the lemon zest over a medium heat. Mash the apples so you get a pulp and set aside. Now prepare the other 3 apples with more care. Peel and core and slice evenly (see pic 1). Cook in a pan with the rest of the butter, sugar and the cinnamon for about 5 minutes trying not to break any of the slices of apples.

When the pie crust is done, place the apple pulp mixture into it and spread evenly (pic 2). Now place the slices apples into the pulp in a spiral pattern (pic 3) and brush them with some melted butter and cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 175°.

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Thanksgiving dinner

We made a Thanksgiving dinner for a bunch of friends in Madrid… ’twas a great success. Some more recipes and pics to follow.

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Pumpkin Pie

Traditional American Thanksgiving normally includes a pumpkin pie for dessert. I made these two pies for a friend of mine who works at an American themed bakery called Happy Day.

Ingredients for one 9 inch pie crust

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced
  • 1/4 cup ice water


In a large bowl, combine the flour and the salt. You can use a food processor, a fork, or your hands, but the point is to cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. The temperature of the butter is very important and it must remain cold. If it melts, the crust won’t work.

Stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Later, sprinkle flour on a flat surface and roll out the dough in a circle. Place crust in pie plate.

Ingredients for pumpkin filling

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin puree or one 15 oz. can of pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


In a large bowl whisk the eggs together. Add all the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Pour mixture into pie shell. Bake for 25 to 55 minutes. The filling should be firmly set and the crust browned. The make the crust more shiny and golden brown you can brush it with a beaten egg before you cook it in the oven.

Serve at room temperature with whipped cream.

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