If you’re a turkey you’re not lucky if you live in the United States. Around the world, Christmas celebrations usually involve a big, fancy meal, and in the US this often means turkeys and/or hams find their way onto the table, all tarted up for the occasion. I’m sure you’ve all seen the wonderful artsy images in food magazines and on TV cooking shows, so I will not add to this plethora of culinary photos. I’m sure you’re grateful. Instead, here’s a proud, live specimen
This Christmas I had planned to escape the winter for a bit and be in East Timor, a tiny, tropical island nation in the Pacific Ocean, at the end of the world. Beaches, coconut palms, and no snow whatsoever. You know what I mean. But, alas, it was not to be, and I spent Christmas instead in the US, where I had . . . turkey and ham (along with lots of other wonderful food.) Allow me to show you the turkey. It’s not a pretty sight, rather humiliating for the turkey, but fortunately he was not aware of the undignified manner in which he was prepared for the table.
Deep-fried turkey seems to be a typical American invention (let me know if I am wrong and they’re torturing turkey carcasses this way in your corner of the globe as well). Apparently deep-fried turkey originated in the southern US, where deep-frying is a way of life. In the last few years it has become a new fad in the rest of the country, probably because Americans are always looking for a new way of doing things. Just roasting a turkey in the oven is so boring, don’t you agree?
As you can see, deep-frying a big beast is not something you want to do in your kitchen, but not to worry. Capitalism to the rescue. Turkey frying kits are now available for sale, if not for the loose change in your pocket. And soon, I expect, some entrepreneur will offer a dedicated storage shed in your choice of colors to keep it in until next Christmas.
On the photo above you will notice on the top a clothes hanger. I am not sure it was part of the original kit, but it seemed to work and all went well and nobody got burned or cooked along with the unfortunate fowl.
Let me close this by saying the turkey was fabulous, and that I hope all of you had a wonderful meal as well, with or without turkey.
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If you had a traditional, celebratory dinner this week, what was it? Anything fun or unusual?