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Delicious. KITCHEN

OUR CHRISTMAS SOS

Christmas: it’s just one big meal, right? Every year in the run-up to the festivities we’re asked an array of questions about things we’d rather forget (our worst kitchen disaster) as well as the more practical – how can I salvage soggy sprouts? Here’s our roundup of kitchen dilemmas, with solutions from the delicious. kitchen elves, along with a few other nuggets from our test kitchen.

WHAT’S YOUR WORST FESTIVE CULINARY DISASTER?

We asked you about those car-crash memories you’d prefer to forget but can’t. Here are some of the best stories – or should that be worst?

STEVE RALPH-TAYLOR Mum set fire to the table while swishing the flaming brandy around the pudding.

KATH GARDNER I was really ill with flu, so my husband and my mum cooked the turkey. Complete with giblets in the plastic bag still inside.

PHILIPPA LAKE The dog ate all the starters, including the smoked salmon.

KATHRIN KIRKMAN Many years ago, a friend kept pouring me drinks while I was cooking. We both got tipsy. I ended up in bed, my daughter dished up lunch (I’d forgotten to make the stuffing). I got up at tea time and ate a cold Christmas dinner. Never again!

CHRIS DAVIES My elderly aunt took one bite of my lovingly homemade Christmas pudding and spat it straight out. I thought, ‘How rude!’ Then I taste it and realised I’d used salt instead of sugar.

SIZE ANXIETY

PROBLEM My turkey is too big for the oven. SOLUTION Joint it. Here’s how…

1 Remove the legs by cutting around the leg where it meets the breast, then pull and cut the leg away from the body. Repeat with the other side.

2 Do the same with the wing joints (save for the stock/gravy pot).

3 Turn the turkey over and use poultry shears to cut along either side of the backbone to remove it (save for the gravy pot), then turn the turkey over and press firmly on the breastbone to flatten the joint into one large flat piece of meat. If this is still too large to fit on a tray in your oven, cut the 2 halves of the breast into 2 smaller joints.

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About delicious. Magazine

Make your Christmas and New Year the best ever with the December issue of delicious. magazine. Shopping’s a breeze with our last-minute gifts, drinks advice and festive taste test. Try Nigel Slater’s cakes and bakes, Paul A Young’s trademark truffles and Nigella’s sensational side-dishes and stay cool tips. We also find out what Rick Stein and family get up to over the festive period. For a low-stress Christmas day, cook our classic turkey lunch with timeplan. Plus, don't miss our amazing £8,400 prize giveaway. It's a happy Christmas – guaranteed!

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