A Traditional Tasting Christmas
Photography | Laura Ellen Wright
8:30am – There’s a knock at the door. “Good morning madam, I’m Simon from Morton’s Turkeys and I have your delivery’ Who doesn’t like to receive deliveries? Food related ones are by far my favourite. Simon is one of the most friendly, happiest delivery men I’ve ever had knock at my door and it put me in an instantly good mood.
Morton’s contacted me to see if I would like to try one of their turkeys ahead of the big festive day. For the first time ever, I am hosting Christmas for the family. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little apprehensive about cooking for more than three of us. The arrival of said Turkey cried for an excuse for a practice run with friends!
My turkey arrived frozen which worked perfectly as our early Christmas dinner wasn’t planned for a few more days. Into the fridge for defrosting and a good old read of the instructions which were included.
You may want to check the size of your turkey before it’s time to cook it. I did not do this – Cue panic rush to Tesco to buy a MUCH bigger roasting tin!
Having never cooked a turkey before. Actually I’m going to be honest here. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago I attempted my first roast – At the age of 33!
I was really panicked about getting it right, no way did I want a scene from National Lampoons Christmas in my kitchen! The instructions were really easy to follow. I did every step and needn’t have panicked because it turned out perfectly!
The poor turkey gets a real roasting (See what I did there!?) for being a stressful meal to cook. I really did not find this the case and this was my first attempt. To make cooking your Christmas dinner even easier, Morton’s have amazing Christmas hampers, including the humble pigs in blankets, take a look at them Here.
It tasted beautiful, not at all dry, over or under cooked in any way. Everyone complimented the turkey and dare I say it – I’ve nailed a Christmas dinner?! The Turkey we had was enormous! Which means plenty of left overs. Just head HERE if you need some inspiration on what to do with yours.
I really like the fact Morton’s are a third generation local business in Norfolk and have only free range Turkeys. Along with his wife Becca and three young children, Rob Morton has been rearing traditional farm fresh Christmas turkeys for 15 years.
You can choose from Norfolk Bronze or classic Norfolk Black. They also do a range of turkey crowns and boned joints if you have a smaller gathering. Personally I’ll be going for the larger one so I can fill my boots on scrummy LEFTOVERS!
All of Morton’s meats are shipped in insulated packaging by courier – You can even go and collect yourself from their Norfolk farm.
Take a look at my Christmas weekly vlog below to see more.
(Whilst this post is a gifted collaboration with Morton’s, as always I have been honest with my thoughts)