Orthodox Christmas Feasting (and a great recipe)

Since all my friends were away for the Christmas break on account they have family (or boyfriends) in other countries, I decided to move my Christmas celebration to today!

Thus, I am celebrating the Orthodox Church Christmas, which is usually on or around the 7th of January due to the Greek Orthodox church following the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar like the rest of us.  This is due to a long-standing dispute between the churches that dates back to ancient times and is best summed up by the following video:

To further muddy the waters, we are making a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner including:

Mangled Turkey carved dysfunctionally

Mangled Turkey carved dysfunctionally

Tai attempted to carve the turkey after watching an online video about how to do it.  All things considered, he did a really good job of it.

Rice, chestnut and parsnip stuffing

Rice, chestnut and parsnip stuffing

The stuffing is my mother’s recipe and is made from a mixture of brown and arborio rice, peeled chestnuts and parsnips cooked in chicken stock and white wine, then shoved into the cavity of the turkey and baked.

To make this stuffing, you need:

  • 1 large wok
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1 cups white rice
  • 125 g of chestnuts
  • 250 g of parsnips
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

First, soak the brown rice for at least 1 hour, then wash and mix it with the white rice.  After mixing, dry the rice out slightly and put it in the wok with the vegetable oil.  Pearl the rice, then add the parsnips.  Mix the white wine and chicken stock together, then put a 1/2 cup of the liquids into the rice in the wok, keep stirring until the liquid is absorbed by the rice.  Add the chestnuts, then the remaining liquids, 1/2 a cup at a time until all the liquid has been fully absorbed.

Now, you have two choices.  You can either stuff the stuffing into the turkey cavity, or for a stronger turkey flavour throughout, stuff it between the skin and the breast of the turkey.

I made crudtons of the stuffing, so there was a bit too much to put in the turkey, so I cooked the rest in the liquid that came out in the dripping tray (though I saved quite a bit for the gravy as well).

Two types o upside down salads

Two types of upside down salads

Coleslaw and garden salad courtesy of Droo, who decided against putting olives in the garden salad for fear of rabid Becky attacks.  (I really dislike olives in my salad)

We also had roasted pumpkin, sweet potato pie and a plethora of delicious soft drinks.  Unfortunately, due to rapid consumption, I was unable to gather photographs of the remaining foodstuffs.  Blame my friends.

In any case, a Happy New Year to all, and may you make sensible resolutions that you don’t break!

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