Your Christmas Bird – Fanny Cradock

Fanny Cradock demonstrates how to cook turkey, goose, duck and chicken for the Christmas Holidays. She claims her method is the easiest and most delicious way to cook a turkey so it will not dry out. Watch as she pinches the bird to loosen it’s skin and then places ham and mushrooms under the loosened skin and over the breast of the bird. “It does nothing for the birds figure” she quotes, but it does keep the bird moist. After Fanny stuffed her turkey, I was thoroughly entertained watching her stab a goose vigorously with two forks. This video is part of a 1975 BBC series titled Fanny Cradock Cooks for Christmas. The quality of the video is not the best, it is VHS converted to digital, but it is absolutely an entertaining video to watch and remember she did this all in just one take!

Have you ever had difficulty carving a turkey? In part 2 of Your Christmas Bird, Fanny Cradock expertly demonstrates how to carve a turkey using a fork, knife and garden shears. “It’s as easy as shelling peas” she exclaims! She wants to make it easier for the housewife to serve a proper Christmas dinner and not have it feel like “slave labor”. After carving the turkey, she places the pieces on a platter she has piped with potatoes. She uses a pastry bag to get the beautiful design. If you look closely you will see the potatoes on the plate are dyed with green food coloring.

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