Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S., an excuse to eat a huge amount and do a lot of shopping, with no messy religious messages to clutter up the proceedings. In this spirit, we decided to mark the occasion by de-boning a chicken (we didn’t feel that we could eat a turkey between us) and stuffing it for dinner.

This is partly in honour of N’s family’s Christmas ritual, which is to de-bone the turkey and stuff it before roasting. So N took on the role of surgeon and bravely attacked the chicken. He rather impressively de-boned the entire thing, including legs and wings, and we then stuffed it with a sausagemeat, apricot and pistachio stuffing.

About an hour and a half later (it wasn’t a very big chicken) we sat down to the chicken, roast potatoes, sweetcorn, sprouts, gravy and cranberry sauce. And very good it was too.

Photos of this escapade can be found on our photos page.

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I’m Louise, and I’m a compulsive baker, cookbook hoarder and a bit of a food geek. I learnt to cook at home, and later at Tante Marie’s cooking school in San Francisco. With a science degree and a background in IT analysis, I like to understand why a recipe works, not just how to do it. Why the rules are there and when they can be broken.

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