Since my last blog I feel like my feet haven’t touched the ground. It’s been full on, juggling the kids, working, events, kids parties, family visiting, even going back to school for an evening! I wont lie I’m glad to get a few days off this week!
So what exactly have I been doing, well last week I was in London with Anna for some YouTube seminars. We got to go to the very cool YouTube Space in St Pancras, which is really fun and quirky, where we had back-to-back talks on how to optimise our channels and learn about analytics and understanding the ins and outs. I was worried it would be a little boring but it was actually really interesting and very helpful and a great opportunity to mingle with our fellow mum ‘vloggers’ (video bloggers). I wore my MarlaWynne white shirt, my Helene Berman coat and Marc Fisher boots. I love the colour and cut of the coat it’s going to get a lot of wear over the years!
Next on the agenda was a very excited soon-to-be six year old’s birthday party to organise. It’s quite hard to host a party at home as they get older as they have so many school friends and we just don’t have the space. So we hired a local community hall and booked a magician/juggler called Jamie Jambo who would run the whole party, perfect. I just had to organise food for 28 kids!!
After a supermarket sweep of party rings, crisps and treats we got to work making sandwiches and cheese and pineapple on sticks. The party was a great success and Tilda was so happy. Jamie Jambo was hilarious and kept the kids engaged the whole time. I wore my Join Clothes jumpsuit in navy. When you are running around with kids it’s great knowing I’m comfortable but stylish at the same time. On Tilda’s actually birthday we did her a special breakfast and gave her her presents and she skipped off to school with treats for her friends.
This week I was lucky enough to get to try out some of the Green Seasons Today’s Special Value Festive Meat Hamper. I’m already looking ahead to Christmas so I loved getting to have a turkey test run! My mother-in-law was over to visit for the birthday festivities so I did us a turkey roast on one of the evenings.
It also coincided with the parents phonics evening at the school so I prepared the Turkey before we left, seasoned it and rubbed it down with a mix of olive oil, chicken stock cube and pepper. I lay the 2kg boneless breast joint on a bed of lemon slices and bay leaves and then took the unsmoked streaky bacon (included) and plaited it over the top of the turkey.
Oven on at 180C and I popped it in covered in foil for 1 hour 50 minutes. We left my mother-in-law to watch the kids and Fred and I went back to school. Luckily it’s just across the road for us. As many of you will know, teaching children to read now is so different to when we were at school. It’s all about the sounds letters make when they are part of a word, rather than how we would say the letter if it was on it’s own, and sounding them out with phonics. There’s songs to learn and rhymes and so an evening like this was great for us to learn how to help our kids at home. It was very funny sitting in kiddy-sized chairs listening to Tilda’s teachers in her own classroom.
By the time we got back, the Turkey still had another half an hour to go so I removed the foil to let the bacon crisp up and got the vegetables in. I did roast potatoes and sweet potato, cheesy leeks and carrots. ( I won’t lie the roast potatoes were ready prepared ones!! I’ll do them from scratch for Christmas). The kids had their dinner earlier so this was just for the three of us.
I honestly am so pleased with how it turned out, I got the timing just right, the flavour was fantastic and it was really succulent. The bacon added some amazing saltiness and the lemon and bay leaves added some amazing flavour not just to the turkey but to the gravy! I am all about the gravy, I like it to have a really strong flavour.
There was so much turkey left over and I was generous with the portions, we only managed about a third of it. It would easily serve ten people in my opinion particularly if you are doing the ham as well. The following night I did Fred and I a Thai green curry with some of the remaining turkey and I STILL have loads left. So I shall make a pie and also lots of sandwiches!!
In this pack you will also be getting gammon, chipolatas and 1kg of beef topside. It arrives in a large polystyrene container with cool packs and the meat is frozen. This is more than just Christmas dinner, as with the beef you could have a whole other roast for new year or another party. It’s incredible value, beautiful meat and all British farmed. I highly recommend it. It’s the Today’s Special Value offer on Tuesday 17th October.
Let me know if you’ve started making your Christmas plans.
Lots of Love