Delia's Online Christmas Chat

On Thursday November 28th between 1 and 2pm, Delia will be answering your Christmas questions in a live online chat. Ask your question here, only one per member and don't forget to join us on the day.

 
 
 

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Virginia1

Cooking with aluminium foil

Hi Delia,
I really don't like using aluminium foil in cooking. What would you suggest as an alternative for covering the Christmas turkey when roasting?
Thank you!

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kenb

yorkshire puds

I have followed the Delia complete illustrated cookery course regarding the making ok your Yorkshire pudding but I have a problem that they are not rising very much.please help ken budgen

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Lesley Ritchie

Capon for Christmas


I am looking to cook a Capon this Christmas and would be most obliged if you could please give me ideas and cooking times for a Capon - many thanks in advance.

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Diana Atkin

Turkey

Hi Delia, we always get a lot of thick beef fat (free) from supermarket/butcher, butter the turkey and then place beef fat over all of turkey, then we foil tent to cover pan and turkey well. Do slowly which creates a lovely moist turkey. Near the end it's already started to brown then we take foil off and brown for the last 40 minutes. Are you familiar with this method or are there any negatives. (We do account for the stuffing in it etc.)

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danasigrid

Cranberry mincemeat: cranberries still whole?

I've made your lovely mincemeat before, and I've been making Christmas puddings for years.

First year I'm trying the cranberry mincemeat. It's come out of the gentle heating in the oven, and the cranberries are still whole.

Is this going to be okay? I'm wondering what will happen when it's baked into tarts next month. Won't the cranberries burst and be too juicy or soggy? I'm trying to resist the urge to put the whole thing in a saucepan and simmer it until they burst before putting into jars.

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sam from worthing

Gravy.


I shall be cooking a rolled turkey breast on christmas day.

Like a turkey crown this does not produce any yumminess for gravy making like a tradition big whole bird.

Have you a recipe or thoughts or suggestions for making a lovely gravy to serve with the joint.

Thank you.

sam xx

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sam from worthing

Small Oven - 2 Joints.....


I am cooking a rolled turkey breast and a stuffed loin of pork on christmas day.


before freezing my joints, i had a play with size in the oven, and as i have a small single oven, the both don't fit in at the same time.

What should i cook first? and how do i keep nice and hot and moist?

The turkey breast weighs 1.6kg, and the pork joint weighs after being stuffed 1.8kg.

Thank you xxx

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chillie

Post Mass nibble

Delia, you have said that in the past you attended Midnight Mass and your post Midnight Mass snack was "baked crisp sausage rolls and equally crisp pickled onions". I know you have said that you now attend Morning Mass so what is your preferred snack when you arrive home mid or late morning? chillie

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AllyH

Recipe for Mixed Spice

Hi Delia,
I was wondering if you would be willing to create a recipe for mixed spice.I can't buy it here in the U.S. and think it would taste better in recipes if I made it freshly from whole spices. I do have a spice grinder and know what spices are needed, but would like to know the ratios of each to put in.
I already make my own candied peel
which is far better than the bought stuff and would like to make the mixed spice too rather than shipping it from Britain. Making your mincemeat at this time of year is a serious business ! I'm sure there are lots of bakers in far flung places who would like this recipe too.
Thanks, Ally.

p.s. your recipe for pumpkin pie is miles better than any we have tasted here !

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Blackberry Pie

Cooking Puddings

Can you bake puddings in tin filled with boiling water and covered in greaseproof paper in oven if the puddings are in plastic bowls?

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Jodens

Christmas pudding

Your recipe is my absolute favourite. However, this year I ran out of time to steam the morning after soaking the mix. I kept it covered in a very cold entrance hall for 36 hours before its first steaming. Will this affect the quality if the pudding? Ie should I make a second mix and start again? ( Hoping not but would like your opinion!!)

Very best wishes from a great fan!

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maartje

Help - have I ruined my mincemeat?

I accidentally added the brandy to my mincemeat at the wrong time.

I was feeling ill (I should never cook when ill as I always make a mistake!) and suddenly panicked that I had not added the brandy, so I took the mincemeat out of the oven with an hour still to cook, added the brandy, then put the mincemeat in for its last hour. Of course, your recipe clearly says I should have waited til the mincemeat had cooked and cooled before adding the brandy.

Please, please, please could you tell me if I have ruined the mincemeat and if so is there anything I can do save it? It's my first year cooking for Christmas for my family and I am panicking!

Thank you.

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Tooodlepips

your Christmas


Is cooking an essential part of Christmas for you, one that you really enjoy - or do you ever let others cook for you.

And do you ever fancy something completely different from traditional Christmas fayre?

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cakequeen

Christmas cake


"Delia will be joining us on Thursday November 28th for a live online chat. the subject will be all things Christmas, so please add your own new post to ask your question.

Only one question per member, and please keep the subject to Christmas."

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cakequeen

Christmas cake


"Delia will be joining us on Thursday November 28th for a live online chat. the subject will be all things Christmas, so please add your own new post to ask your question.

Only one question per member, and please keep the subject to Christmas."

 
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