Not really, but sort of.
I've just put my almost thawed turkey breast in a pot of cold water to make sure it finishes thawing sooner, I only bought it yesterday, so it didn't get the full 24 hours of thawing needed. I read on the internet, that the cold water method thaws a few pounds in a few hours. Hopefully I'll have the breast in the oven by 12:30.
I'm just going to leave this window open and add to it as I go through cooking today. Then I'll post the whole thing all at once.
I'll probably write down anything else that comes to mind as well.
Watching Glee. They got my hopes up by promising the title song from Hair and then dashed them completely by making it into some sort of mash-up. I am disappointed
Turned on the Parade just as Santa Showed up. The commentators are chiding him for having a new sleigh in a recessionary period. Who is their target audience with that?
Also just learned that Hair performed at the parade (along with Billy Elliot and Bye Bye Birdie), will have to check youtube for clips later. It's extra funny because NBC had the cast of Glee pulled from the parade because they were from a rival network.
The dog Show is on. Mastiffs are huge. So are Great Danes, Scooby Doo was not under sold on size. The Number one dog in America is the Scottish Terrier. What does that mean? Is that the most popular? Best? Awesomest?
How do you even tell if a turkey is thawed? Help me Internet!
The Judge of the Terrier group has only one arm, but at first I just though he was holding it under his shirt.
It occurs to me that I don't own a carving knife.
I'm reminded of the teacher that came to talk to us in my capstone class about how teaching was like training dogs. She did agility training, not show training and was rather dismissive of show dogs.
I have to link to this
It's a competition that apparently happens every year where people do crazy things with jello molds shaped like a turkey. My absolute favorite is the one titled "The Sides as The Bride"
because the description (given by the artist, I think) makes it known that the piece is a Derridan deconstruction of The Traditional Thanksgiving Meal. This matters of course, because I'm knee deep in Derrida for my research paper this semester. Also worth pointing out is the baby food entry made by one David Byrne, who I have only recently discovered through my also recent discovery of the band Talking Heads.
Turkey is about to go in the oven. I followed the directions and brushed it down with vegetable oil. I was lucky that I bought vegetable oil a few months ago for no reason, because I didn't buy it yesterday. I did buy a silicone brush and instant read thermometer. I'll put it in a soon as the oven finishes heating. Then I'll start work on the citrus glaze that I found on he internet.
I discovered an Oreo with one of the cookies on backwards. Picture to follow.
My citrus glaze calls for orange juice concentrate. I'm looking at the label on the can and it says "Contains 100% Orange Juice when mixed according to directions." This confuses me. If I add water to it and it then becomes
100% orange juice, then what percentage is it now? The final ratio of concentrate to water is 1:3 which leads me to believe that I have in my hands 300% orange juice. With this power I can take over the world! But first I need it to thaw so I can make it into glaze.
Other things I down own: Hot pot holders. Things I do Own: Towels.
Glaze is finished. Here's the recipe for those of you following along at home:
2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 Tbsp Honey
1/4 cup Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate (Thawed. If unavailable, just use 300% juice)
It mixed up nicely, and smells pretty good too.
I'm having trouble with Amazon's Thanksgiving sale. There's a lot of stuff that's almost too good to pass up. But with Christmas right around the corner, I don't feel like I can buy anything. The Fourth Season of Doctor Who is only 42 dollars, probably the cheapest I've ever seen it. The New Star Trek Movie is only 9$ and the entire series of Original Series movies is over half off, as is the Next Generation movie collection. And many seasons of The Simpsons (I only have the first 5) are only $15.
My apartment has started to smell like turkey. Smells like Thanksgiving.
Found a video for the Thanksgiving Parade performance from Hair. They did Aquarius, although I would have preferred Hair. If I figure out how, you can watch the vid here:
The Scottish Terrier won best in show. This was the 100th Best in show win for that specific dog. Wow.
I'm thinking about going to see a movie this evening. The Theater in Hamilton has Fantastic Mr. Fox, Where the Wild Things are, and The Men Who Stare at Goats. I would like to see any of those.
An hour and a half in, it's turning golden brown, so I've added the "loose foil tent" that is mentioned on various places on the internet. I've also added the first layer of glaze.
Alrighty, the turkey's getting close to done, so I'm going to start on the sides. I've got Boxed potatoes, Stuffing and a can of Green beans. Thankfully the turkey breast came with gravy, which I totally forgot.
Because I'm a Juggler, I did all of the sides (AK!, I forgot the green beans!) except the green beans at once. This was the most hectic things got, I was moving pans around on burners, forgetting to stir and checking the turkey all at once. I also forgot rolls, so I'll be sopping up my gravy with wheat bread. I did make one minor mistake with the potatoes, I started with the wrong amount of milk and water because I was reading the microwave directions by mistake. That's the turkey timer! Let em check the temperature.
Not quite 170, so I'm giving it an extra 15 minutes. I'm going to use this time to start cleaning.
Wile the sides were going crazy (still haven't done the green beans) I finished watching the latest episode of Mythbusters. It was good stuff. Like my stuffing hopefully will be.
Green beans microwaved. Took a picture of the whole thing. Letting thee turkey cool a little before carving without a carving knife. I still think it's weird that I was supposed to cook the whole thing in the little net that it came in. I won't be carving or eating the net.
I'm still surprised how quickly the sides all cooked. I know they're mostly instant, but that was a very hectic ten minutes. I forgot to stir the gravy as it cooked, so now it's chunky which reminded me that we always put egg in out gravy back home. I don't have any eggs though, and I'm out of pots so I couldn't boil any anyway.
Time to carve the turkey.
Getting the net off wasn't easy, I had to resort to scissors, but the carving was easy. Thankfully the glaze is super tasty. Now to plate it all and eat!
While I was eating (it's delicious BTW) Neil Patrick Harris Twittered: "Happy Slapsgiving, everyone! Make sure to spend a few minutes being thankful, and letting those that you love know about it. xoxo, neil" This made me happy, not because he wished me a happy holiday (which lots of celebrities do) but because he called it Slapsgiving. I'm now going to watch How I Met Your Mother While I eat.
I am now a member of the clean plate club!
On HIMYM they're making pies. I don't have pie for dessert. I was going to have a Twinkie, and I still will, but since my family back in Texas is having some sort of Oreo pie thing, so I'll be having a few Oreos as well.
Just finished Slapsgiving. And it finished just in tome for another Saunders Thanksgiving Tradition: Watching the Cowboy Game. I'm not really much of a sports fan, but we always turn on the Thanksgiving game. Typically we turn it on and spend most of the game doing other things. I'll be spending it cleaning up. That's one downside of a solo thanksgiving: I cook and I clean. But I'm pretty used to cleaning up after myself, so I don't mind too much.
I've finished cleaning, so I guess my solo Thanksgiving is pretty much done.
All in all it was a really fun experience. There's just something reassuring about being able to cook an entire meal from (mostly) scratch. It's not something I would want to do every day, just because of the work involved, but it went well. That being said, I'm still making the most of an unforseen situation. One of the big parts of thanksgiving is being with great people, even more than the food and TV. I'm glad I could get by on my own, (not that I ever doubted it) but I am also looking forward to seeing my family when the Christmas break rolls around in just a few weeks.
Thanks for hanging around with me as I blogged the whole thing. Now I just have to go back and embed all the pictures I took going along.