About Phillip

Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

4 Replies to “Yuletide Fire”

  1. turkey is done and resting in some foil…wild rice and cranberries are almost done…stuffing is done..gravy is setting up.. setting the table…have to move this computer out of the way…rest of the family unit is coming over in moments…all is well….we live like kings….

    best of the season to all….

    jode..the nine year old loves his futuristic lego mining sets…I have not seen him all day…the 12 year old is emersed in the hitchikers guide to the galaxy books we gave her….ohhh…I got a great book…empire of illusion…which I have already jumped into..and heidegar and a hippo which looks great….good day…great day….

    take care

  2. I’m cooking a turkey today. It’s bigger than any turkey I’ve cooked before. I’m not sure if I should cook it covered or uncovered. I’ve cooked smaller turkeys covered to keep them moist, then uncovered for the last 30 minutes to brown them. But this one needs to cook for 4 or 5 hours. Not sure what I’m going to do. If I get have everyone keeled over in their own vomit from food poisoning by the time they’re ready for bed, it’ll be an unforgettable family dinner, that’s for sure.

  3. I always lard my bird…I will leave that dangling for pender or steve….mix softened butter with a variety of herbs and place under the skin…you could also cover the thing in bacon…use a thermometer to check temprature…most birds I have done are ready around 12 minutes per pound..not the 20 you will find in every cook book..hence the dried out fruit leather product….I never stuff the bird but put a variety of fruits and veggies in, loosely.. depending on what I am aiming for..last night was a apple cidery taste in the bird and the gravy…on tuesday I cooked a 29 and 33 lb bird for a childrens aid society event..the latter was the biggest one I have cooked yet….I had to move the bird around and did cover it after the first hour….worked out great….oh yeah I often will dry brine the bird the night before…I have brined birds but I am not convinced of its affect….

    today I am washing windows and cleaning out a store room at the market to make a vip lounge for family for monday nights spectecle…..

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