This little beauty is destined to feed a party of 26 on Saturday evening
The first step on this occasion will be to remove the wings and the legs.
The wings themselves can be roasted separately and picked for a stew or curry but in this case they go into the roasting tray to begin the trivet. (A layer of bones and vegetables that will lift the bird from the pan itself)
The backbone is now also removed since it is of no actually value to us and will merely extend our cooking time unnecessarily.
This will go straight into the stockpot with the giblets, onion, celery, water, carrot, garlic, bay leaf and a choice of herbs.
Once set upon it’s trivet it can be oiled and seasoned ready for the oven. The trivet of bones and vegetables will roast along with the crown ready to be added to the stockpot later.
Easy, we stuff the legs. To the right here is the leg ready to be slit down the bone line and the bone itself removed. These too can be added to the stockpot.
It is vital that the sinews (seen here below) are removed since cooking will cause them to shrink terribly.
The leg can now be rolled and tied into a joint. since there is now no bone the cooking time for the legs will also be greatly reduced.
The stock pot can now be topped off with water and simmered gently for as long as possible.
Tomorrow, once the crown and the legs have been cooked and chilled down to await carving on Saturday morning, the trivet and cooking juices can be added along with more flavourings of choice such as white wine, or proprietory stock pastes which will form the basis of our gravy on the day.
Watch this space!