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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Turkey is for life, not just for Christmas.

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I think that turkey gets a bit of a bad rap at times - especially as it is quite low in fat - and it seems that Bernard Matthews Farms agrees with me.  They have teamed up with Marco Pierre White to promote more inventive ways of using turkey in family meals.

marco pierre white martin kempI love the advert with Martin Kemp, especially when he discusses his wife cooking the dinner.  I find it difficult to imagine the bass player from Spandau Ballet and Shirley from Wham's backing singers working out a menu plan for the week.  But that's just me - I'm an 80s chick at heart.  You can see Marco and Martin chilling out over a turkey dinner here (have a look at the out-takes too... very funny!).

Have you got any favourite turkey recipes?  Have you swapped chicken for turkey recently?  What about using turkey in Spag Bol or having it in a Tikka Masala for a change.  I'm not too sure about that but there's plenty of recipes and ideas over at "Change your meat, not your menu" and you can watch the Marco Pierre White recipe for turkey breast joint over on YouTube.   The best tip I ever got for cooking turkey was to cook it upside down.  This means that all the juices soak into the breast meat and stop it from tasting so dry.

This has inspired me to have a rethink about turkey.  Turkey is for life, not just for Christmas!
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