All the turkeys in tha house, c’mon and let me hear you say Ho!

Eating turkey and shopping during black Friday are the two most important things you must do during the Thanksgiving holidays. I’ve been keeping this secret for many years, but I think it is time to share with the world two important facts about me:
* I’ve never cooked a turkey
* I’ve never gone shopping during black Friday

I know is hard to believe, but that’s the sad true.

However it is never to late to get back on track, to see the light at the end of the tunnel, to return home like the prodigal son, to glide like the Hidenburg: this year I’m cooking a turkey and I might even go shopping!

The first step was to buy the turkey. Since I was going to spend thanksgiving with only four other friends (Alejandro, Sofia, Esther and Raffaele) I realized that a whole turkey was going to be too much for 5 people. So I bought a 3 lb ‘Boneless Young Turkey Roast’ from Diestel Turkey Ranch for $20 at Whole Foods.

Then I did the broth to marinate the turkey:
4 cups of water
2 packets of chicken broth
1 spoon of brown sugar
1/3 onion
1/2 tbs of ginger
the juice from 1 orange

Mix everything and bring it to boil. Then remove it from heat and let it cool down. Finally put it in the refrigerator for later use.

You don’t want to marinate the turkey for too long. Eight hours seems to be the magic number. I placed the turkey in the broth last night around 2 am. Added ice to the broth and stored it back in the refrigerator. This morning around 10 am I removed the turkey from the broth, washed the turkey with cold water and then dried it with paper towels. Finally I placed the turkey in a glass Pyrex and spread it with a mix of olive oil, salt and paprika as suggested by Diestel’s recipe site.

Here is how the turkey looks at this point:

Marinated Turkey with olive oil, salt and paprika
Marinated Turkey with olive oil, salt and paprika

After preheating the oven at 325, I placed the turkey in the middle and let it cook uncovered for 1 hour. Finally I placed a sheet of aluminum foil on top of it to prevent it from over over-roasting and let it cook for another 20 minutes. Here is the final result:

Delicious Roasted Turkey
Delicious Roasted Turkey

Loving the Paella

Last Friday I was hanging with some friends enjoying a few beers at the Crown and Anchor pub when someone mentioned that the 6th Annual Paella Lovers United was going to be held on Saturday. I’ve never heard about this Paella event so my friend explained how it works: several teams compete by cooking Paellas in two categories: traditional and keep-paella-weird and the crowd can taste all of them. Besides the Paellas, there are also tapas and drinks (Sangria, wine, beer), and live flamenco music for people to enjoy. You pay $30 dollars to get in, but it is totally worth it.

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Taking doodling one step up

I have to admit it: I am a doodler. I’ve done it since I was in elementary school, I did it in high school, college and I still do it at work. Wikipedia argues that doodling happens to students during boring classes. I don’t think that is my case: when I’m doodling at work I still pay attention to whatever is being discussed at the meeting. But I can understand how some people might see that as a sign of distraction.

Today I borrowed Marcospen tablet and gave it a try. I saw a tablet for sale at woot a few months ago and got curious about it. I must tell you it is more difficult to doodle on the tablet, but it is really fun. Here is the result:
Lincoln the turtle