Saturday, November 25, 2006

The Procedure

We're having our (belated) Thanksgiving dinner party tonight, to be hosted by HH, our cardiologist friend from Singapore. This year, they let me prepare the turkey. A 10 kg turkey. Big mistake. Never. Ever. Let a crazy endocrinologist prepare the bird. Especially one armed with an 18-gauge needle, syringe and some crazy homemade marinade. It's sitting in the brine right now; stay tuned for the end results. You'll probably read about it in the newspapers.

"22 Foreign Doctors and Family Admitted with Acute Gastroenteritis"

Addendum: I know this sounds like I'm boasting, but I swear the bird was the juiciest, tastiest turkey evar! All (almost) 10 kgs devoured by the ravenous indigenous tribe of the Singapolaysians. No mercy was shown.
Brine (to soak bird in):
2 liters water
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons each of black peppercorn, allspice berries, crystallized ginger (mashed to a pulp)

Soak bird for 12 hours. If you have sadist tendencies, feel free to inject some of that brine into the breast with an 18G needle. Brine 30 mL IM prn.

When ready to roast, make deep 2 cm incisions/stabs around the breast and thigh and shove in garlic and/or raisins. Baste generously with butter. Place breast side DOWN (keeps breast from drying out). Place 4x6 inch pieces of foil on back, thigh to prevent burning. Add pieces of sliced pineapples on top. Roast for 4-5 hours, until 180 °F (with meat thermometer, or used rectal thermometer) in thigh. Baste with butter every 45 mins.
Serve. And be prepared to feel like a God when your humble vassals feed upon your heavenly fowl. Be forewarned: head swelling is expected.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

u inject the marinade into the turkey?
i thought marinade suppose to be on the outside?

i want 1 turkey..hehe

9:22 AM  
Blogger doc said...

it's obvious why that could happen - you didn't put on sterile gloves!

9:35 AM  
Blogger YeePei said...

Aiyo, poor turkey... bad enough that its going to be eaten, but to subject it to a jab beforehand? At least it's not going to turn out black... right?

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


So kua zhang.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Bug said...

I'd say it's astounding ingenuity to combine Thanksgiving and huge freakin needles, and encourage you not to give up on cooking by injection. I commend you, sir.

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Hijackqueen said...

Where is your glove, Doc?

10:41 PM  
Blogger Hoban Family said...

Personally I would like to see more surgeons operating in chili covered aprons. Very calming.

1:50 PM  
Blogger vagus said...

gloves? no need gloves lar. dirty hands add to the taste.
turkey came out great. once blogger works properly again and lets me put up a picture, i'll post it.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Karen M said...

Freaking hilarious!
I'm laughing my lungs out...

6:41 AM  
Blogger YeePei said...

Wow, it looks delicious!!!

8:23 AM  
Blogger Kelly Siew said...

Huh? what does injection brine into the turkey does?

And that apron should be part of the surgical scrubs. More interesting.

8:34 PM  
Blogger mia said...

For a minute there I was seriously thinking you were about to perform surgery but was wondering how little tools you needed. LOL. Interesting blog!

11:28 PM  

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