At the weekend we were invited to The Horniman Museum and Gardens in London to meet with the Bernard Matthews team and talk Turkey!
I chose to take both of the children with me, and they were just as excited as me. Both of them are massive fans of the iconic Turkey Dinosaur. When I say Bernard Matthews that is what they think of!
The Children were settled in with some colouring sheets and Duplo blocks, which kept them entertained whilst the adults (and some of the older children) took part in a food styling lesson with Olia Hercules.
I learnt lots of new tips and was reminded of some things that I had forgotten about, such as 'the rule of 3' meaning odd numbers look better on a plate than even numbers (this plays havoc with my number ocd!). After Olia had shown us the tips and tricks, we got to have a go ourselves. We were given some ingredients to make a turkey caesar salad and then had to dress it and photograph it. I think I will give myself a pat on the back for my efforts, as I am very pleased with the final outcome....
Next we were given a more difficult task of dressing a plate with a Turkey Dinosaur! The reason I say that this was difficult was that the children could not keep their hands off of the dinosaur, so no sooner had I got my camera ready the dinosaur's were making their way to the children's mouths!
We were served lunch, which of course was Bernard Matthews Turkey themed. It certainly made me realised that even for lunch there are lots of different ways to include turkey into your everyday meals. Everything was really yummy, especially the Turkey Mac & Cheese. It was infact the closest tasting Mac & Cheese to my very favourite American version, Which I have so far been unable to find or recreate!
We then were able to give our opinion on some ideas that Bernard Matthews have, it was great to get into a discussion with everyone. We all had different likes and dislikes with regards to the flavours, but I think a couple of things stood out from the discussions, they were that we all agreed the Turkey was yummy and also that it was perfect for all of the Family!
We then had a chance to explore the museum and gardens, we absolutely loved exploring, but with so much to see we are going to have to come back!
I think the main thing I took away from this event, was that Turkey is not just for Christmas. When people say Turkey in this country, most of us will automatically think Christmas! But actually it is a great year round food! Its tasty, its good for you, and its reasonably priced. So why are we forgetting about this great bird?! I for one will certainly be using Turkey in my meal plan more often.
I mentioned the delicious Turkey Mac & Cheese earlier, I loved it so much that I am going to make it at home, then I am going to share the recipe with you guys. I really wouldn't want you to miss out!
I have also been asked if I would like to become a member of the Bernard Matthews family panel, which is a great honor, I am really looking forward to finding out more about Turkey and sharing some recipes and information with you all.
Do you enjoy turkey year round or do you think of it as a Christmas dish?