Yes, Christmas is on its way and we’re well and truly ready for it at Millin’s. The decorations are up; the first of the Christmas puddings are in, along with every condiment under the sun; the online shop has been updated and the Christmas brochure is hot off the press, ready for you to gaze over and start planning what will be on your table this Christmas.
The usual suspects are there – Borrowdale free range pork loin, Southern Highlands whole free range turkeys, turkey buffs, free range half and whole hams – and this year boneless hams, whole chickens, ‘Jamie’ chickens and pulled pork. Let’s not forget of course, our famous Turducken! Pronounced ‘ter-duk-un’ from the words turkey, duck and chicken, we started rolling these fresh creations 4 years ago, and they have been a sell out every Christmas since and a staple in many family homes.
So what’s different about our Turduckens this year?
This Christmas we’re really excited to be able to deliver them straight to your door! With the growing success of our online shop, we’ve now got all the systems in place to offer free home deliveries – even for your Christmas orders. What could be easier than that? Orders will be open until the 16th December, so head to our website for all the details on delivery dates and times, as well as a very special offer.
What’s a Turducken, you say?
No one knows for sure where or when the Turducken was invented. From what I have read, the idea of the ‘nested bird’ originated back in an era when hunters would bring back their hunting prizes from the day and a creative chef boned and rolled them all into one as a delicacy. There was one mentioned in European history around 1807 that consisted of 17 different birds – starting with a garden warbler and ending with a bustard – made for a royal feast. There is also evidence that similar creations were made as far back as the Romans.
Throughout the years, many have claimed it, pronouncing theirs as the ‘original’, though no one really knows. In any case, wherever the Turducken started doesn’t matter, because it’s delicious and its here to stay and we make a damn good one right here in Balgowlah Heights!
Our Turducken is made by de-boning a turkey breast and laying that flat on the block, smothering it with a cranberry and pistachio seasoned breadcrumb mix. Then we put the duck breast, and on top of that goes a mango and hazelnut breadcrumb mix. We top it all off with a Chicken breast fillet. The turkey is then wrapped around all of this deliciousness and tied up tightly.
Only the breast parts are used in our Turducken, which ensures succulent, lean meat that doesn’t take long to cook – only two hours after basting in butter. Once it’s nice and golden, carving is the real treat, when you see a cross-section of all the different meats and stuffings!
The Millin’s exciting news!
Christmas in a butcher shop is all about preparation and once all the hard work in the lead up to Christmas is done, I always feel a huge relief off my shoulders. Our team always works so hard to ensure every single one of our customers feasts are a treat to be remembered, and hopefully a day to be enjoyed with their closest friends and family.
My perfect Chistmas Day always consists of family, kids, laughter, some backyard cricket, sunshine, a huge feast and a couple of well earned beers. I’m really looking forward to this Christmas in particular being a very special one for us –
my wife Angie and I are expecting our first baby in mid-December. If I’m missing from the shop for a few days, you know I’ll be welcoming the newest future butcher to the team!
Hope to see you all soon, and of course if there’s anything any of us can do to make your Christmas feast as perfect as possible, please don’t hesitate to ask.