Sunday Lunch at Formans

Sunday Lunch at Formans

This weekend we had a family lunch in east London to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday. I love trying out new restaurants so I was eager to visit Formans Restaurant in Hackney Wick. The restaurant is located in the H. Forman factory (they are the oldest curers of salmon in Britain).  The factory was designed into a salmon-like shape (see my last photo).

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Winner Winner Chicken/Turkey Dinner

Chicken, not turkey
Being American, I normally roast a whole turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Five years ago I was about to put the turkey in the oven and realised we had run out of tin foil. Our daughter was napping and Husband was at work so I couldn’t go to the shop. After a little research on the web, I read about cooking the turkey upside down. I did, and it was a huge success. And ever since, I have cooked my turkeys and chickens upside down and have never had a dry bird.

Upside Down


I made a yummy roast chicken for dinner last night, and I made it the same way I make my turkey, so if that helps your Christmas dinner–you’re welcome. I’m not going to go into all the details of how to cook a whole chicken. But I will give you my tips for making the chicken extra juicy. First, I rub it in butter, then add salt, pepper, Italian herbs. If I have them, I will put a half lemon and some garlic inside the chicken. I then rub some olive oil over the chicken. And then (this is the most important bit) I cook it upside down for the first 3/4 of the cooking process. I turn the chicken over for the rest of the time so the top browns. Sometimes I add bacon to the top of the chicken or turkey. But it ALWAYS turns out juicy and yummy.