In Australia, turkey is synonymous with Christmas. The secret to a juicy, succulent bird is to brine it before cooking, that is, marinating the bird in a salt and water mixture. This demands a little extra time, but little effort, and is guaranteed to give you great results.
Of course, starting with a good bird is paramount. Find yourself a good free-range turkey and you're halfway there.
Another good tip is to place butter under the skin of the breasts; this protects and bastes the leanest and driest part of the bird.
The great 'ta-dah' moment of every Christmas comes when the turkey is presented at the table with a resplendent golden sheen. Achieving an even golden colouring requires attention and care and that boils down to constant basting to ensure the skin is browned to perfection.
In our book, no turkey is complete without stuffing - it infuses the turkey with flavour from the inside and makes for a tasty side dish, having absorbed the turkey's fragrant juices.
You will need to start this recipe the day before.