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Roast Turkey for Two with 30 Cloves of Garlic

Hold on… if you have landed on this page without reading my part 1 – please take a step back and read here.

Of course you knew it would be a happy ending…

Where did we last part? Ahh yes… he stopped calling.

Well, of course he didn’t STOP calling. After all, we still had to deal with each other on a professional level. We still talked two or three times a day but conversations were short, hasty and all about work. Gone were his morning calls just to chitchat. No more flirtatious banter. This went on for three long weeks.

I have to admit – I missed him. What is mistook for “weakness” when he used to give in to my requests I now saw as being extremely thoughtful. I used to think it was boring when he talked about complex deals relating to work and now I realized his ideas were fascinating and I wanted to learn more.

I missed his thoughtfulness. What I previously perceived as being a goody goody two shoes to my parents was now indescribably endearing.

“Whatever happened to that nice young man who brought us all the cakes?” my Mom asked. My Dad seemed a little sad to have lost his tennis partner.

I was remorseful of what I had done and knew I deserved it. Don’t you think that the only thing more bitter than swallowing our pride is being lonely. So I picked up the phone on night and I called him.

Roast Turkey Leg, 30 Cloves of Garlic and Roast Baby Carrots

I expected that he would make it hard for me. Maybe he would not answer my call. Or maybe he would give me the same treatment I had given him for the last few months. Maybe he was dating someone new.


So my friends, I’m sorry if you were expecting a long drawn out story about how we finally reconciled but truth is he was kind enough to forget how mean I was and we talked that night as if the last three weeks never happened.

The next day – at 3:00 pm I got my belgian waffles.

So… As many of us celebrate Thanksgiving across the world – we reflect on what we are most thankful for. My “thankful for” list extends for several pages but I have bored you enough as it is.

So I will leave you knowing that the one thing I am most thankful for is my husband…

And while we can’t be together this Thanksgiving – here is the recipe for the early Thanksgiving Meal we shared last week.

What are YOU most thankful for today?

Roast Turkey Leg for Two with 30 Cloves of Garlic and Roast Baby Carrots (inspired from Almost Bourdain)


  • 1 Turkey Leg, deboned (you can ask your butcher to do this for you)
  • 30 cloves of garlic
  • 60 grams butter
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • fresh thyme leaves
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch baby carrots
  1. Pre heat the oven to 170c (fan forced)
  2. Lay the deboned turkey leg flat on a surface and season with salt and pepper. Add a few springs of fresh thyme and tie the turkey leg into three portions using some butcher’s twine.
  3. Top the turkey with butter, olive oil and salt and pepper. Scatter the garlic cloves around the turkey.
  4. Roast the turkey for 10 minutes and then add the baby carrots.
  5. Continue to roast the carrots and turkey for another 40 to 45 minutes until the turkey is cooked through and the skin is golden brown and the carrots are cooked through. As this is happening, baste the turkey and carrots every 10 or so minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let this rest for around 10 minutes before carving.

Ellie suggests that the roast garlic can be used for make aioli. You can also use the left over garlic by adding it to some simmered cream, chicken and pasta for a quick dinner.

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