PHIL VICKERY’S ROAST TURKEY

WHAT DO YOU EAT ON CHRISTMAS DAY?

Turkey with the trimmings. My wife, Fern [Britton] decorates thetableand I cooksowekeep out of each other’s way!

DO YOU WORRY ABOUT OVERINDULGING?

No – but gone are my days of are soft and have burst

450g fresh or defrosted cranberries

150ml port

100g golden caster sugar

1 cinnamonstick

Juice of 12 orange

1. Placeallthe ingredients in a pan with 300ml water.

2. Bring to the boil, thensimmer for20 mins, until the open.

3.Store in thefridge in a sterile sealed jaruntilyou need it. Then enjoy on Christmas Day.

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I don’t remember going back to the ship, but the next morning I felt ghastly and ruined and moved around the deck like one of the living dead. The Atlantic crossing was fairly uneventful. The junkies were getting excited about West Africa because there was apparently a lot of good weed to be had. The alchies were looking forward to it too; heaven to them was sitting in Tema Harbour, sun-reddened and staggering drunk on cheap local beer, telling each other the same old stories they had told each other the previous time they were ashore. Our orders gave us a busy pattern of ports, unloading our cargo as we went along. We would start at Freetown in Sierra Leone then move down the coast, stopping at various places as we went. Each stay in port would be for between 12 and 24 hours. The next stop would be Abijan in the Ivory Coast, then east to Tema and Takoradi in Ghana, Lome in Togoland, Cotonou in Benin, southeast to Bonny in Nigeria, then down to Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo. It all sounded enticing to me. I was particularly keen to see Tema, because I was charmed by the enchanting song Tema Harbour; and also Pointe Noire, as I had recently read Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and wanted to view the rolling Congo River.

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