Ciara Kenny

The Irish Times forum by and for Irish citizens living overseas,

Google: the emigrant’s friend at Christmas

The most important ingredient in cooking a Christmas dinner abroad? Google – without it, us modern emigrants wouldn’t know where to begin, writes Philip O’Connor

Thu, Jan 3, 2013, 21:58

   

PHILIP O’CONNOR

The most important ingredient in cooking a Christmas dinner abroad? Google – without it, us modern emigrants wouldn’t know where to begin.

This is as much to do with health and safety as taste. We all underestimate the time it takes to cook a turkey through, and an underdone turkey is a dangerous piece of poultry. With our mother’s apron strings cut and stripped of easy access to Bisto, we find that gravy is a bigger challenge than we first anticipated.

It seemed many of the Swedish-Irish community stayed in Sweden this year, and there were plenty of photographs of golden-roasted turkeys and perfect roast potatoes on show, mostly thanks to the world’s biggest search engine – with it, we can usually find the tips we need to make the dinner a success.

Mind you, you still have to be careful. One lad from Waterford was looking forward to his partner cooking the dinner on Christmas Day, but he wasn’t quite as impressed with her shopping list.

When he questioned the inclusion of couscous and plums alongside the turkey, ham, spuds and sprouts, he was told they were for the stuffing.

Horrified, he took to the internet and with a swift bit of Googling he was able to remove these exotic ingredients and replace them with the more traditional sage, onion and breadcrumbs.

One of the country’s most well-known tech employers, Google’s Irish staff might have a look at this anomaly when they get back from their well-earned Christmas break.