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Love Roast - Photo Heal Farm UK
Three birds stuffed one inside the other is for wimps ... try 12.

I am in complete awe of Anne Petch at Heal Farm in Devon and her 12-bird Love Roast; one bird for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

The roast weighs 55lbs/25kg, feeds 125 people and takes 10 hours to cook presuming you have an oven big enough. Anne claims it only takes her 45 minutes to assemble but I'll assume that's without all the boning of the birds.

And the cost - 665/$1000 which is actually only 5/$8 a head, a bargain.

The Love Roast originated in Elizabethan times and was made from swans but these are now protected birds so a turkey now takes center stage.

On the outside is a Turkey with the breasts inside followed by:

  • Goose filled with orange and walnut stuffing.
  • Chicken with hazelnut and ginger.
  • Pheasant with juniper stuffing.
  • Aylesbury duck with sage and onion.
  • Barbary duck with Persian fruit stuffing.
  • Poussin and guinea fowl layered with parsley, lemon and thyme.
  • Partridge and Pigeon Squab set in juniper stuffing.
  • Mallard duck layered with cranberry and lemon and
  • Whole boned Quail filled with cranberry and orange relish.
And I thought I was adventurous considering attempting a 5-Bird Roast this Christmas.


December 16, 2008 at 10:01 am
(1) Barb Rolek says:

Holy poultry, Batman! That’s a lot of roast. Not the prettiest kid on the block but it looks mighty tasty.

December 16, 2008 at 12:03 pm
(2) Chelsie Kenyon says:

Wow! That’s amazing!

December 16, 2008 at 12:17 pm
(3) Petrina Verma Sarkar says:

Oh my goodness! It looks delicious but I would be too much in awe of the work it took to make the roast, to actually eat it!

December 17, 2008 at 6:36 am
(4) britishfood says:

…does anyone have an oven big enough? I don’t and even if I did not sure I would dare do this.

December 23, 2008 at 12:05 pm
(5) Heather John says:

How long does it take to carve???

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