Fergus Henderson Would Like You to Bake in Your Filing Cabinet

Here to help with your Christmas roast. Photo: Melissa Hom

The holiday help hotline is nothing new, but the ante was decidedly upped this year, what with Ruth Reichl and Floyd Cardoz actually answering the phones Thanksgiving week over at Gilt Taste, and the real-time advice from Michael Symon and Carla Hall at The Chew. Continuing this tradition, but in a "No Thanksgiving, Please, We’re British" way, the Guardian has just wrapped an hour-long Q&A; session with national treasure Fergus Henderson, and the man comes off like a roulade of Yoda, Bob Vila, and the Ethicist.

Here to help with your Christmas roast. Photo: Melissa Hom

Turkey’s too big? Roast away inside a filing cabinet. Want to impress your mother-in-law? Crisp-fry her some pig’s ears! But Fergus isn’t the only one offering tips. Tomorrow morning, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall tackles vegetarian dishes; on Friday, if you’re a morning person, it’s high time for domestic goddess Nigella Lawson. Let’s all just hope she’s taken a decent shower since the last time we saw her, otherwise she’s definitely running the risk of a sea-salt-caramel-clogged keyboard.

Christmas recipes: Fergus Henderson talks turkey [Guardian UK]