Ugly Turkey Stew.

It’s ugly. The stew, not the turkey. Turkey mince is ugly and tomato based stew is ugly and cabbage is ugly. But it’s delicious and it’s high protein and low carb, so no complaints. Well, at least not since I managed to get Jon to put on surplus fat with a bulking diet (I knew he wasn’t an alien!) and he wants to lose it.

So here’s our current staple, with herbs and spices as needed.

Ingredients:

  • 500g minced turkey
  • 800g chopped or pureed tomatoes
  • 400g cabbage
  • 400g peppers, aubergine and courgette
  • 2 large onions
  • 100ml chili sauce (10% chili, so around 10ml concentrate or paste)
  • 10 large leaves of sage
  • 1tbsp smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

Utensils:

  • chopping board and knife
  • pot and wooden spoon

Recipe:

  1. Rinse and chop the vegetables very finely.
  2. Tear the sage leaves.
  3. Mix the tomato, chili, paprika, sage, salt and pepper together and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the vegetables and turkey mince.
  5. Keep simmering until everything is cooked through.
  6. Serve up with baked garlic, jalapeno sauce, mustard or all three.

Not very pretty, so no pictures, but it’s yummy, warming, filling and low carb, so it wins all round.

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

WWW. Cheap to Glorious Burgers and Frozen Cakes.

Seeing as Jon’s work is now very different, the Wok will be a little different. Rather than making the nicest, most elaborate or most interesting meal on Wednesday, I will make them as and when he needs them and choose the best food of the week for the Wonderful Wednesday Wok instead.

This week, the main’s some burgers that I made turning cheap, value brand, reduced price beef mince into something with the bite and texture of steak mince and the flavour of a BBQ patty. And the pudding’s an ice-cream cake in a cup I made for Valentine’s day. There were five flavours: pear, blackberry, pear and currant, strawberry and peach. I had the pear and currant one as a carby treat on Valentine’s, but the rest were Jon’s for the week.

The rest of the Valentine's meal.

The rest of the Valentine’s meal.

Cheap to Glorious Burgers.

Ingredients:

-500g cheap mince; ground beef is not suitable, but cheap, unfrozen pork mince or turkey mince would work too

-1 egg

-2tsp herbs

-2tsp onion granules

-2tsp paprika

-2tsp salt

-1tsp pepper

-1tsp soy sauce

-butter or tallow for frying

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and fork

-frying pan

Recipe:

1: With high quality beef you’re told not to overwork the mince or the burger will lose its consistency. With cheap mince you want to do the opposite. Mash it together before adding the spices and the egg. Mash thoroughly until everything is mixed in.

2: Form patties by making a ball, flattening it in the palms of your hands and pinching the middle so it’s got a little “bowl” at either side. This ensures good browning and even cooking.

3: Heat the fat in the pan at medium temperature until all melted. Add the burgers.

4: Cook for 5 minutes either side.

5: Serve with sides of choice. I went for salad, Jon went for beans and cheese.

The burger’s texture is firm and meaty, the taste is subtle, salty and very beefy, the grease levels are minimal and the crust on the outside tastes of soy sauce BBQ.

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Fruity Ice-Cream Cake in a Cup.

Ingredients:

-1 conference pear

-1 peach

-15 blackberries

-8 strawberries

-40g mixed currants

-150ml double cream

-50g 85% chocolate

-80g 55% chocolate

Utensils:

-microwaveable bowl and a fork (not to be put in microwave, obviously)

-chopping board and knife

-mixing bowl and blender / food processor

-jelly molds or other freezable cups/pots

Recipe:

1: Crush the 85% chocolate and share between the bases of the containers.

2: Cut up whatever mix of fruit you like and share between the bases of the containers, leaving room for the chocolate ice cream to drip through.

3: Microwave the cream and 55% chocolate together on medium until they form a smooth chocolate paste.

4: Share the paste between the containers, making sure to get it down into the chocolate later and to cover the fruit. Freeze.

5: Blend the remaining fruit into a smoothie-like paste.

6: Once the chocolate ice cream is frozen, add the fruit paste on top and refreeze.

7: To serve, gently warm the container’s sides only, turn it upside down and squeeze or tap until the cake is released. Leave a little to soften for easy eating.

Pear and currant version.

Pear and currant version.

So those were, in my opinion, the best meals we had this week. What was the best meal you had this week? Recipes, anyone? 🙂

TTFN and Happy Hunting!

WWW. Orange and Ginger Turkey and Chocolate-Cake-Bread-and-Butter-Pudding.

Yes, it’s all divine. Didn’t actually have it today, but today was busy and yesterday was not. Today we’re having a much easier but just as tasty turkey balti curry, the recipe for which I will include below as a way of using leftover turkey and trimmings.

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Recipe 1: Orange, Honey and Ginger Turkey.

First of all, mine turned out a bit dry, but that was largely because I kept opening and closing the oven and had to turn it off due to a scheduled lesson.

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Ingredients:

-1 whole turkey

-1 orange

-1 bitter apple

-5tbsp ginger

-2tsp honey

-100ml lemon juice

Utensils:

-deep baking tray

-tin foil

Recipe:

1: Cut the apple and orange in half. Place one half of each inside the turkey cavity, along with the lemon juice.

2: Slice the remaining orange and apple. Lift the turkey’s skin and insert underneath it.

3: Tie the turkey back up so the fruit juices won’t escape. Rub with ginger and honey. Leave to marinate a bit.

4: Place in the tray. Roast at 180C for 2h for a 4kg turkey. Cover with foil once brown.

Recipe 2: Giblet Gravy.

Ingredients:

-turkey neck, heart and liver

-100g butter

-1 large onion

-salt and pepper

Utensils:

-chopping board and knife

-frying pan and spatula

-blender

Recipe:

1:  Chop up the offal and onion.

2: Pan-fry in butter.

3: Strip the meat from the neck, discard the bones.

4: Blend everything with a little water, salt and pepper and turkey fat. Thicken with flour if required.

–The following recipes are for using leftovers as best possible.

Recipe 3: Chocolate Cake Bread and Butter Pudding.

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Ingredients:

-stale cake

-butter icing

-milk

Utensils:

-knife

-deep baking tray

Recipe:

1: Slice the cake into even pieces. 1/2 to 2 inches is good.

2: Either layer across the bottom of the tray (driest side down) or overlap in a spiral.

3: Add the butter icing to the very top. Pour milk over all of it. Soak.

4: Bake until the cake is moist and sticky.

Recipe 4: Leftovers Balti Curry.

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Ingredients:

-leftover turkey, potatoes, assorted vegetables (peas, swede, cabbage, carrots, anything) and gravy

-250g chicken livers

-1 large onion

-Balti curry mix, paste or sauce

Utensils:

-chopping board and heavy knife

-frying pan and spatula

Recipe:

1: Chop up the leftovers, onion and liver.

2: Add to the pan with the gravy.

3: Simmer until the liver and onion is cooked-through.

4: Add the curry  and, if needed, some water.

Ours had potatoes, cabbage and peas.