Thursday, November 25, 2010
I'm not sure why I bought turkey just before Thanksgiving, I think in my head I had set my heart on Roast Duck but got turkey for some Pre-Thanksgiving with a Twist: Asian flavors on the turkey and a stir fry veggie side.
I never buy a whole turkey, it's too overwhelming to deal with and you're stuck with all the white meat. So, I bought turkey thighs and drumsticks because we like dark meat. In my fridge was ready cooked penne with some leftover red bell peppers. So, that was the basis of our dinner.
When I go food shopping, I don't like having any preconceived ideas until I see what's available. So often, you set your heart on something and it's not in season or they don't have it and is very disappointing.
I love to experiment using different spices and seasonings on grilled meats. Instead of having just one flavor, why not have more! The turkey thigh was HUGE, we shared one. It's a really economical meat to use.
I used 'broad bean chili paste' on some thighs and drumsticks and My Spice Sage curry powder on others.
I saw some very fresh rappini (similar to Chinese broccoli) and I had some wonderful dried porcini mushrooms from Earthy Delights. They are a great stir fry combination.
I also like using Earthy Delights' Tea Seed Oil which doesn't smoke on high heat, perfect for stir frys.
Subscribers to my free newsletter get a special code when you order from them (you can subscribe from my website.) I love their cute packaging with beautiful drawings of their gourmet mushrooms and chilies. On the back there's a little history of where they come from with handy instructions on how to best use them. I'm just sorry I didn't get this out earlier so you can get them for Thanksgiving but there's still time for Christmas, yay!
Lately, I've been supplementing with a bit of toufu to cut down on eating so much meat. I had enough to make my husband's lunchbox.
I can't believe a whole year has passed, here's our Thanksgiving Dinner from last year!
I'll share what we had for the actual Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow. Apart from roast duck, I got ready made gravy and sage, chestnut stuffing, no sugar chocolate cheesecake for dessert. Making fresh veggies, got some snap peas, already had red bell, baby bok choy, spaghetti squash and a cutie pumpkin.
Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thankful my sister is in Hong Kong to spend time with my 87 year old mom, they're probably having Peking Duck, my fav. Take a look at my post on Hong Kong Market, full of fresh Asian goodies!
Oh, I'm also THRILLED to finally launch my Facebook Fan page so folks who've been to my class and especially Wok Stars who have my Kit can share their unique creations, tips, photos. Click badge in sidebar to visit me, help spread the word, see you there...
Do share any unusual dishes you're having for Thanksgiving?
Monday, November 22, 2010
So late, had to pull this together quickly. Finally made #meatlessmonday: Amy's pizza with four cheeses!Fortunately, already had my balsamic dressing made. Topped field greens, my simple pickled jicama, zucchini, carrots, tomatoes with red onion, toasted pumpkin seeds & crispy shallots. Sent from my iPhone