There’s a theory that if you talk about an upsetting experience you have, it helps to get your feelings out in the open and you can move on past the unpleasantness.
Welcome to my Thanksgiving.
Things for the celebratory evening at the Red Brick Ranchero were in place.
Food cooked beautifully, witness the pictures.
HOWSOMUCHEVER….when said food was served, it was not as it had presented itself.
The cranberries did not accept the gelatin that would make them stand up and be accounted for.
They refused same and, well, there you go.
If only they had let me know ahead of time.
I would have gotten out the bowls.
Looks are deceiving.
The second turkey.
I can’t talk about it.
I guess all I say is that it kind of seemed sacrilegious to stuff two turkeys in a huge pot and BOIL them to get them done.
Thank God my mother had brought a ham.
The turkeys came to a very creative end; involving wild and brown rice, garam masala and cumin, golden raisins and cilantro.
Warming, soothing, comforting.
There…I feel much better.
I can think about Christmas Eve dinner now.
Curried Turkey and Wild Rice Soup
4 cups cooked turkey breast and thigh meat, chopped coarsely
3 cups cook wild and brown rice mix (I used RiceSelect Royal Blend..it’s divine.)
Couple of swirls of extra virgin olive oil
2 large leeks, trimmed, rinsed and coarsely chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
6 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
8 fat cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
Freshly ground black pepper and coarse salt to taste
6 cups chicken or turkey stock, heated
2 tbsp hot curry powder
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp cayenne
Heat a large pot over medium high heat and add a couple swirls of extra virgin olive oil. When oil is wavy, add the leeks, green bell pepper and celery, stir to combine, reduce heat to medium and cover to sweat the veggies for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Add the garlic and seasonings and cook for five minutes. Add the turkey and cook five minutes. Add the hot chicken/turkey stock and stir.
Let this cook for about 25 minutes. Add the cooked rice mixture and let heat for about ten minutes.
Serve with chopped fresh cilantro, golden raisins, and sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.
Serves 4 generously.
Click here for a printable recipe.
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