Sunday, November 29, 2009

Tasty Turkey Day Leftovers!

So you've inevitably got some turkey left in your fridge if you hosted a Thanksgiving Day meal. In years past, I usually get a tasty soup out of the deal. However, this year, with the help of the NY Times, I decided to go for something a little more exciting.

Turkey Curry!

I made this dish without the spinach, as we had none. Otherwise, I followed the recipe with a bit extra on the tomato side and a bit less on the ginger, just because of what was in the kitchen.

This was a great, super tasty meal that was quite easy to make. I would certainly make it again with any poultry leftovers! We served ours over whole wheat cous cous with steamed broccoli.

Turkey Curry
Adapted from the NY Times

1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
1 cup tomatoes, chopped (canned are fine; include their juice)
1 cup coconut milk
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups leftover turkey, white or dark meat or a combination, roughly chopped

1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; add onion, garlic and ginger and cook until they begin to soften, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add cumin, coriander, turmeric and cayenne and cook, stirring, until spices are fragrant, about another minute.

2. Add tomatoes and their juices and coconut milk and sprinkle with salt and pepper; bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Simmer for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until tomatoes break down.

3. Add turkey to pan and continue to cook until turkey is warmed through, another 3 to 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning, garnish with cilantro and serve.


Additionally, I some pumpkin puree leftover from roasting my sugar pumpkin for the pie. This was exactly the right amount needed for some pumpkin bread. I followed this recipe from All Recipes, just divided it by a 1/3 as we only needed one loaf at a time. I also added about 1/3 C of chopped pecans. This made the house smell wonderful and is moist and delicious!


Friday, November 27, 2009

A Locavore Feast!

This year again brought Thanksgiving to Bushwick. However, I wanted to do things a little different this year. As our eating habits have changed quite a bit since last November, I wanted our feast to reflect that. Everything I could manage was fresh and locally sourced, purchased the day before at the Union Square Green Market. I was silly excited about making my pumpkin pie from scratch, and couldn't have been more pleased with how it turned out. I will never go back to canned pumpkin again! I also LOVED our turkey from Di Paola Turkey Farm. I brined it overnight in a mixture of sea salt, brown sugar, and assorted fresh herbs and it turned out so moist and delicious!

As my hands were full of turkey, butter, and other things, and I was trying to cook 800 things at once I didn't manage as many pictures as I would have liked, but hopefully you still enjoy the following!

Hurray for delicious local food!

Our menu consisted of the following:

1st Course:

Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Roasted Butternut Squash, Pecan and Arugula Salad
Heirloom Tomato, Goat Cheese and Arugula Salad

Pasture Raised Roast Turkey with Fresh Herbs and Gravy
Oven Roasted Romenesco Cauliflower
Steamed Broccoli
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Pioneer Woman Corn Bread Stuffing
Honey and Rosemary Glazed Carrots and Parsnips


This stuffing was AMAZING! I made my own cornbread and it worked out great.


I kind of bought this cauliflower purely to take photos of it, but it actually turned out quite tasty!



Yay Turkey Success!

Thanks for the photo of the dinner table Andrea!

Pumpkin Pie from a Pumpkin!
Chocolate Brownies
Fresh Whipped Cream






Fun times had by all!

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Curried Fish with Coconut Chili Sauce

I realized I've been cooking a bit too much from blog recipes lately and needed to break out my cookbooks again.


This cookbook is one my favorites, just because it's so amazingly beautiful. I could drool over the pictures all day and not even worry about the cooking. Many of the recipes in it call for not as common ingredients, and a little more work for a weeknight meal. However, I found this recipe and was so pleasantly surprised. It was incredibly easy, pretty quick, simple, (if you don't go making your own chili paste, which I will do some day), and so very flavorful.

Alex said this is one his favorite new dishes yet! I highly recommend it!!


Adapted from The Soul of a New Cuisine
by Marcus Samuelsson

White fish, 2 good size fillets (The recipe calls for trout, we used Mahi-Mahi)
1/4 C Green Curry Paste
3 TBS Oil (Olive or Peanut works well)
1 serrano chili, seeds and ribs removed, minced
1 or 1.25 C chopped tomatoes
1 small red onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 C coconut milk
Lemon juice




Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a baking dish. Season your fish with a little sea salt. Combine your curry paste and oil in small bowl. Generously brush your curry mixture over your fish. Place the fish in the baking dish and bake in the oven, about 8-10 minutes on each side, or until the fish is opaque and just beginning to flake.


While your fish is cooking, combine your remaining curry mixture, chopped tomatoes, onion, chili, and garlic in a sauce pan. I added a little extra olive oil here as well. Bring to a simmer over low heat and cook for about 10 minutes while stirring as needed. Add the coconut milk and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add a bit of salt to taste.



Remove your fish from the oven and douse with bit of lemon juice. Serve over rice with curry sauce.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Top of the Rock!

So I've been slacking quite a bit in the blogging realm. I've been busy going cross eyed attempting to edit a wedding shoot and mostly just being busy and tired.

However, I did happen to turn 28 a couple weeks ago, and though I've been meaning to write a 28 year goals list, I just haven't quite gotten there yet. Perhaps that should be goal #1!

And though I'm still editing away, I thought I'd take a break to look at some fun photos and give you a glimpse of the birthday fun. Alex cooked me a delicious steak dinner on Saturday evening, and then Sunday we went out for brunch, a gorgeous walk in Central Park and then went up to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. Neither of us had been before, and I have to say, the views from the top were very impressive.





We missed the really good foliage by about a week, but still a nice view of the park.



Facebook Promotion!

So, as you may or may not know... I've restarted the photography fun out in NYC. For various reasons I've decided to not go with my actual name and picked out something new. The new website can be found here.

I'm still getting things going and know it will take quite awhile to build a client base in this crazy town. However, I have managed to create myself a facebook page, so, if you're a facebooker, I'd love it if you'd be my fan!

End of self-promoting post. I promise!

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