Friday, February 22, 2013

gobble gobble

so, i know it's not a holiday of anything, but i decided to cook a turkey this week. i love turkey - especially from shani's farm - so i got a 20 pounder.

i butchered it, roasted the bones, made an overnight turkey stock and braised & roasted the meat for several different applications. by using up every bit of that bird, it becomes really cost effective and extra tasty at the same time.

the first dish was a new batch of the turkey & dressing pies.

it's white meat & gravy combined with peas, carrots, sprouts & herbs on the bottom. then it gets topped off with potato bread dressing - mashed potatoes, homemade bread, dried cranberries, onions, celery, sage - so its like a complete turkey dinner in each bite. i have a hard time keeping these ones in stock, so i made an extra big batch this time.
small $10 large $20

then i made a dish that i have literally been thinking about for years - turkey curry. i remember the first time i saw 'bridget jones diary' and they were going to the boxing day turkey curry buffet... coincidentally the first time bridget meets mr. darcy... anyway, at the time i thought it sounded revolting but after a bit more consideration i figured - if you can make chicken curry, why can't you make turkey curry? so this week i did.

it's not just turkey, there are chickpeas, potatoes, butternut squash, roasted cauliflower, green beans, tomatoes, lime & cilantro. it accompanied by a quinoa-rice blend and is lactose & gluten-free.
small $10 large $20

the last of my turkey made its way into a batch of hearty chicken stew. the broth is made with my overnight turkey stock so its got some pretty serious flavour. then it's packed with veggies - potatoes, turnips, parsnips, carrots, onions, celery, peas - and finished with a touch of lemon & fresh herbs.
$7/500ml container

my soup selection is getting a little out of hand at the moment & i probably won't have to make more for quite some time. here's a full list of flavours:
curried butternut squash (vegan, gluten-free)
carrot/apple/ginger (vegan, gluten-free)
beet, parsnip & pear (vegan, gluten-free)
indian-spiced cauliflower (vegetarian, gluten-free)
roasted red pepper, tomato, chipotle (vegetarian, gluten-free)
miso mushroom (vegan)
baked beans (vegetarian)
white bean, lemon & kale (vegan, gluten-free)
seafood chowder
chicken stew
beef stew

the selection of main courses has also gotten slightly ridiculous & far surpassed the space on my blackboard. in addition to the new turkey mains i have:
beef shepherd's pie - small $10 large $20
italian braised beef - just a couple smalls left $10
sweet & sour pork meatballs - small $10 large $20
chicken, leek, broccoli & bacon pies - small $10 large $20
chipotle turkey - just smalls left $10
chorizo & seafood paella - small $11 large $22 (i think there's only 1 of each)
lobster mac & cheese - small $12 large $24
fish cakes & baked beans - 4 fish cakes & 500ml beans for $15
swiss chard & artichoke fettuccine - small $7.5 large $15
vegan lasagna - small $10 large $20
vegan curry - small $9 large $18
lentil shepherd's pie - small $9 large $18

keeping track of everything is becoming a bit of a problem so please bear with me as i try to find everything & work on streamlining my menu ;)

on to salads. i have a new salad this week! it a vietnamese black rice salad.

it's dressed with sesame oil, rice vinegar & chilli-garlic paste. for veg, there's nappa cabbage, snow peas, cucumber, carrots, celery, red bell pepper, green onions, basil, mint & cilantro.
the other three salads remain the same - broccoli, sweet potato & beet.

and finally sweets! i'm not sure if everyone saw my posts on twitter & facebook but this week i'm starting CUPCAKE HAPPY HOUR! my cupcakes will be half price on sunday afternoons from 2pm-4pm or while supplies last. so i'm hoping you'll come for the cupcakes but stay for the soups, salads & meals... or even just a chat!
flavours are:
pink grapefruit
red velvet-raspberry
banana-peanut butter
double chocolate
paleo with coconut or chocolate

the other sweets are unchanged - breakfast cookies, triple berry cheesecakes, maple walnut shortbreads, hello dollys, snickers brownies, chocolate bars. still haven't gotten around to making more passionfruit tarts, but i must say, it's sorta nice not getting up extra early to make italian meringue!

that's all for now, hope to see everyone over the weekend.

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