Day 994 – #33 Try 50 new recipes

Nearly there!  Another new recipe from Lean in 15 today.  Turkey Amazeballs.  Firstly, I can now understand why there’s no photograph of this recipe in the book.  It looks pretty grim….

img_0181See what I mean?  I’ve tried to disguise it as best I can with the grated cheese but you can still see the sick sauce underneath.

Again, this is a half-size portion – seems to be about right for us.  The sauce is made from tomatoes, baby spinach, roasted red pepper (from a jar), spring onion and almonds – all whizzed together in a food processor.  Which is where the disgusting colour comes from.  I think if I did it again, I’d just chop the tomatoes, onions and pepper and cook that in the pan with the meatballs.  Then add the spinach later on and maybe top with flaked almonds.  The almonds ground into the sauce just made it taste gritty.

I should add that this isn’t supposed to be served with spaghetti – you are supposed to have more greens.  But my belly can’t cope with too much veg.  As it turns out, it can’t cope with spaghetti very well either…  hey ho!  Not such a great success this one.  But still reasonably tasty and with a few tweaks could be viable.

Day 362 – #33 Try 50 new recipes

Another day, another pie!  With the last of the Christmas meat I tried yet another pie.  This was very similar to yesterday’s effort but topped with shortcrust pastry instead of mash.  OMG.  Absolutely gorgeous.  I learned my lesson from yesterday and made a bit more sauce and the result was fantastic.  Again, we have another portion to eat today which I’m very much looking forward to….

more pie

So, all in all we have done pretty well with our meat.  Nothing went to waste.  (Well, only the turkey carcass after it had been completely stripped and boiled down for stock).
We managed to produce:
Christmas Day turkey for two people
Turkey stock
Turkey soup – 8 portions
Turkey sandwiches (to accompany soup!) – 8 portions
St Stephen’s Day Pie – 6 portions
Turkey & Ham Pie – 4 portions
Cold meat platters (with cheese etc) – 4 portions

Not too shabby! #loveyourleftovers

Day 361 – #33 Cook 50 new recipes

pie

The third incarnation of my Christmas Turkey and Ham in Coke required a bit more invention.  I was looking for some kind of pie that I could make to use up some more of the leftovers.  Having had cold cuts, sandwiches and turkey soup we were in need of a bit of change!  So I googled and came across a Rachel Allen recipe for St Stephen’s Day pie.  For those who don’t know, St Stephen’s Day is Boxing Day, so this is perfect for Christmas leftovers.  Rachel’s version can be found here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/ststephensdaypie_78849

I adapted it slightly as I don’t like mushrooms.  So we had a mixture of leeks and peas instead of onion and mushrooms.  It was flipping lovely but could have done with a bit more “wet” to offset the potato.  Other than that, it was delicious.  Fortunately I also have 2 individual pies that have gone in the freezer 🙂