|I ate it.|
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Despite only having a 10 pound turkey, we were left with a sizable amount of leftovers. In years past I would boil down my turkey carcass to make some homemade stock for turkey noodle soup. Now, because I haven't found any gluten-free egg noodles, and because I'm missing being in college, I decided to go a more Asian direction with my soup this year...
On the Sacramento State campus, near the library, exists this wonderful little restaurant called Saigon Bay. They introduced me to avocado smoothies, tofu spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce, and noodle soup with options of throwing in bean sprouts, jalapenos, lime wedges, hoisin, and sriracha. Especially in these gray fall/winter months in Sacramento, that soup really hit the spot.
I decided to pursue making my own replication of that soup. Now, I would alternate between shrimp and flank steak for my protein, but with all the leftovers it seemed a good time to use up my dark turkey meat (white is for sammiches and tonight's curry).
I used this recipe from Kevin's (hey, that's my husband's name) Closet Cooking as a base for my experiment. When I boiled down the carcass I already had ginger, shallots, and onions in there so I left that step out. I think the best change I made is that I threw in a bag of dried shiitake mushrooms during my second stock process (after skimming out the solids and the top layer of fat). This- combined with the ingredients of the star anise, cloves, and cinnamon- made for a very umami experience. I would suggest starting low with the fish sauce and sugar altering to your tastes.
The result was a very delicious, warming pho. Topped with the rooster sauce and Dynasty hoisin (gluten-free) and a hearty heap of bean sprouts (super healthy!) it was satisfying and light after the previous day of gluttony. The only change I would make in the future was to use thinner rice noodles.
Kevin (my husband, not the blogger) found this to be a great way to use the leftovers. I'm happy that we have some leftover stock for the upcoming cold and flu season for a second round of pho- comforting, and the sriracha is great for the sinuses. We happily slurped down the remainders of the pot for lunch today.
To conclude, I think a new leftover turkey tradition has been born.
Do you have any traditions in regards to your Turkey Day leftovers? Any of them slightly unusual?
Friday, November 25, 2011
|Pardon the dark pic...|
I hope everyone had a great day yesterday and celebrated with loved ones. Today makes the beginning of me trying to cram all of my thanksgiving leftovers into new recipes. Lunch was a delicious turkey sandwich on Against The Grain baguette with avocado, tomato, havarti, and spicy mustard.
|(Source- Celiacs in the House)|
Now, dinner recipes are a bit more difficult since I've yet to find gluten free noodles that can stand up to a soup. Tonight, turkey pho-which will hopefully help me forget that I'm eating turkey. Sunday, I'm throwing leftover turkey AND leftover sweet potatoes in rich curry sauce. Barbecue sauce will mask the flavor in our final turkey meal. Anything leftover from our ten pound turkey at that point will be thrown in the freezer (hopefully for future pho).
Happy leftovers, everyone!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
This is a bit late- I've already had my nap and my post-nap second helping of turkey- but I wanted to say happy thanksgiving, and I hope you all take a minute to give thanks. No matter how bleak things may seem, there's always someone or something that improves your life. Such as anti-malarial drugs.
Love you all, and enjoy the long weekend!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The important post that has been brewing in my mind concerns one of the items on my to-do list from my Spokane visit- taking care of assigning medical power of attorney for my grandparents and filling out their advanced health care directives. With the frailty of human life- especially when you have a chronic illness, it's important to think about your final wishes.
- Should you slip into a coma/become brain-dead, would you want to remain on life support?
- Would you want fluids and/or nutrients fed to you to maintain your life?
- Who would you want to follow through with your wishes and make decisions about your care?
Friday, November 18, 2011
I'm excited for Thanksgiving this year- as I always am- because big meals are always a challenge to make. It gives me a chance to honor the traditions of my family and try new things with my new family.
Friday, November 4, 2011
This week has actually been more eventful than usual, and that's not just because I found a new show to watch:
Another strong jawline to enjoy. The superman abs aren't too shabs, either.
Tom Welling isn't what I've been thinking about, though.
I started my volunteer time with the local domestic violence/sexual assault agency. I worked the crisis line on Tuesday for three hours. Wouldn't you know it- no one was in crisis for the entire shift! Just what this bored social worker needed! Thursday I was on call for SART- the sexual assault response team. Nada (not too shocking, sexual assaults are, thankfully, not too common). I'm on call for the overnight shift tonight, maybe I'll see some action.
In the meanwhile, I've been pondering a support group that I could get started for the agency. After assault, it can be difficult for individuals to reclaim their sexuality in a healthy manner. I would like to help those who were victims of marital rape, date/acquaintance rape, molest, etc, and I would like to help to agency by creating this curricula and the tools to evaluate the effectiveness (evidence-based practice, ftw!). The clinical staff is very busy, however, and I'm finding it hard to stand by while my social worker skills get rusty. So, I've been doing some research.
When I'm not trying my hardest to volunteer against the agency's will, I scour craigslist, governmentjobs.com, and county websites looking for openings. I applied to a few more part-time jobs this week, but all is quiet on the employment front. I keep thinking more and more about my future. Will I ever be able to work full time? How am I supposed to get experience if I never get a job? How am I going to get my license? It will take years to get all the clinical hours. Until I get a new job my resume is looking pretty vacant. So, I've been looking at PhD. programs and wondering if I shouldn't just go right into it. School is easy- sitting all day does kill me, but it doesn't really take any energy. The PhD program I'm looking at requires the GRE- I think they almost all do. Did you know that there's no calculators allowed during the test? I really should have learned to do long multiplication (the problem with being transferred to the "advanced class" right when they were teaching that). Also, analogies are the bane of my existence.
|Shut up, Mr. Smiley Face. (Source)|
It doesn't help that I'm not doing super well this week. It may be the kidney infection and/or the antibiotics, but I'm just not bouncing back. My physical therapy sessions have been leaving me exhausted, my sleep hasn't been restful, and I have wonderful moments of fatigue, chills/hot flashes, nausea, and dizziness. It just makes me want to curl up with my dog and Tom Welling.
So, that's what I had been thinking about today- support groups, long multiplication, clinical licenses. And babies. Always babies. Then, my twin sister called me not too long ago to let me know that Mama wasn't feeling too well.
Now, the biggest thing on my mind is my grandmother. Mama and Papa (that's what I call them) raised me and my siblings. For lack of anyone else to fill the role (RIP, Mom), they were my parents and will always be my parents. Earlier today she was taken to the hospital with possible pneumonia and hypoxia. So far, it's not super serious, but I'm a worrier. Makes my own current issues seem a bit less significant. However, it doesn't make me stop thinking about the future- especially my strong desire that she be in it for a very long time.
I already had a trip planned up to Spokane- leaving next Tuesday- to go meet my brand new nephew, Logan Scott. Sooner now, if necessary. I hope my very small group of readers will keep her in their thoughts.
|Ballin' on her scooter with my nephew, Riley|
Back in the day, it seemed that I could conquer my lupus to take care of Mama. No matter how crappy I felt, I could always rally when she needed me.
Who or what seems to defy the lupus-odds in your life?