Warm meal on a warm day

October 21, 2008

I left work around 4 for a massage appt. at 5. My legs were still so sore today, so a good massage was in order. I feel much better! Coming home, I was very productive and tidied up, did the dishes, organized my banking and made cornbread.

My first time making it, I used Mark Bittman’s recipe – the Classic Cornbread version. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I was really pleased for my first attempt.


Turkey Black Bean Chili
Canadian Living, September 2008 

2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb ground turkey or chicken
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 can (28oz/796mL) diced tomatoes
1 can (19oz/540mL) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small zucchini, cubed
1/2 c corn kernels
3 tbsp chili powder
1/4 c minced fresh parsley

In large saucepan, heat 1 tbsp of the oil over medium-high heat; saute turkey, breaking up, until no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Drain off fat; transfer turkey to bowl.

In same saucepan, heat remaining oil over medium heat; cook onion, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomato paste; cook for 1 minute.

Return turkey to pan. Add tomatoes, black beans, zucchini, corn and chili powder; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in parsley. Serve garnished with sour cream and jalapeno pepper (if using).

Makes 4 to 6 servings. 

Very tasty! Graham gave me his zucchini, but didn’t seem to mind it as a whole.

I have my legs on the hot water bottle again and am settled in to write some emails and watch Dancing with the Stars the results show. Night!


Election Day

October 14, 2008

Hope you all voted! My loyal Canadian blog readers, that is. I left work around 4:30 to get to the polls. There was no line at all! I even brought my book, just in case. Graham was home early and then we went to Running Room. I think we went about 6k today.

Dinner was leftover chili, raw broccoli and dinner rolls. Oh, and wine too!

His and hers!

FYI about the wine: Graham’s mum read about it in the paper, I think, and picked us up a case when she was getting one. It breaks out to about $7.75* a bottle and is really, really good. Apparently it’s flying off the shelves of the LCBO. My boss was talking about it today at work, that she had been able to secure a case, and I was proud to chime in that we already had a case! Here it is…

Highly recommend if you can score a bottle or a case!

[For any non-Ontarians, this is a bargain price! No Two Buck Chuck up here, that’s for sure! $8 is about as cheap as it gets, and that’s normally garbage wine.]

As promised, here is the side dish that we made yesterday. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture! So, here it is, from the magazine. It was so tasty – everyone ate every last bite!

Cauliflower and Brussels Sprout Gratin with Pine Nut-Breadcrumb Topping
Bon Apetit November 2008

10 to 12 servings

1 1/2 lbs brussels sprouts, trimmed, quartered lengthwise through core 
1 1 1/2- to 1 3/4 lbs head of cauliflower, trimmed, cut into small florets 
2 3/4 c heavy whipping cream
1/2 c chopped shallots
1 tbsp chopped fresh sage
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 c plain dry breadcrumbs
1/2 c pine nuts, lightly toasted 
2 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
3 c grated Parmesan cheese, divided [used 1 c Parmesan, 2 c Cheddar]

Fill large bowl with ice and cold water. Cook brussels sprouts in large pot of generously salted boiling water 2 minutes. Add cauliflower to same pot; cook until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes longer. Drain. Transfer vegetables to bowl of ice water to cool. Drain well.

Combine cream, shallots, and sage in large saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until mixture is reduced to 2 1/2 cups, about 10 minutes. Season with salt. Remove from heat. Cool slightly.

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs; stir until beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl; cool. Stir in pine nuts and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

Butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish; arrange half of vegeatbles in dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then 1 1/2 c Parmesan. Arrange remaining vegetables evenly over, then sprinkle with remaining 1 /2 cups Parmesan. Pour cream mixture evenly over.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover gratin with foil. Bake covered 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle breadcrumb topping over and bake uncovered 15 minutes longer. 

Hope you’re enjoying a relaxing evening at home! Off to score myself some dessert…