Day 341: Puzzle- to perplex, confuse, bewilder

December 7, 2007

This evening we made Turkey Stroganoff Noodle Toss, which was pretty straightforward and tasted quite reasonable for a wintery snowy night. The recipe called for turkey cutlets, we used what seemed like turkey chicken breasts, if that makes sense. The turkey was cut into strips then fried in olive oil with the sliced onion and chopped baby pickles. Meanwhile butter was melted in the pan, the flour was whisked in, then the chicken stock added. A couple of minutes later the sour cream, mustard and tarragon were stirred into the sauce, and the pan was removed from the heat. Once the noodles were cooked, everything was tossed together, some parsley was stirred in and the dish was served with slices of pumpernickel bread.

The sauce was very good, light and delicate and not at all overly creamy or heavy. The tarragon was a delicate addition. This would have been good with a simple fish and boiled new potatoes type meal. The pickles added a decent bite, both in terms of flavour and texture. Overall, this dinner was reasonably pleasant, especially on such a cold night. Nobody ate the Pumpernickel bread at all, I felt some mushrooms would have been a more welcome addition. The turkey was sort of blah, neither here nor there. I would consider making this again, with a few additions on the vegetable front, and removing the turkey element.

Today my mum and I finally left the house to take the girls to the zoo. It was mainly ridiculously cold. We need to work on our list of possible indoor activities for the long winter ahead. This evening my mum gave Little A a beautiful wooden puzzle to join the mountain of gifts that she has received this last week. We emptied out the pieces and Little A was quite excited, then she located her one special piece and wandered off with it. As I type my mum is trying to figure out how on earth the puzzle goes back together. It has two layers and requires some sort of advanced puzzle-making degree to complete. Obviously we think our child is amazingly gifted, but maybe if we get the puzzle back together we’ll archive it and try again in a couple of years. After L and I have attended puzzle school so Little A doesn’t show us up.

Tomorrow we take mum to the airport and then we’ll eat Spiced Grilled Chicken and Veggie Pockets. On Sunday my sister in law is unexpectedly flying in, just in time to catch the first two installments of the dreaded polenta lasagne series. When I told her what we’d be eating she sounded less than excited about the menu. I have to say I can’t blame her. Well it’s Friday night and we are going to go and do the week’s grocery shop, don’t ever say that our life isn’t exciting.

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