Post # 196 The Aftermath

December 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post # 196 The Aftermath

Okay, so who still has turkey leftover?  Dealing with the aftermath of a holiday feast can be mind-boggling.  Tons of food left, even after plates sent home with guests.  On the holiday, I ended up going to bed at 6:30pm cuz my brain just started shutting down.  Probably lack of sleep the previous night and too many mimosas during the day.   And a ton of turkey, ham, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, various veggies, cheese, nuts, pumpkin pie with homemade (me!) whipped cream.  But who’s counting?

On the day after, I got out some kielbasa, intending to grill them and have pasta salad with it.  However, the lure of leftover ham and turkey and pie just a couple of doors down was too much and there was a constant stream of leftover flowing into the house as various times.  By dinner time, no one was hungry from foraging all day, so the kielbasa went into the fridge for another day.  It’s vacuum sealed so it will be okay for a couple of days.  And I’m cooking it tonight to help kill of other leftovers.

Saturday, everyone was feeling a bit antsy, like we’d been cooped up stuffing ourselves for far too long.  We all got out for various endeavors.  Partner/spouse and I and Temporary Guest went to the city park a few block from the house and toured a large craft festival.  It was the usual regional junk and national sales.  Nothing spectacular, although we did get another dragonfly garden stick.  The best part was I got to have some Indian Fry Bread!!!  Anyone from Arizona will know this stuff.  Absolutely the best!  A large piece of dough is shaped into a large round piece then deep fried until brown and crispy on both sides.  It’s warm, fluffy, crispy on the outside, and delicious!  I had what’s called an Indian Taco, while partner/spouse had his with cinnamon, powdered sugar, and honey.  An Indian Taco is fry bread topped with pinto beans (usually refried beans, but this one was whole beans, just as good), fresh pico de gallo (onions, tomatoes, cilantro, lemon juice, and olive oil), seasoned ground beef, chopped tomatoes, chopped green chilies (usually jalapeno), and shredded lettuce.  The theory is you fold it up around the toppings like a taco, and start at one end.  No one I know does that.  We just start ripping pieces of bread off and piling the toppings onto whatever we have.  A knife and fork figure prominently in the process.  Wonderful stuff and I haven’t had it in years.  I stuffed myself.

When we got home from that, we just lounged around feeling our stomachs swell with the amount of bread in them.  I had taken out steaks to grill for dinner cuz I wanted to be as far away from turkey as possible.  About five, I had to take a nap which is unheard of from me and usually indicates that I’m not feeling well.  This time I was just tired.  An hour later, I was awakened by the scent of grilling steaks.  The best way to wake up, let me tell you!  So we had salad, I had made Irish Soda Bread earlier, and grilled steak.  No turkey in sight.

Until Sunday.  Partner/Spouse had bought a turkey because he couldn’t stand the idea of not having the smell of roasting turkey in the house at the holiday.  So we started brining it the night before in a brown sugar brine (Thanks Julie!)  I made grilled asparagus, stuffing, baked potatoes, and had leftover Irish Soda Bread.  Oh, and gravy that was to die for!  For some reason, even though I followed the directions on the bag, the stuffing turned out like soup.  Weird.  FiL solved the dilemma by putting it over his baked potato, then rhapsodizing about it later.  He thought I intended it that way.  Easy audience, what can I say?

So, today, I have leftover turkey, and kielbasa that has to be used.  I’m making fresh sandwich rolls.  I’m going to debone the turkey soon and anyone who wants a sandwich can have one.  The carcass is going into the freezer for turkey and dumplings on the weekend.  The kielbasa is getting grilled this evening while I reheat stuffing and try to make it the way it’s supposed to be, and while I make some kind of “salad” out of leftover baked potato and asparagus.  I’m thinking a boiled egg, some grated cheese, a few sesame seeds, and mayo.

By tomorrow, the aftermath of the feast(s) will be gone and we can get back to normal.  No more wondering how the heck to fix the turkey or ham or whatever again so it’s new and not boring.  Now it’s back to “what the heck am I going to make for dinner tonight?”  Tomorrow, I’m thinking homemade beefaroni.


PS – here’s some pics of the Indian Fry Bread and Indian Tacos.  Let me know if you want the recipe.

Indian Fry Bread

Indian Fry Bread

Indian Tacos

Indian Taco 01

Indian Taco 02

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