Just like yesterday, making dinner started out good. I was torn between wanting to make pasta and chili and chicken soup, so I ended up attempting chili with some turkey thighs, because turkey is chicken’s more festive cousin, and who doesn’t need a little more festive? I don’t have a Christmas tree in my apartment because I’m spending Christmas at home, and instead have a single homemade ornament (that one of my classmates was nice enough to draw and give us this year) hanging on my already dead rosemary bush.
Kinda sad, right? Which is why I needed to veto chicken in favor of turkey.
Yesterday morning I woke up to beautiful beautiful snow!!
I was in a good mood when I bundled up to head outside. I got to the stationary store and bought over 600 sticky page markers for my reading – I’m really surprised they don’t know my name by now, considering in the past two weeks I’ve bought over 1500 post-its. Next stop on the schlepp was to the Starbucks on the way to campus, where I got to wait in line for a bit, which was fine because I knew my tea would be nice and hot when I got to the library. Quick stop at the school bookstore to check out possible Christmas gifts for people back home, and then I finally made it to the library. At which point I realized my library card was actually not with me at all, and hopefully back at my apartment. Drat drat double drat!
I don’t live far from campus at all – it’s kind of embarrassing how close I live. But I still had to schlepp back to my apartment and basically do everything twice before being any sort of productive, and with cold tea. Also, I’ve noticed that people in Montreal tend to shovel not at all, in which case you get to trudge through the snow, before it melts after a few days and packs down to lumpy, slippery ice. Alternately, they have snowplows for sidewalks that make no qualms about running you over. That’s right, on the way back to the library, I was almost run over and blinded by the headlights of a sidewalk snow plow. You’re getting jealous of my day, aren’t you?
It gets better…I found a desk and pulled some books that I needed, which was fine until this happened – a book I wanted was in a box, falling apart, beyond repair. How sad is that?
I left the falling apart book at the library, mostly because they wouldn’t let me check it out. They don’t know that I am the most anal book person ever, and that it would probably be safer with me than on the shelf at the library, but, that’s okay. I trudged home with my bagillion books, (I’m not exaggerating, it’s a real number) and tried to figure out what to make for dinner.
An hour later, I had turkey browning on the stove, onion and garlic simmering, and I was happy. I don’t know if you can call it chili, since they were out of jalepeño peppers and I completely forgot to buy chilis. It did have beans and tomato though, as well as chili powder and cumin, so I guess that’s a start.
2 turkey thighs
1 can red kidney beans
1 can black eyed peas
1 large can diced tomatoes
oil for pan
cumin and chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
This recipe is a great concept because you can add or omit veggies as you want, and it should be super easy. I cut up the onions and sauteed them in the pan, and then added the chopped garlic. Brown the thighs for a few minutes on medium heat. Flip over and brown other side. Add spices, about a tablespoon of each. Add carrots, mushrooms, beans (well rinsed and drained) and tomatoes. I added a tomato can-full of water, which was probably a bit too much. Let simmer for a good half hour or so, until thickened. I ended up with a quartful of turkey stock that I was able to freeze, so that’s not so bad, but everything just seemed to take forever to cook up and get mushy. Also, you probably want to add your spices with the onions and the garlic so they can thicken up. I forgot to do that, which is probably another reason why my chili failed so hard. It gets better though. After I had a bowl for dinner, I left it on the stove to thicken up. I had taken the turkey thighs out after about a half hour and taken the bone out, chopped them up and put the meat back in. I didn’t want to use ground turkey because the package didn’t say ground in store, and I like knowing where my ground meat comes from. At dinner, none of the ingredients were yummy, but around eleven o’clock, the chili got so much better. So of course I had another midnight bowl. So yummy! Like my chili, my day ended up good! I got to snuggle up and read with hot apple cider and snow outside… not bad at all!
Try this recipe, but make sure you give it time to cook and add enough spices. No one wants crunchy carrots in their chili. Don’t forget the chilis at the store and you should be good! And then let me know how it turns out! Let me know what you changed and made better 🙂