I had a hankering for a nice dinosaur leg today. OK so it wasn't actually a dinosaur, more of a turkey drumstick. I had fought my way through the throngs of Manchester, past the rash of ambulance chasers dressed in Citizen's Rights bomber jackets, asking passers by in very shifty voices "Any accidents lately?". I'd run the gauntlet of Big Issue sellers and dodgy watch traders to Tesco and saw the drumsticks for only 98p. Bargain, I thought, I'll bone and stuff one with fruit and nuts, roast it slow and serve it with some sweet potato mash - yum, yum, yum said my tum and the sun shone on the Arndale Centre and all was good with the world.
Only my plan was thwarted by my boss.
Since starting my new job last Monday I've been trying to see my boss to find out exactly what it is he wants me to do. This may sound a little odd, having been here for a full week now, but I am still a little unsure of what we are working on. It's not an urgent problem, at the moment I have plenty of other stuff to keep me occupied, I'm supposed to be writing up my PhD, that should keep me occupied for a few months, but it would be nice to have some idea of what I'll be doing when that finishes. So that's how my boss thwarted my plans for dinner.
By arranging a meeting to discuss our project down the pub after work. I get the impression he's so busy that during the day he has absolutely no time to talk to me at all. I think he'd rather I was here in name only and just left him to get on with his thing - whatever that is. So we managed to chat about work and have a pint of beer and now it's all much less clear than it was before. I still have no idea what I'm doing, only now, nor does he. I did get a very good pint of Archers Gold, a beer from my birth town of Swindon which seems to be travelling further afield these days. The only problem was, I didn't have time to bone, stuff and roast some turkey anymore. My time had evaporated in the University bar (as time so often does).
So I had to cook something a little simpler. I still had the turkey drumstick but just chopped off the meat and made soemthing in a French style. My friend Fran had saved me some lentils cooked with black olives and tomatoes that she had cooked for dinner, so I had some of these too.
A quick and tasty meal, nothing special, but not bad with a glass of fitou on a Monday evening and damned sight better than a frozen ready meal or some slop from a jar poured over a chicken breast I guarantee.
Marzipan Fruits: Such beautiful little things. They were a bit dry and stale though as I'd had them since christmas.
Turkey in Wine and cream Sauce
Fran's Mediterranean Lentils
Turkey in Wine and Cream Sauce
1 Turkey Drumstick
1 Stick Celery
2 Rashers Smoked Bacon
1 Clove Garlic
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
50ml Red Wine
2 Tbsp Creme Fraiche
Cut the turkey meat off the bone and remove any of the large sinew pieces. Leave the turkey in large chunks (I got 5 off a drumstick) and brown the pieces in the olive oil. Slice the shallot and add to the pan, then the minced garlic, chopped bacon and celery. Cook for a further 3 minutes to soften the shallot then add the wine and mustard. Simmer gently for 3 minutes then put the lid on the pan and allow to continue cooking slowly for 45 minutes. Stir in the creme fraiche and the chopped parsley, season and serve.