Saturday, February 2, 2013

Day 2

of the great extraction.  P is still doing quite well.  He is now cranky about how some meds are making him feel weak.  Except for the one cheek that has him look like a chipmunk impersonator and the other that does look puffy, you wouldn’t know he had anything done.

Dragon of Water

Im still not in the black on x’s, getting close.  Just keep finding other areas outside of stitching that keep grabbing my attention this weekend.


A lazy Saturday had me making an actual lunch instead of the normal free-for-all that weekend lunches tend to be.

With P now getting to the “Im wanting more than soft foods” hunger and no one even thinking of lunch, I got cooking.

Easy Haystack Dinner

Easy Haystack Dinner

Recipe from my mother, slightly adapted
Serves 6-7, if your family is small definitely cut in half

4 cups water

2 cups rice

2 lbs. ground turkey, or beef

1 - 10¾ oz. can cream of mushroom soup - I used mushroom with roasted garlic soup

1 - 10¾ oz. can cream of celery soup

2 Tbsp. milk

2 cups (16 oz) cooked peas

Shredded cheese for topping

In a large pot combine water and rice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until rice is tender.

Meanwhile, cook turkey in a large saucepan until thoroughly browned. Add both cans of soup and milk; stir until well combined and creamy. Cook until warm.

To serve Haystacks put some rice on a serving dish, top with meat mixture, then top with peas and finally top with shredded cheese. If your peas are warmed the cheese should melt over them, if not you can stick the plate in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

**Now for the changes**

I used 1 1/2 c Portabella Soup and 1 1/2 c Butternut Squash soup in place of the canned and left the 2T milk out.

I was concerned about how much liquid was going on in the meat/soup mixture so I added about 1T cornstarch/1T water (mixed together first) to the meat mix and let it think. 

I used what rice I had on hand, Jasmine “aka” sticky rice, and it turned out just fine.  I am planning on getting other kinds of white or brown rice to use for this dish – not wild though.  Just doesn’t seem to be the right mix for wild rice.

Huge thumbs up from the troops.  P was grateful to have something other than yogurt, smoothies, applesauce to eat.  It made enough for 6 bowlfuls of yummy eats.

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