Today, I am again taking part in THE SUNDAY POST from The Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a great opportunity to meet up with new, and old readers, and other bloggers! After you hang out here a while, I hope you’ll check out THE CAFFEINATED REVIEWER ‘s link up.
We’re off to NYC today to visit with my mom who is in rehab after spine surgery. She is doing well. Originally we were to help care for her at my sister’s apartment but hey decided to put her into a spinal rehab after instead. So, even though the trip is not necessary, we already had the tickets, a place to stay, reserved our house sitter, and my husband had taken the vacation days, so we decided to go anyway because it would cost more to change the tickets. We can visit her in rehab, and then do Manhattan stuff.
Coincidentally it is also RWA week and I hope to go to the signing on Wednesday and meet up with some writer friends.
Unfortunatel, I learned just HOW allergic I am to fly bites again. Immediately taking Benadryl meant I was able to avoid the hospital although I did find myself feeling strange and speedy from the bites then super dopey from the meds. My arm is very red and hot from just one bite. Last year I was bitten by about 30 this same week! I have been continuing to paint this week and am reworking a floral still life I did last summer.
Here’s what happened on my blog
Last Sunday: Paint Versus Plant
Weekdays – All Audio Book Reviews:
MONDAY: LOVE AFTER ALL by Jaci Burton
FRIDAY: MATERIAL GIRL by Julia London
NEW ICONS FOR LAST WEEK’S REVIEWS
What’s Coming Up!
Monday: GRILL IT, BRAISE IT, BROIL IT: As I Like It!
Tuesday: 50 WAYS TO RUIN A RAKE by Jade Lee (audio)
Wednesday: EIGHTH GRAVE AFTER DARK: A Game Changer? (book by Darynda Jones)
Thursday: A WEEK AT THE LAKE: No Surprises
Friday: TINY LITTLE THING a Mix of Sixties Mythologies (book by Beatriz Williams)
I had book club at my house this week. We read A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler. The book takes place in Baltimore but other than crab or Lady (or Lord) Baltimore Cake I couldn’t think of another food that was Baltimore-ish. I made sambal turkey bites and caprese skewers.
Ground Turkey Sambal Bites
For these I used (spice amounts are approximate – adjust to taste:
1 Tbsp. Sambal (thai chili paste)
1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
1 Tbsp. Tamari
1 Tsp. Sugar
1 Tbsp. fresh minced garlic (or 1+ cloves whole with food processor)
1 Tbsp. fresh minced ginger or (whole with food processor)
1/2 jalapeno, minced (or whole with food processor)
5 mushrooms minced (or whole with food processor)
1 small onion minced (or whole with food processor)
1 lb. Lean Ground turkey
Oil or oil spray for frying
cilantro, parsley and Thai basil leaves (combine to make 1/2 cup and mince together)
1 or 2 limes or Sweet Chili Sauce
lettuce leaves or Asian soup spoons
In a small bowl or measuring cup dissolve the sugar in the tamari and fish sauce and add to the sambal.
If using a food processor first process the garlic, ginger, jalapeno, mushrooms and onion until finely chopped and combined.
Add in the turkey and sambal mixture and process until uniformly combined.
Using a tablespoon or other small measure form patties of the mixture and fry in as little oil as possible or even bake them at 375 F until cooked through and slightly browned.
1. Pare the lime(s) and remove pulp in sections, set aside
2. A. On a lettuce leaf combine a patty, some of the minced herbs and a piece of lime pulp or the chili sauce (or both). If you can roll the leaf and seal with a toothpick it looks nice and makes a neat presentation.
B. On a spoon place a small amount of lettuce (shredded or a small piece) then a patty, then a sprinkle of the herbs a piece of the lime pulp and or a bit of the sweet chili sauce.
Arrange on plates and or trays and refrigerate, covered, until serving.
You could use another ground meat for this, but I like turkey because it is lean. The mushrooms keep the turkey moist.
Caprese Skewers are simply an assembly of grape or cherry tomatoes, small mozzarella balls and Basil leaves on a skewer.
You can serve as is,
Or, drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil on them with salt and pepper to taste,
Or, marinate the mozzarella balls over night in oil, salt, pepper, garlic, oregano and basil overnight
I have some tiny Italian Basil variety that I force directly into the tomato by poking through with the toothpick then inserting the basil on the stem inside and as I pull the stem out hold the stem closely to peel the leaves off as the skewer withdraws. This leaves the leaf part inside the tomato.
Here is a hilarious page online from the website Humans of NY but with Cats:
And, here is handy info on how to tie 20 knots you might need. This would be fun to do with kids on a rainy day. Or maybe not?
How to tie 20 important knots. http://www.outdoorlife.com/photos/gallery/hunting/2012/02/essential-knots-how-tie-20-knots-will-keep-you-alive?image=20
Thanks for coming by!