Monday, August 3, 2009

I Have Returned - And Cooking Again

I'm back from my fabulous vacation in Chincoteague. You can read all about it here or you can just look at the photos (I also have a smaller set of my photos, complete with captions, on my Facebook). I had a great time with mostly good weather (there were almost always thunderstorms in the evenings, but the beach days were sunny). I saw lots of ponies. I also ate plenty of good food.

The food? Oh yes, the food. I ate ice cream and funnel cakes. I ate giant steaks and pork chops. I ate racks of ribs and pulled pork. I ate and ate and ate.

Of course I have now seen the photos and therefore how I looked in a swimsuit, so I need to tone it down a bit in the food department, wouldn't you say?

I cooked my first meal back home so simply that it almost doesn't deserve a post, but I thought I had a few tricks up my sleeve with the meal, so I decided to post about it anyway. These recipes were so easy, I don't really need to give you recipes.

Here is my First Meal Home.

The Burger

This was a pound of ground turkey mixed with one package of thawed frozen chopped spinach, a half a grated onion, a few grates of parmesan, and a few grates of nutmeg. I sauteed some portobello mushoom strips and used them to make a pretty bed for the burgers.

If you make these, add more salt than I did. I thought they were a bit bland.

The Cole Slaw

This was the fun one. This was my new invention, Raspberry Lime Cole Slaw. I mixed a bag of cole slaw mix with 1/4 cup of olive oil, two tablespoons raspberry balsamic vinaigrette, the juice of one lime, a tablespoon of honey, and some salt and pepper. I tossed some whole rasperries in there along with some almonds. It wasn't hugely creative, but it was a little bit of a fun change from the norm.

I hope to have a Sweet Treat going this week. Yes, I'll try to do a chocolate one, but I have a new ingredient to work with this week as well. More on that to come.


Adam said...

Ooooh turkey burgers, I've been craving those and good call on the nutmeg. That spice is finding it's way into everything :) I'm glad you had a good vacation, I've been missing you around here. Stay cool, buddy.

Theresa said...

I think at some point we need a reality check and slim down a bit. Burger and slaw look good and to a good start.

noble pig said...

Oh my word...this looks very yummy! I just added you as a friend on FB.

The Duo Dishes said...

The cole slaw sounds great! So different and zesty.

The Blonde Duck said...

I love turkey burgers! I never thought of mixing spinach in there.

I'm glad you're back! :)

Donna-FFW said...

Welcome back. What a nice meal you prepared to come home to. Turkey burger sounds good!!

Sue said...

Welcome back! (I'm singing that.)

Those pictures of the horsies in the water are amazing! What a beautiful place!

Yummy burgers and that's a great idea for cole slaw.

Marta said...

It's nice to come back from extravagant vacation meals to a simple, comforting home-cooked dinner. Glad you had fun :)

Emily said...

WELCOME BACK! We missed you. I'm jealous you had funnel cakes. That sounds so good.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Adam - It's the spice that makes you go, "Hmmmm...what is that making my food taste like eggnog?" ;-)

Theresa - True, although sometimes I think I have needed a reality check for 30 years. :-D

Cathy - Thanks for the FB add.

DD - Thanks.

Duckie - I am always experimenting with turkey burgers since I find them bland. Stay tuned for more variations.

Sue - Glad you liked the photos and the slaw.

Marta - True, although sometimes I miss the meals out (although my waistline votes otherwise)

Em - Thanks.