I'm all in. It's been one week. I am 1/6th through and I'm all in - I've bought the farm so to speak. Jumped into the deep end. I've decided to stop thinking about how hard it will be and just do it. However, that gets difficult when there is no beer at home to dull the senses. I've learned my lesson and am working to correct the situation.
A friend put some comic thing from bitstrips on FB about me. I hate bitstrips. I don't feel the need to be in my own personal comic strip. I don't find them entertaining. In this case, it's fine. I swallowed my hate. I smiled. I left a nice, if slightly strange, comment and have moved on. I love my friend. She's a real friend and not just a FB friend.
Our Mayor is still the Mayor which is weird because nothing else seems to be happening in this city but figuring out what to do with the Mayor. I wish that we all got this upset about his governing (or lack thereof) and not just the crack smoking, constant inebriation, domestic issues and alleged criminal connections - although all of those things add up to quite an impressive resume to discuss. All of this has come out over the last two weeks. Imagine where we'll be by the end of November. I was going to link you all to some Rob Ford article or other but there are so many. Just google him and you can check out all of the tawdry details yourself.
I am conducting one of our choirs at Mass tomorrow. I don't really know what I'm doing. I'm not really a conductor. I fake it. The boys do this every Sunday from September through June. They know what to do. If I forget to tell them to stand it's ok - they remember and do it themselves. If I forget which way the go to line up for the Eucharist, it's ok - they line up on their own. Tomorrow happens to be the one Sunday when we are being taped by a tv station. The Sunday I am subbing and trying not to look like I don't know what I'm doing. Oh.
I forget that this time of year sucks. I forget that it's really hard to get out of bed. I totally forget that I always feel like I can't move out into that dark space outside of my door past 7pm. I went for a long run today and remembered that when I don't run it's ten times worse. Biking is great. Biking gets me to work and it helps me feel like I've accomplished something good. However, running is my happy drug. Especially in the winter. There is no replacement for it and I need it like I need medication. I cannot go for five days without my medication. I started to feel like a human being again.
This recipe leaves me with one 3 lb bag of turkey left in my freezer. I will pull that bag out week after next. I don't yet know what I will do with that turkey. The second to last bag in the freezer turned into Turkey Paprikash - which turned out well and I wish that I had written the recipe down so that I could share it - and this orzo thing with butternut squash. I guess the Paprikash thing really makes this 'Leftover Turkey #6' The squash really needs to be roasted. It just does. The recipe is tasty and although it didn't get gobbled, it did get mostly eaten entirely. A month of turkey later that is saying something.
Turkey and Roasted Butternut Squash Orzo
1 med butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
4 tbsp oil or grease
1 small onion, sliced thin
2 1/2 cups leftover turkey or chicken, cut into big chunks
3 cloves garlic, crushed
3 cups chard, thickly sliced
3 cups turkey or chicken broth
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp mixed herbs (parsley, oregano, rosemary, marjoram is a nice mix)
pinch of cayenne, chipotle powder or pepper sauce
pinch of saffron
pinch of cumin
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp honey
3/4 cup orzo (cooked for 3 minutes in boiling water, drained and set aside)
1/2 - 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup cream
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Combine the butternut squash chunks and the oil or grease of your choice. Mix to coat and place the chunks onto a baking sheet in 1 layer. Bake for 45 minutes, tossing half way through. Remove from the oven and set aside.
Heat a large dutch oven over low heat.
Add a little oil and add the sliced onion. Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking.
Add the garlic and turkey or chicken. Cook for about 2 minutes.
Add the Worcestershire, soy sauce and herbs. Mix to combine.
Add the turkey or chicken broth.
Bring to a simmer and add the saffron, cumin, salt and honey. Stir to mix and add in the orzo.
Continue to simmer for about 5 minutes.
Add the chard and mix.
Cook for another 5 minutes.
Turn the heat down to low and add the roasted butternut squash and the parmesan cheese. Mix to melt the cheese.
Add the cream and stir to mix. Check the taste and adjust if necessary.
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- Wanda Thorne
- St Michael's Choir School is celebrating it's 75th anniversary year of service to St Michael's Cathedral. Part of the school celebration is a trip to Italy where our boys from Grades 5 - 12 will be performing and celebrating Mass. This blog will be chronicling our adventures. Wanda Thorne is the Vocal Coach at St Michael's Choir School. Gerard Lewis is the Grade 7/8 Homeroom teacher at the Choir School.
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- green peas
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