I've had a quiet few days but have ended up with a lot of food on my hands. Because of working so late every night last week I didn't cook at home at all so I still had a big butternut squash to use up and because the farmers' market won't be back for a couple of weeks I thought it best to stock up a bit and use the opportunity of a three-day weekend to get some cooking in advance done. But now my freezer is full and I still have things to cook.
I bought two turkey pieces on Wednesday. I wasn't really sure what the English for these two pieces is, it's essentially the entire leg cut into two. I looked it up and am offered drumstick and thigh. Of course, drumstick. My goodness, how quickly you loose words when you're not using them every day. On the other hand, the size of these bits is not necessarily what comes to mind with the word drumstick, which is usually a little thing that a little kid can easily hold in one hand to eat. The drumstick was nearly 900g and the thigh nearly 500g. Big difference in kilo price at 3.20/kg and 5.30/kg respectively but total price for each was nearly the same (2.59 and 2.76). And I used both on Friday to make a casserole. So these were browned a bit in the pan:
I've also made a butternut squash lasagne, which I had a piece of yesterday and what would fit has gone into the freezer, which has left me two more small portions in the fridge for this week. I had some of the squash/cream cheese sauce leftover as well so that also went into the freezer to be used as pasta sauce some evening when I'm stuck for time (I discovered that it defrosts really quickly). For dinner yesterday I had a small piece of steak with mashed potatoes. I boiled a big pot of the afra and mashed them and the rest of the mash is in the fridge waiting to be made into potato cakes this evening.
At the moment I have the rest of the casserole heating up in a pot with some potatoes added to it and some of the turkey put back in. Some of that will be lunch and the rest for during the week. And I still have lots of pumpkin to turn into a curry. It occurs to me that now may be a good time to take some of the pureed strawberries out of the freezer and use up. I put a good few portions in there during the summer, planning to use them for smoothies but then my magic bullet died so I haven't had any smoothies for ages. Book club is supposed to be held in someone's house next Tuesday as a potluck type affair so maybe I could concoct some kind of dessert that would use up some of the strawberries. Leaving me a bit of room in the freezer for some curry. Decisions, decisions.