Stir-Fried Turkey with Spinach; Could you holiday the ‘French way’?

I was just on holiday for 2 1/2 weeks…..

It went like this:

I spent 3 weeks frantically busy getting ready for it.

I was busy every day and every evening while I was gone.

I've spent the week since I've been home frantically busy catching up.

What's wrong with this picture?

Every summer we watch the French (and other Europeans) stuff their cars and/or campers so full one couldn't squeeze in a post-it note, get on the motorways in bumper-to-bumper traffic and spend 3 days with similarly packed vehicles all driving the, otherwise 1 day journey, to the beach – frantic to get there.

In the past we thought they were a bit daft.

Now I'm not so sure.

Once they get to wherever it is they're going they set-up their camper or move into to their tiny holiday rental, put out the lawn chairs and hammocks, open a bottle of wine and don't move for 4 weeks.

Oh, they'll be off to the boulangerie for their daily baguette, have a coffee at the local cafe, dinner at the local restaurant and, just maybe, a leisurely stroll on the beach, but that's it. 

Well, the truly ambitious might take in a local sight or two…. or maybe they'll just talk about it.

We used to ride by the campgrounds on our bikes and see these poor folks napping in the sun, reading in the shade, without laptops or iPads or Blackberries, and think 'Is THIS all they're going to do on their holiday?!?!'

They may just be on to something.

Think about it: a holiday where one actually relaxes; a vacation where one actually unwinds; a period of time during which one does nothing the least bit productive and one has no schedule whatsoever.

The thought is lovely but I have no idea if I could do it. 

I might manage for a few days but does that count?

I know I could be forcibly idle, but could I actually relax?

Would my right hand be constanly twitching for the mouse?

Would I be waving my fingers over the view trying to change it?

What have we done to ourselves (some of us, anyway)?

Could you do it?  Leave the electronics behind, not schedule every minute and do nothing? 

And if you could – for how long? 

Here's one of the last things I made from my garden before I left…. Now, sadly, it's all compost.

This is a stir-fry that's not a stir-fry…. or, at least not in the Asian cuisine sense of the word.

Stir-Fried Turkey with Spinach and Tomatoes

Stir-Fried Turkey with Spinach

10oz (300gr) turkey cutlets or tenderloin
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
6oz (175gr) fresh spinach
2 yellow or red tomatoes   or 1 each
1 tbs minced ginger 
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 tsp cornstarch (Maizena) dissolved in 2 tbs water

Thinly slice onion. Mince garlic. Mince ginger (peel first). Wash spinach, slice large leaves leaving small leaves whole. Cut the turkey into strips. Cut tomatoes into thick slices, then quarter the slices.
Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, cumin and stir-fry another 2 minutes. Add turkey and stir-fry 3 – 5 minutes, until golden. Add chicken stock, sherry, soy sauce and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Uncover and stir in cornstarch mixture until thickened. Add tomatoes and heat through.  Add spinach and stir until it starts to wilt. Remove from heat and serve over brown rice.

Now I have to go figure out why the furnace isn't working…. I'm freezing!

(It's a joint effort – mon mari does the mechanical part; I do the French computer part.  So far we are equal failures.  May have to do the dreaded phone call for help.)

11 thoughts on “Stir-Fried Turkey with Spinach; Could you holiday the ‘French way’?”

  1. Katie – yes, we did it last January, Kona, Hawaii. 10 amazing days, swimming, lying in the sun,reading good books, sipping wine, cooking our own luscious meals, with just one or two days eating out. It was the best vacation ever. Now having said that, it was a long trip getting there, and coming back – not pleasant at all, but I have to say still worth it!

  2. O cpuld do it if I only had tyo relax every morning on the beach. After that I’d just fall aslepp and who wants to miss a moment of a great vacation. I would be off doing stuff. I am headed to San Franscisco and have the potential to have every waking hour full.

  3. I can’t imagine a real vacation. I’m like you, it’s so much work getting ready for, and then catching back up afterwards, that it’s almost not worth it.

  4. You made me laugh; I remember these days (my family lived in France for 15 years); well I say they have a point too; they know how to enjoy a vacation, a good meal, a good book, etc
    We are too conditioned to be always productive.
    Anyway, that dish with the pretty colors looks s appetizing! too bad you could not take it with you to your vacation~

  5. Ina, I would love to do that…. there’s just always so much to see – esp. if you travel far.
    Brassfrog, I do manage to do it when visiting our friend in Spain – in the mountains…. no choice there, but I enjoy it!
    Val, I’m like that – a little relaxation, but there’s always so much to see and do!
    Meredith, glad you liked it – hope this one works, too ;-))
    Joey, I always think I want to…. then don’t LOL
    Pam, I have to figure out a better way….
    Manningroad, both used to be tough…. Now my gym is in my house – so it can go with me. I left the laptop home when we went to Paris. The US doesn’t count ’cause I just borrow.
    Zoomie, have to have the books anyway ;-))
    tasteofbeirut, they definitely do know how to relax – and are amazed that we can’t

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