Stir-Fried Turkey with Cabbage and Cashew; Life Lessons Learned

They say that travel is educational.

It can also be educational for those that stay home.

On the very first night I was gone mon mari learned not to leave the cover off the large container that holds the kibble….. which happens to be kept in the pantry where the puppies sleep.

This lesson was reinforced the next morning when he was forced, all by himself, to clean-up a large pile of regurgitated, already-been-chewed puppy food….. Instead of doing the usual and yelling for me to take care of it.

On the fourth day mon mari learned that he should have listened when I told him how much to feed said puppies.

This lesson was reinforced by the puppies being restless, getting into everything, resorting to begging for any scrap of food and, in general, bugging the crap out of him.  He had (by not paying attention) cut their daily kibble by a full third.

Growing puppies are not happy when they're starving.

Other than that, the puppies and mon mari all managed to survive without me.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same for either my potager (vegetable garden) or my herb garden.

Seems I forgot to specifically tell mon mari that if it didn't rain on a regular basis he needed to water the gardens.

It didn't rain at all.

Everything is brown and dead.

The conversation, when I noticed, went something like this:

Me: You didn't water.

He: You didn't tell me to.

Me: You're a big boy, you couldn't figure that out on your own?

He: I thought the gardens were done.

Me: You watered your geraniums.

He: I thought the garden stopped in October.

Me: You watered flowers but not the food…..

He: There was acorn squash to eat (that was harvested before I left).

Me: There are (were) still beans and tomatoes.  I use herbs all winter.

He: It was cold. (70F is cold?)

Me: This isn't Minnesota! It doesn't freeze until January. You know that!

He: But you didn't tell me to….

It's entirely possible that a few more choice words may have passed my lips at this point. If not it was because of my extreme self-control.

But I think you get the picture.


Who do you think learned a lesson from this?

Why, me, of course.

Next time I will write out instructions and tape them to his face the refrigerator door.

And when he suggests that such effort is not necessary I will gently remind him of the above.

It's good to be home…..

They, puppies and mon mari, were all very happy to see me.

Until I noticed that the puppies had been digging in the dead herb garden.


It's almost winter – time to start eating winter veggies!

You can use turkey cutlets for this, sliced into strips, or part of a larger turkey tenderloin, freezing the rest for another time, or even ground turkey… or chicken breasts…. 

Turkey Cashew Stir Fry
Stir-Fried Turkey with Cabbage and Cashews

10oz (300gr) turkey cutlets or tenderloin 
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 tbs minced ginger  substitute 1/2 tsp dried 
1 rib celery 
1/2 green pepper 
1/3 head Savoy cabbage
4oz (120gr) mushrooms 
1/4 cup cashews    substitute peanuts, almonds 
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp soy sauce 
1/2 cup chicken stock 
1 tbs sherry (optional) 
1 tbs peanut butter 
2 tsp cornstarch (Maizena) dissolved in 1 tbs water 

Thinly slice onion. Mince garlic. Mince ginger (peel first). Cut pepper into matchsticks. Slice the celery at an angle. Trim and slice mushrooms. Remove dark green outer leaves from cabbage. Cut off a thick slice, avoiding the core. Lay flat, cut into 3 or 4 wedges, then thinly slice the wedges. Cut the turkey into strips – bite-size.

Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, mushrooms to skillet and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add garlic, ginger and stir-fry another 2 minutes. Remove onions/garlic from pan and set aside. 
Add sesame oil, soy sauce to pan and heat.
Add turkey and stir-fry 3 – 5 minutes, until golden. Remove and put with onions. 
Add cabbage, pepper to skillet and stir-fry 5 minutes.
Return turkey, onions, celery, mushrooms, garlic and ginger to pan. Add chicken stock, sherry, peanut butter and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Dissolve cornstarch in water. Uncover, add cornstarch mixture and stir until thickened. 
Arrange rice on a small platter. Spoon turkey and vegetables into the center, sprinkle with cashews and serve, adding more soy sauce if desired.

Brown Rice 
2/3 cup brown rice. quick cooking 
1 1/3 cups water or chicken stock (or half each) or whatever your rice calls for

Cook rice according to package instructions. Fluff and serve. 

I watered last night; it rained today.

Time will tell.

10 thoughts on “Stir-Fried Turkey with Cabbage and Cashew; Life Lessons Learned”

  1. You definitely have more patience than I do! It was good for your mon mari to have to deal with it all. Now he knows how hard you work to keep things in order. Maybe next time, take everyone with you on the trip and hire a handyman! LOL!

  2. Your husband MUST be related to my husband.
    I made turkey loaf for supper, but I froze the rest of the breasts I bought, so may try this next time.

  3. It never pays to go away I find as instructions are never followed, domestic standards slip appallingly and when one returns there is a huge amount of work to recover those said standards thereby negating any effects a vacation may have had – sad but true round here !!

  4. That’s so sad!! But let’s play the Glad Game. I’ve heard that perennial herbs love to be planted in the autumn. (I don’t suppose any of your neighbours need to divide their thyme, rosemary, sage, etc. etc… and can give you pieces.)
    I remember coming back after a longish trip when a sister was valiantly taking care of all of my herbs. She met me at the door and looked a little guilty. She confessed that she had forgotten to water for a couple of days and that all but one had died. She triumphantly held up a shrivelled rosemary plant. “Ummm, that’s dead.” “It is??? But it’s green.” “No, it’s grey green. We can probably use it dried though.”

  5. Pam, and a puppy-sitter LOL
    Meredith, I think they are ALL related 😉
    Zoomie, they are – he did get a lot done, though….
    Val, at least the butternut squash all survived – they were ready for picking anyway.
    manningroad, domestic standards?!? The dishes were done…. that counts, right? (He actually hoovered and mopped the floors)
    Elizabeth, his bright side is that he wanted to move the herb garden anyway…. Nice try. No, you do not need to add that. I completely understand. I discussed it with the puppies, quietly, of course.

  6. I’ve been visiting my son for two weeks and mon mari and puppy have been doing their best to manage without me. Mon mari has perfected his tomato and cheese salad and the very, very end of tomato season. Alas.

  7. Carol, I hope everything is perfect for you – but not so perfect that they aren’t totally grateful for your return. LOL

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