Stir-Fried Turkey with Chard and White Summer Squash, the update

Usually when I make a stir-fry I try for a variety of colors, shapes and tastes.

This one came from my garden, and I didn’t have any red or orange that was ready to eat.

I decided on a theme of green.

Just so you know…. White zucchini is actually a very pale green.

I used turkey cutlets for this, but a turkey tenderloin or chicken breasts would work as well.

Stir-Fried Turkey with Chard and White Summer Squash

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 10oz (300gr) turkey cutlets or tenderloin, cut into strips
  • 4 medium shallots, chopped
  • 1 medium white zucchini / summer squash, cut in half and sliced
  • 6oz (180gr) chard, roughly chopped
  • 1 rib celery, sliced
  • 1/2 green pepper, sliced, then slices cut in half
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) sherry
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (Maizena) dissolved in 1 tbs soy sauce plus 1 tbs water
  • Basmati Rice
  • 1/2 cup basmati rice
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken stock

Stir-Fried Turkey with Chard and White Squash


  • Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add shallots, celery to skillet and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add pepper, squash and stir-fry another 5 minutes.
  • Remove vegetables from pan and set aside.
  • Add sesame oil, soy sauce to pan and heat.
  • Add turkey and stir-fry 3 – 5 minutes, until golden.
  • Return vegetables to skillet, along with chicken stock, sherry and chard.
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until chard is wilted and vegetables are tender..
  • Stir in cornstarch mixture until thickened.
  • Serve over rice, adding more soy sauce if desired, according to taste.
  • Rice
  • Cook rice in chicken stock according to package instructions. Fluff and serve.

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We had a very disillusioning day today….

But first, the update:

The door has been finished for awhile, but I don’t think I posted a photo of it closed, showing all the hardware.

So here it is.

doorWe have lights, and light fixtures (the shades are safely tucked away for the moment).

The ‘barn’ wall is finished.

chimney_wallThe wall adjoining the bathroom is also done – almost.

We designed the bathroom to leave the window in the bedroom… So there’s a little alcove.

It’s also where the plumbing from the sinks runs.

We’re going to put in a window seat / storage chest that will fill the space and hide the plumbing.


Now to the disillusionment.

When we first moved across the pond one of the things we loved and appreciated was the low crime rate.

We had an alarm system in our house in Minnesota

When we lived in Andorra one could leave a car double-parked, unlocked and running while dashing into a shop. We locked our front door when we left the house but not when we were there.

Here in France we leave doors and windows open all the time. The tractor sits out by the wood pile with the key in it for weeks at a time.

Well, it used to.

Things are changing.

We’re hearing about houses being broken into while the owners are out shopping.

I suppose, knowledge of the relaxed lifestyle has encouraged those with less savory occupations to expand.

We went to Bordeaux today, to pick up radiators – a big one to replace the one that started leaking in our TV room and 2 small ones, for the new bedroom and the pantry. They’re hot water radiators, and they’re heavy. the big one was a meter long and took to people to put it into the trailer.

When we got home the 2 small ones were there but the big one was not.

We’re pretty sure it didn’t bounce out of the trailer….

We think we might have noticed.

We think one of the small ones would have bounced out before the big one.

We can only conclude that while we were having lunch someone stole it…. Two someones, actually, to lift if out of the trailer.


We can only take some slight perverse pleasure in the fact that they probably assumed it was the much more expensive, and common, electric radiator.

We can only hope.

Now we have to go back to Bordeaux and buy another one.

I’ll pack a lunch.

I’m submitting this recipe to:
Four Seasons Food

Four Seasons Food hosted by Delicieux and Eat Your Veg

If you want nutrition information, try this site: Calorie Count

6 thoughts on “Stir-Fried Turkey with Chard and White Summer Squash, the update”

  1. Like you, we also appreciate the lower crime rate here and not having to lock everything and watch our backs as we do in the southern hemisphere. However petty theft is on the increase even in the rural areas. For the first time we feel the need to at least put a chain across our entrance to stop vehicles driving into our field and we have increased the barn security. We will have to be extra careful next time we take the trailer to Bordeaux!
    The turkey stir fry sounds good. Something to try next year.

  2. Sorry to read about the theft. With two big dogs, your house is probably safe, but I don’t imagine they were in the trailer… Bummer.

  3. Your stir fry looks lovely, moist and yummy. I think chard is such an amazing vegetable that works so well with so many different flavours. I love the green theme! Why not??? Green is the colour of garden goodness 🙂
    Side note – sorry to hear about your missing radiator. We go through phases where we try to be better at locking the house at night and the car etc but it only lasts a few nights before we forget and go back to our complacent ways. It’s true that crime levels are low here and so we think we are immune but we hear of robberies in the area too…mostly at big houses owned as second homes. But still… We did hear that our neighbours (American and just here for 4 months of the year normally) were broken into and the thieves came in through the roof, removing roof tiles to get in!! You have reminded me to be more vigilant!
    Thanks for entering Four Seasons Food xx

  4. Wow I cannot believe that someone walked in a stole a radiator! But actually maybe I am not. I think the worse crime in France comes from theft at building sites. Really. I am so sorry for you guys! All the work and effort and time and love you have been putting into this renovation…. I guess a great comforting meal at the end of the day is needed. xo

  5. Gill, a friend’s house was robbed while they were out doing the weekly shopping – middle of the day, gone for 2 hours. We have to start being more careful, sadly.

    Pam, no, they were home guarding LOL

    annelifaiers, we’re starting to here more of it, esp. houses that are isolated in the country. We have 1 near neighbor…

    Kate, they’d probably run and hide, they’re such scaredy dogs….

    Jamie, I will no longer tell guests that they don’t have to bother locking their cars here…. assuming I remember myself… It is easy to be too comfortable here. Comfort food is always good

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