Stir-Fried Turkey & Chard; meanderings

I was tempted to leave the chard in the garden for the winter. It’s mild enough here that chard is considered a winter crop by most people, not a summer crop.

I prefer it in summer when the leaves are more tender. They tend to get thick and a bit tough as the weather cools and the plants get bigger.

I was only slightly tempted.

I don’t want to garden in the winter. I work outside all spring, summer and most of the fall. I don’t want to do it in the winter. I want to do other things…. indoor things…. things I don’t have time to do in the summer.

I pulled it the other day. Well, that’s not quite true, Chard gets amazingly big, deep roots. I had to dig it out.

It’s now feeding the compost.

This was the last of it for the season.

Stir-Fried Turkey & Chard

Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 10oz (300gr) turkey cutlets or tenderloin, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 onion, cut into quarters, then sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs minced ginger  substitute 1/2 tsp powdered
  • 1 rib celery, sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 6oz (180gr) chard, sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs tamari substitute soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) sherry
  • 2 tbs creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (Maizena) dissolved in 1 tbs soy sauce plus 1 tbs water
  • 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) Basmati rice
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken stock

Stir-Fried Turkey & Chard

Instructions:

  • Cook rice in chicken stock until done, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  • Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion, celery, carrot to skillet and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic, ginger and stir-fry another 2 minutes.
  • Remove vegetables from pan and set aside.
  • Add sesame oil, turkey and stir-fry 3 – 5 minutes, until golden.
  • Return vegetables to skillet; add chard and tamari. Stir-fry  until chard starts to wilt.
  • Add chicken stock, sherry, peanut butter and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in cornstarch mixture until thickened.
  • Serve over rice, adding more soy sauce if desired, according to taste.

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The last room….

This is where the original access to the upper floor was – a rickety staircase in the barn.

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We decided to keep the door for an emergency exit or whatever. Rather than replace it, mon mari just added a door that opens inward and put a latch on it for security, leaving the old door in place.

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As to the rest of the room – like the others, the ceiling was a challenge, the floor was a challenge….bed4_4

And, like the other rooms it eventually all got done. The box on the wall is for all the upstairs electricity.

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Work was both faster and slower on this room: faster because it was a smaller room and mon mari had lots of experience; slower because it was the last room and there was no hurry.

But he did get to build a piece of furniture which is his first love.

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The window seat turned out very nicely.

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The final room…. done.

What’s next?

We’re thinking……

Last update on November 9, 2015

6 thoughts on “Stir-Fried Turkey & Chard; meanderings”

  1. I am just so amazed that you could see the possibilities in this place. You’ve really turned it into a wonderful home, something my hubby would never, ever have seen had we looked at something like this. Beautiful.

    I love stir-fry. I’ll have to try it with the chard. I usually use spinach. I’m seeing recipe after recipe lately all containing kale though. I’m getting a little tired of the kale craze…

  2. What an interesting and different stir fry you’ve made. It looks like a delicious combination. And, I don’t blame you for not wanting to garden in the winter! Are you doing 12 Weeks of Winter Squash this year?

  3. Zoomie, I’m not sure I want to know what’s next lol

    nightsmusic, we seem to do pretty well with blank slates… I design and he tells me what’s wrong with it… Never had kale – can’t get it here and, frankly, I don’t care 😉

    Ina, thanks – on both counts

    Amy, can’t wait to see all the squash! As to the stir-fry – clean out the fridge (or garden)

    Kate, who knows what’s next…. he was actually looking at one for sale in your neighborhood lol

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