Why not? 5/6/11

Kitchen happenings today!!  It was really a rather Why not? afternoon of concoctions.  🙂

Creations that emerged:
-salmon patties
-grilled marinated chicken
-grilled veggies
-random chicken stew from the grilled chicken and veggies

I’ve been interested to try making lentil flour for a while now, using Mother Dear’s grain mill.  Today was The Day.  Finally!  It didn’t ruin her mill, thankfully.  It did have a rather strange smell when milled up; it didn’t smell like freshly milled wheat flour anyway.  Hm.

So, having a new “weapon” ingredient to try out, my mind instantly began running with ideas and thoughts on what creations I should try.  Thus, I did not get a nap this afternoon.  Again.  This seems to be a recurring theme.  *sigh*

I had been given some canned salmon a few weeks back and still had green onions left over from making lentil soup this week.  Salmon patties sounded great!

(Salmon patty about to be devoured in picture below; I froze the rest of the patties, uncooked.)

Salmon Patties

15oz can salmon with juice (deboned, de-skinned if preferred)
1 egg
¼ c lentil flour
2 large stalks green onion, sliced ‘n’ diced
salt, pepper
dash cayenne
generous amount of garlic powder

Mix, mix, mix…  form into patties and grill! 

This was good!   Definitely could see doing it again, although likely I’ll tweak it up a bit next time, depending on what mood I’m in and what’s in my fridge.  🙂

I love, love, love marinated chicken!  (pictured above, on the plate)  Playing around with marinades is so fun.  Marinades are an ART, not a science, IMO.  🙂  Which is always more fun.
Here’s what I threw together this time:

Cocopeanutty Marinated Chicken

Marinade:  (Measurements are REALLY a guess.  Measuring takes the fun out of cooking.  Recipes are only suggestions and guidelines anyway.)

  • 1 onion
  • ½ c olive oil
  • ¼ c vinegar
  • 2 T honey
  • 4 T peanut butter
  • cayenne, salt, pepper
  • just enough water to be able to blend ingredients with stick blender

Blend all.  Add ~ 1 ½ lb chicken strips, poke to death, and marinate up to 24 hours in fridge. 

Before grilling, roll in grated coconut!

Does it bother only me to throw out the leftover marinade?  I can’t bring myself to do it.  So…  I put the leftover in a saucepan on the stove and cooked it for about 15 minutes.  A great sauce!  I put it over my broccoli…  YUM!

And then I was in a random mood.  And wanted to condense; I dislike having lots of small containers and lots of leftovers on my mind to think about eating up.

Needing to be used up…

-a couple cups of leftover celery stalks in the freezer
-the leftover cooked chicken marinade sauce
-a small container of pumpkin puré in the freezer

So I put all that in a saucepan to heat up, with a small blop of butternut squash.  And added a heavy dose of poultry seasoning.  And decided I was more in the mood for curry powder and added a dose of that on top of the poultry seasoning, trying to overpower it.  Not the smartest idea.  I don’t recommend it.

After a taste, I realized that frozen, thawed celery was chewy, not what I was looking for.  So, I used my trusty stick blender and puréed the contents of the pot.

Next I added a block of frozen turkey broth.  Why not?
Then dumped in all the grilled veggies I just grilled (a couple onions, lotsa carrots, whole cloves of garlic, rosemary, and butter)

And the plate of grilled chicken was sitting on the counter begging to go in as well.  (Really, I heard it!)  Why not?  I chopped it up and added it as well.  Finally added a small bit of extra honey and several dashes of salt, and my random hearty chicken stew was finished!

I don’t know if I would serve it to even semi-picky eaters, but I sure think it’s tasty.  😀  And a great one-dish meal!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Meg Garrison
    May 06, 2011 @ 21:10:49

    You are too fun. 🙂


  2. susanegk
    May 06, 2011 @ 21:19:59

    Ha, I always love reading these posts :-). And what is in your poultry seasoning??? Usually those have taboo ingredients in them. I want to make salmon patties now! And I did try Mary’s eggplant chicken wraps. Yum! I need to post what I did :-). This week’s computer time has been severely limited :-P.


  3. hannahpi
    May 06, 2011 @ 21:31:41

    Nah, this is some of the really old poultry seasoning we’ve had laying around our house for… forever. I think mom probably got it as a wedding gift. hehe Back in the day when random additives weren’t as common, I guess. Just what you would expect in “poultry seasoning” – thyme, sage, marjoram, rosemary, pepper, and nutmeg.
    I saw that you had a draft of the eggplant recipe! I’m curious how it turned out.


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