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Starving Artist in the Kitchen

It's winter, and I feel more like dealing with food. I'm frugal as the dickens in the kitchen, but I need for things to taste wonderful, too, if at all possible, so I've been making things go a long way with a lot of flavor.

I'm also on the Paleo Diet, eating--according to theory--those foods we evolved to utilize best. Mostly lean meats, fresh fruits, veggies, and seeds--plus nuts if I weren't allergic. Generally speaking I avoid things that came along after the agricultural revolution--meaning grains and omigod it's hard to do without cheese. (There's that whole theory that adults don't need dairy products anyway, so it's not THAT hard.) It usually makes me feel great, so it's no real hardship, and the food is GOOD.

This week I bought turkey wings, as they were exceedingly inexpensive, and boiled them for soup...I forgot one rather important thing, though. Wings are very muscular, so the bird can get its heavy body into the air. Consequently, they're a bit TOUGH. But boiled to make a stock and cut into fine cubes, they were very tasty indeed.

Kate and Carrots

Here's my recipe for Flying Turkey Wing Soup (my first husband would have me calling it "stew," because he didn't like thin, watery soups. So, I made cream of tomato stew, vegetable stew, potato stew....) (And of course you can used leftover roast turkey, or turkey breasts or whatever. Wings are CHEAP, so I like them.)

2-3 turkey wings, covered with water and boiled (add wine if you have it, but don't worry if you don't.)
1 onion, chopped
1/3 head of that same red cabbage (something about turkey and cabbage really goes together well..)
2 leaves of kale, cut bite size (this time I discarded the midrib--too tough!)
1-plus cup of sliced carrots (I love carrots)
If you've got parsnips, fine too.

I needed more stock, so added some of Joseph's salt-free V-8, which is ick to drink but really quite fine for soup stock
Sea salt to taste
And--ta DAH--the secret ingredient--copious quantities of Cavender's All Purpose Greek seasoning. OH that was good!

Time was I would have used the wing bones to make turkey calls and 18th C.-style sewing kits from the hollow bones, but I must admit I just tossed them once they'd been denuded of all their meat. Wastrel.


And a bonus recipe, from earlier today--Curried Chicken Salad, because I had a roast chicken I'd almost picked clean since my trip to the grocery store the other day. My grocer advertises these as special chickens indeed, chi-chi critters fed no antibiotics and who knows, maybe even free range. They're politically correct, let me tell you. Anyway, they're delicious, and relatively inexpensive, and I normally use them till there's not even a pinfeather left.

Not that they come with pinfeathers.

Anyway...I picked off the rest of the meat from the bones, mostly one thigh, one wing and the meat from the back, and cut it into bits. (I let the kits have what was left of the skin, which delighted them no end...)

Added 7-9 large but baby carrots, shredded.

Diced garlic, about 1 good teaspoon

Diced red onion, about 1/4 cup (hey, you can use any color you like, I just had red ones!)

3 T. raisins

1 small Johnathan apple, diced

(See where I'm going with this? YUM.)

Then enough Hellman's Canola Mayo to moisten it all (NOT the low fat canola stuff, which is full of chemicals and other stuff I don't want, but the regular mayo that just happens to be made with canola oil. Good stuff. Hard to find. My store thinks everyone wants chemicals with their canola. SIgh.)

And then--oh, the gorgeous chunky curry powder my eldest godchild Ann gave me. SOOOO good. Lots of it. Keep tasting till you're there.

This is seriously good chicken salad! It doesn't even need salt, and for a saltaholic, that's saying a great deal. (I can't tell you what brand the curry powder was because she put it into another container. Chunky though.)

The salad would have been great with walnuts, I still remember how wonderful they are, but anaphylactic shock is not a whole lot of fun so I skipped 'em.


I thought I'd gotten all the meat off the bones from that poor chicken that's been feeding me all week, but thought I'd go ahead and make stock, anyway...boiled the nearly naked bones in 3-4 cups of water and some garlic and freeze-dried onion and veggie trimmings, and managed to peel off almost another cupful of meat once the bones were cool enough to handle! I froze the stock and put what didn't fit in my container back into the turkey wing soup, making it Really Fowl Soup. Tastes great, though....

....and need I reiterate that this is healthy (if you buy the Paleo concept, which I do), delicious, and CHEAP??

Comments

Dude, you've gone and made me hungry :)

Via a coupon, I recently got free-range, organic, local, always vote democratic chickens for $0.99 per pound. I bought 4 of them :)

Sewing kits of bird bones? That's an amazing idea. I wonder if chicken bones would be big enough? I may try this out. If you have any suggestions you feel like sharing, groovy :)
Sorry about that. Wanna come have some Really Fowl Soup?

Have you had any of your chickens yet? One of my buddies bought a free range turkey and didn't like it!

I'm kind of worried about my eggs. The label says they're "vegetarian fed." They're feeding vegetarians to chickens now?? Ewwww...SOYLENT GREEN IS EGGS??

Yep, the turkey bones work really well, just saw off one end and they hold several needles and some thread wrapped around them. A tiny cork or rolled bit of leather fits in the end. I even scrimshawed mine and made them a bit fancy...some were designed like fish. Seems kind odd for bird bones, but it worked...the shape of the bone was just right.*G*
I'd love to join you, but I suspect the soup would get cold before I could drive there from NC :)

I adore these chickens! They're delightful. I didn't actually expect to taste a difference, but I totally do.

re: soylent eggs - **giggles!**

A chicken leg bone would work just fine for that, I think. I'll have to investigate. And keep it carefully put away, so my dog doesn't try to eat it :)
One word: microwave. ;-)

Well, these roasted chickens are really good, and I noticed they had "smart" chickens at the store...next time I'll try that. I'm assuming they don't mean IQ or we're really in trouble. (Of course compared to turkeys, who will drown outdoors in a rainstorm, looking up, chickens are Einstein.)

Once the bones get really dry and cured the critters don't seem as interested. Getting the marrow out of them, if I remember right, wasn't all that pleasant, but had to be done. Stinky...
My diet is roughly Paleo - wheat-free and dairy-free. I am definitely healthier that way, as well!

P.S. I have added this entry to my LJ Recipe Memories!

Edited at 2008-01-11 06:17 am (UTC)
Yes, it seems to make me feel much healthier, too. It DOES make sense...

And I hope you enjoy the recipe!

(Anonymous)

Oh Yummy!

Sounds delicious :) You definitely have the concept of the 'rubber chicken' (because it keeps stretching!

And I LOVE adding the curry to those salads... it makes them taste... more exciting? Different? Yummier?? :)

~Rachel~

Rubber chicken!

Oh, you gave me a wonderful giggle, first thing in the morning, thank you! What a great name for a recipe!

I have to stop myself from adding curry to EVERYTHING. It's so good in soups and stews, too...this time I went for the Greek seasoning just to keep myself from adding curry! (Good choice, too...)
the soups/stews are right up my alley. I love them thick, too.
and the sewing kit, what a great idea. hadn't run into them before.
bones are so useful, and so decorative when well handled.
Yes, I love bones! Our forebears made use of everything--cow and buffalo horns for everything from powderhorns, cups, salt containers, spoons, etc., bones for all kinds of handy containers...and they are quite beautiful, all on their own. Graceful, subtle lines...

And YES, lovely thick stews! (OK, or soups. And chowders. And bisque...)

(Anonymous)

Kale may drive you crazy - but you've certainly created a beautiful moment of insanity with this - just lovely. And the soup sounds delicious
juj
Thank you, Juj--I can see I'll be trying it again! It is wonderfully complex...maybe I'll wait till I'm in one of my contemplative moods...

(Anonymous)

Eating of course :)

I am trying to eat basics too and having been told I am allergic to wheat and dairy, I am avoiding those items. Ah yes, I am missing cheese. I have found though that 10 pounds dropped easily (more to go though) and that my psoriasis has gotten much better. Hm..... What HAVE we been doing to our bodies with all these chemicals. Thankfully, Seattle is a very progressive city when it comes to shopping for the natural. :) Since meeting you a few years ago in your hometown, I feel like we are friends. :) kjn

Re: Eating of course :)

Seattle must be a wonderful place to shop! I'm quite surprised (and glad!) that my little town offers quite a few healthful, organic options, too...I AM feeling better, and glad you are too.