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Friday 30 December 2011

Random Recipes does Charity

Now I have to say that I've been a little bit liberal with my interpretation of Random Recipes this month.  Dom has asked us to donate some of our unloved cookbooks to the Charity Shop, that's not a problem, it's something I do pretty regularly but first we have to randomly choose a recipe and cook it, that is not so easy.

I chose this book, which has been lurking in my collection for a long time.  I suspect it was one of those Book Club books that you get at work and seemed like a good idea at the time.  However it has some seriously weird recipes in it, Raspberry Mallow Pizza anyone?  Or what about Frankfurter Bake - eeeugh! 

Fortunately, my Random Recipe was not one of these horrors, but an edible Pasta with Salmon and Cream Sauce...except I had all this lovely turkey breast to use up and no salmon in sight, so I cheated.
I'm also entering this for the January 'One Ingredient' challenge run by Working London Mummy , the ingredient is Poultry and that includes turkey.  Visit this month's host 'How to Cook Good Food' for more information.

Anyway, here is the adaptation of the Random Recipe:

Turkey and Cream Sauce
30g butter
500ml double cream
two cloves of garlic crushed
30g grated Parmesan + a little extra for the top
250g cooked turkey (or flaked salmon)
head of broccoli
300g spagetti
3 tsp chopped dill
salt and pepper
pinch of freshly nutmeg
sprig of dill to garnish

In a saucepan, heat butter, crushed garlic and cream.  Bring to just below boiling point, add the parmesan cheese.
Simmer gently for about 10 minutes, until thickened andslightly reduced.  Add Parmesan cheese.
Stir in salmon, dill, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Cook  the spagetti in boiling water until just cooked.
Cook the broccoli in boliling water until just cooked.

Mix the pasta, broccoli, cubed cooked turkey and cream sauce.  Put them into a buttered oven dish, sprinkle parmesan over the top and heat through until golden and bubbling on top.

Which just goes to prove you can make a great dish out of any old recipe!

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At 30 December 2011 at 02:11 , Blogger Baking Addict said...

Looks like a great dish indeed and a good use of the turkey. Happy new year! X

At 30 December 2011 at 07:35 , Blogger scrumptious days said...

It's always great to find something new to use up turkey, this sounds scrumptious, good substitution!

At 30 December 2011 at 08:00 , Blogger Unknown said...

I love the book. I think we've all got books like these. Where did they come from? I think the idea of a bake is perfect for this time of year. No fuss and nonsense and I forgive you for the obvious substitution of turkey. Lovely stuff and thanks for taking part. Happy New Year xx

At 30 December 2011 at 08:27 , Blogger Chele said...

That certainly sounds like a pretty interesting book. This pasta sounds tasty though and I like that you swapped the salmon for food you had on hand, very food conscious of you ;0)

At 30 December 2011 at 14:16 , Blogger Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Mmmmm, nice simple dish to use up some more turkey - well done on making that substitution.

At 31 December 2011 at 09:56 , Blogger Ruth Ellis said...

I'm imagining the taste of both salmon, and turkey in my head, and to be honest, I'm mentally preferring the turkey version - so good call on the substitution! Yum!

At 31 December 2011 at 21:46 , Blogger Unknown said...

your converted recipe sounds lovely! a good way to finish off the turkey! thanks for sharing and also for taking part in the One Ingredient challenge x

At 1 January 2012 at 00:25 , Blogger Shu Han said...

looks like a great dish to use up leftover turkey! and love the versatility too (: have a great new year's! x

At 6 January 2012 at 13:53 , Anonymous Laura@howtocookgoodfood said...

Great Janice, like your idea of switching the ingredients as that is something I do on a regular basis too. Thanks for entering this yummy dish into the #oneingredient challenge!


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