Leftovers with just two at home either end up in the compost
or the freezer and the freezer is preferable.
From the freezer a delicious dish can be eaten again at a later date or added
as an ingredient in a totally new dish.
The only unfortunate aspect of such ingredients is that replicating the
new dish can be difficult at times.
No matter this is the nature of Grandma Snyder’s kitchen and
it makes meal time thrifty, interesting and delicious.
Today’s recipe starts with a look in the freezer where a
package of ground turkey was about to go past the best before date. Next was a trip to our cold cellar where two
jars of our 2016 crop of stewed tomatoes were left and needed of being used.
The recipe was clear, chili, a favourite of our grandson who
was coming to spend the day with his grandparents on a cold and wet fall day,
yes chili it would be providing a warm and hearty meal.
To the turkey and tomatoes, we added garlic from Grandpa
Snyder’s garden, onions, black beans, mushrooms and 1 cup of Roasted
Carrot Apple Soup that also needed to be liberated from the freezer.
The inspiration that provided that last ingredient for today’s
recipe came from Instagram where pictures of chili being eaten over baked
potatoes looked most appetizing.
Black Bean Turkey Chili
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves minced
1 onion diced
1 lb ground turkey
1 quart stewed tomatoes diced
2 tablespoons chili powder
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup roasted carrot apple soup
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 can sliced mushrooms
½ baked potato per person
2 cups shredded cheese
In a large deep frying
pan sauté the garlic and onions until onions are translucent
Add ground turkey and cook until meat is browned
Add all remaining ingredient up to the baked potatoes
Simmer this mixture until chili has thickened to your
Bake the potatoes at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes.
Once the potatoes are baked cut them in half and loosen the
white of the potato with a fork.
Place the potato halves on a baking sheet and top with ½ cup
of the chili and top with shredded cheese.
Place the oven on broil
Return the potatoes topped with chili and cheese to the oven until
the cheese has melted and browned.
Before you plate the potatoes add a generous scoop of chili to
the plate, place the potato in the middle of and serve.
How do you want to be remembered by your Grandchildren?
There are the memories of being bored out of your mind as you
sit quietly while your parents talk to their parents, your Grandparents, or the
memory of the “sad old people smell” as Emily our granddaughter likes to call
it and finally my favourite the memory of Grandpa snoring in his chair while
you are forced to watch some boring TV program.
We all have them, memories of old people, Grandparents,
Aunties, or the stereotype TV likes to put out in the world, and do we really want
to be remembered that way – not these Grandparents!
So it is important to deliberately watch and learn from your
grandchildren and participate in the things that they enjoy.
Today we all stepped out of our comfort zone and painted with
About two months ago we came across ‘Skillshare’ a website
where for a fee you can take classes on any numbers of topics.We joined to build our skills for this blog
and when our grandson took a look at the offered classes he thought it would be
a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
James is a talented artist in his Grandparent’s opinion and he
thought it would be fun to take a class with his Grandmother and it was.
Today we learned to paint with coffee and spent three hours
together with Grandpa providing light entertainment with his coffee jokes.
More than learning to paint we spent time building memories,
learning from each other and learning about each other.
I have always admired how James can draw animals rendering
life like images and today I learned that he wants to relax into his drawing,
creating a more “simple” drawings.
And we laughed together both at Grandpa's bad jokes and as James splattered coffee onto his paper and everywhere else as well.
Today we built memories that will last a life time, each time Grandpa and I look at a cup of coffee we will remember today and the fun we had.
Are we artists?
Yes we are!
We are building relationships in just the same way a painter creates a master piece, one brush stroke at a time.