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Have Knife, Will Travel

I could’ve also named this post Murphy’s Law strikes again.

Auntie M’s house, new stove, not working properly, turkey half done. Luckily, our cousin (the infamous B) “suggested” we go over early to help.

The years of watching MacGyver and YouTube finally pays off (a big mahalo to Chef Chris Cosentino!).

Luckily packed my trusty battle axe and the old Willie apron (in employee only green, company let’s you keep the apron, even after you leave their employment).

One of the battleaxes

One of the battleaxes

As an aside, The Cat and The Mouse picked up a Chinese roasted duck as our contribution (turns out, if Murphy won, the duck was plan B).

Plan B

Plan B

Followed Chef Chris’ instructions and broke down the turkey.

The aftermath

The aftermath

While not perfectly executed, not bad for a rookie (if I say so myself). The turkey was maybe half cooked.

Microwaved the whole breasts, thighs, and drumsticks, then popped them into the toaster oven to “brown”, finally “sliced”.

Tah Dah!

Tah Dah!

While my timing was a little off (a minute or so less in either the micro or the toaster), at least there was cooked (not necessarily roasted), turkey on the table (plan B too). Overall, not the best turkey I ever had, but surely not the worst (far from it actually).

Plan C would’ve been to throw the pieces in a pot, add shoyu and sugar, and water to make simmered “shoyu turkey”. Uhm, probably not.

After that, it was off to meet one of our late mentor’s wife for late dinner at her club.

Veggies (and Shrimp Cocktail)

Veggies (and Shrimp Cocktail)

Fish, Roast Pork, Roast Turkey with Gravy, and more Shrimp Cocktail

Fish, Roast Pork, Roast Turkey with Gravy, and more Shrimp Cocktail

Apple Pie, Apple Strudel

Apple Pie, Apple Strudel

After the first “dinner” the second was very anti-climatic (nothing extraordinary happened, maybe a good thing ). Hee hee.

So … how was your Thanksgiving, anything interesting you want to share? Ours was … interesting, funny, dramatic (or traumatic), and memorable, all at the same time. 🙂

Happy Black Friday!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Thanksgiving Taro Duck

Remember that movie where Christmas dinner was ruined and the family ended up at a Chinese restaurant ordering roast duck with the head on? I was thinking about that movie yesterday while we were at our favorite chop suey house.

Sign

We were invited out for dinner. Since turkey probably would be involved, we didn’t want to do turkey for lunch. We’re not big turkey people. I prefer the bones for turkey jook (a local phenomenon) and the leftover for sandwiches and such instead of the actual turkey. For The Cat, it’s just not her food (she’s not from here). 🙂

I was in the mood for either chicken or duck, Chinese-style. The Cat’s favorite is steamed ginger chicken, but since it’s Thanksgiving, she thought we should order something roasted or something. I choose …

Taro Duck

I like this because 1) the dish is boneless, and 2) the dish has taro. This is the first for The Cat. At first she was confused, I think she was expecting bones and whole taro pieces. Once I compared it to the deep-fried dim sum dish (taro gok), she got it.

Taro Duck, Exposed

A layer of taro and a layer of duck … one giant taro gok. 🙂

The rest of our order we’ve posted about before:

Pork Tomato

Choi Sum, Oyster Sauce on the Side

Omelette

In keeping with Thanksgiving tradition, there were leftovers to take home. 🙂

I think the omelette is my second favorite egg dish (my first is the omelette done Japanese-style).

Hope all your Thanksgiving meals were successes. Will post about dinner the next time.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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Yesterday, I bought a package of turkey neck bones (the market was out of chicken feet).

Turkey Neck Bones

There’s a lot of meat on the turkey neck bones, the structure is similar to an oxtail, but the neck bones are more intricate and fragile than the oxtail.

A pot of water, a handful of dried Chinese dates, dried mushrooms, and a slice of ginger …

Dried Chinese Dates

Slice of Ginger

Dried Mushrooms

a few hours on simmer: turkey broth.

Turkey Broth

Usually, I would leave the bones in the soup (The Cat likes to gnaw on them), but poultry neck bones are nasty (they’re fragile and sharp). When I was removing them, the meat was still quite moist and edible (in my opinion).

Turkey Neck Bones

There was connective tissue similar to an oxtail. I removed the meat from the bones,

Meat From The Turkey Neck

threw it in a pot with a little mushroom dashi, added a drop of liquid smoke, added salt, pepper, chili powder, and sugar to taste. At the end, I added chopped cabbage.

Faux Kalua Turkey and Cabbage

Both the broth and the cabbage dish turned out very well.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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