Turkey Stock and Homemade Noodles

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner for all my American peeps.
This year, instead of throwing away that turkey carcass…
Bag it up and use it the next day to make homemade turkey stock.
Trust me when I tell you, it will be a million times better than any store bought version!
There’s other perks too – sodium control, flavor control and best of all – it’s a HUGE money saver.
I’ve made stock a bunch, but this was the 1st time I used the wine in the recipe.
I’m not sure if it was the wine or just good luck, but this was the BEST stock I’ve ever made.

Basic Turkey Stock
 
Ingredients
  • 1 carcass from a 12-15 pound turkey
  • 4½ quarts water
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 large onion, halved
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 large celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled and smashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 5 springs fresh parsley
  • 2 springs fresh rosemary
  • 20 whole peppercorns
Instructions
  1. Bring all ingredients except the fresh herbs, to a boil and let simmer over low heat, uncovered for about 2 hours. You want to pay attention and skim the foam over that time.
  2. Add fresh herbs and let simmer for another 2 hours while continuing to skim the foam from the top.
  3. Strain stock through a fine mesh strainer.
  4. Remove meat from strained solids, using two forks.
  5. Let stock cool for 20 minutes, then spoon fat from the surface.
  6. Use immediately, store in fridge for up to 2 days or freeze.

 I froze half of my stock and used the other half to make Homemade Turkey Noodle Soup.
And it was delicious…
If you are wondering how to make homemade noodles, it’s super easy as well.

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HOMEMADE NOODLES

Combine 1 beaten egg, 2 Tbsp milk, 1 cup flour and 1 tsp salt.
Form into a sticky ball and cover in a warm place for at least 30 minutes.
Flour your work surface down and roll out with a rolling pin.
Cut long strips out and let dry out on a rack of some kind.
The more uneven and odd shaped the better!!
After they dry out a bit, throw them in small handfuls into the simmering soup to cook.

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Do You Make Homemade Stock?

Dancing, Dog Hunting and a Dr. Apt – Giving Thanks

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This week I’m thankful for…

…my surprise “just because I love you” flowers yesterday.
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…possibly finding our new furry family member. (promise to update y’all as soon as things progress)
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…my 1st run in over 7 weeks.  It was only 2.3 miles but it was completely pain-free!
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…finding a perfect mattress yesterday – a heavenly Temperpedic.  It’s not fun spending a bunch of money on a mattress but sleep is not something to cheap out on…
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…my specialist running  Dr. Apt is tomorrow, finally!

What Are YOU Thankful For This Week?

Millbank Silent Disco – Review

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I must admit…
Back in the day, I was a bit of a party animal.
(shocking, I know)
Out all night, dancing till the sun came up…
But that was a LONG time ago.
Houston isn’t really a “club” kind of city.
And while Trinidad is known for it’s awesome Caribbean beats…
The dancing spots had a tendency to be uber crowded and a tad bit “too much” for us sometimes.
Since moving to London, one of the greatest cities in the world, I’ve been itching to go dancing.
So while researching “date nite” options on Thursday, I ran across an event know as the “Silent Disco”.

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I found the deal on Time Out here.
I figured for £14.50 each, half off the normal price, it was worth a shot.

Here’s the description…

“Get your groove on at a great height at Altitude this Friday night.  You can feast your eyes the city of London from the top of Millbank Tower.  Nestled among some of London’s most iconic landmarks…This riverside skyscraper offers some of the best views of the capital.  Located down the river from the London Eye while being at the top of this 118 metre tall building…Will be like being at the top of London’s busiest Ferris wheel for a far longer period of time and w/a party!  Three top DJs, will be on hand to drop a range of killer tunes. “

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They definitely weren’t lying about the view…

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We arrived around 10:20pm and checked our coats downstairs.
Once up to the 29th floor, you are handed a pair of headphones.
The headphones have a 3 way switch on one side and a volume control on the other.
The color of your headphones switches when you flip from DJ to DJ picking what you want to listen to…
This idea is genius!

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The DJ’s played a variety of music – new stuff, old stuff, Motown, Hip Hop, 80’s, etc…
The reason this idea is so genius is because the DJ’s can see who the crowd is listening to.
This pushes them to compete against each other in a friendly competition, i.e. they play better songs.

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Fun doesn’t even begin to describe our evening!
We danced and danced and danced the night away.
It was AMAZING.

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The only improvement on the evening would have to be the bar.
Cheap alcohol and crappy wine…
They need to step up their game on that end for sure.
Honestly with all the dancing I did, I could stick with water next time and still have a blast!

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The DJ’s – Nick, Alex, Frank

Have You Ever Been to a Silent Disco?

We loved it SO much, we are heading back on Dec. 6th.