With turkey comes leftovers and at first I was at a lost as what to do with the heaps of leftover meat after our Easter dinner. Having only recently started eating turkey again after being a vegetarian for twelve years, I’d forgotten how much meat is on a 20lb. bird. Our free ranged, organic turkey was a delicious hit at Easter, but the next day I was scouring my cookbooks and favourite online foodie haunts to think of dinner ideas. What’s more scrumptious then turkey pot pie filled with chunks of carrots, potatoes, celery, onions, turkey, and a generous amount of fresh thyme. I used my quiche pastry recipe for the crust, which uses cottage cheese and butter. Not only did we enjoy it for dinner on Sunday night, we also had it for lunch and dinner on Monday! The remaining turkey was used in a big pot of turkey noodle soup which supplied us with dinner for the rest of the week. Oh leftovers, how I love thee.
My blue bird blob cupcake
As with any addiction, you’re bound to hit some highs and lows. This Easter I hit a cupcake low, or perhaps a cupcake wreck is more appropriate. I had decided to make lemon cupcakes, topped with a coconut nest with a newly hatched blue bird nestling inside. Well the nests turned out great, but when the time came to pipe my fledgling birds, disaster struck. I should have made my birds using fondant, but I was lazy and thought butter cream would suffice. What I thought would be cute little birdies turned into globs of blue goo, with black beady eyes and droopy yellow beaks.
Nests salvaged with mini-eggs
I took one look at them and realized how ugly they were. Of course they would taste great, but who would want to eat a blue blob. So I took a spoon and scooped out the birdies, dumping them unceremoniously into a bowl where they became a heap of oozing butter cream with an occasional judging eye staring at me.
Once the nests were cleaned up and all traces of blue birdie remnants were removed, I filled the nests with mini-eggs. Cupcake wreck averted, but I’m still left feeling defeated. I must redeem myself soon!
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