Turkey Burgers Holstein

On 16th July 2015, This was Dinner

A holstein is ‘an animal of a black-and-white breed of large dairy cattle, originally raised in Friesland’ and is also a region of Germany. I’m not sure why Mary Berry calls these ‘turkey burgers holstein’ but she does, and she’s Mary Berry, so I’m sticking with it!


  • Finely chop an onion
  • Finely chop some cooked ham
  • Chop some parsley
  • Get butter, minced turkey, oil and seasoning ready


Gently cook the onion in butter to soften. Remove and set aside to cool.

Pop the turkey, ham, parsley and seasoning in a bowl and add the onion. Mix well, shape into burgers then pop in the fridge for half an hour.

Cook the burgers for a few minutes on each side until cooked through. Serve with potato waffles, a fried egg and your sauce of choice. I also used up the remaining quails eggs.

TWD_1607_Turkey_BurgersDisclaimer: Mr S made these.

Turkey Enchiladas

On 26th June 2015, This was Dinner

I woke up feeling a little delicate today and after getting ready for work then almost getting to the bus top, I had to go back home. I thought I’d feel fine after an hour but I didn’t so I curled up in bed for the rest of the day.

I still got up and helped Mr S make this but I didn’t eat much of it, which is a shame, as I adore enchiladas.


  • Finely chop an onion
  • Thinly slice a yellow pepper
  • Grate some cheddar
  • Drain and rinse some kidney beans
  • Finely chop a red chilli
  • Finely chop a garlic clove
  • Juice a lime
  • Heat the oven to 180ºc (fan)
  • Get turkey mince, flour tortillas, ground cumin, dried oregano, brown sugar, oil & seasoning ready


Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion until softened.

Add the garlic, chilli, oregano and cumin and stir for a minute or so.

Add the turkey and fry for five minutes, breaking up the turkey.

Add the pepper, beans and the tomatoes along with a pinch of the sugar and some seasoning.

Cook for 10 minutes then stir in the lime juice and coriander.

Grease an ovenproof dish then add spoonfuls of the mixture to the tortillas, roll then place in the dish. As you add the next one, gently push them together. If you have any of the mixture remaining, pour into the pan then scatter the cheese over.

Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.


This meal is adapted from this BBC Good Food recipe.

On Saturday, luckily I was feeling loads better and luckily the sun was finally shining on the weekend. We took off on an adventure to Ladybower Reservoir at Bamford in Derbyshire. Walter is an absolute pro on the trains now.

After not having eaten properly since Thursday I can’t say my appetite was back, even after miles and miles of walking. We ended up with an indoor picnic at home. The appetite came back with a vengeance on Sunday but I didn’t have the energy to cook so we had a kebab.

Turkey Meatloaf

On 20th, 21st & 22nd May 2015, This was Dinner

This was the most amazing meatloaf I have ever tasted! I could have eaten this every day for a week! The smell when I walked through the door alone made me drool.


  • Finely chop an onion
  • Finely chop a garlic clove
  • Beat an egg
  • Prepare some fresh breadcrumbs
  • Heat the oven to 160ºc (fan)
  • Get turkey mince, Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce, tomato purée, oil & seasoning ready


Heat the oil in a pan and cook the onion until softened. Add the garlic, Worcestershire sauce and tomato purée and cook for another minute. Leave to cool.

In a bowl, mix the mince, breadcrumbs and egg with the onion mixture. Ensure it is mixed well then form into a loaf shape. Use a loaf tin to do this but don’t bake it in there.

Pop into a roasting tin, smother with barbecue sauce  then bake for about an hour.

My input today? Heating up a tin of beans 😉

TWD_2005_Turkey_MeatloafThe crispy ends were especially good, I took it to work for lunch on Thursday. Yum.

Find the recipe here.

On Thursday we just went with shop bought pie and chips.

On Friday we made a Jamie at Home Crispy and Sticky Chicken which was basically a tray bake of thighs, tomatoes and potato which for some reason I didn’t photograph.

Turkey Bolognese Pasta Bake

On 14th May 2015, This was Dinner

Another one I had nothing much to do with making. I only really assembled it to bake. This is the downside*/upside** or owning a puppy***


  • Finely chop an onion
  • Finely chop a garlic clove
  • Grate some cheddar
  • Grate some parmesan
  • Prepare some chicken stock
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºc (fan)
  • Get turkey mince, tinned chopped tomatoes, chipotle paste, pasta, mascarpone, oil & seasoning ready


Heat the oil in a pan and cook the onion until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a minute or two more.

Add the mince and brown. Stir in the chipotle paste and cook for another minute.

Add the tomatoes along with the stock. Cook for about half an hour. Stir occasionally and add water if it starts to get a little dry.

Cook the pasta according to the instructions.

In a separate bowl, mix the mascarpone with most of the cheddar and season.

Pop the turkey bolognese into a baking dish. Stir the cheese mixture through the pasta and put this on top then top with the remaining cheddar and the parmesan.

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and starting to turn golden at the edges.


Triple cheesy goodness.

Original recipe can be found here.

* downside? I do love to cook

** upside? It’s nice to eat dinner before 8pm when it’s not a ‘quicky’

*** There is no downside to owning a puppy!

Sesame Turkey Meatballs & Some Other Good Stuff

On 17th April to 1st May, This was Dinner

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As I mentioned before, I messed up with the camera, the result was that some of my photographs ended up completely blurred with no way of saving them. These meatballs are the last photo I got before I realised my mistake which came from changing the settings back incorrectly after taking some photos of Walter.

I’ve added some details of a few of the meals we had that were worth a mention. Here’s the Sesame Turkey Meatballs from the Smitten Kitchen cook book my sister bought me for Christmas.


  • Whizz up some fresh breadcrumbs
  • Finely chop some garlic cloves
  • Toast some sesame seeds
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºc (fan)
  • Get minced turkey, an egg, ground cumin, ground coriander, chilli flakes, cayenne pepper, oil & seasoning ready


Mix all of the ingredients together and form into balls. Chill for about 20 minutes.

Heat some oil in a pan and brown the meatballs.

Transfer to a baking tray and cook for 15 to 20 minutes in the oven.

I served ours with baked, smashed sweet potatoes and a dollop of sour cream and cranberry sauce.

TWD_1704_Turkey_MeatballsWe had a visit from the in-laws on Saturday so enjoyed an afternoon with three crazy dogs.

On the 20th I made a Lemon and goats cheese pasta which I have made before and can be found here. I’ve used the original photo to tempt you.

pastaOn the 21st I made Bacon & Sausage Baked Mushrooms:

Like breakfast in a mushroom minus the eggs. An egg would have gone nice on top of this to be honest but I didn’t have a spare.

Get the largest mushrooms you can.


  • Take the stalks off some large mushrooms (I did 4)
  • Finely chop the stalks
  • Remove the casings from some sausages, pulling into small pieces (I had 6).
  • Chop a large tomato
  • Grate some cheddar
  • Pick some thyme leaves
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºc (fan)
  • Get oil, butter, bacon lardons and seasoning ready


Grease a baking tray and place the mushrooms top side down. Add a little butter to each mushroom and sprinkle with the thyme leaves and the chopped stalks. Season.

Divide the sausage meat between the mushrooms then add the bacon lardons and the mushrooms. Season again then cook for about 15 minutes. Take out and add the cheese, cooking for another 5 minutes.

The original recipe can be found on the Delicious Magazine website.

This West Indian Chicken with Sauce Chien was very good on the 22nd April:

So chicken with dog sauce then? It appears to come from the idiom ‘avoir du chien’ which in French is the equivalent of saying someone is a fox – as in – Derek’s GF is a fox (no – I would NEVER use that term either!).

I was very organised and remembered to marinate it last night.


  • Finely chop a scotch bonnet chilli
  • Zest & juice a couple of limes
  • Roughly chop a couple of shallots
  • Slice some spring onions
  • Roughly chop some ginger
  • Chop some parsley
  • Get ground cumin, ground allspice, garlic, rice wine vinegar, sugar & seasoning ready


Pop the ginger, shallots, garlic, zest and juice of the limes, parsley, half of the chilli and spring onions in a processor. Add the rice wine vinegar and a pinch of sugar and blend well. Add a little boiling water and some seasoning, give it another whizz up.

Rub the spices and the remaining chilli over the chicken then cover with half of the sauce.

When they have had their marinating time, heat the oven to 180ºc (fan) then cook the chicken for about an hour or until cooked through.

Serve with rice and more of the dog sauce.

The BBC Good Food recipe can be found here.

On Thursday night we had hot dogs. Mustard, ketchup, cheese, leftover dog sauce and variations thereof, along with lovely sweet sticky onions made using the largest onion I have EVER seen.

We had this Thai Style Mince on the 24th which is another firm favourite that has been sidelined since I started the blog. Again, my original photo.

TWD_Thai_MinceI did a large pie version of some Trinidadian Aloo Pies (or spicy meat and tatty pie) from a great book called Dirty Food which was very tasty and fed us for a couple of days.

We had Chicken, Corn & Slaw on the 26th April:

We went on a lovely walk today. The forecast had been for it to be pretty grotty after a lovely week but the weather was gorgeous. I hope this is a sign of the summer. Sunshine makes everything better doesn’t it? I think it caught everyone by surprise as there was no smell of barbecue in the air.

And what could make it better? A dish that screams of summer days. The girl on the chicken stall misheard me and gave me two kilo of chicken wings instead of one. I didn’t bother correcting her as they were only £3.80 and Mr S would polish them off, no problem.


  • Prep some chicken wings
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºc (fan)
  • Finely slice a red onion
  • Finely slice some white cabbage
  • Grate a couple of carrots
  • Zest & juice a lemon
  • Get corn on the cobs, natural yoghurt, clear honey, soy sauce, peanut butter, sesame seeds, paprika, butter, oil & seasoning ready.


Pop the wings on a baking tray. Season then drizzle with oil and cook for about 15 minutes,

Mix honey, soy sauce, peanut butter, sesame seeds and a little salt. If it’s a little too thick, add a bit of water.

Put the onion, cabbage and carrot in a bowl and mix in the yoghurt, lemon zest and juice and some seasoning.

Take the chicken out of the oven and pour the peanut butter sauce over. Cook for another 15-20 minutes until cooked though.

Cook the corn in a pan of boiling water until done. I bought a boil in the bag pack that took eight minutes.

Serve the wings with a good serving of the slaw and the corn with a little (or a lot) butter and a sprinkle of paprika.

On Monday night we had the remainder of the pie from Saturday with some beans and the leftover slaw.

The last thing I didn’t get a photo of was Middle Eastern Eggs with Merguez & Pistachios:


  • Chop a red onion
  • Halve some cherry tomatoes
  • Chop some parsley
  • Shell & roughly chop some pistschios
  • Get merguez sausages, harissa paste, eggs, paprika, natural yoghurt, sugar, oil & seasoning ready


Heat the oil in a pan and cook the sausages until almost done. Remove from the pan.

Add a little more oil if required and cook the onion until softened. Stir some harissa through then add the tomatoes and a splash of water. Pop a pinch of sugar in and season well.

Cook until the tomatoes have cooked down into a nice thick sauce and add back the sausages along with a little more water if needed.

Create little wells in the pan and crack in the eggs. Cook until the yolks are set (or however you like your eggs).

Add a dollop of yoghurt and a sprinkle of paprika to serve. We had some lovely crusty bread with ours.

The original BBC Good Food recipe can be found here.

On Wednesday we had a favourite staple of ours – the quesadilla – with serrano ham, cheese, spring onion and jalapeños.

Thursday we stopped off at the shop for burgers as we forgot to get anything out of the freezer and on Friday I just couldn’t be bothered so we had shop bought pie and oven chips.

As I said, normal service will kind of be resumed, ‘tomorrow’.

Creamy Turkey & Broccoli Gnocchi

On 31st March & 1st April 2015, This was Dinner

Always on the search for a gnocchi dish I came across this recipe in my Frame by Frame: Quick and Easy cookbook I haven’t visited for a while.


  • Cut some broccoli into pieces
  • Toast some pine nuts
  • Finely slice a couple of leeks
  • Get turkey steaks, gnocchi, wholegrain mustard, crème fraîche, orange juice, butter, oil & seasoning ready


Cook the broccoli in boiling, salted water. Remove the broccoli and bring the water back up to the boil.

Heat some oil and butter in a pan and cook the leeks until softened and starting to brown.

Remove from the pan and pop to one side.

Season the turkey steaks and cook for 2 to 3 minutes each side until cooked through. Remove from the pan and cut into strips.

Cook the gnocchi in the boiling water then drain, reserving a little water.

Mix crème fraîche, mustard and orange juice.

Throw the gnocchi, leeks, broccoli and turkey into the biggest pan and add the crème fraîche mixture along with some seasoning and stir well.

Serve with a sprinkling of the pine nuts.


On Wednesday we were lazy and had a takeaway, kebab for me, burger for Mr S.

Sweet Potatoes with Smoky Turkey Chilli

On 24th, 25th & 26th March, This was Dinner

On Tuesday we made the recipe named above, found in March’s edition of BBC Good Food. I like a nice turkey chilli as an alternative and this went really well with the baked sweet potatoes.


  • Finely chop an onion
  • Finely chop a garlic clove
  • Heat the oven to 180ºc (fan)
  • Get sweet potatoes, turkey thigh mince, passata, BBQ sauce, paprika, chilli flakes, sour cream, oil & seasoning ready


Stick the potatoes in the oven on a baking tray. Depending on their size they will take between 45 minutes and an hour to cook.

Heat some oil in a pan and cook the onion until softened. Add the garlic and stir for another minute.

Add the mince and fry to brown and break it all up. Add the paprika and chilli flakes and stir well.

Add the passata and a little water, stick in a good glug of barbecue sauce and some seasoning. Bring to the boil and then simmer and cook for as long as you want but at least 20 minutes. I always think a chilli benefits from a long cook so I started on mine when I put the potatoes in.

Cut the potatoes, top with the chilli and serve with a blob of sour cream.


On Wednesday, we made Spicy Breakfast Scrambled Eggs I didn’t bother with a photo as it didn’t look appetising but it was yummy:


  • Chop some tomatoes
  • Chop some spring onions
  • Chop some mushrooms
  • Finely chop a chilli
  • Crack some eggs into a jug and gently whisk
  • Get oil, butter & seasoning ready


Heat the oil and butter in a pan and cook the onions until softened. Add the mushrooms and cook. Add the chilli and stir for a couple of minutes.

Season the egg mixture and pour into the pan and cook sot scramble.

Serve with the chopped tomatoes.

On Thursday I had fish cakes, chips and beans. Kids grub.

Turkey Schnitzel Burgers

On 23rd November 2014, This was Dinner

We strayed from our list this week, purely because we went into town far too late for the market so there are certain no-no meals when we haven’t been.

I’ve had this Bill Granger Good Food Channel recipe bookmarked for a while and turkey isn’t one of our market must-haves.


  • finely slice a couple of fennel bulbs
  • finely slice an onion
  • rinse some capers
  • chop some parsley
  • chop some dill
  • juice a lemon
  • bash some turkey steaks until thin
  • smash up some cornflakes until fine(ish) – pop on a plate
  • chop some oregano
  • whisk an egg with a little milk – pop on a plate
  • pop some plain flour on a plate and season
  • get mayo, butter, bread rolls, oil & seasoning ready


Mix the fennel, onion, capers, parsley and dill together. Mix the mayo, lemon juice and seasoning together. Stir the mayo through the slaw.

Stir the oregano through the cornflakes

Taking the turkey steaks to each stage before moving on to the next one (you’ll stay cleaner this way). Dust in the flour, dip in the egg then dip in the cornflake mixture.

Heat butter and oil in a pan and cook the schnitzels for about 3 minutes each side.

Toast the bread, spread a little mayo on the bottom, top with the schnitzel and pile on the slaw.


On 24th November 2014, I met up with a couple of my favourite people at Meadowhall where I managed to pick up another Christmas present. I had a burger at Coal and although OK, I wouldn’t be bothered if I ever went again. Staff were nice though.


Turkey & Courgette Kofta

On 29th October 2014, This was Dinner

These can be found in the September issue of BBC Good Food. You can’t go wrong with a but of minced turkey and the addition of the courgette in these keep them moist.

I adjusted mine as I didn’t want to skewer them and I’m not keen on grilling stuff other than bread!


  • heat the oven to 190ºc (fan)
  • finely chop some garlic
  • zest and juice a lemon
  • grate a large courgette
  • chop some parsley
  • deseed and slice half a cucumber
  • grate some carrots
  • chop some tomatoes
  • get turkey thigh mince, ground cumin, crème fraîche, yoghurt, pitta bread oil and seasoning ready


Mix the mince, garlic, cumin, zest, courgette, parsley and seasoning together. Divide into 8 and roll into ‘sausages’. Cover and pop in the fridge to chill for at least 20 minutes.

Mix the crème fraîche, yoghurt and a squeeze of the lemon juice together and season.

Toss the carrot, tomato, cucumber and remaining lemon juice together with the parsley.

Toast some pittas.

Pop some oil in a pan and gently brown the turkey koftas all over. Transfer to a baking tray and pop in the oven for about 10 minutes or until cooked through.


Turkey Meatball Korma Soup

On 16th October 2014, This was dinner

The inspiration for this came from trawling through my vast back catalogue of recipes torn from the pages of my old magazines. I had some Korma paste lying around but here’s the Thai original if you want it.


  • finely chop a garlic clove
  • roughly chop a yellow pepper
  • get some turkey mince, fish sauce, Korma paste, coconut milk, chicken stock, limes, frozen stir-fry vegetables, egg noodles & seasoning ready


In a bowl, mix the turkey, garlic and a dash of fish sauce. Form into small balls of about 3cm in diameter.

Heat the curry paste in a large pan with a splash or two of water.

Add the coconut milk, stock, lime juice and a little more fish sauce, bring up to the boil and add the meatballs. Cook for a few minutes.

Add the pepper and the frozen veg and cook for another five minutes or so. Add the noodles and cook until the noodles are done.


Very nice indeed, Mr S picked the meals for this week and apart from the salsa cod blip they have all been really good. I might allow him to do it again 😉