Saturday, June 28, 2008

'LEAFY' JUNE ... (BRUNCH ON THE PORCH) CURRIED TURKEY SALAD with WALNUTS & GRAPES / PARMESAN PITAS

"June is, above all things, "leafy," seeming chiefly to concentrate her energies on her foliage; for although she really is not lacking in flowers, they are almost swamped in the great green flood which has swept silently but irresistibly across the land."
~ Frances T. Dana
~ 'Leafy' June
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CURRIED TURKEY SALAD with WALNUTS & GRAPES

3 lbs. cooked turkey breast or tenderloins

(Poach breast gently in bath of water, carrots, celery, pepper & onion for 1 1/2 hours or 25 minutes for tenderloins and allow to rest in liquid until cool)

1/2 lb. toasted walnut halves (save some for garnish)

2 lbs. halved seedless red grapes

4 sliced bananas

CURRY MAYONNAISE

2 cups Hellman's mayonnaise

1 1/2 Tbsp. curry powder

2 Tbsp. mango chutney

1/4 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. dried basil

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp. white wine

juice and zest of 1 plump juicy lemon

freshly grated black pepper to taste

  • Tear turkey into chunks or strips.
  • Mix mayo/curry dressing.
  • Toss turkey with dressing. Add toasted walnuts and grapes. If not serving immediately, refrigerate.
  • Just before serving, add bananas and reserved toasted walnuts. Great served with PARMESAN PITAS (slice Pitas in half and pull apart. Slather all sides with butter and liberally sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and cracked pepper. Place under broiler until bubbly brown.)


9 comments:

Brenda Kula said...

Honey, did your mama teach you all these recipes? When can you come fix some at my house? I'm hungry.
Brenda

joey said...

"Come on-a My House", Brenda ... always somethin' brewing! Coming from a long line of fabulous French cooks, Mother was indeed my inspiration and though gone for over 30 years, she remains near both in the garden and kitchen and joyfully lives through my creative children who also inherited her culinary gift.

Gina said...

Luscious green foliage!..looks so beautiful in your mosaic with the contrasting greens and variegations..but I'm sure even more beautiful in your garden Joey.. hope things have settled down some for you. Gx

beckie said...

Joey, such an appropriate quote to go with your pictures! Your hostas and ferns are indeed 'leafy' and isn't it wonderful to see them like that? Just how many hostas do you have? :)

Victoria said...

Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my blog. I love yours too (but it makes me very hungry!)

Di DeCaire said...

Thanks for coming over. Life has been too too busy. Cooking anything decent is out of the question. Your blog is lovely as ever. Do you have a simple strawberry shortcake recipe? I've been eating them by the quart.

joey said...

Thanks for your kind thoughts, Gina. Days are better but still stormy.

I paint the garden with hostas and can't even begin to count the many varieties, Beckie. Once (eons ago) I had a handle on all the names. After years, digging and dividing, I can barely remember my own name ;)

Thanks Victoria ... the blog is meant to make you hungry ;)

Good to hear from you Di ... Can't get my fill of strawberries either. Once in awhile, I nibble on them dipped in powdered sugar. Funny but of the many shortcake recipes I've tried, the family favorite is still off the Bisquick box!

Catherine said...

Love the quote! And that beautiful leafy collage! :) It's wonderful isn't it... when you garden long enough to realize the "green" ~the fabulous foliage is as or even more important and beautiful than just the flower's!:) And another mouth watering recipe! Yum, I love walnut's and grapes, & turkey,& curry & pita bread...making me hungry! :D
Great post Bloggin sis!
Cat

joey said...

This has been a favorite for many, many years, Cat. I have been 'a green gal' for many years. The only annuals in my garden (except for herbs and gerbera daisies) are in pots.