Noodles In Turkey Broth

A crazy thing happened a week ago. Exactly a week ago. We gotΒ  puppy.

Meet Asher.

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We’re crate training him within his play pen.

He’s a 4-month old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and he caught hubs’ heart the moment he saw him. It’s been a whirlwind of a week, and I’m very sure, more to come.

We know next to nothing about puppy care. We’ve never really had dogs before. Nor cats. The only things I’ve ever had growing up were terrapins, hamsters & fishes. Trust me when I say that until now, I still wonder what we were thinking, getting a puppy. If you’re gonna get one, be prepared… they’re a lot of work. Seriously. From potty training, to digestional issues, to healthcare, to wiping everything up.

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But one week in, he’s slowly growing on me and I’ve come to find myself relaxing a little. Puppy blues is a real real thing. With hubs’ help and support, I’m loosening up more and am starting to enjoy Asher better. Except when I have to clean poop off the floor (sorry for saying “poop” on a food blog. Sorry for saying it again πŸ˜€ Also if you’re got puppy potty training tips, cast them this way. I need everything I can get!!)Asher 2

I mean, look at him. His favourite things are belly rubs and pats. I sat with him today, patting him for close to 20 minutes to compensate leaving him home to go to church. He laid there for exactly that amount of time savouring every pat and scratch. And then fell asleep after that. He’s ridiculous. πŸ˜›

So if I’m missing from this space for a bit, it’s probably because I’m still trying to feel my way around this whole puppy thing. In the meantime while the change-aversed-neurotic-me tries to get a hang of having a new member of the Tenacious Tinkering household, I need something to calm my nerves. And I always fall back to something soupy, something noodly, something warm.

A while ago, my mom brought over a frozen chopped turkey drumstick. She was, like, “I don’t know what to do with this. You have it.” I left it in the freezer for a while, not knowing either what to do with it. We’re always so used to whole chunks of turkey to cook with. What’s all this chopped business?
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TheΒ  the day came when I needed noodles soup. I needed it real bad. And I found this package at the back of my freezer. Eureka!

Searing whatever meat you intend to use for broths and soup bases is always a good idea. It intensifies the flavours while adding another nutty dimension to the broth.
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With all these basic soup base ingredients, you know it’s going to be good. I had some ground oregano so I sprinkled some in. I didn’t know dried oregano can make soups taste that amazing & give it such savory depth!
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I simmered this for about 45 minutes until the turkey meat is nice and tender.
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You could boil the noodles in a separate pot of water, and I recommend that if it’s of the fresh variety, but mine is the air-dried sort with no oily residue. Makes no sense dirtying another pot! I’ll link down to some that are similar to what I used but you can pretty much use anything you like. Even pastas.
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I got lazy and cracked the eggs into the broth too. Which explains why they don’t look very photogenic. Ha!
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With some freshly shredded carrot strips & pea sprouts, this meal is complete!
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Not too much active work time at all but so very rewarding. When you are stressed, unwell or having puppy blues, make this. You’ll feel 29374% better. I promise.
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I was rushing to take these pictures because I was SOOO hungry. Also I don’t like soggy noodles very much. πŸ™‚
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A very simple, easy meal for days when you need a hug on the inside.
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You’re guaranteed to feel loved. πŸ˜‰ Just like Asher when he gets his belly rubbed.

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For even Christ pleased not Himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on Me.” {Romans 15:3}

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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 1 Turkey Drumstick/Leg, chopped into 1 inch slices
  • 2 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 2 Celery stalks, chopped
  • ½ Carrot, chopped (remaining ½ shredded)
  • 1 stalk Leek, white end chopped
  • 2 medium Red Onions, peeled & chopped
  • 4 slices Ginger
  • 3 cloves Garlic, smashed & peel removed
  • 1 tsp ground Oregano
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 4 cups Water (appx)
  • 5 fresh shitake Mushrooms, sliced
  • handful Pea Sprouts, washed & drained
  • 3 Yee Mee Noodle nests
  • 2 Eggs
Steps
  1. Heat up oil in a medum soup pot or heavy based deep pan on MED HIGH. Sear turkey pieces briefly, about 1-2 mins per side. Remove & reserve.
  2. Toss in chopped celery, carrot, leek, onions, ginger, garlic, ground oregano, bay leaf, pepper & salt. Saute on MED heat until onions appear translucent.
  3. Add in water & reserved turkey pieces. Make sure water covers turkey pieces. Bring to boil then down to a simmer for about 45 mins or until turkey meat is tender.
  4. When ready, toss in fresh shitake slices.
  5. Add in noodles & crack eggs straight into broth. You can poach eggs searately but why dirty another pot?
  6. Once noodles are al dente, divide it all up into 2-3 bowls, depending on your appetite.
  7. Top with shredded carrot & fresh pea sprouts!
Notes
Change every element up to your preference, if desired! Make it totally yours. πŸ™‚

Comments

  1. Beautiful puppy! A lot of work right now, but as his training progresses I’m sure he’ll be delightful!

    • Hello there, Joyanne! Thanks for popping by! It IS a lot of work but I enjoy scratching Asher’s belly πŸ™‚
      Been thinking about both you & Danae a lot lately but not sure whether to write or not. Perhaps I shall! Hope you and your family are doing well.

      • Do write! πŸ™‚ I’d love to hear from you sometime!
        I have tried e-mailing you, but never heard anything back so figured that either my e-mails never reached you or you must have changed e-mail addresses!
        Best to e-mail to my address as Danae hasn’t checked her e-mails for a long time! πŸ™‚

        • Sure! I’ll write you soon, Joyanne. Your emails might have ended up in my Junk folder. I’ll go have a look around and see if I somehow missed them or something. πŸ™‚ Chat again soon. Oh, also thanks for visiting πŸ˜‰

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