25 March 2012

Foodbuzz 24x24: A Midnight Screening

“May the odds be forever in your favor.” ~ The Hunger Games

Right now I feel like a 12 year old fan girl eagerly waiting to see The Hunger Games on the big screen.  I can say this is a huge thing for 12 year olds, because my niece sent me photos of her and several friends waiting in line at the theatre, while doing their nails and wearing the likeness of Katniss Everdeen on their shirts.

While I will not be waiting in line at the theatre, I decided to do the more "grown up" version of giddy fan girl excitement and created a meal centered around the movie.  The meal centers around wild turkey, in ode to Katniss and Gale foraging the nearby forest with bow and arrow.  It harks to the poison berries that Peeta and Katniss hold in the end, in what will be a dessert to die for.

Unfortunately I did not have time to make Peeta some Pita bread.  He will have to make do with an orange juice that District 12 could have never even imagined.

As part of Foodbuzz's featured publisher program, I put together this meal with another intention.

There is a prominent quote in the books, 

"We fight, we dare, we end our hunger for justice."

And in that respect, I will be donating the proceeds from this post to the University District Food Bank here in Seattle.


*** Apple Stuffed Turkey ***

The Shopping List:
  • 1 cup pear vinaigrette
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, diced
  • 1 Apple-Pear, diced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Rosemary
  • 1/4 cup almond slivers
  • dash of salt 
  • dash of pepper
  • 3 slices Soy and Flax Bread
  • 1/4 cup dried cranbberies
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup egg beaters
  • 2 deboned turkey breasts
    The Method:

    Marinade the turkey breasts in the pear vinaigrette for at least two hours, or overnight.

    Begin by creating the stuffing.  Warm a skillet to medium heat.  Add in the apple, and apple pear along with rosemary, salt, and pepper.  Heat for about three minutes, but do not over cook and soften the apples.  We want them to stay crisp.  About half way through add the almond slivers.  Remove from heat and allow them to cool.

    Cut the bread to roughly half inch squares.  Place it in a bowl, and mix in the apples, egg beater, dried cranberries and 1/4 cup of the vegetable broth.  Do not over mix, simply want to moisten the bread and have it start to hold together.

    Preheat oven to 425°F.  On a cutting board, place the turkey breasts skin side down.  Cut into it in the middle, but not all the way through.  Make two small cuts on the side creating a pocket for the stuffing.  Season the turkey with a little salt and pepper.

    Take approximately 1 cup of the stuffing and begin to place it into the turkey breast.  Use kitchen twine to wrap up and old the breast up.  Repeat with the second breast.  Place remainder of stuffing into the bottom of a roasting pan, and put the stuffed turkey breasts on top.  Pour in the remainder of the vegetable broth into the pan.

    Place the roasting pan into the oven for 15 minutes.  Bring down the heat to 350°F and cook for an additional 40 minutes.

    Serve over a bed of quinoa, and drizzle a little of the pear vinaigrette to top.


    *** Berry Clafoutis ***


    The Shopping List:
    • 1/4 cup caster sugar
    • 2 cups mixed berries
    • 1/2 cup cream cheese
    • 1/4 cup wheat flour
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup egg beaters
    • 1/2 cup whole milk
    The Method:

    Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Coat a tart pan with butter or cooking spray.  Sprinkle about 1 tsp of the caster sugar around the edges.  If you do not have caster sugar, you can make it by placing granulated sugar into a food processor and grating it until it becomes fine.  Place berries at the bottom of the pan.

    In a bowl, beat the cream cheese until softened.  Add in the remainder of the caster sugar, wheat flour, vanilla, and 1/4 cup of the egg beaters.  Once it is thoroughly mixed, add in the remainder of the egg beater, and slowly add in the milk.  Pour over the berries.

    Bake for about 25 minutes until the top begins to golden.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar, extra berries, or serve with a bit of vanilla ice cream.


    *** Sparkling Orange Juice ***


    There is a moment in the Hunger Games when Katniss describes the food in the dining car on the way from District 12 to the Capitol, food that would seem simple to the reader, but is described as extravagant.
    "The moment I slide into my chair I'm served an enormous platter of food.  Eggs, ham, piles of fried potatoes.  A tureen of fruit sits in ice to keep it chilled.  The basket of rolls they set before me would keep my family going for a week.  There's an elegant glass of orange juice.  At least, I think it's orange juice.  I've only even tasted an orange once, at New Year's when my father bought one as a special treat..."
     The orange juice drink I picture is slightly more decedent.

    The Shopping List:
    • 1/4 cups sugar
    • 2 cups water
    • 4 oranges, juiced
    • 1 pear, pealed and pureed
    • 1 quart club soda
    The Method:

    Put the water and sugar into a pot and bring to boil. Stir the liquid occasionally to disolve the sugar. Pour in the orange juice,  and give the mixture a stir.

    In a blender or food processor, puree pear until smooth.  Remove the pot from heat and allow it to come to room temperature.  Once cooled, add in the pear puree into a blender and mix thoroughly. Transfer juice to the refrigerator to chill.

    Before serving,  add in the club soda and give it another stir.