OR THE TURKEY STORY!
How many people do you know who gained 14 pounds while in the hospital? Well now at least you know one! Hey it wasn't my fault that they served such things as a vegetable omelet AND oatmeal, stuffed shells marinara along with broccoli and chicken noodle soup and pineapple chunks or arroz con pollo with Capri vegetables and tomato basil soup plus plantains and a cup of tropical fruit. There was a Spanish omelet with oatmeal, wheat toast and orange juice at one breakfast and pancakes with raspberry sauce plus scrambled egg whites and orange juice at another while for dinner there was broccoli/cheese chicken, orzo, split pea soup and apple sauce or how about grilled chicken with peach salsa, barley pilaf and asparagus and let's not forget meatloaf, tri colored potatoes, chicken noodle soup, Key Biscayne vegetables. By the way did I mention each meal was served with a roll and butter, a drink, not to forget syrups, gravies and other 'goodies'?
Now on to the turkey that almost got away!
I got the (frozen) turkey from The Pantry on Thursday and put it in my refrigerator figuring it would take 3-4 days to defrost and then I could cook it on Sunday using it for meals the rest of the week plus make a pot of turkey soup using the bones and carcass for flavoring and adding vegetables along with quinoa. In any case it didn't work out that way as on Friday the vascular surgeon sent me directly to the hospital without my having a chance to go home and get anything--or put the turkey in the freezer, not that I had room there for it!
I had no idea how long I would be in the hospital and by Monday I asked Allen to stop by my place and pick up a few things for me and to check that the turkey wasn't smelling. He came back and said it seemed okay, still somewhat frozen on the bottom. On that evening I was informed that the surgeon would cut into my leg and drain about 30% of the blood. I reminded him of the show I had to review and, after sort of giving me a funny look and reminding me that it would be better if I stayed off my feet for a few days, said I should be out early enough. (As you know that didn't happen.)
As Allen drove me home I talked about cooking the turkey. He left me off at the elevator and after running around for me, coming and going from his home to my place (about 40 minutes) coming to the hospital (another 30 minutes) and going home (30 more minutes) he was ready to go home (add 40 more minutes) and take it easy.
I came upstairs, and after putting my 'hospital' stuff, going through my mail, I went to the fridge to get the turkey started on its roasted life. IT WAS GONE!!! I called Allen and he knew nothing about it. I asked Carol, the security guard, if she knew anything about it but didn't. With the office being closed I left a message for Babs asking if she knew anything. I woke up the next morning to hear her voice on my answering machine saying that it had been thrown out because after 5 days sitting on the counter (?) it wouldn't be safe to eat but Esteban had put it in the freezer. I immediately looked and there was no turkey in there as I already knew because the freezer was packed as it was. I called Allen but he didn't know what was going on.
I told Babs that the turkey wasn't in the freezer. In a few minutes she called back to say that Esteban had thrown it out and then a few minutes later she called to tell me he had put it in the freezer near the office. Ten minutes later Esteban was knocking on my door and there was MY turkey. Yes I almost hugged it but I stopped myself in time!! And I went to work defrosting the turkey in cold water for a few hours, cooked it up, stripped it, put the bones in the pot and now I have turkey AND soup for weeks! Want some of the turkey, quinoa, (a can each of) corn, tomatoes along with onions, seasonings and garlic soup?