P’s, porridge…hot

Continuing on my foods in the key of P theme, breakfast began with a perfectly pleasant…grapefruit. Much better than yesterdays (maybe since it was Number 2 for the season, it tried harder). That was followed by a persimmon and pineapple fruit cup (should have made it a fruit plate, darn it!).

Since the weather was perturbingly cold, damp and gloomy, a piping hot breakfast main course was what I really wanted to partake in. So in a little pot, I prepared a portion of porridge (aka, Bob’s Red Mill 5-grain cereal), plying it with milk, almond milk, a sliced banana, a few dried cranberries and raisins, cinnamon and vanilla, and of course, canned pumpkin. To top, I added cranberry sauce, pumpkin butter and pecans. Pleasing, and most delicious.

The P theme fell apart with dinner, which started with this…

We were happily buying bags of Brussels sprouts from Costco for about a month, but then they stopped carrying them. I don’t quite understand that logic, since the fall/winter “food” holidays are rapidly approaching. Surely that’s when more Brussels sprouts are eaten than at any other time of the year? Me, I love them. I could eat them all the time! We started working Trader Joe’s into our grocery runs lately (my quest for pumpkin butter gets a lot of the credit), and discovered that they carry these lovelies still attached to their stalk. Yay! Just snip them off or break them off and you get this…

This is what happens when Miss Brussels mingles with a chunked up leftover eggplant, under a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and granulate garlic (just don’t tell her she’s destined for a roasting pan). And finally, we have this…

Our lovely roasted veg, nestled alongside a turkey burger on a bed of greens, with some roasted mushrooms and a taste of Jeff’s home-canned pickles and pickled beans. (Whew! Got two in!) I was not in a recipe mood, so I threw ground turkey in a bowl with an egg, some Dijon mustard, granulated garlic, Montreal steak seasoning, salt and pepper, hot sauce and enough panko bread crumbs to make the mess a little dryer. Then I shaped it into six patties and cooked them on my pancake griddle (too cold and wet to grill). Tasty, but I might try baking them next time (like mini round turkey loafs). Pan frying just smokes up my house too much.