I Must Confess…My Secret Skill…

Post brought to you by Steggles

So this week’s I Must Confess prompt is sharing a secret talent or skill. I can’t wait to read all the wonderful talents and skills you’ve all been hiding all this time 🙂

As for me, I thought I would share something I learnt about myself this last weekend. You know, I can actually cook – if I try!

How did I come to this realisation? Well, let me start from the beginning…

Last month, fresh off the plane from New Zealand, I headed down with Matilda, to the Blogger’s BBQ hosted by Kids Business. In New Zealand we had discovered that eating together again as a family might just assist in getting the kids to try new things and for us all to eat more healthy. So finding ways to continue this habit was at the forefront of my mind.

At the Blogger’s BBQ in Sydney I met other bloggers, liaised with brands and generally had a good little bloggy time. While I was there I met with the lovely folk from Steggles and tried some of their new turkey range. While I wasn’t able to try everything (turkey is gluten free but some of the meals it came with on the day were not) I was impressed enough to take a step I have never taken before.

I agreed to review the new turkey range AND cook one of Steggles’ turkey recipes.

There may have been a moment of panic last Friday when the turkey samples arrived – all 30 of them…

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Yes – that is a fridge and freezer FULL of turkey!

In the end, I decided to take this step for a few reasons:

1. I want to cook more healthy dishes for the family and turkey is naturally low in fat.

2. We’re trying to share meals at the table as a family and the recipe I’m sharing today is ideal for that purpose.

3. Turkey is similar to chicken so I figured I had a better chance at the kids trying it (especially Gilbert!)

4. The coeliac in me wants to show that recipes can be adapted to be gluten free.

4. But mostly I’m a sucker for a challenge and I wanted to see how well I could cook a new recipe.

So, here’s my experience in cooking soft turkey tacos with salsa and spicy dressing.

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What you need:

1 pack Steggles Turkey Breast Fillets (2 breasts), cut into strips

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 cup lime juice

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1 tsp mexican seasoning

1 small red onion, finely diced

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

1 small avocado, diced

2 tsp chopped coriander

1 red chilli, finely chopped (optional)

2 tbsp olive oil

250g packet mini tortillas

225g packet fresh coleslaw salad (we didn’t use this for own meal)

What you do:

1) Combine cumin, smoked paprika and 1 tbsp of the lime juice in a non-metallic bowl. Add turkey and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to marinate.

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Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise, mexican seasoning and 1 tbsp of the lime juice in a bowl. Set aside.

2) To make the salsa, combine onion, tomatoes, avocado, coriander and chilli (optional) in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and remaining lime juice, stir to combine.

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The aromatic and tasty salsa on the left and the punchy mayonnaise on the right

3) Spray a large frying pan with oil and place over medium heat. Cook turkey in two batches for 5-6 minutes, turning frequently, until cooked. Top tortillas with coleslaw, turkey pieces and salsa. Drizzle with mayonnaise dressing.

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 It truly tasted as good as it looks – a great meal for the whole family!

We dispensed with the coleslaw and added shredded cheese to our tacos which is closer to how we normally serve them. If you are not fussed on spice, leave out the chilli as the remaining spices are not hot and really add a punch of flavour.

What I found:

1. Turkey has a strong flavour which is really complimented by the equally strong flavours in the salsa and mayonnaise.

2. This recipe makes a good quantity of salsa and mayonnaise so don’t be surprised if you have leftovers.

3. Turkey is less messy than chicken to prepare and I found it cooked really well.

4. Gilbert actually tried his “chicken” and ate a little bit (in the interest of making it easier for him to accept something new, we didn’t call it turkey and served some unseasoned pieces for the kids to try).

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5. It was easy to replace normal tortillas with gluten free ones and find gluten free alternatives for the mayonnaise and seasoning.

6. It was really delicious – I was over the moon at putting together something that we all actually tried and enjoyed!

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Matilda clearly enjoyed her tacos!
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Celebrating my unexpected culinary success with a delicious cider after cleaning up!

What you can win:

Steggles Show Bag

Steggles have been kind enough to offer 2 x Steggles Turkey Showbags to giveaway. They are worth $50 each and includes an apron, a sweat band, recipe cards and a discount coupon offer.

To be in the running, just leave a comment below sharing your secret talent or skill and the two comments that impress me the most will win. Simple. Make sure you comment by 6pm Thursday 20 February to be in with a chance to win.

Steggles Turkey Shortcuts reszied

Steggles Turkey Shortcuts are a fresh, exciting range of turkey cuts from Steggles delivering simple, tasty and healthier meals. The products are high in protein and low in fat, with mince and breast fillets awarded the Heart Foundation Tick. Visit www.steggles.com.au for recipe ideas and inspiration. Steggles Turkey is available in Coles (excl. WA) and selected IGA’s.

So there’s my secret skill – I can actually cook! What’s yours????

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– I Must Confess is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for the whole week.

– You can link up something old or new, we’re not fussy around here.

– Feel free to go with the prompt for the week or add your own confession, whatever suits.

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– We’re always open to suggestions for the weekly prompt!

 

Next week’s prompt – if you could do it all over again (or if you did have a blog), what would your blog name be and why?


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27 Responses

  1. Zita says:

    Definitely bookmarking this recipe for later use! Looks (and sounds) yummy!
    Zita recently posted..to confess my crafty side..

    • Kirsty says:

      It is really tasty. I thought it would be a lot spicier but it was full of flavour rather than spice. I will definitely cook it again!

  2. Ok I totally got the theme wrong lol I thought it was loe, must’ve got confused with FYBF.

    Seems every blog I read has turkey taking over their fridges and freezers at the moment!
    Toni @ Finding Myself Young recently posted..This is love

  3. LOL this reminded me of when my Mum used to cook “chicken pie” …. actually tuna pie but being fussy kids we wouldn’t eat tuna, but we would have second helpings of “chicken pie”!!!

    I’m also posting about my latest kitchen adventures today 😉
    Janet @ Redland City Living recently posted..Pressure Cooker vs Slow Cooker – which is better?!

    • Kirsty says:

      I really enjoyed your pressure cooker post – will need to investigate that further. And it’s funny what we will tell our kids. I knew Gilbert would not try turkey but I was confident we’d have a chance if we called it chicken – and it worked!!!

  4. Mystery Case says:

    OMG so much Turkey. Do you think you will be sick of Turkey before you reach the bottom of the box? The recipe looks interesting though.
    Mystery Case recently posted..Let’s do the confession again……….

    • Kirsty says:

      I strongly suspect I will be sick of turkey soon. But at least poultry freezes well and it gives me an excuse to keep practicing my long dormant cooking skills!

  5. Mary Preston says:

    I think my secret talent would be in stretching the budget to not only feed the family, but in putting a little aside for emergencies. (There is always one just around the corner I find.)

  6. Jaz says:

    Go you good thing, that looks great! Maybe you and I should go on MKR together and be team bloggers lol.

    Thanks for putting up another wonderful prompt – they seem to make me write half decent posts, looking forward to next week 🙂
    Jaz recently posted..I must confess…secret skill

    • Kirsty says:

      I would be hopeless on MKR. I would be like Harry and cut myself or drop things or forget the recipe. Then there’s the even greater likelihood that I’d drop Pete and Manu’s dinners into their laps (I think I would be majorly starstruck!) Thanks for the feedback on the prompts. Lisa from Mummy Manifesto came up with the secret skill one so if you have any ideas of your own please send them my way!

  7. Stacey Shailer says:

    I’ve never thought to use turkey instead of chicken, will have to be more adventurous! My secret skill…tweaking recipes and adapting them for my slow-cooker! I’m seriously in love with my slow-cookers and use them constantly, so have gotten pretty good at changing any normal recipe to suit the slow-cooker 🙂

  8. Michelle V says:

    My secret skill is finding things.
    Whether its a lost sock or shoe, an important document, or even a food item, I am the only one on our household who can find it.
    Hubby does a ‘search’, but is never thorough enough to come up with the goods.
    Our three girls are always amazed at how I find the item, right where hubby has just finished looking.

    • Kirsty says:

      Can I borrow your skill Michelle? That would be unbelievably useful for those times when Gilbert is looking for a specific item and melts down when I can’t find it…

  9. Ness says:

    That recipe looks and sounds delicious. I really need to develop cooking as a skill, as long as it’s not cake. Don’t need the temptation!
    Ness recently posted..Sweating As A Skill

  10. Wendy Sutcliffe says:

    I have an amazing skill where I can burn pretty much any meal I attempt to cook, my husband says it’s the Internets fault :/

    • Kirsty says:

      Wendy, I could have sworn that was my skill previously too. But if I can cook something like this and not burn it, ANYONE can!!!

  11. Kim says:

    My secret skill is that I can fix toilets! I found out in a moment where the toilet broke and we had no money for a plumber. It took a couple of trips to the hardware store and a few internet searches and watching a youtube clip, but I fixed it for $25! I don’t like having this skill though because it was very stressful, so it’s not something I advertise amongst me friends.

  12. melanie w says:

    I don’t know if it’s a talent or a skill but i can touch my nose with my tongue.

  13. Well done Kirsty! That looks delicious! Glad to hear the kiddies like it and that you enjoyed your time in the kitchen! 🙂
    Winnie @ Bubfriendly recently posted..Essenzza – Fuss Free Facials – A Review And Giveaway!

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