One of the best things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers. Days filled with meals from the Thanksgiving table splendor. Ham one day, turkey the next, raviolis the day after that. We cook like crazy for a week and it does pay off with at least a week of leftovers cooked this way or that. A great meal to use leftover ham is (yadda yadda, ham and bean soup) Pepper Jelly Ham. It is a simple 4 ingredient dish that I developed to be tasty and simple. It is such a change of pace during the holidays that you will forget it is actually leftovers. That’s a good thing. Served over rice this saucy meal is sweet with just the right amount of spice.
In a large pot, over medium-high heat, heat ham, pineapple, and jelly until bubbly. Meanwhile stir cornstarch into reserved pineapple juice. Once the jelly is melted and bubbly, add the pineapple juice/cornstarch mixture and stir well. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until sauce is thick and glossy. Serve over steamed rice. If you like it a bit hotter, add Sriracha to taste. Serves 6.
*Note- I used a 12 ounce jar of Cranberry Pepper Jelly sold in the cheese section at Whole Foods. It is delicious. Do try it.
A Constant Source Of Entertainment: My ICU Days
One day when I was a brand new ICU nurse, I was assisting a physician with a bedside procedure. It was during this particular procedure that Dr. Vas (name changed) was in a sterile field and needed someone to help him fill a syringe. Standing close by, I was that person.
“Robin I’m sterile.” Dr. Vas stated holding out the syringe.
“This is not the place to discuss this Dr. Vas.” I stated nervously and became quite flustered. Doesn’t he realize everyone can hear him?
“Robin I’m sterile.” He repeated, holding out the syringe.
“Dr. Vas, I’m so sorry for you but that is really none of my business.” I muttered under my breath, searching the room to see if anyone else thought this inappropriate.
“Robin I’m sterile!” He said more firmly, this time waving the syringe in my face.
“Dr. Vas, don’t you think you should discuss this with your wife and not me, especially during a procedure?” I insisted back.
My preceptor finally whispered in my ear that he was in a sterile field and that I needed to hold the non-sterile bottle of medication upside down so that he could fill the syringe without touching the bottle himself.
“Well I guess that is good news then.” I said flatly as I held the bottle for him.
Have a fantastic weekend!