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Shopping Around the World

Piglove and Fozziemum  are hosting Shopping Around the World and the recipe this month is a dish mom is known for.  So it’s time for me to don my Chef’s cap and get mom to assist me.                                                                chefshok
I’m dressed to attack our special dish.

Mom is known for her Split Pea Soup. No, she’s not French-Canadian but she loves this cold weather soup.

INGREDIENTS for Day 1,

1 smoked pork hock…..$11.25 for a big smoked pork hock.  Size does matter.  The bigger and meatier the smoked pork hock, the tastier the pea soup.  You’ll need 8 cups of water also.

DIRECTIONS for day 1

Alright, grab your crock pot and utensils.  Our crock pot has a 10 cup capacity with room to spare.  Two of me could comfortably sit in the crock pot.  Although mom doesn’t want me to show you, something about furry soup.  Anyway, fill the crock pot with 8 cups of water and throw your smoked pork hock in the pot.  .  The first thing you want to do is cook your smoked pork hock.   A pork hock is very fatty with  pockets of  meat.  You want to cook the crock out of the smoked pork hock.  Turn the crock pot on low for 12 hours.  The meat should be falling apart when ready.  Put the whole hock in a bowl to cool.  Put the broth in a separate bowl to cool.  You will leave the broth overnight in the fridge so the fat rises to the surface and solidifies..  Mom leaves the bowl with the smoked pork hock overnight too as she’s seen enough of it for the day.

DAY 2

Today you will finish making your soup and can have it for supper.

INGREDIENTS:

1 onion……$0.69
1 and 1/4 cups dried split peas….$0.75
1 cup dried whole peas……$0.70
1/4 cup green lentils……$.35
few celery leaves
2 russet or old potatoes…..$1.50

DIRECTIONS:
Pull that bowl of broth out of the fridge and skim off most of the fat on top. The fat has solidified so it is easy to remove. Keep some of the fat as it has a lot of flavour.  The broth is like jelly.  Put the broth in the cleaned crock pot. Turn the crock pot on to low. As the broth warms it will liquefy.

Chop the onion small for soups. Throw in your onions, celery leaves,

split peas, whole peas and lentils. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Check crock pot and stir occasionally throughout the day.                                                                         aaapeabeforeYou will see in the soup there is green onion that needed to be used and celery slices that also needed to be used.  Celery is delicious in the soup and the green onion just added a wee bit more flavor.                                                             aaafacekaliHow about some Silvervine Shoko?  The soup would have quite the kick. Sounds ghastly Kali. The Silvervine would be ruined by the pea soup. We’re best to have the Silvervine straight up.

 

After the crock pot has simmered for about 5 hours add the 2 cut up potatoes.  The potatoes should be cut to slightly bigger than mouth sized as they break up in the soup.

Next, get your cooked smoked pork hock out of the fridge and peel all the fat off the meat and rip the meat into small pieces or the size of meat you want.  There is a lot of wasted fat in with the meat.  Once you’ve pulled the meat apart, throw the meat into your soup.  I add some thyme for flavour, about 1/2 teaspoon.  This is not necessary.  Let the soup cook for another 2 hours to soften the potatoes.

You are finished making your soup.    We freeze some of the Split Pea Soup.  However, we don’t freeze the potatoes in the soup as they go mushy.                                                                         aaapeasoup1Your finished recipe.  Unfortunately mom and dad got all excited and ate a bowl before taking the picture so it looks like a herd of buffalo were slopping up the soup. MOL  They went back for more so it must be good.

May your sandwich holla at your Pea Soup, “Lettuce get together some thyme.”

 

 

 

Shopping Around the World…One Dish Meal

Fozziemum and Piglove are our fabulous hosts for Shopping Around The World.  This month we are making one dish meals.                                                               ng-cart

Mom decided to make a shrimp casserole.  After trying Sammy’s Shrimp Salad, mom has discovered the tasty joys of shrimp cooking.  Of course, this is Sammy from One Spoiled Cat.

We are ready for some dancin’ and sliddin in the kitchen.  Right mom, OK…. this is serious business.  We’re ready for some Chopin… I mean choppin’ and whiskin’.  I been whiskin’…MOL Just whiskin’….whiskin’my day away.                                                             chefshok   Shrimp Casserole:

Sidekicks $1.25 (ON SALE)                                                                             aasidekickshalf an onion (cupboard)
celery,1 stalk (fridge)
mushrooms,5 (fridge)
carrots,4 small (garden)
beet greens 4 small (garden)
red peppers,3 small (greenhouse)
peas, handful (garden)
beans,8 fresh (garden)
Shrimp 1 300 g. pkge. or (2 shrimp rings….$9.98) Only use 1 box.

I do believe that’s all the ingredients my friends.

DIRECTIONS:

With the sidekicks, cook them as the pkg. states.  As these are cooking, cut up your mushrooms, onion, celery and red pepper and sauté them in 1 tbsp. of olive oil.  TIP:  If you have someone in your household that picks veggies out of the mixture so they don’t have to eat them, chop everything small.  These folk don’t stand a chance in Hades of getting anything out.  MOL Your sidekicks should be ready. Pour the whole thing into your casserole dish and stir. It’s the only thing in there so one swish otta do er. Add your sautéed onion, green peppers, mushrooms and celery. These veggies should be just bendable, they will finish cooking in the casserole and the juices will float about in the mixture. Now you will need to pick some beans, peas, carrots and beet greens. For most folks they can grab a handful of frozen peas and beans and go with that. A few carrots from produce would be nice. If, these are uncooked, partially cook them and add to the mixture. The carrots can be shaved into the casserole or chopped, or anyway you prefer them. You can also add leftovers from the fridge if they would go together.  Any added veggies should be cooked for about 10 minutes or long enough for the veggie to be just slightly soft. No chocolate and beans….it sounds ghastly!
The final ingredient to add is your shrimp. Mom always seems to get shrimp with the tails on them. This is very unpleasant when chowing down on the casserole so you want to remove the tails. I sent Kali to pull all the tails off the shrimp because it is so boring. She is playing…”he loves me…loves me not…loves me…” thinking of her beau Buddy from the Tomcat Commentary by Tim.
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hehe…this isn’t a Persian meal Kali.  I know but when’s mom going to make a Persian dish?  Thought I’d take this opportunity to show off my new Persian garb.

Cook the casserole in the oven for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.  If the casserole starts to look dry add some water…1/4 cup and stir like you’re on nip.  After 15 minutes add the tailless shrimp and cook for another 10 minutes.

aashrimpcass1What are those black blobs in there, mom?  You didn’t grab a few beetles and through them in, did you?  You know Kali probably didn’t get all the tails off the shrimp so they’ll be a little crunchy anyways. No mom…..sorry.  Mom said I was being rude so I’m really sorry, there are no bugs in this casserole, nada….none.  PSSSST….mom burnt the red pepper!  MOL                                                                   aaakalishokfoodBring on the shrimp mom!  We’re waiting patiently.

May your tunnel never develop holes.

SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI…..ORANGE

                                                    SHOKOKALI2

Trippin’ On The Keys Pt. 2

ahhOf course this is Ernest Hemingway.  He was only 62 when he went to join his cats from the cemetery at the Rainbow Bridge.

Mom wanted to stay longer at Hemingway’s House.  The house and grounds were fascinating and Walt Disney enjoyed showing mom around.                                                            awaltThe cats have a cat house that is a replica of Hemingway’s House.

acathouseShe had to say goodbye to Walt.  Dad was tapping his watch and saying they had other places to go on Key West before nightfall.

awaltdNotice Walt’s front paws…a true Hemingway cat.  Look real hard at Walt….think he has a stand in.

Off mom and dad went in their flame coloured Fiat.  Heading for the southernmost tip of the USA.                                                                    asouthtipThis is the best picture they could get of the buoy.  See all the tourists…mom says the tourists just kept coming.   The southernmost point was originally just marked with a sign, which was often stolen. In response to this, the city of Key West erected the now famous concrete buoy in 1983. The concrete buoy is actually an old sewer junction that was dug up in the area and found too heavy and large to move, so it was painted up to look like a buoy.  It is 81 nautical miles straight south to Cuba.  The buoy says 90 but its inaccurate.                                                          asmhzm    The Southernmost house in the USA.  Mom said all you can really see are lots of palms around the house.

They drove through the Truman Annex.  How the American government acquired this land from the people is in much debate….even today.  It is worth googling the Truman Annex my friends.  Much of the Truman Annex today is privately owned.                                                                     aa3

The houses are beautiful and most of them are Townhouses.  For mom the main attraction was the Little White House.

alwhTruman’s White House in Key West was the winter White House for President Harry Truman for 175 days during 11 visits. The house is located in the Truman Annex neighborhood of Old Town.

The Little White House was the end of their visit to Key West and it was time to take the Fiat and vacate this Key.

For the next three hours, which were uneventful….dad drove and mom sipped on her free Cokes from Coca Cola Headquarters and stared at the same scenery going back up the Keys.  You can imagine the bathroom breaks!  There were no pictures.  I think mom fell asleep but she denies it.  Finally they stopped on Marathon Key.  There are no pictures as it was as black as…mom’s…um…can’t say that….black as her camera!

Finally they piled out at the Yellowtail Inn.  This Inn was fantastic….individual cabins that had a view that looked  out on the Atlantic, except it was dark and they couldn’t see anything but what was directly in front of them.                                                                     aviewThe inside looked like this:                                            aytThey quickly grabbed some food and had a slice of Key Lime Pie….seeing as they were here on a Key.  They quickly went off to bed at 10pm to get up at 3:30am.  I  can just see mom settling down for the night.  All of a sudden there was a kkkkkfupclack, kkkkkfupckack….on went the light and they soon discovered it was the fridge talking to them.  They figured they could sleep through that so turned off the lights.  The lights came back on…by themselves….went off and then stayed on for a few minutes.  Hmmm….they fell asleep but mom says she was restless as was dad because between the lights coming on and off and the fridge making ghastly noises….it was most unsettling to say the least.   So they got up at 3am and left….both very tired but they had to get to Miami Airport by 7am.  The room looked nice but it was haunted and not by happy tourists.

Finally, they made it to the airport.  In to the rental company  went the Fiat.  Mom and dad sat like statues at their gate for hours.  Dad always likes to be real early.                                                               ajetThere’s their plane.  Delta’s headquarters is in Atlanta and that’s where mom and dad were headed, change planes and off to Seattle, change planes again and off to Vancouver, Canada.

This is my favourite part cause they visited with Nellie while in Vancouver…my mentor.                                                                       nellie2Then it was a prop plane to Prince George and home!

Would you say these two have had enough of travelling for the year?                                 appb  MOL…what a sight!                                                                             appjMOL  These are actually mom and dad’s passport photos but they looked like this when they walked in the front door after their trip.  I tell you it isn’t fair.  They looked way better when they left for vacation.  Now, mom looks like she wants to beat up dad. MOL

I don’t know why they go away, we’re all that matter and we’re so handy.                                                                         kalimedalsmThis is the loudest comforter I’ve seen in our house and mom loves it…..turn it over to the grey side mom.                                                                              Kali and Shoks

 

 

 

 

Shopping Around the World

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This month Shopping Around the World Presents making a hearty winter soup.  Bacon of Piglove introduced us to Shopping Around the World.

Cat in pot

Shoko has decided to be my assistant on this cooking project.
chef Shoko
Just think of me as the Canadian Chef. Today we will be making pea soup from scratch.

This process takes us two days because mom is picky as hell-o.
Here is a list of the ingredients:

1 smoked pork hock
1 onion, chopped
celery, chopped
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup dried split peas
1/2 cup whole dried peas
1/4 cup of green lentils
1 potato, peeled, cut up

Mom used a big crock pot and threw in the smoked pork hock. What’s a pork hock mom? I never heard of one. The hock is the lower, meaty portion of the front leg of the animal. Eww…the lower leg of the pig…shhh we don’t want Bacon to hear! You mean like the ankle? There’s not much meat on an ankle but the hock might include an ankle also Shoks. Sounds like peeps don’t have enough to do if they’re going to smoke an ankle. The hocks are so tasty though Shoks and when they’re smoked they get a special flavour. You mean like ham, mom? Well, yes, very similar to ham Shoks. Why not just use the ham then? Mainly because the hock has such a lovely flavour…stop asking questions Shoko and let’s get busy. OK mom, how long do we simmer the smoked pork hock mom? I put the smoked pork hock on for about 10 hours on simmer in the crock pot. Then we throw away all the fat on the meat and the bay leaf. We peel back the fat to see the meat. Transferring the juice into our bowl, we then put the bowl into the fridge to make the juice gel up and all the fat to rise to the top. The meat we keep in another separate bowl. We can put it in the fridge overnight or in our case, stick the bowl on the deck for an hour or so and the juices will solidify quickly. It shows just how fast us kitties can get frozen at these temperatures. It’s quite dangerous to have animals out for very long in this weather Shoko.

After the juices have cooled overnight we take a slotted spoon and remove much of the fat solidified on top of the bowl. We keep some of the fat as this is where much of the flavour resides. Now. is the time to add all the dried ingredients and the onion and celery. There is no need to sauté the veggies as they will cook nicely in the crock pot and retain all their flavour. Any questions Shoko? Yes, when do we pee on the juices? What??!! Oh my Shoko we never pee on the soup. It’s called pea soup because we use peas. Why would you think we would pee on it? I’ve heard of yellow pea soup and green pea soup and I figured one had to pea on both but you couldn’t really see the pee in the green soup. What’s the difference between yellow and green pea soup mom? Green and yellow split peas are different varieties of the seeds of the Pisum sativum L., or field pea, plant. Also if peas dry to hardness on the vine, they retain a yellow appearance as opposed to dried up picked peas. How do you know mother? I know from the peas in our garden Shoko. I have never dried enough to make yellow pea soup but maybe I should and see if it works. That’ll be our goal this year mom.
After the dried ingredients have been added, add the chopped onion, That’s not much potato in a big crock pot like that mom. I know Shoks but we freeze our pea soup and the potato seems to go grainy when frozen so I only put in enough for that meal.
While the ingredients are cooking bring out the pork hock meat. I am rather particular about not including any gristle or chunks of fat. So I pull the meat apart by hand so I can feel the meat that goes into the soup. MOL…no wonder you need glasses mom! About 2 hours before meal time add the chopped and peeled potato. If you add the potato too soon, it will become mush.  I add the meat just before eating the soup.  Many times I have had a delicious soup but the meat tasted boiled so I add the cooked meat last.  Although I can’t see where adding the meat earlier would make a huge difference. Today you will have the crock pot on for about 8 hours or maybe a wee bit less.
Your soup is now ready to enjoy. Any last words about the soup Shoko? Yes, remember don’t cool the soup down by peeing in it….mom says it really doesn’t taste good afterwards…psst..guess she found out the hard way. MOL

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Note the orange thingies in the soup, well, mom told me she added shredded carrot and a bit of chopped carrot but no pee.  Got i?!  Good.

Kali and Shoks