My friends over at The Cat On My Head are holding another Selfie Sunday and I thought my selfie should join my friends in the mug shots, um….the row of shame….no the models of all things furry and beautiful. That’s it! I was in the shower cleaning as per my contract with mom when I thought I saw a hairy monster coming out of the drain. I’m taking a closer look in this picture. A photo of our BFF Nellie, Kali and me self out of our memory book. Aren’t we gorgeous!
Did you say it was mom and dad’s anniversary today. Yes, Shoks. They’ve been married like way too long. Well, I’ve only been here for 8 years Kali and they were married then. Were they married when you came here? Oh yes, they’ve been married for 45 years. Cwap, that long!! That’s like 3 lifetimes for us cats. So where did they go for dinner. Mom made reservations at The Twisted Cork. Let me guess. There are corks all over the floor and the servers have twisted personalities. MOL MOL They’re home! Tell us mom what did you have for your special dinner? OK girls, listen to this. I had a Caesar Salad tossed with bacon and parmesan cheese. You must have had more than a salad. Then I indulged in pan seared Pacific scallops in a saffron cream and topped with red caviar. Caviar…fish eggs….what were they like? Very tiny Shoko and not much flavor. What’s the black stuff under the scallops? I’m ashamed to say I don’t know but it was delicious. It wasn’t chocolate but what a delicate flavour.
What did dad have? Dad eats meat like we do…..none of this salad bit for him. Dad had a New York Steak, thick cut with a house dry rub and six large prawns on top of the steak. The potato was coated with seasoned bread crumbs and baked. He also had a vegetable ragout with red peppers, zucchini and broccoli. That steak makes my mouth water. You can keep the veggies.
So the dinner was a success? Not everything. We each had sparkling water and it tasted…bad! It tasted like someone threw baking soda into the water. Yuck.
How about us mom, we’re getting hungry. You got any Fancy Feast for us gals? Sure enough….Make room for the beef girls. .
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.
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.
Today you will finish making your soup and can have it for supper.
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
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. You 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. How 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. Your 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.”
We received the Travelling Sunglasses, that originated with Phoebe of 15 and Meowing, from The Critters in the Cottage. Mom was delighted but I was skeptical. What was I suppose to do with these things? Mom said I was supposed to wear them….where and what for? Mmmm…. Island Paradise treats.
Everything looks strange. MOL. Everybody can see your nekked legs, mom! I think our friends have seen nekked legs before Shoko. Well, at least they’re no longer as furry as mine. MOL
Another Caturday has rolled around and a new Artsy Fartsy display is called for. Kali was more than willing to be the model for Cotton Candy Kali.
You will find Cotton Candy Kali and her anipals over at Athena and Marie’s Caturday Artblog. Take a peek at the furry friends of Kali.
Look who came over for a visit last night? Mom checked him over and he is in great shape so I guess he wasn’t in the cat fight.
You will remember a couple of weeks ago we had a furry visitor. He hung around here for three days…much to Kali and my disgust. He was in great shape and friendly. Dad was getting ready to call him George, so mom knew it was time George was taken to a shelter. George suffered the indignity of getting neutered but that was for the best best to keep the number of kittens in check. He was also given a check up and found to be in excellent health. Mom called today to see how George was doing. Well, yesterday a really nice family adopted him. Mom and dad were so happy! Mom had a cup of tea on Oak St( the name given him by the shelter). Dad, well dad had a beer to celebrate Oak St. getting a forever home.
We like him much better now that there is no chance he’s going to live with us.
Earlier today I got a surprise! Beatrice called to wish me a Happy Gotcha Day. I was delighted to speak with Beatrice and chat away about what she was doing and where she was. She was no longer in the Yukon and had spent weeks at headquarters in Winnipeg learning the camera angles and so on. She was calling from Argentina. It was very hot and she didn’t much care for it. Her work in Argentina would be done in a week so she was happy about that. She wasn’t sure when she would have the time to come home but she wanted to take advantage of the demand for her modelling. We told her we loved her and she gave us many verbal hugs. She’ll call again when she gets the extra time.