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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

cute-kitten-sitting-shopping-cart

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

 

 

Belated Happy Canada Day

Wednesday Canada turned 148.  That’s almost 149.  This reminds mom of the ad for Woodward’s.  ♫$1.49 day , Woodward’s. $1.49 day, Tuesday.♫  Now, only those in Western Canada will know what mom’s talking about, like Nellie from The Cats from Hell’s mom.  This little jingle came out in April of1958 and was very popular.  Look at the shoppers on this $1.49 day.  Notice the housewives going for a bargain.

Woodwards $1.49 day

 

Canada Day was very hot here and us northern cats and peeps are not used to hot weather for any length of time.  So we really suffer.  Give us ice, snow and freezing rain….these we don’t like but can handle.  So Kali and I flopped around  sighing.

Ok, I flopped and Kali was prissy as usual.

Mom and dad took off for the big park here in Prince George.  It was Fort George Park but now is Memorial Park because some ancient bones of aboriginals have been discovered in the park….in various locations.  Making the park a native burial resting ground and thus sacred for all natives.

Both mom and dad are extremely interested in other cultures and want to participate.   They got  a chance to get Turbans made for them by Sikhs at the park.    Making up these turbans is quite the effort.  However, the Sikh men and women doing the work were fast and so polite and nice.  Mom didn’t realize there were different styles of turbans but she noticed at least 4 different styles right there at the booth.

Jean in turban2                                                                  Bill turbanDon’t they look awesome!  We wanted turbans too.  So mom gave us  each our own turbans.  What do ya think?

The turbans in the park were gathered and neatly wrapped around the head in several layers.  This was done for free by the Sikhs.  In order to show their lifestyle.  Mom and dad were told that while they wore the turban, they could not use profanity, drink or smoke and not eat meat.  Obviously words they live by.

A sign on the tent of the Sikhs at the park:  “Keep calm and put your turban on.”    Words to live by.

Shoko and I discussed Artsy Day and Selfie Sunday and I got Artsy Fartsy Day blog hop.   So here is the link to Athena and Marie at their blog hop.  I am submitting me with my orange turban as art.

Selfie Sunday belongs to me.  I shared with Kali and now its my turn to show everyone my turban on The Cat On My Head”s Blog Hop.  Merely click on the fabulous hosting blog and you can view all my other Selfie buddies.