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Friday’s Fantabulously Friendly Fill-Ins

Ellen from 15 and Meowing and Annie from McGuffy’s Reader have given us four sentences to fill in with the way we see things.  We plan to take turns and let you know how we feel.                                                                               SHOKO…..BLACK
KALI……ORANGE

A law I would like to see passed is…….a law making Catnip, British Columbia’s national plant.  Then give every cat here, their very own plant.                                                                                Life as it is today.

 

2. My favorite card game is…..Go Fish…I love fishing.  I f I could catch a salmon….I’d be set for life.                                                                     We’re waiting patiently for the fish to drop from the sky.  Mom says that the mama fish drops a whole pile of eggs and then they hatch.  C’mon a whole bunch of eggs drop into the pool.  We’re waiting. MOL                                                                      Ok Kali my turn..you go rest your paws.

3. With Summer unofficially here, …...planting the veggie garden is a must as the weather is warm so the plants will sprout ahead when the rains come.
                                                                                                
Here I am in the pea patch last year.  Such a peaceful place to sleep.
4. A favourite Summer memory is……catching mice over at the retired mechanic’s backyard.  I can sleep under the vehicles. or stalk mice.  His backyard is way more fun than ours.
                                                                       
   There you have it my friends.  This was cool so thanks to Ellen and Anna for this opportunity.  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

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

 

 

Artsy, Fartsy, Caturday Blog Hop

It’s Friday already Kali.  Tomorrow is Artsy Caturday with Athena and Marie on their very own Blog Hop.  Simply click on their blog hop and be swept away with a broom, into a lovely world of anipals being all artsy.  This time I get to pose for the Caturday art as this is for the latest blog header of me patrolling along Fort Meezer in Da Hood.

This means I get to pose for a selfie on Sunday then Shoko.  That’s fair Kali. 

Kali did you see Felix this morning doing his aerobics on the top of the pea poles.  He was at his best purring out a little tune.  MOL, no I missed it, bet it was hilarious.  Mom got a few pictures of him.

                                                                                                                                               What a character! MOL