April is our turn to host the Shopping Around The World for Piglove. Simply put The Canadian Cat’s URL in your post with your favourite seafood dish. Piglove’s URL would be nice to include too.
Hey Kali how’s the ole gal doing? She’s OK….she’s watching and talking to the TV. The talking to the TV tells me she’s getting better. What happened anyway Shoko…do you know? Well, listening to dad and mom yak about her knee, it seems when they went to Omaha Beach after meeting up with Phenny and his mom and dad, mom fell down. Really!! Good ole mom, when in doubt, have a bath….sorry, that’s for us not mom. For mom it would be….MAKE A TURKEY OF YOURSELF!
This picture was taken moments before mom stood up, heard a crack and fell on her face. Da Phenny knew it was coming and wanted to get out of there fast so is dragging his mom behind him. MOL.
When they got to London they caught a virus….both of them. This knocked them so low that they could barely be seen on our cat radar, but I get ahead of myself as all of the residents at the house in Normandy were involved in fixing our recipe of the month for Shopping Around The World.
We peek in at the activities In the house in Normandy that day.
Seems mom was the bossy dudette for our recipe of Fish Cakes made with salmon. She says supervisor, we say bossy.
1 tin Sockeye Salmon….150 grams $5.25 in Canadian Dollars
1 onion…. 1.29 euro a pound , $ 1.38
8 small potatoes……very small…1.99 for a kilo, $$ 2.13 euro
some butter….in cupboard
A true international dinner.
1/ Dice onion but not too small. Throw a teaspoon of butter in frying pan to brown onion. Put onion in frying pan and cook at medium-high…stirring frequently or your onion will be black as my face. MOL
2/ While the onion is browning, cut up the potatoes and boil them in a pot.
The potatoes are boiling and the onion is sautéing as demonstrated by our model Broomhilda Brush, a charming woman.
With your other hand chunk up the sockeye salmon after you have removed the juice and given it to the pet at your elbow. As you see, aforementioned pet is helping Broomhilda get the salmon juice out of the can and telling us to flake off, it’s his juice.
3/ The potatoes are done so smash them like this foreign resident of the house.
4/ Turn onions off at this time.
5/ Add salt and pepper to taste and about 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs.
6/ Combine smashed potatoes, browned onions. salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and of course the salmon in bowl. Mix with hands. It tastes better this way.
7/ Make patties with your hands. Put 2 tablespoons butter in frying pan and turn the temperature to high. Watch constantly. Don’t forget to place the patties in pan. After about 5 minutes turn the cakes over and do the same on the other side. You want to brown them on either side….not burn them. DONE! These are some scrumptious looking fish cakes. Mmmm…perhaps some more potatoes would be wise next time.
A wonderful meal that we all had part in making. What? Mr. Brush didn’t do anything? Oh yes he did! Mr. Brush appears to have eaten a little more than the chair could hack. The chair broke but Phenny was there to the rescue, moving so fast he’s a blur.
Thank you for joining us for April’s Seafood Recipe. From all of us: Mr. and Mrs. Brush, dad, mom and Da Phenny we bid you a fun and happy day.
Broomhilda Brush and Mr. Brush aka Phenny’s mom and dad.
It is also Sunday Selfie Day with The Cat On My Head blog. Well, we just couldn’t miss another Selfie Day so I took it upon myself to show one and all the beret mom brought me back from Paris for me. Kali got one that is exactly the same. Where’s the French treats mom….trade ya the beret for the goodies. MOL Am I not one sophisticated kitty? I asked for a green beret but mom didn’t think I deserve a green one. I tell you…I’m not so sure about that woman.
Please stop by The Cat On My Head and view our friends trying to show their best side. It’s a riot.Mom this was a long blog. I’m bone tired but a little peckish. Are there any treats in the big Paris bag? There are? What do ya mean I have to share them with Kali. What did she do? Oh alright if I HAVE to.
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.”