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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.

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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 and Tartsy Day

No way Kali, the nip leaf fell face side down so I get to choose which day  to do a photo for.   Will I choose Artsy, Fartsy Day or Sunday Selfie?  I’m going with Artsy Caturday.  You get Sunday Selfie Kali.

Mom has designed her own artsy picture of me for Artsy Caturday.                                                                 What do ya mean…what am I?  No, I don’t look like I’m wearing a wrinkled and stained wedding dress…knock it off Kali!

I’ll give you a hint…♫ Do the mashed potato…♫

So my friends, go and visit Athena and Maries Artsy Caturday blog by clicking on the blog name.  and enjoy viewing the other artsy pictures.                                                              

Shopping Around The World

Here it is time for Shopping Around The World brought to you  by Piglove and Fozziemum.

Shopping Around the World

Shopping Around the World

 

 

The challenge this month was to price 5 different items in 2 grocery stores and then make some dish with these items.  So here goes my friends:

These are the items:

Superstore                                        Save On

new potatoes                             $ 0.98 Lb.                                     no new potatoes

large eggs                                    $2.47 doz                                    $2.99 doz

celery                                            $1.77                                           $0.89

green onions                                $0.77                                          $0.99

Hellman’s Mayo                           $3.89  750 ml.                           $4.49 750 ml

I made Potato salad for two.  Romantic eh?

Boil 6 of the new potatoes.  Cool them down as they will be too hot to handle.Cut up  potatoes in wedges small enough to get in your mouth.  These are the size of new potatoes dug up in mid July around here.  Chop about 1 stalk of celery into potatoes.  Slice thinly or you’ll choke on them.    While you are busy chopping, turn on the stove with your third arm, bring an egg to the boil…..the egg is still wearing its shell.  We’ll undress it later. Meanwhile with this third arm slice some green onions so they look pretty in the mixture.   Once the egg has just come to the boil, turn off the stove and let the egg sit….stewing in it’s own water for 20 minutes.  You should have finished chopping by now, if you haven’t, you’ll just have to grow a fourth arm as when the 20 minutes are up, plunge the egg into ice cold water.  We’re going to try and shock him out of his shell.  If, he’s still in his shell when the egg cools, you’ll have to manually pull his shell off.  He won’t scream so all should be quiet.  The sooner you pull the shell off the easier it is suppose to be both for the egg and you….that’s what, “The Science of Cooking” says anywho.  Now the egg is free.  Now that he is free lets slowly cut him up.  Do I have you feeling sorry for the egg?  Good.  You should feel some compassion as you dive into your salad.  Lastly. add your mayo.  Add whatever amount is tasty to you.  Voila…your potato salad.

The potato salad probably costs about$1…depending on the poundage of mayo you use.  I have many herbs that I will add so that the basic potato salad recipe tastes delish and different each time.

If you want more in your potato salad….try different items such as grated cheese, bacon, (sorry Bacon…this is turkey bacon…ya right)pickles, olives, garlic…..anything you can dream up that would go nicely.