Saturday, January 8, 2011

Food, Glorious Food....

What do you do with a leftover spiral sliced ham with the bone?  Make a pot of beans!  This is just 1 part of the 2 part bone and a good portion of the meat cooked with a bag of white navy beans and a couple of the free onions I got at the thrift shop a couple weeks ago.  The bone will be removed and most of it will be canned in pint jars as soup for lunches.  
What do you do with leftover ham gravy and potatoes making eyes?  Make potato soup!  This is the bowlful I had for dinner.  I thinned the gravy and when it was boiling I added peeled and cut up potatoes in bite size chunks.  I also took one carrot and 3 of the small free onions (about the size of a large egg) and whizzed those in the food processor and added to the soup.  When the potatoes were done I mashed them, added some seasoning and there we are.  It was pretty delicious.  I will most likely eat all this and not can it as it would be too thick  to process well.
And I froze the other part of the bone with some ham for a pot of beans later on.  Still have more ham - they didn't have any small ones-so that will get canned in pints tomorrow with the broth for soup making later on.
While I was waiting for these pots full of goodness to do their thing I was perusing some of my latest purchases.  I have splurged a bit on myself this last month by adding to my collection...
of vintage cookbooks and household hint books.  I have quite a few now, this is what was in the mailbox today.  I am finding them on etsy and Ebay for very reasonable prices and just love the old fashioned recipes and how inventive people were with food.  Who knew you could eat celery cooked as a side dish?  I thought it was either eaten raw or chopped up in soups if you were cooking it.  And I even find ingredients I have to look up as I have never heard of them.  Its an education.  And if I ever need to cook on a wood-stove or in a fireplace I will have all the info I need.
I have decided that since I have so many cookbooks from the teens thru the 40's that I will concentrate on finding ones from the 1800's.  They are pricier but can be found, though I will probably not be buying 5 at a time.  Amazon has a good selection of reprints which are ok with me too, I'm not a snob about it, its the information I mostly want though I do love an old book with all its stains and wear and maybe even someone's handwritten recipe in the back.  Love those!


June said...

I made pea soup today.

Beans, peas, potatoes.
Good ol' peasant food.
And, lo and behold, all that simple stuff is GOOD for you!

ladyhawthorne said...

I guess I'm just a peasant at heart...I love the simple things more than the fancy stuff. Your pea soup sounds good!

Lord Wellbourne said...

Being a peasant doesn't mean you can't eat well and look good. I've been doing both for years! To heck with haute cuisine! Simple foods prepared simply are the way to go.

I'll keep my eyes open for older cookbooks for you up here.

June said...

My pea soup was not good.
I don't know why.
Too much carrot?
Maple ham instead of hickory smoked?
It has a little bit of a "dirt" taste.
Talk about PEASANT FOOD!

ladyhawthorne said...

Maple flavor does give a off taste to things sometimes, at least the bacon does, but I'm not sure why it had a dirt taste. Did anything burn or stick?

Mac n' Janet said...

Love ham cooked with white beans. I had no idea you could use celery as a cooked side dish, I may go looking for some old cookbooks too.

ladyhawthorne said...

And another one is stuffed cucumbers... cut them in half longways, scoop out the center where the seeds are and stuff it with dressing or one of several other mixtures and bake. May have to try this one too!

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