Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Adventures In The Kitchen

Hello all!  I know, I know....I've been like a run away that just came home.  haha.  The good news is I have been busy trying to get a business started clear in another country, preparing for Christmas and trying not to lose myself in the whole process of things.
I have been kinda taking it easy lately in the kitchen.  We have been eating this and that, something or nothing; until I finally had to go shopping or we would have to break into our emergency stash!  Yes, we have one of those...:-)

Soooo, I purchased a large, smoked hock.  I had every intention of cooking it down and adding it to some cabbage, but got inspired in the kitchen along the way.  You know,  a little of this and a little of that.  It's amazing what you can pull off in a tiny kitchen like the one we have here in Canada.

Anyway, here is the finished result of slow cooking it with a special mustard sauce that I pulled out of my head while it was cooking.  I just put some stuff together with mustard and .....BOOM!  There it was....:-)

The thing was so large that even after cooking it, we had to put it on a platter.
I made a side of rice with the onions and spices from the hock and some broccoli.

I think I may have gotten 4 fork fulls in and noticed that Chris's plate was just about empty and there were a lot of sounds coming from his spot at the table.....

sounds like; "ummmmm"...."wow"......."um, um, um"  hahaha

And then there was the ultimate compliment of "you can make money on that!" accompanied by a thumbs up....:-).

Just another adventure in the kitchen with yours truly....:-).  And it ain't even Christmas yet!  haha

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!  I plan to.......:-)


Scootard said...

That was just rididdley-diddley-diculous. That face where my eyes are closed is because I couldn't keep them open while saying Mmm-mmm-mmm-mmm that hard!

I am seriously in awe of your chefly abilities. You rock babe!!!

Patricia Carpenter said...

Thank you, baby....:-). Glad you enjoyed it. Next time....chew it before you swallow! hahaha

Trobairitz said...

Don't you jut love it when a little impromptu kitchen inspiration turns into a win?

Good to hear you two are keeping busy and hopefully staying warm.

That last pic with you smiling is beautiful!!

Merry Christmas to you and Scootard.

Patricia Carpenter said...


Yes.... I love it when that happens...:-)

Merry Christmas to you and Trubadore!

bob skoot said...

Pat & Chris:

I can imagine the slurping noise from here. I do kitchen duty more often now and we have been putting our slow cooker to great use.

Lemon chicken this week, and spare ribs the week before. I notice your rice and broccoli, just like we do.

Can't wait for your pot luck dinner with you supplying the pot

Riding the Wet Coast

Dar said...

Mmmm that looked delish! Merry Christmas Pat to you and your hubs!

Patricia Carpenter said...


You are so funny! It was good. I'm already thinking about trying to do a recipe that we had a chance to order in Prague a few months ago. I don't know if I can pull it off, but I will try my hand at that next time!

Have a Merry Christmas, Bob!

Patricia Carpenter said...

Thanks, Dar...

It was great. I love to cook as long as it's not a "got to" thing. Christmas is going to be interesting as I will not be doing most of the cooking. As a matter of fact, I don't plan to do any of the cooking this year. We will be visiting with family.

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!

Deb said...

Mmmmm...lookin' NUMMY! Can I have a plate? LOL

I am with you, I love to cook if it's not "necessary". I used to do a lot of it in my big farm kitchen. Not so much now in this tiny apartment.

We eat out a lot now or bring in carry out. Bad, yeah I know!

I thought you lived in Oklahoma! Now I see it is Canada. I am confused...

Anyway, Merry Christmas to you both and blog you in the New Year!

Patricia Carpenter said...

Hey Deb,

We do live in Oklahoma, but only for part of the year and we also have a place in Canada which is where we are right now...:-).

We used to eat out a lot too, but it has gotten too expensive! Especially the way we like to eat and the types of food we enjoy. So, now it may be once or twice a month.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!