Our tomatoes are starting to ripen, but so far only the cherry tomatoes are usable. So we went to the local farmers market yesterday and got a few nice big ripe tomatoes. Sliced up some of our homemade bacon, from the pig we had butchered last year. Baked a fresh loaf of whole wheat bread this morning and toasted a couple of slices. So, Mr had one of his favorite meals ever, BLT on toast with Miracle Whip.
I had a buffalo BLT salad! Fried up the odds and ends of bacon, poured off the fat to save for other uses, and mixed the pieces with the left over buffalo wing sauce from yesterday. A nice bed of romaine lettuce with a few fresh basil leaves, some chopped fresh tomato, a little bleu cheese, the buffalo wing sauced bacon bits, and topped with bleu cheese dressing.
Meanwhile, Tomato King and Tomato Queen were enjoying their favorite meal, fresh grasshoppers. I looked up some information about them – they are Eastern Collared Lizards, and they will eat just about anything that is moving that they can fit in their mouths, but grasshoppers are best. They are very welcome here.
Now for this week’s lunches. Potato soup for Mr, his favorite lunch. Chop about 1/2 cup each of celery, carrots and onion and start them cooking in some of the bacon fat and fond (see Alton Brown, Good Eats) in the large pot I used earlier to cook the odds and ends of bacon. When they are fairly soft, add about 2 cups chopped potato and 1 quart of the stock I made yesterday from the wing tips with onion, celery, carrot and jalapeño.
Keep simmering until the potatoes are done, then stir about 1/2 cup of flour into a quart of milk, and add that to the pot. Stir in a few ounces of cheese, I like pepper jack, and cook and stir until it is all bubbly and thickened. If you like it smoother you can use a stick blender, but Mr likes the chunks of potatoes.
Season to taste with kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, cayenne powder, paprika, parsley, dry mustard, and a splash of Worcestershire sauce. This makes about 3 quarts of soup, which I put into 4 quart jars so he has a nice lunch Monday through Thursday, with lots of saltine crackers, of course. I’ll take some green salad, some of the potato salad left from yesterday, and maybe some tuna or crab meat for a little extra protein.
In case it sounds like all I’ve done all weekend is cook, I did manage to get the yard mowed and the laundry done. Both are dependent on weather, and both are somewhat time consuming, since we have a small push mower and about 1/2 acre to mow, and we do not have a dryer and hang everything on the line to dry.