HAMMING it UP
Dec. 30, 2011 10:26 pm
Updated: Dec. 31, 2011 10:25 pm
I was forced prior to Christmas, to thaw and bake a ham, for no other reason than to make freezer space for yummies! Now, just how much ham can two folk eat in short order?
I simply wrapped it tightly in foil, and baked it! Along side, we had freshly made mashed potatoes and a veggie. Now, comes the challenge... Over the next week, intersperced with some beef here and there, we ate:
Ham and Scalloped potatoes
Scrambled eggs with ham and cheddar cheese (twice)
A repeat of the first night...
Ham and beans (soup-ish)
Ham loaf, finishing off the scalloped potatoes
When I cleaned the bone for the beans, I did manage to cut off one large chunk which I have frozen, but there are still slices in the frige for sandwiches!
So, after all of this "ham," what did I do this week at the grocery? I bought a ham to keep on hand for "next time..." What was I thinking? Simple, $0.99/lb! So, today, I took out a chunk of rib eye roast - I have to make room for the "new" ham in the freezer!
I intend on cooking the rib roast tomorrow, as a NY Eve dinner for us... Hopefully this time, I'll figure out how to roast it only to med/rare which I tend to shy away from, but as the last one was closer to well done by meal time, I think I'd like to undercook
this one, so as to reheat slices later without crucifying them!
NY day, we're invited to an afternoon soiree. Denise is roasting a turkey (thinking mini sandwiches on rolls) and asking each of us to bring a contribution. Not a sit down dinner, more of an afternoon appetizer/snack affair. I've offered to bring a pot of
black eyed peas, which with all of the advice I recieved from a "recipe request" I hope will turn out better than past attempts. To me, as I stated in my plea for help, they always taste like MUD! Fortunately, I do have a ham hock somewhere in the freezer,
and plenty of garlic! Many folk like tomatoes, though some don't. All were in agreement on one thing though, use "frozen" black eyed peas. I also picked up a 17 bean mix I like, and plan on adding the 16oz bag of frozen to half of the soaked multi mix.
Perhaps by "diluting" the black eyed peas, I won''t be so put off by the overall flavor... If it weren't for folklore or superstition, I wouldn't bother, but as this past year was rather "off," I'm hoping that a boost of good luck will go a long way!
Tomorrow may also bring the "take down" of the remaining holiday decorations... we've still a few lights out front, and my tree here in the sitting room, though I've already rounded up all of the other odds and ends, to ensure that all goes back into hiding
for another 11+ months. Maybe next December I'll be more in the mood, and might just put up all 3 of my trees, rather than just the one!
So, Health, wealth, and craziness to all in 2012! Above all, be safe this New Year's Eve!