Saturday, November 16, 2013

Impulse Buying

I don't know what got into me.

The Husband and I went to the supermarket yesterday afternoon to purchase fixings for split-pea soup for dinner. That meant grab a slice of ham from the meat department and fill a bag with about 2 pounds of split peas from the bin in the produce section.

But, then we walked by the fish display. Wild, but previously frozen, Rex sole was on sale for $4.99 per pound. Neither of us ever had it before. Its name intrigued me. About a pound, please, sweet butcher lady.

Then I saw the squid. Ooooh. And, the octopus. Double ooooooh. The squid would be a treat for the Mama and for me. The octopus, too, if cooked correctly so it wasn't all rubbery. The Husband doesn't care for either, but he can have 2 pieces of the Rex sole. So, I asked for about a half pound of the squid and a quarter pound of the octopus.

As the butcher lady wrapped the items, I spied the locally made sausages. I turned to the Husband. "Shall we get some sausage?"

"I like those sausages," he replied. I asked for two calabrese sausages, which to my surprise was just over half a pound.

Rex sole, squid, octopus, and calabrese sausage. So many possibilities to create!

5 comments:

  1. How do you cook your split pea soup? I've been eating it recently and it takes forever to cook so I soak the peas overnight, grind them in a high speed blender and then cook. My health provider told me to eat split peas 3 times a week.

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    1. What's the goodness in the split peas that you need to eat them 3 times a week?

      This was a very delicious batch. All in all, it took about 65-70 minutes for the peas to "melt" on their own, but I let the pot continue simmering on very low for about another 10 minutes. For this batch, I sauteed leeks, carrots, turnips, garlic, and sweet peppers, next added the split peas (probably about 1 1/4 pound), stirred, then covered it all with a combo of chicken broth and water. Few minutes later, I added cut up pieces of smoked ham. Also added generous shakes of a dried herb concoction that Costco sells. When the pot came to the first sign of a boil, I turned down the heat to simmer.

      Maybe 15 to 20 minutes later (when I could smell the concoction), I stirred the pot and added just enough water to make sure the peas wouldn't suck all the liquid out and start burning.

      Except for a few pieces of carrot and ham, everything had "melted" and blended while they shimmied and shayed as they cooked.

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  2. Mmmmmm pea-n-ham soup !Mmmm to all the other stuff too. Perfect winter noshings :D

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    1. I make soup after soup until I hear one of the crew mumble, "Soup. Again." And, then I make 'em stew!

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