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I soaked a pound of black beans overnight and then cooked them for an hour or two. I had a notion to do a bean and corn something or other and ended up here. The corn was grilled and then cut from the cob. There are a few green onions chopped into the mix, and a bit of fresh yellow bell pepper. I dumped in the last of a jar of pickled green chilies, tried it, and added some pickled red peppers because I thought the green ones were good in there. The dressing was a vinaigrette of rice wine vinegar and olive oil with crushed and minced garlic. There is a sprinkle of ground cumin and salt. I may do the same dish with fresh roasted peppers the next go. This made a decent side salad.Here are all the pups lined up at the door with Katie showing better manners than the rest of them. Mrs J is teaching her to accept the leash and she is doing pretty well. Long road, still.Bea catches some Zs under the rhodie.And here is a young turkey wandering through the yard. There are plenty of turkeys hereabouts and occasionally we see them poking about.
We keep a broadcast feeder at the back pond filled with whole corn, set to run a few times a day. A video camera is set to watch over it and gets plenty of videos of various critters: Ducks, turkeys, deer, birds of all kinds, squirrels, stray cats and dogs, the rare coyote. Mostly, though, we get raccoons, usually at night. The other morning I trundled down there with a refill for the corn and surprised a ‘coon. He didn’t have anywhere to go but into the water. Not a very good swimmer, but he made it across.
I saw some pickled red onions somewhere, used as a garnish much like I have it here. I looked around and found this recipe and made up an onion’s worth of it. I tossed in an anise star in addition to the allspice berries and the cloves and it turned out OK but I think then next batch will be just the onion with vinegar and salt. The recipe with the spices and sugar made them too… something.
The sammich is smoked pork, the side of fried onion rings came from the frozen foods aisle. I deep fried them for a few minutes because they are crispier that way, rather than baking them in the oven. Oh… I made a bit of a joke about using a past ripe avocado for making bread, like we use brown bananas. Turns out that’s actually a thing. Actually, don’t bother:Yeah, you can eat it but you won’t be proudly taking it to a block party, Unless you are moving soon and you hate the neighbors. ProTip: Use the avocados in guacamole. Toss them when they get past ripe. Don’t think of it as wasting an avocado, think of it as saving the two cups of flour and an egg.
Katie is still very shy but she is starting to fit into the daily routine. She counts the couch as her “safe spot”, a place she runs to when she is anxious or afraid. Today she jumped up there when Annie was there already, something that she had not been doing. Instead she would pace around until the couch was clear and then jump up there. Today we are learning she isn’t too thrilled with the vacuum cleaner. Like I say, she’s fitting right in.