Friday, January 9, 2015

SOUP & MEMORIES




I was never taught to really cook as I was growing up.  Therefore, my poor husband had to live on hot dogs and warmed up canned pork & beans a lot when we were first married!  Bless his heart...he survived and is still with me after 44 years!  After a LOT of trial-and-error, I have turned out to be a decent chef.


One of the things on my BUCKET LIST is to teach my granddaughter to do more than just boil water (which is about all I could do in my early years).   We've done a good bit of cooking together but tonight I let her make her Papa's supper....all by herself...and she did a GREAT job!  Of course, I supervised and gave a few directions, but she mostly did it herself.  She made DUMP SOUP and BLUEBERRY COBBLER. 
                                                                 


While preparing our delicious meal, she wore an apron made by her great-great grandmother complete with hand embroidery.  As we cooked I shared a couple of stories about GRANDMAMA told to me by her greatest fan, her grandson/my husband.  My husband thinks she hung the moon (and the sun and all the stars).  Of course, she didn't....but if God had asked her, she probably could have.  She was a very resourceful lady....and a fabulous cook.  Granddaughter M has already done some embroidery; and now she is learning to cook.  Grandmama, sure wish you were here to give her better instruction than I can.
                                                            

Both the soup and the cobbler turned out great.  She gave it her seal of approval by eating a big bowl of each.  Later, she may not remember the soup  or the dessert, but I do hope she remembers the MEMORIES we made cooking together and hearing stories about her family.



In case you'd like the recipes, here they are:

 

DUMP SOUP

Brown one pound of hamburger meat....or use leftover ham as we did today.
(We also added the ham bone just for a little extra flavor.)
 
"Dump" in:
1 can tomato soup              1 can diced tomatoes
1 can creamed corn              1 can butterbeans (or leftovers)
1 can okra                     1 can Veg-All
1 1/2 - 2 cups water            1/4 cup rice
salt & pepper to taste
Cook on very low for a couple of hours to meld the flavors together.
BLUEBERRY COBBLER
To about 2 cups of peaches or blueberries or blackberries, add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you like it).
In another bowl: combine 1/2 cup self-rising flour
                                      1/2 cup sugar
                                      1/2 cup milk (warmed in microwave about 25 seconds)
In small square casserole:  melt 1/2 stick butter or margarine
Then pour into the butter the flour/sugar mixture.  DO NOT STIR.
To this add the fruit.  DO NOT STIR
Bake @ 350 about 30-45 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.
 
 
 



1 comment:

Theresa said...

Thanks for the recipes AND for sharing this sweet time with me! I know that your Granddaughter will remember that day forever and will make those recipes for her family when she grows up! Have a blessed day dear friend, BIG HUGS!