What is it about Saturday mornings? I remember the day when it was a morning reserved for sleeping in, then a long leisurely trip through the morning paper followed by a breakfast for champions. You know what I'm sayin'? Relaxing, quiet, orderly. Well not so much now that we're OLD. I mean, here it is going on 5:30 AM, still flippin' dark outside and we've been up for half an hour, awake for over an hour. The big guy's already marking papers, Max is antsy to get on a walk, Georgie's tormenting a desert packrat to death in the backyard and I'm sittin' here with my coffee and all of you. Ahhh, life in the fast lane.
It was a different story last night. The cook was lazy...really lazy. The recliners were beckoning, I had a book to finish and the big guy just wanted to veg in front of the television, so dinner needed to be a one bowl thing...quick to make, easy but memorable with limited groceries. In other words the cupboard was bare.
All the elements were in place for the birth of a new creation - Bacon, Leek, Tomato and Potato Chowder. Download BLTP Chowda' Hey sometimes the best things are born from necessity. I crisped up some pepper bacon in a medium saucepan, put it aside so I could pick at it while I made the soup, then added a leek, onion, potatoes, chicken stock and the rest of the milk I had hiding in the fridge. It tasted a tad bland, so I added some salsa and you know what? I think I'm on to something! Creamy, rich and spicy, with bacon undertones - ah, it was bliss in a bowl.
There's only one problem. Remember when I said dinner needed to be a one bowl thing - I lied. The big guy had three.