Pardon my tardiness! This post is from Friday, August 30 but I couldn’t get it up because of the weather and our location – enjoy!
Another amazing night of good food last night with the Farmer’s younger Bro and his wife. A feast of epic proportions as you can see including lobster tails, crab legs, scallops, potatoes, salad and garlic bread. Glorious.
Living on the prairies is wonderful for farm fresh pork and the best steak you will ever have in your life but we lack when it comes to seafood so this was a very nice treat especially since it came straight from the east coast.
One thing not on the menu? Deep freeze ice. They have definitely had enough of that to last a lifetime and have switched back to sterile distilled cubes.
The Farmer’s BF and his wife were there too and the six if us always have a great time together – we’re like six peas in a pod!
That’s what life is all about, having a good time because as the Farmer says, “we’re here for a good time, not a long time”. I know, I know he ripped that off from Trooper but hopefully they won’t mind.
We’re blessed to have some of the best friends and family and I truly live my days to spend time with them. Today we’re all heading out on the open road to go camping for the long weekend and I cannot wait for oh so many reasons. Flyboarding (I’ll surely post about this soon, it’s my fave pastime), relaxing, campfires, going to the park with the girls… And the best part is its at my most favourite place on this whole entire earth. The scenery on the way down is always a bonus too, especially at this time of year.
The lake is what childhood means to me. It’s where I caught my first fish, learned to ride a bike and waterski, built my first sandcastle. It’s nighttime boat rides with my Dad and cooking wieners over the fire with him in the rain. It’s the same feelings I want the Farmer’s Daughters to have. Whew, I’m a very nostalgic person so it gets me a little emotional.
Anyhoo, we’re headed there today and I’m baking bread, apple bundt cake and that ham corn chowder I promised you!
This chowder is the Farmer’s favourite and he’s probably going to be miffed that I’m sharing it but since it’s his friends and family, he will probably let it slide. Wait… No he won’t, he’ll razz you all harder.
Start with the ham bone and the 7 cups of water and boil them slowly for 2-3 hours. It starts out looking like this:
And ends up looking like this:
And once it’s done boiling there’s only about 6 cups of liquid left with the best flavour ever thanks to that bone. So once it’s done boiling remove the bone and give it to your pooch and pour the liquid out and set aside for the time being. In the same pot, start frying the onion until it goes clear and then add the broth back to it along with the potatoes. Let those simmer for a bit. Once that’s done, add the corn (I used frozen this time) and the fresh dill if you have it.
Add the ham last and just after that, put the cold milk and the flour in a shaker cup (or into a bowl to whisk) and shake like mad. Lumps are not your friend when you’re making chowder. At this point the chowder should be at a slow rolling boil so add the milk/flour mix and stir it until you see it thicken. I transferred to a crock pot this time so we could take it with us on the road but you can just let it simmer on the stove for an hour on low as well and it’ll be just as good. Add the salt and pepper to taste if you feel it needs it. Then dunk your fresh bread and ENJOY!
Ham and Corn Chowder (serves 10-12)