Saturday, January 10, 2009

Chick Pea Soup on a Damp Winter Day

My mother was visiting, so we had fun pulling out the ironstone and zingy napkins.
I found the recipe in my dog-eared Marcella Hazan cookbook, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.
My mother wasn't wild about the soup...so I kept tinkering. I added ham and lots of Tabasco. :-) And I cooked long-grain white rice. The guys came in from the game, chilled to the bone, and finished off the soup.

Mixing ironstone is too much fun.
I decided to make a figural bread--can you guess what it is? Hint: it has a curly tail.
Actually, I'd intended to shape mice bread--but I couldn't do it. Gradually the dough acquired a snout, and I thought, "Ah, a pig!" I added ears, and a curly tail. Then it morphed into my mother's dog. So I'm calling them Dogpigs.
The teeny one in front is a sort of ladybug. :-)
Bark or oink?

The inspiration for the bread was found at
Once In A Blue Moon. Jain made an adorable--and edible--ladybug, using canned bread dough that can be found in the dairy case.


The sun came out just for an instant.


Then it faded...
Here's a closer look at the napkin.


I'm down to four fleur de lis glasses, so Ebay here I come.



Barbed wire flatware

47 comments:

  1. Oh G... I'm not sure which to talk about first. The delicious looking soup, the great animal breads..or the wonderful ironstone.. Ok..ok.. I love it all. This was just the most fun post. I know you and your mother had the best time today..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  2. Gollum - For Halloween last year I made a loaf of bread in the shape or a snake, hollowed it out and filled it with spinach dip. Used pimento stuffed olive for the eyes and another strip of pimento for the tongue. It was the hit of the party! Guess we're never too old to play with food!!! Nancy

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  3. *** "Always FOREVER-FABULOUS 'FOOD n' FOTOS' FROM the FAMILY FARM, girlFRIEND"! (And can you say THAT 3 times quickly, after that yummy meal n' a nice red wine n' then just relaaaaxxxing a bit by the fire w/ Mister & Mom?) ~~~ There's a warmth here, hard to eloquently describe as I'm no "writer", but it's here alright... warm, friendly, welcoming, happy, relaxing and a feeling that all is just right in the world. BEAUUUUTIFUL in every conceivable way, and I thank you, thank you, thank you. XOXO

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  4. Cute bread idea! Sounds like you & your Mom had a fun day together. ~ Robyn

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  5. Hi Gollum, When I saw the picture of the bread at the top of the post I thought it looked like a mouse or a dogpig(lol)but thought my mind was just tricking me! Everything is just beautiful and your soup looks delicious!! Kristen

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  6. GORGEOUS food, napkin, dishes...oh my!

    As always ... WOW!

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  7. The soup looks so good! The ironstone is so wonderful! I have decided I need to buy some, or go after my daughter set. lol Her's has grapes around the edges. I just love the barbed wire flatware, it is so wonderful!! I am trying to stay away from ebay and dishes!lol I want an antique buffet, so I am trying hard to just find one. My neighbor, over the fields has one, like the one I passed on, and have so many regrets for not buying it. I am thinking of giving her a visit, maybe I can talk her into saleing it! So far she does not want it, but wants to save it for family! That I know will not even want it. I can ask! If not I have a lady that finds my crystal for me, and calls when she gets the rare pieces in. I will put her on the hunt! She wants me to partner up and open a store here. Too much going on in my life now. But maybe in future?... I forgot about the auctions every week in a near by town. The parking lot was packed, but I forgot my coat,there is no heat there, and I got soaked today, went to pick up a palm tree on hour or so away, hubby aunt bought him. I found an antique store and took pic through the window, as the rain was falling! lol I zoomed in hoping to see more. lol Glad you had a fun day with your Mother.

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  8. What a fun meal! I love the little animal breads, and the soup looks delicious - sounds more so with all that tabasco.. Mmmm! The placemants are really pretty - are they wicker? The curly barbed wire matches the dogpig's tail :)

    Miss you in my little world!
    xo Isa

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  9. I am loving the napkin print and how it interplays with all the surroundings! It certainly ushers in the playfulness :)

    Glad you were able to make a memory with your family!

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  10. How do you do it? Your table always looks great and it's different every time. I love the flatware and the pig bread is cute too!

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  11. Gollum, this is what I mean by "living the good life." You are a master at it. And it's not about $$$$, right? You took a dreary day and a pot of soup and turned it into something BEAUTIFUL, filled with warm memories, fun and creativity. As always, LOVE your style!!!

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  12. Hi Gollum...It sounds like a really fun day with your mom. I like her. She reminds me of my mom. Your soup looks so yummy....and I LOVE the dogpigs...or was it pigdogs! The ironstone and flatware are just perfect. I'll bet there were no leftovers of any kind! Have a great day...Debbie

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  13. Not only 'a feast for the eyes, but for the tummy too'. Love your napkins 'n cutlery. The 'piglets' (and Nancy's snake) is such a cute idea. The Chic Pea soup sounds so wholesome and hearty. Perrrrrrfect for a damp winter day.

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  14. Gollum,you always have such fun with all you do...Ann

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  15. Well, I know you mama loves to visit you! That table setting for soup looks beautiful. I love that tureen! Every piece is awesome! Please drop by my site if you have a moment, I have a friend who needs our prayers!

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  16. I'm convienced that you need a cooking show, decorating show and down on the farm show. The soup looks delicious and I love the napkins and the silverware.
    I have only 6 bowls, plates,and salad plates on the fleur de lis dishes. I just love them but was never able to find the glass ware.
    Good luck. Have a great day, going to the car show today with Mr. B and see what else he can find. I told him dishes where easier to find than corvetts to restore! I got a strange look.
    Blossom

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  17. I just love the napkins and silverware. I too have fleur de lis dishes and I am down to 6 of the 8 piece set. I never found the glass ware; good luck on e-bay.
    The soup looks amazingly delicious.
    Blosso,

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  18. I have a philosophy that "the way you do one thing, is the way you do everything". You've proven that to be true. So creative in everyway. You have a sense of color right down to the menu. That vibrant soup wouldn't look nearly as appealing in a patterned china or for that matter one with color! The garnishes on the dogpigs and ladybug are perfect as is the Rosemary. The festive napkins are the perfect compliment to the tablesetting.
    I have those same fleur de lis glasses. I found mine while visiting my boyfriend TJ.... (you know, TJ Maxx!) Next visit with him I'll see if they have anymore.
    While others were probably salivating over that stock pot of soup, my reaction was "dang, look how clean that range is". See---the way you do one thing, is the way you do everything! Great post Gollum!
    Happy Sunday, Carol

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  19. Oh the soup and the bread sound wonderful, and the bread looks so cute. Makes you want to just look and not eat. Love the tureen and the tablesetting. Sounds like a great day with your mom. Marty

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  20. The soup looks really yummy, just perfect for a cold winter's day.

    The bread is too cute! Since you say the bread morphed into your mom's dog, I'm wondering if she has a pug. We've got a pug named Lucy and my kids are always calling her piggy rather than puggy.

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  21. Okay, that flatware is just too cool. Love it! And your bread? Sooooooooooo cute! But where the hell do you find the time and motivation to play with all your damn food?

    Justine :o )

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  22. Oh now the Dogpigs are about the cutest things ever!! :-)
    Have always loved your barbed wire flatware! L~

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  23. what a fun post, enjoyed breaking dogpig bread with ya! you did the dbs proud!

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  24. The soup looks good, and your table setting very pretty. Good food and good company - great combination.
    Glenda

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  25. You GOT me with the barbed wire flatware! Totally!

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  26. It is gray and rainy up in North Florida today too.... Wow Loved all your post today... What fun the table looks with those cute little animal breads... Love you ironstone & barbed wired utensils... Great fun!

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  27. Hi G, As with everything you do,you make it special,fun and entertaining.Life is what you make it and I think you have mastered making your life wonderful and how lucky for all of us around you that we also get the benefits of you wonderful spirit.Thank you again, for sharing. kathysue

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  28. Hi there Gollum,

    Thanks for stopping by! Your posts are just delightful. Susan at Betweennapsontheporch led me to you when my "library" powder room from RMS was featured on your site....I was so honored and have been hooked on your interesting entrys since. Thanks for making me smile! Debra

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  29. Everything you do is amazing! The dogpigs are so cute and so innovative. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons! I want some of those fleur de lis glasses, so if someone's bidding against you on ebay, it may be me! laurie

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  30. Oh, my goodness, Dear Gollum. You've had a lot going on and you've been the busiest one! Your soup looks so good and the tureen is to die for. Well, maybe not "die" but close! Glad the sun peeked out for a second, but those little pastries - how cute! Dearest One, do you have too much time on your hands? lol
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  31. Sounds like you & your mom had too much fun in the kitchen with the bread!! The animals are adorable! The soup is yummy looking. But that flatware is really intriging!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  32. G - that bread is a hoot! And the soup looks delish. I just absolutely LOVE the silverware and the glasses. Might have to challenge you on ebay to get those. LOL JK!

    BTW, you have been Tagged (Tag, You're It!) over on my site. :-)

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  33. I love the window treatments in this room...they make me crazy they are so perfect. And the dogpigs are pretty cute too!

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  34. What a lovely post. I can picture the day in my head.. the soup simmering and the pig-dogs having an identity crisis. You table is always impeccable and I know you are the hostess with the mostess.
    Roberta Anne

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  35. Hi beautiful everything and the soup looked fantastic!

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  36. Gollum, love your flatware. The soup looks yummy thanks for sharing.

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  37. I say oink! I love the soup tureen and barbed wire silverware. I've never seen any flatware like that...cool!

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  38. I loved coming here and seeing more photos of the soup & dog pigs. The detail of your photos are just so wonderful and you have a beautiful dining room, dinnerware and soup!

    I saw the fdl glasses over at surlatable.com but probably not ebay prices ;-)

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  39. Your piggy bread is too cute! Where did you get teh flatware...being a Texas, I must have some!

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  40. Okay - so I probably posted the best and funniest post I have ever done on my blog...my riding lesson photographed! You will appreciat it since you are a farm girl too..and don't laugh so loud that I might hear you!

    Have a great week!

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  41. Love the glasses and turrene. You have quite a collection of lovely tableware. I always enjoy visiting.

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  42. OK, I can't stand it any longer ... where did you find the flatware? I went to Amazon and found something very similar - but with one more twist around the end loop and the fork only has three tines.

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  43. What a beautiful entry!

    I like how you varied the soup (I do that very thing, all the time.) :)

    I love your accessories ~ and the napkins are so cheery! Very nice.

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  44. The soup looks great and I love the little piggies. Too cute! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

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  45. A fun visit for me and I'm sure your mother too! ;)

    Love the flatware and your glasses. Do tell...did you find more on ebay? I found some monogrammed ones today at GW! Better yet monogrammed with my very initial. What are the chances?

    I always love to stop by and see what fun things you have to share. I was not disappointed.

    Donna

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  46. ummmm...didn't take you for a barbed wire kind of girl! You have surprises at every turn. If anyone could make barbed wire look elegant, it would be you!
    Cute little breads and yummy soup!
    I just made a pot of ham and bean soup as well.... we are enjoying the remnants from New Years day dinner...
    Had to laugh at you gobbling up the meringues... Hang in there, I believe most of us are experiencing the same diet misery!

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  47. I love everything of course Gollum, I am seriously looking at Ironstone, your soup and piggy/dog breads look so yummy, but the last two pics are my fave the crisp napkins, the white plates, the barbed wire flatware that mimic the placemats, just perfect.
    I'm back from the snow and my books, I am a slow reader but am enjoying mad girls so much, re the brit-speak, ask away Gollum, hugs, Kathy.

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