Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Around the Kitchen

Yesterday, I made some green tomato relish or also know here in Texas as catfish relish.It is a chunky relish.We have a catfish restaurant chain here in Texas called Catfish King that serves this type of relish so I guess we all just associate this stuff with eatin' catfish! It is really good with pinto beans too, which they also serve at the restaurant along with coleslaw and hush puppies.I have to say,they changed their hush puppies and I am not impressed.You can't mess with perfection! For my non southern friends,a hush puppy is a yummy type of fried cornbread!In the old days folks used to feed their dogs fried corn bread if they didn't have any scraps and tell them "hush puppies here's you somethin' to eat!"

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet I found a copy cat recipe! This is the first time I have tried this recipe so I can not yet vouch for it's authenticity, but I did sample some after it was heated and it was pretty tasty.It needs to sit awhile and work on it's flavor before I will know for sure.If you need something to do with those end of season green tomatoes here is the recipe.
a.. 2 gallons (or) 16 cups green tomatoes, cut in pieces
b.. 1 qt. (or) 4 cups Onions, peeled and chopped
c.. 2 cups jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
d.. 1/2 gallon (or) 4 cups white vinegar
e.. 6 cups sugar
f.. 1 cup salt

Mix all together. Bring to a boil in a large pot.
Fill canning jars, seal. Put into a water bath.
Do not overcook.

I also made some soap.I don't have nice molds being as I don't sell my soap,I just make it for us.
This is some chamomile soap I love! If you like chamomile tea you will love this soap! The recipe is here.

It has tiny bits of chamomile flower in it.

I poured this soap into a Pringel's chip tube for a mold.Then I peeled off the tube and sliced,rather crookedly,with a Pampered Chef crinkle cut veggie slicer.

This is a coconut milk soap with a manly fragrance for The Boy.I just poured it into a trash bag lined baking dish.I haven't sliced it yet.He asked for some scrubbies in it.I have some blueberry seeds for that purpose but couldn't find them so I threw in a little coffee.

I thought I would throw in a few turkey pictures.

The Tom's heads are really amazing!

Two of them are starting to get that dangling chest feather thing that I am sure has a name but I don't know it! Someone out there can let me know please.

Sweetie and Bonnie are still improving and anxious to be back out in the pasture.Clyde rarely leave the barn area,he wants to stay close to his girls! It never ceases to amaze me how much animals can love each other.


Pricilla said...

Your soap looks wonderful!
So do the gobblers.

Da Bean said...

It looks like green beans!!!

Texan said...

Your soap looks great, yep I too just want to make it for us :O)...thanks for the supply site info :O)...

The relish looks super, I am printing off that canning recipe! I like green tomato anything so bet I love this!

Melodie said...


Thanks !


You silly goatie!


Your welcome for the info,us new farm gals got to help each other out !

I love green tomato stuff too!

Julia said...

The turkeys are getting their beards!! How cool is that! And your soap looks excellent. Who cares about pretty molds when it works great and is home made. I'd be willing to try your "sauce" but I must admit a wee bit of fear of the unknown... :)

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

I tried making soap a couple of times but mine was never came out quite right. I think the pringle can was brilliant.

yeah, turkey beards.

Melodie said...

Julia and Joanna,

Turkey beards !!! Thank you!!!

Ruralrose said...

Awesome soap post, you are very clever. Peace

Carolyn said...

I am having fits trying to comment on this type of comment's not just your site. I keep messing with things. Hope it is fixed now. I did write a fun comment and thanked you for following my blog but it disappeared into the ethos. Never to be seen or typed again.

Melodie said...

Thanks! Those lost post happen to me too.It is frustrating as I am a slow typer and I end up just saying something short when I have to redo my comment.


Thank you!