Once again, in spite of all my good intentions, another week has passed and I haven't posted since my last Sunday Dinner entry. I have some pictures and some news to catch up on, but first let's get Sunday Dinner out of the way.
This week I'm falling back on one of my old standbys: pinto beans and cornbread, and I'm also making a big skillet of poke salad scrambled with eggs and either corn or green beans according to who's here tomorrow and their tastes.
I made a double batch of poppyseed bread today and there's plenty of that left for dessert if anybody's craving something sweet after the meal.
What's for dinner for your family? Share your menu/plans in the comments if you want to participate this week.My sister DONNA, her granddaughter Luci and I went poke salad picking this past Wednesday and got enough for a couple of messes each. Some people prefer their poke salad plain: just boiled until tender then seasoned with salt and some bacon fat or oil. I like it better with some eggs scrambled into it right before serving, along with the oil and salt, but I'll take it pretty much any way I can get it.
Once it's washed and cooked, poke greens look a lot like spinach, and taste a bit like spinach, but poke really has a unique taste all its own.
Here in the South people used to consider poke a sort of Spring tonic, and I have heard that it does have certain effects on the digestive system for some people, if you know what I mean. It's also considered a good blood restorative and like most leafy greens, has a lot of iron and other vitamins and nutrients. Aside from all that, it's just plain good eatin' in my opinion, plus it's free for the taking since it grows along roadsides, fence rows, railroads and ditches. In other words, pretty much anywhere.
Poke is a wild green leafy plant that grows all across the lower 48 states as far as I know. It may even grow in Alaska and Hawaii for all I know. If you'd like to know more about poke salad, just Goo*gle it, and if you'd like to see pictures of it, do a search in Goo*gle images.My sister Ducky submitted a killer recipe for POPPYSEED BREAD for one of our church cookbooks and it's become a family favorite for some of us, myself included. I've made it several times now, besides the many times Ducky's made it, and it's wonderful, and it's even better after it's set for a couple of days and the glaze soaks into it.
Click on the bold link to visit MY RECIPE BLOG, and you can click HERE FOR THE POPPYSEED BREAD RECIPE.Thank You to everyone who emailed to check on me and my family after hearing about the tornadoes in Arkansas this week. We are fine, praise the Lord! No damage to our towns or property of any of my family, but it got uncomfortably close to us this time. A tornado touched down less than 10 miles away from here, and many more touched down within 30 miles of my town.
I lost count of how many times our county was under a tornado warning, but it was several times. A little community called Etowah, Arkansas, about 30 miles away was nearly wiped off the map, and Earle, Arkansas, about 45 miles away was hit hard. There were many injuries and lots of property damage, but no deaths in my immediate area of Arkansas, although there were 8 deaths reported across the state due to tornadoes.
If you'd like to see some pictures and video of the tornadoes, you can go HERE to view our local TV weather man's blog, or HERE to look at our local TV station's weather page for more pictures, videos and stories about the tornadoes.
when CECIL, Sue, Lamar and I were visiting
with Jessica and Emmy. Jason was working
and it was Jessica's day off.
I like to call this one,
"A Girl And Her Rooster".The rest of these were taken Saturday afternoon
at my church. We had a fish fry and singing outside
on the grounds. It was beautiful, as you can see
from the pictures.
Miss Emmy LOVES the great outdoors!That's my great nephew Seth in the left background
with the cool shades. He's almost 15 months old
now, and outweighs Emmy by probably 1o lbs.
or more, and he's just getting the hang of that
walking thing. He still won't walk unsupported,
but it won't be long now.
I love this picture! Sheer joy!What IS this curious green stuff? Is it edible?