The high today was about 38°, with rain and snow showers. This is what we refer to as bone chilling - cold and damp.
Tom headed out this morning for our garden club field trip, an outing I had planned some time ago, but was now unable to attend. I'm not quite ready for that long a trip. They went to the Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park in Tacoma, and then to Watson's Nursery near Puyallup to learn about late winter pot plants and then have lunch in the cafe there. Tom reports that they all had a good time.
I asked him to take a few phone photos of the color display in the conservatory and send them to me. They always have lovely seasonal displays along with the permanent tropicals in the old glass house.
Since I was house bound and it was a dreary day, I made soup.
We were introduced to Pozole when we were in New Mexico two years ago and really liked it. It is a pork and hominy stew. I looked at a few recipes and then came up with my own version and tried it out last fall. We have had it several times since.
Here's my version:
1 large, thick cut pork shoulder steak
1/2 yellow onion diced
1 quart chicken stock
1 29oz can Mexican Hominy
1 small can diced green chilies
2 cups shredded cabbage
shredded Jack cheese
chopped fresh cilantro
Brown the pork steak in a heavy bottom soup pot. Remove pork, add the onion to the pot and cook, using a bit of stock to deglaze the pan. Return the pork to the pot, add the chicken stock, bring to a simmer, cover and cook 2 hours.
Remove the pork to cool. Shred the pork, discarding fat and bone.
Add the hominy and chilies to the stock. Add more chicken stock if needed. Bring to a low boil. Add the cabbage and cook about five minutes. Add the pork and heat through.
Serve in large soup bowls. Garnish with shredded cheese, avocado and cilantro. Squeeze a wedge of lime over the top.
I served mine with some orange slices and hot corn bread with butter and honey.
A great soup for a cold winter day.
( And yes, I know, I don't usually share recipes, but my life is very dull right now and I had to find something to post about!)