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Hugs to you, dear friends, as well!!.... :-)))
Jill dearest, I'm sure grits aren't truly tasteless. Almost everything has some kind of taste! It's simply that I didn't enjoy that particular taste :-) We've been reading about hushpuppies - and how they come to be called that. I think I will enjoy eating some. Hugs from us.
Jill, in all this hubbub I have unforgiveably forgotten to tell you how lovely I think your back yard is. It seems made for childrens' play or big parties or family ball games. It is beautiful. And I really envy you for your & your neighbors deal for getting your yards done. What a dream of a set-up. Sigh...... Merry Christmas to your whole family...............
Enjoying listening to the interesting conversation about Southern Cuisine, lol! Certainly, Shirley, I don't mind your joining in! Your input has been most interesting. T/t, you just don't get it, do you. Southern Cuisine is tasteFUL, not tasteLESS!! I am posting a puzzle of Jim enjoying an appetizer of hushpuppies! Shirley, just how did hushpuppies get their name?
Haha, Chrissie, I'm not sure whether to laugh about your response or be insulted~~so I'll take it as fun & laughter. :-) Now, 'apropos' to your full understanding of grits , you must realize they are no more tasteless plain than a potato plain, they both need a little something to help them along. As for gravy, we, here in the South, like ALL kinds, not just thick and heavy kinds. So I guess it all 'boils' down to what you grew up with and are used to. There are a lot of cultural/ethnic/regional food preferences that I don't enjoy either, and I'm sure that holds true for just about everybody. And I am sure ,as you say, that Gracious Southerner Jill (and she really is!) really does not mind another Southerner making the kind of comments I have made on her site~~~ just as you, yourself, have done. ;-D Merry Christmas to you & yours............
Oh no, we don't misunderstand, annjax! We fully understand that grits are so tasteless they NEED to be smothered (preferably at birth) with real country butter (although town butter might suffice) or gravy (and what you know as gravy is not what I know as gravy!) or topped with any number of other delicious foods. On the matter of okra, I cannot comment as I have yet to encounter it. Jill, being the gracious Southerner she is, will not be concerned about you butting in on her puzzle comments :-)
I don't know how they cook and/or serve grits in Arizona but they must be far different from how we do them here in the Deep South---not runny OR dry, but semi-soft with a crater on top filled with a sea of real country butter, or smothered in your favorite kind of gravy, or topped with any number of other delicious foods. And fried okra---to DIE for; crisp & crunchy salted little pieces hot out of the pan they're not whole & slimy as you are probably thinking(although I like them that way, too). I'll let Jill tell you folks about hushpuppies and how they got their name. :-) This is, after all, her puzzle. Sorry, Jill, for butting in but I just couldn't stand that they misunderstood grits & fried okra............
LOL too! A petite senior menu? How are we seniors supposed to be able to read it when it must perforce have small print to fit!'l' said she'd sooner eat grits than okra! I haven't tasted okra but can only assume it must be pretty bad if Herself would eat grits instead LOL. Apropos of grits, my son visited today and we got to talking about grits. He had them for brekkie in Nawlins... just the one time :-) I know I can research this but it's more fun to ask you... what IS a hushpuppy? We of the lowered cases salute you :-)
Lol, lol!!! Sho'nuff, hushpuppies are a staple in these parts! They do take a rather long time to chew! No, the youngster has never had Vegemite, at least not that we know of. Ignorance is bliss, so they say. Well, tonight we ate out and I had the petite senior menu, wait, it was a petite menu for seniors, although the former would have put a bigger grin on my face. I had stuffed flounder, fried okra, and, yes, seriously, more grits.... a fine meal! So, ya'll missed it, hmmm. I was merely pointing out that if you choose to bring your own food and miss out on the delicacies from coastal Georgia, I, regretfully, must lower your case. ( smirk). ..... :-)))
You ate SHOES for dinner? I'd rather have sole... or possibly grits :-) Does your grandson have Vegemite? No? He is deprived, the poor child :-)We found a recipe for Low Country Boil... still think we'll bring our Vegemite sangers, if that's OK with you! Both of us being slightly allergic to seafood. ETC and ETC etc cannot grasp the significance of the 't' and 'l'... you're too acutely clever for us this time!
Jo, the "Georgia room" is the most popular room in the house! I thought it would be the room the adults go to while the kids have their toys scattered all over the den. No way! They are in the midst of us, toys and all. Who can blame them? They love to look at the yard too! I love the size of this house and the fact that,it is one floor. At home it seems all I do is clean, rearrange clutter, and climb steps, lol! Thank you for your well wishes, deat Jo!
LOL! I just love it!! I was telling my grandson the other day that they don't have grits in the north. He was wide eyed in amazement and said "really??" all the while spooning his bowl of grits which is his favorite snack. So, they don't have them out west or in Oz.... goodness, how deprived are some people! Well, they have them here. Jim and I ate out last night and I had shrimp, oysters, green beans, hush puppies and grits. Yum! Low country Boil is composed of shrimp, corn on the cob, sausage and new potatoes, all boiled in a crab boil solution. Bring your own food if you must, but soon Thelma and Louise, the adventuresome duo, shall soon be "t" and "l"..... :-)
Oh, Hanne, truly it is lovely and truly it is hard to leave. A good look at where you live would reveal the same thing! I imagine you never tire of looking down to the beautiful ocean and mountains. It must be breathtaking!
Lovely setting!! Isn't it nice to have an enclosed porch?! Is the fireplace an in, and, outside the house one, or just usable inside the house? Nice either way! Aren't "ranch" houses nice as we get older?!! Much happiness to you all in your "paradise"!! :)
Sorry we can't make it for grits.... We tried them once, in Arizona, had never had them before, read about them a lot, the waitress offered to give us a taste, for free.... We are stuck for polite words to describe how we felt about them... Sufficed to say, well will not be ordering them any time soon in this life time.... You can have our share, any old time.... We'll be brave and do without..... Crumpets.... Yes we have them in Oz and eat them about once a month. Yummo!!!! Would country boil have any resemblance to Jambalaya??? We'll still come for tea, but can we bring our own food, please!!! :) :) :)
HOW cosy and nice it looks!! I do understand that you love to be here!! I would find it very hard to leave a wonderful place like this!! Thanks so very much Jill!!
Thanks, Shirley. The grandkids do love it. It's hard to keep them happy very long because they want to be at the beach as much as possible. I'm glad you like the yard because I love the land around your home. I remember the picture you posted and asked ifmanyone could spot the Kookaburra. The landscape was exquisite! I also remember your saying that parrots come into your yard to feed. What a sight that must be!
An excellent idea, my dear. Do you eat crumpets in Oz, or is it only in the UK? Doesn't matter, we'll serve them with our tea anyway. Then we can go in and have some Low Country Boil or Shrimp and Grits, both of which are popular in this area and both of which are delicious. Ya'll come!
Thank you, gemstone. We have neither. What we have is quite a set up. A man has a very successful lawn service. I doubt he cuts all the yards on the island, but he seems to service all our neighbors, He flies through all the backyards and then the front yards. Wherever he has cut, his crew is following him, blowing leaves, trimming bushes, and before you can blink, he is gone! His price is very reasonable because of the high volume!
Wow, I love your beautiful backyard, Jill, lots of room for the Grandchildren to play, Thanks for sharing this Jill.
Set out the table and chairs there and we'll pop over for afternoon tea :-)
Very nice. Hope you have a gardner or at least a ride 'em mower. :)