Blog Tales

Jamon~ From España to Our Kitchen

If... you are vegetarian... you may want to skip this post...

And if... like me, you are on the fence of vegetariansm, or a meat afficianado, or know my dear husband and his escapades.... please read on...

My husband, raised as a reformed Jew, says pork is his favorite meat... One of his favorite childhood memories is having a ham cooked by his mother, after the Friday night Shabat service...

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So Spain was heaven for him...

Every Museo de Jamon was his equivalent to my finding an art supply store or unique clothing boutique...

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So in love is he with the Spanish style of ham... that upon our return... an order to "La Tienda" arrived and soon found its way into our kitchen...

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and the ceremony of unpacking the jamon, commenced...

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with great delight....

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and anticipation...

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as well as ideas for all sorts of recipes.... including....

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the need for a stand for the jamon
which sparked a project in my husband's wood shop...

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with his son...

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creating their own "holder de jamon..."

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even utilizing a "Gaudi inspired catenary" approach
to the end that held the joint...


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Voila!!!
or should I say, Olé...???

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The jamon was ready to serve up
in what was to be MANY jamon inspired meals...


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down to the bone, which found its way into a soup pot...

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for one of the most delicious soups we've ever concocted from scratch...

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We had so much enjoyment from this gift of food...

And the truth for me is...
if I had to prepare my own meat from start to finish... i.e. from birth to death... I would be a
complete vegetarian... but for now, meat is still a staple in my
life... and I am grateful to the animals and farmers and butchers that
provide me with this form of sustainence that is so on the edge for me...