I like it when something that is generally routine, can be done differently. I thought I would surprise the family this year at Thanksgiving with some of my Booya, as an addition to the meal.
I never put peas in mine or corn! The featured photo is not my own and is of a vegetable soup, not a Booya. They are not one and the same. If you live in the Mid-West you know that about Booya.
I will have to add a photo of it perhaps, one day, to this post.
All by itself, it is a very hearty and healthy meal!
Yes, we will still have turkey and all the fixings but I had the day off today and was thinking of the last batch of Booya I made. I still had many of the fresh vegetables that I didn’t use, still fresh and in my refrigerator. I thought I would make another batch of it to use these up before they went to waste, and share on Thanksgiving Day with the family as a side dish (as if we needed one).
I cooked all day and actually enjoyed myself, but only because I didn’t put much thought into it beforehand. I know what an undertaking it is to make a good Booya. I could have easily put myself out of the mood.
I am trying to just do things on the fly these days because I do have lots of time on my hands. I am not one to sit in front of television or my computer to be entertained. I like to be useful and also have something to show for my day and maybe even surprise my husband.
I had a lot of pans and clean-up after all the chopping and cooking was finished, but I didn’t think too much of it. The aroma filling my as I tarried on in the kitchen, made my heart happy.
All the ingredients now will sit in the crockpot overnight and I will stir it occasionally in the meantime. I will add some barley to the mix on the last day of cooking to thicken up the broth a bit. The more broken up the vegetables get and the more tenderized the meat gets the better I like it.
My Booya has nine ingredients and the seasonings. Oh, I forgot to add some garlic. I will add that at some point tomorrow. It isn’t typical but I like the heart benefits from garlic in my recipes.
I will make some wild rice dressing to go with our turkey, my daughter will be bringing cheesy potatoes, of course, green bean casserole and cranberries will be served. I love a pumpkin pie and as much as I love my homemade pie crust, I wonder if my son will pick up one ready-made for dessert.
Whoever has room for dessert on Thanksgiving Day? We usually eat ours while playing cards. It will be a late-night and my husband and I are not used to staying up too late.
I wish the grandkids could stay overnight but I think they will be happier in their own beds. We will see what mom and day say about it, and of course, grandpa.
It is a 45-minute drive and someone would have to drive out again to either pick them up, or we would need to bring them home so that is a big consideration too. If it were just up to me I would play with them all day the next day. Grandpa likes things a little quieter though. It’s ok.
I have so much to be thankful for and God has been so good to our family. I hope you have a beautiful day over this Thanksgiving holiday if you are celebrating in the USA, otherwise, a blessed season!
Thank you, God, for loving me!
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)