Swiss Steak, sort of; Who’s smarter: Pavlov? Or Pavlov’s Dog

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Who was the brains of this duo?


Or Pavlov's dog?

Did Pavlov train his dog to do meaningless tasks in exchange for treats?

Or did Pavlov's dog train his master to give treats in exchange for a few minutes effort?

Sometime, between 2 and 5 every morning, there comes a 'thwack' next to my head.

It's my little SweetPea, waking me up to go outside.

Does she do this because she really has to pee?

Or is she just bored, having slept most of the day away already, and looking for a little excitement.

Or maybe she's just being solicitous of her human: she's thirsty and thinks I might be, too.

Whatever the reason, I haul myself out of bed, trot down the stairs behind her and we go outside.

I say 'we' because if I don't go with her she goes walkabout for 20 minutes or so.

You might ask why I do this…..

It's because she suffers from incontinence; she 'wets the bed' at night.

Well, actually, she doesn't suffer. She doesn't give a rat's ass if she leaves a puddle wherever she goes.

I'm the one that suffers.

Have these nocturnal excursions stopped the bed-wetting?

Some nights; not every night.

I would say she has me very well-trained indeed!

Mon mari sleeps through it all; as does the big, white dog.

It's just me, SweetPea and the starry sky… Or the driving rain…


Here's the photo update for those who care:

The level floor is slowly inching it's way across the hall:


Hard to believe that this started out on the actual floor, isn't it?

The kitchen ceiling is taking shape:


We have a center light as well as track lighting that will be over the counters – that's an insert of the ceiling fixture….

The big effort was in making the opening between the kitchen and the hall to the dining room:

and then squaring it nicely:


Of course, the bad news is that my toasty little office now has a 5 foot door into the drafty hall.

All things in time.

Plus we got the new windows and door ordered; installation in February.  We thought it would be fun if we could close ALL of the windows, not just one or two. 

Fortunately, we only have 5….  Seven foot high double glazed double windows are not cheap.

I keep telling myself that, once all this foundation-type work is done, the rest will happen quickly.

I wish I believed me.

Who remembers Swiss Steak?

It was something my mother used to make and I always loved it.

Mon mari, on the other hand, is of the opinion that steak is steak and if it doesn't qualify to be eaten bloody rare, don't bother. I admit I can't fault his logic.

So, how about Swiss Pork Chops?

Swiss-Style Pork Chops

Swiss-Style Pork Chops

2 – 3 boneless pork chops, (12oz, 350gr total weight)
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 onion
1 rib celery
2 cloves garlic
15oz (450gr) tomatoes with juice
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce

Heat oil in a heavy skillet or Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid. Add chops and brown on both sides, about 8 minutes total. Roughly chop pepper, celery and onion. Mince garlic. Move chops to one side (stack them up) and add vegetables to pan. Sauté, stirring, for 1 – 2 minutes, just to soften slightly. Arrange chops on vegetables. Open tomatoes and drain juice onto chops. Roughly chop tomatoes and add to pan along with Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and braise for an hour. Uncover, cook down a bit if you like, and serve.

I can almost taste the boiled, buttered potatoes….

When I was a child, we had boiled potatoes 5 nights out of 7….

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4 thoughts on “Swiss Steak, sort of; Who’s smarter: Pavlov? Or Pavlov’s Dog”

  1. Looking good, Katie. You are making good progress, it seems! I’m sorry I have no memories of anything Swiss from my childhood, but this dish looks pretty good!

  2. The doggy seems to have trained you!!! Not the other way around ;D. You must care for her a lot… why not install something so that she can do it herself alone? Like those little doors cats have to get out.
    I’m not sure I would do this for Boleta… sleeping well is sacred!!!!!
    Mmmmm your pork chops look great Katie! and that sauce… your mari knows how a good steak should be eaten ;D

  3. I was just thinking about you! Wow! Look at all that work, we are just sitting around thinking about what we want to do and you are really doing it!
    And YES, my mom always made swiss steak but she used the cheap cow hearts instead of real steak. Trying to dupe us by giving it a european name and calling it swiss steak. lol, i can see myself doing this now!
    happy house vibes for you, its going to be wonderful to have it shored up and windows closed

  4. Lucy, we’re starting to make progress. It just took a while to ‘get in the groove’
    Nuria, they have me very well trained… But they are such lovers, it’s hard to resist.
    Thanks, Riana, We thought we were moving to a warmer climate… Fools! Good thing I kept the long underwear!

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