You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.
Or, in my case….
You can take the puppies out but you can't make them pee and poop.
They seem to prefer to do that in the house.
Outside is where they prefer to tear from one end of the lawn to the other, as fast as their chubby little legs can carry them, occasionally meeting head-on in the center for some very fierce growling, snarling, barking play-fighting.
Outside is not to be wasted on the mundane.
Even though they are outside almost all day,
I think they are confused.
I'm not certain how I can fix that.
I've just spent the better part of an hour watching them. It finally started getting dark and we came in.
They promptly peed.
There is something wrong with this picture.
Of course, whilst watching them outside I also saw them a bit confused in their play-fighting – one biting the nose of the other, which I thought was just not done… then the other biting the, um, well, you know…. which I'm pretty certain is considered very bad form. Much squealing was done at the first and VERY much squealing at the second.
Perhaps I just have really stupid puppies.
Oh, how I hope that isn't true.
I keep telling myself they are only 11…. Weeks…..
I'll console myserlf with a salad….
Yes, one can put pork in a sald!
12oz (350gr) pork tenderloin
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 medium potatoes, (10oz, 300gr)
4 tsp olive oil, divided
10 little balls mozzarella about 2.5oz (75gr)
10 cherry tomatoes
6oz (175gr) fresh spinach, for salads
1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
1 1/2 tbs sherry vinegar
3 tbs good olive oil
Potatoes: Cut potatoes into bite-size cubes. Heat 2 tsp oil in a medium skillet. Add potatoes and sauté, medium heat, until well browned on all sides, tossing and stirring as needed for 20 – 25 minutes
Pork: Slice pork into 1/2" (1.25cm) thick slices. Sprinkle both sides with cumin, paprika and garlic. Heat remaining 2 tsp olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet. Add pork and sauté, medium-high heat, until cooked through, about 2 – 4 minutes per side. Remove and cover to keep warm .
Salad: Prepare spinach, wash and spin dry. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Put spinach into a large bowl, tearing any large leaves. Add 2 tbs vinaigrette and toss well to coat.
Vinaigrette: Put mustard and vinegar in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking constantly. You may have to stop adding oil and just whisk – you don't want to see the oil separately – it should be incorporated as it goes in.
To finish: Divide spinach and arrange on 2 plates. Top with potatoes, tomatoes and cheese. Arrange pork around the edge of the salad and serve, remaining vinaigrette on the side.
Back outside before it's totally dark…