Like clockwork, come 5:00 p.m. the pooches are in pursuit of prying Malcolm away from watching the news to feed them their chow. They arrive first for a gentle rub, a few scratches around the ear, a pat on the belly. A sweet, loving reminder to be fed. If they timed it right, it will be a commercial break, a good time to fill their dog bowls. If that doesn’t work, they try nudging Malcolm’s elbow, hoping to displace some prized Coke-a-cola poured over shaved ice onto his pants, forcing him to arise to clean up the spilled sticky mess. Once up, it’s usually a given they’ll be served dinner….
If the spill-the-coke-on-pants trick doesn’t get a surge out of Malcolm, they move into their next plan-of-attack: sumo wrestling. Body slams, shoulder pins, ear grabs, all played within close range of the china cabinet. You can hear the crystal rattle as the dogs roll under the dining room table, often hitting the cabinet leg. Uncaring that family heirlooms might break, they tackle each other in their quest to win dominance over the other. At this point, Malcolm is speeding through the house to halt any further damage and put some food in their bellies to calm the battle…
As last resort, and Malcolm still needs prompting, Amore does her race through the house routine, landing on all fours, she slides on the hall rug, getting a free ride into the living room. Weeeeee, look at meeeee! Crash! She resembles a surfer dude riding a big wave. Dolce has now entered into the melee, barking at Amore, she scares Gordita, our fat cat, into using Malcolm’s leg as a spring-board, claws digging into his thigh to gain purchase as she continues to leap over his shoulder towards a safe haven. Yep, this will get them their kibbles….
Malcolm has 5 minutes to hide the destruction before I arrive home from work. Dinner just might be late….
PORK & PORT
Try this sauce with beef tenderloin as well!
- 2 boneless pork tenderloin, approximately 1 lb. each
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2 cups port wine
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 6-8 oz. Stilton cheese
Heat oil in a large skillet. Add pork, browning on all sides. Transfer pork to a covered roasting pan.
Deglaze skillet with port and reduce by half. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.
Pour over pork and bake at 450 degrees until done, approximately 15 minutes. Remove pork and keep warm. Reduce liquid by half and slowly stir in cream. Cook over medium heat until sauce thickens. Add Stilton cheese and stir until blended.
Spoon sauce over sliced tenderloin.