A couple of months ago, Mr. Summy came to me with a suggestion.
Mr. Summy: Why don't we dig a hole in our backyard, fill it with burning coals and a whole, dead pig, and then throw a big party?
Me: You do realize we have both a functioning bar-b-que and stove? And that they sell pork chops at the grocery store?
Mr. Summy: Come on. It'll be fun, an adventure.
Me: You do realize that I have a book due this fall?
Mr. Summy: I'll do most of the work. You won't have to dig any of the hole at all.
From the pictures below, you will se that I capitulated. True, I did not dig any of the hole. Although I ended up doing quite a lot of prep to get ready for this party. Yay for girlfriends (ER, LP, PB) who helped out! AND I must admit, I HAD A GREAT TIME! I do enjoy a party. And this one was partic fun!
|Every night for a week, Mr. Summy would eat his supper, then disappear to the bottom of our hill to work on the hole.|
|Mr. Summy and Child #4 drove to Ramona to pick up our pig. Mr. Summy and his friends name it "Wilbur." A fan of Charlotte's Web, Child #4 was not impressed.|
|The pig unveiled. Child #3 was so taken with the dead pig that he texted photos to his friends. As a result, we ended up with several teens at our party. Fun!|
|A co-worker of Mr. Summy's, Mr. Lewis applied a secret family rub to the pig. He declined to share the ingredients. We will continue to harrass him about this, as the rub was delish.|
|Mr. Summy and another co-worker, the crazy Mr. Barley (whose name was used as a suspect in i so don't do makeup!) inject the pig with a marinade.|
|The pig is stuffed with seasoned veggies (potatoes, carrots, onions). They cooked perfectly.|
|Super hot coals!|
|The pig is wrapped in wet burlap to keep the meat tender. It worked. Although next time (did I actually just type that?!), I'd like to try wet banana leaves.|
|The pig is next wrapped in tin foil and then chicken wire. You can see, it's quite the procedure!|
|Sixteen hours later, the hot pig is exhumed and carried up the hill.|
|The pig is cooked. The meat is falling off the bone.|
p.s. There will be a Book Review Club meeting on Wednesday. Looks good!