S: Cooking, Quilting, and Other Creature Comforts
FC: Cooking, Quilting, and Other Creature Comforts
1: My blog came from the fear I had of losing my every so valuable cook book in our travels. Whenever we went to visit for more than a couple of days I would need my very own cookbook so if I was given a chance I could cook something new for our hosts. But what if it got left behind? So, one by one, I began typing out my favorites. If someone wanted a copy and had access to the Internet then it was a simple fix. No more need for old envelopes to write on. Then I began to share quilt pictures, household hints, craft ideas, flowers, and cat pictures. Thus the "comfort" section of it. So this book is not an entry by entry copy of the blog, but just some of the best entries and favorite pictures. It's been a slice. | Cooking, Quilting and Other Creature Comforts | gramma-d.blogspot.ca
2: When I was a child I was amazed that my grandmother, who couldn't read at all, could cook. She just knew that if you use sour ingredients in the cake, you need soda; if the liquid is just milk, baking powder. She knew how much flour to use for a certain amount of liquid. For years I stuck to the cook books. But time and experience have taught me a number of things. One is that it rarely hurts to add another egg to the cake batter, especially if the eggs are small. Also. if you have hot coffee sitting in your coffee maker, use it instead of boiling water for chocolate cake. If you are trying to get your family to eat more whole wheat flour, it hides nicely in chocolate cake. Just don't tell them. If the batter seems too thick, add more milk. Not too much, but, say, a 1/4 cup may make an appreciable difference in the finished product. Now, I would never do this for chiffon cake, but maybe one day I will get brave and experiment with that, too. | Five Minute Cake Put one egg into a measuring cup. Fill to 3/4 cup with milk. Fill to 1 c with oil. Pour into a mixing bowl and add c sugar Beat 1 c flour 1 tsp vanilla or coconut flavouring 1 tsp baking powder Beat Cook in an 8x8” pan @ 350o This is a fast and easy little cake. Try mixing in 1/2 c frozen blueberries (wild are infinitely better, if you can get them) or pour over a can of pie filling emptied into the cake pan first, for a fast easy dessert. This recipe came out of my mother’s collection of bits and pieces copied from and cut out of newspapers over years of time. | Box Cake Now here is one of my coolest ideas. Ever want to send a cake to some do, but either are afraid that the pan won’t come back, that some overzealous cake cutter will gouge your best pan, or maybe you have to provide more cakes than you own cake pans for? Well, here is your answer. Bake it in a box. No, you won’t likely have a fire in the oven. Remember that novel some of us had to read in high school; Fahrenheit 451? So keep the oven heat down to 350 or less. You use muffin papers, don’t you? I like to line the box with parchment paper because it feels cleaner, but waxed paper would likely do, or aluminum foil. If the box is glued up, like some soup or pop trays are, it is wise to tie a string around it, as the glue melts and the cake pushes out sideways in a most untidy fashion. What a joy to not worry about the return of a pan, on both the giving and the receiving end. And convincing people that, yes, you definitely did bake the cake in the box makes for interesting conversation . | Fudge Cake 1 c margarine 4 T cocoa Melt together 1 c water 2 c flour 2 c sugar c buttermilk 1 t vanilla 1 t cinnamon Add, beat slowly until mixed in, then 1 t soda medium speed for one minute 2 eggs Bake in a large well greased cookie sheet for 11 minutes @ 350o F. Ice while hot to blend into cake: c margarine 4 T cocoa Boil, then add 5 T milk 1 t vanilla 3 c icing sugar c chopped nuts Whip until smooth, spread over the hot cake. This is a very rich cake, but will feed quite a few people. The joy is that it bakes so quickly and is very moist. It's great for a pot luck supper or to whip up to take to the lake. | CAKE | Lemon Cake
6: Gluten Free Cooking WAFFLES Beat 3 egg whites until stiff. Set aside. 2 c flour (rice, Celimix) 2 T sugar 3 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt..........Sift 2 c milk 3 egg yolks.........Beat in 1/3 c oil..............Add Fold in the beaten egg whites. ---------------------------- The cake was made with a bread premix flour, regular white cake recipe. It needed extra milk to get it to that texture, and much beating. I think most of these specialty flours need more moisture, but the finished product is fantastic. As is maple sugar from Costco. Sprinkle it on before baking, and it smells and tastes good enough to bring tears to your eyes.
7: coconut celiac cookies 1 cup coconut oil 2 cup brown sugar, packed..........cream 5 eggs 1 T vanilla .....................................beat in 1 3/4 cup oat flour 1 cup rice flour 3/4 c corn starch 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda....................blend in with wooden spoon or use dough hooks on mixer 2 c semisweet chocolate chips 1 cups shredded coconut optional.......add Bake for about 8 - 9 minutes to 375 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet. Let sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes then cool on rack.
10: Useful Kitchen Tools | Cut potatoes with apple corer, toss with olive oil, seasoned salt, spread on cookie sheet and bake on very high until tender. Wood rasp from Lee Valley for zesting lemon and grating garlic | A silicone brush and a dab of oil is cheaper than Pam. The princess house bowl Rachel bought me as a gift. Love it. | My mother's flour sifter. My guess is that it is older than I am.
11: It's All in the Presentation | Nest any kind of goodies into cup cake papers for serving. One of Rachel's first salmon suppers, exquisitely arranged and presented. | Sliced apple, spread generously with peanut butter and put back together for lunch or a snack. I made red and green napkins into an arrangement for our 40th anniversary supper. http://www.marthastewart.com/272477/rose-napkins | Breakfast for Grandchildren: A pair of sailboat hard boiled eggs floating in a sea of blueberries
12: Salad | Cabbage Salad, Pickled 1 head cabbage, sliced 1 large carrot, grated Combine and put into jar 1 large onion, sliced head celery, chopped t salt c sugar sprinkle over c sugar 1 t salt 1 c vinegar c oil 2 T prepared mustard Boil, pour over 2 T celery seed the cabbage in the jar 2 T mustard seed, optional I love looking at people's cookbooks. When I know someone well enough, sometimes I will peruse their recipe collection while we visit. I have Tanya to thank for this recipe. It keeps 5-6 weeks in the fridge, but you can use it as soon as it gets cold. This much cabbage fills a gallon jar, but soon wilts down to much less. I made it every fall when we were on the farm, as I could add a spoonful or two to the side of the plate I took out to the field, and there was not the typical salad mess to clean up. The only issue might be the space in the refrigerator. | Pasta Ranch Salad Cal and Sarah's favorite Another recipe without measurements Cook an interesting shape of pasta. Drain. Mix with Ranch Dressing, generously. Add according to taste, preference, and the number of people you are feeding: red pepper orange pepper celery cucumber tiny tim tomatoes carrots bits green olives chopped green onion radishes cut in quarters crab meat Toss together, add more Ranch Dressing or mayonnaise to moisten. Let sit several hours, refrigerated, covered. --- Jellied Salad the stuff of wedding suppers Orange jello pineapple carrots or Lime Jello pineapple celery | Carrot Salad This one was a favorite to take out to the field. It is moist and tasty. Grate carrots. Combine mayo and honey. Mix into carrots. Add raisins. Serve
14: ou | Hamburger Soup 750 g ground beef, browned 1 medium onion, chopped and sauted Drain the fat off, and add following ingredients 1 796 ml can tomatos 1.5 L water 5 beef bouillon cubes 1 can tomato soup 4 chopped carrots 3 stalks chopped celery 1 bay leaf 15 mL parsley 2 mL thyme 125 mL barlely 1mL pepper Simmer 2 hours, remove bay leaf and serve 8-10 people | Mushroom Soup Here is a wonderful comfort food for cold weather. Chop and fry onion, and 1 small stalk celery. Saute in butter. Add chopped mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are limp, add a couple spoons of flour, stir in well and add water as though you were making gravy, but make it very thin. Salt, pepper, a pinch of parsley and a dash of seasoned salt. Eventually add milk to make it the thickness you prefer. I would rather salt and flavor the soup with chicken soup base but costco was out of it last time I went so I have to get a little inventive with the spices. It's simmering on the stove and smells like a thousand spring days, when the sun comes out after a May rain and the forest floor is trying its hardest to produce a bumper crop of mushrooms. Little pink flowers are blooming there, the wild violets are budding, and the birds are ecstatic simply because it's spring. Mm-hmmm. Now, if I take off my glasses and don't look outside I can pretend it is spring. | Lloyd Soup One medium onion, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 3 or so cloves garlic, grated Fry until soft in 2 T butter in large soup pot 5 or 6 carrots, diced or sliced Wedge of cabbage, sliced thinly Add along with 4 cups water Dice 4- 5 potatoes, toss in, and bring water level to just over the veggies Add one can cream corn, Pepper, 1-2 Tbsp chicken soup base instead of salt Simmer gently one-two hours This soup is one I copied out of a friend’s cookbook. It was her mother’s, who made it once a year or so. It is currently my favorite homemade soup. Very adaptable. No cabbage? Leave it out. (Len’s favorite) No cream style corn? Use regular, or frozen corn, although cream style is best, I think. Too busy to fuss with vegetables? Half a bag or so of mixed frozen veggies, and the same of hash browns. Chalsea likes this one flavored with curry. I prefer a handful of frozen dill and green chives, added at the very end. Top with slices of white cheese in the serving bowl. And, like most homemade soups, it is even tastier the next day. | On a day like this...
15: Our Sushi is affectionately aka "Kitten". Sometimes cuddly, sometimes not so much.
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