The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn't simple. ~Doris Janzen Longacre

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Recipes I want to try

•3 and a half cups of raw sugar
•3 cups of water*bring to the boil and then remove from the heat.
•half an ounce of Epsom salts
•1 desert spoon of citric acid
*add to sugar water and stir to dissolve.

•12 passion fruits
*add and stir well.
Serve diluted with water, carbonated water or champagne.
Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

I'm rather pleased with the result. It tastes quite nice.
You could probably try straining the pulp to remove the seeds, but I'd only bother to do that If I had plans to make a passion fruit cheesecake at the same time.

Apple Jam

1/2 cup of water
1/2 tsp butter
3 cups white sugar
2 cups brown sugar packed
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 small box powdered fruit pectin

Cook apples, water and butter over low heat, stirring until apples are soft, but not mushy. Stir in pectin and bring to a boil, stirring constantly,for one minute. Remove from heat and skim off foam (if there is any). Pour into hot jars, leaving 1/4" head space. Process jars in boiling water bath for 10 minutes. This makes (7) 1/2 pints. I spread it on toast this morning for a taste.(Writing in the blackberries)

Cabbage and smoked ham hocks. (Where did I find this one)
The ingredients are simple: cabbage, a little sugar, a little water to keep it from scorching as it heats, a little oil and a package of lit'l smokies. If you want to, you can use smoked ham hocks for the meat. That's the old fashioned way. Cut up as much cabbage as you want. Watch your fingers! We usually cut up a huge pot full, add a little water to it, add the oil, and add the smokies and the sugar. Salt and pepper to taste.
Cover and cook...but not too long. That's the secret. My husband says most people cook their cabbage too long. Stir often.
Lit'l smokies on top. Just about ready to eat. It shrinks down a lot!
Enjoy and be prosperous!

a quick pie for desert.
Here are the ingredients:
8oz cool whip
1/4 cup lemon juice
16 or 20oz can of crushed pineapple (drained)
a can of condensed milk
2 graham cracker pie crusts

Mix the ingredients in a bowl and pour into crusts.
Finished pie, ready to eat.
It makes 2 pies and it'll take you all of 5 minutes to make. I'm putting one in the freezer to eat at a later date.
Hope you enjoyed these recipes, have a nice day.

Pecan Pie Muffins

1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
2/3 cup melted butter
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a wooden spoon. Pour into a greased mini-muffin pan, filling each cup 2/3 full. Bake 12 to 15 minutes.

5 medium lemons
8 pears, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup glace ginger, chopped
1 1/4 litres water
4 cups sugar
Slice lemons(unpeeled) and combine in pot with remaining ingredients. Stir over heat without boiling until sugar dissolves. Bring to boil, simmer uncovered for 1 hour or until jam jells when tested. Pour jam into hot sterilised jars, seal when cold.

Blueberry Bread

2 cups organic whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. aluminum-free baking soda

Combine all and set aside.

2 T. organic unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup boiling water
1 organic egg
1 cup organic evaporated cane juice crystals
1/2 cup organic orange juice
1 cup organic blueberries

Stir water and butter together until butter is melted. Add egg, cane juice crystals, and orange juice; stir well. Add to dry mixture. Gently fold blueberries into batter. Pour into a greased loaf pan (I use Pam organic olive oil spray) and bake at 350* for about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Potato-Bacon Breakfast Pie

1 lb. bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
9-inch pie crust
2 cups frozen hashbrowns, thawed
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
4 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup milk

Arrange bacon in pie crust; layer evenly with hashbrowns and cheese. Combine eggs and milk; pour over cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, until center is set. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing into wedges. Serves 4-6.
Borrowed from

Play dough for the kids

1 cup water
1 T. oil
1/2 cup salt
3 tsp. cream of tartar
Food coloring

Mix ingredients listed above together in a saucepan and heat until warm. Remove from heat and add 1 cup of flour. Stir together to form a "dough" and knead (be careful - it's hot!) until smooth. Allow to cool and have fun! Keep for up to 6 months in a thick (freezer grade) resealable baggie.

Smooth Homemade Applesauce
6 apples, peeled and sliced
2 pears, peeled and sliced (optional)
1/2 cup water
Place sliced fruit in a pan and add water.
Place lid on pan and let simmer till fruit is soft.
This only takes about 5-10 minutes.
Remove lid and let cool just a bit.
Place fruit in food processor and puree.
My apples were sweet enough so I didn't add any sugar but you can.
Just depends on your taste and how sweet you like it.
(This comes from Country Whispers blog) I am going to try this with a nice piece of pork roast tomorrow.

I never really meant to publish these recipes, so I never took note where I got them from. So if you find yours there. Please take it as a compliment to your fine cooking skills.
Until nexttime

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