Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Zen and the art of Quiche

You do not need a crust, but it can be nice to eat.
    • Coconut flour (or pastry four) mixed with butter and pressed in to a pan works good. Toast it a bit before adding the egg mixture. AND DRAIN THE SPINACH AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BEFORE ADDING.

All I do is steam a bunch of spinach or open a can of spinach is much easier. mix in eggs and crumbled or shredded cheese (or add to the top) in a large bowel. Then bake to melt the cheese and cook the eggs. See my Wok-oven above, use a very low flame.

  • Eggs (you don't need a recipé to tell you how many eggs to use)
  • Spinach (canned or fresh)
  • Cheese this is actually optional, but not for me (I like strong cheese because the flavor goes farther with less cholesterol) Blue cheese or Feta is best.
  • Dried Tomatoes if you have a food drier.
  • Mushrooms (sauteed in vinegar and oil)
  • Leeks or Onions (caramelized in oil)
  • Herbs like oregano or basil

other ingredients that are not essential:

  • I would never use cream but some people can eat anything.
  • TVP “Bacon” bits work if you keep them dry-ish, sprinkle on top after baking.
  • Nutmeg?
  • Meat ??? (like crunchy fried bacon.) or Canadian bacon.

My oven stopped working a couple years ago so I built one out of a wok for stove top use, see pix above. Pie plate on an empty tuna can. And a little water in the bottom of the wok to make steam. Glass lids are not essential but they help. Go to the GoodWill store.

stove top oven

Friday, March 16, 2018

Good cooking has nothing to do with measurments

The art of food requires that most ingredients be optional unless other wise notated. There are certain ingredients that are affinity's to the main ingredient. Accurate measurement is NOT part of good cooking, don't waste time measuring ingredients!

If you cannot understand my recipe's because they are too simple, you have not been using enough green tea.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Socca (Fermented Chickpea Pancakes)

This is much better than using grain flour because chick peas are lower in carbohydrates.
  • Water 2.5 cups
  • Chickpea flour 2 cups
  • Salt to help keep out the bad bacteria.
Ferment at room temp until it bubbles.
Fry like pancakes. The fermentation will help the batter puff-up like baking soda.

This can be cooked with grated squash and eggs (or more liquid), if you want vegetables in it.

Top with: (Or add to batter)
  • Tahini, Lemon-Lime, Garlic! (Tahini sauce)
  • Fresh diced Parsley.
  • Cumin and Mint with Yogurt? Or coconut milk.
  • Mint, Onion, Yogurt?
  • Strong flavored Cheese?
  • Cinnamon and Ginger?

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The art of Winter Squash

I think there maybe a million things to do with winter squash, but it is not easy to think of what.

Cook the squash...scoop it out of the skin when it is cool enough. Or just grate it.

High quality salt tastes so much better than cheap table salt.
  • Umiboshi vinegar brine
  • Shoyu soy sauce
  • Miso!

Herbs really make the difference
  • Basil
  • Celery seed
  • Sage!
  • Chives
  • Garlic (do not use dry garlic! Ever!)
  • Lime

Fat is needed to balance the sweetness of the squash.
  • Olive oil
  • Cheese sharp (don't waste your money on bland cheese!)
  • Butter!

  • Eggs makes it all stick together.
  • Bread crumbs?
  • Gluten or whole wheat flour.
  • Coconut flour will absorb all the extra moisture.
Nuts are too good, add copious quantities.
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • whole grain summer wheat berries large

other vegys saute'd
  • Leeks are the best
  • Green Onions
  • Mushrooms saute' with vinegar

Fry like fish cakes: Fritters!
Serve with beans; like white beans.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Warm Cozy Porridge

  • 1 cup water 
  • ½ cup Rolled Oats. Cooked.
  • Yeast flakes
  • Olive oil , Butter, or other fat
  • salt (Umiboshi vinegar brine) or Shoyu
  • Toffee flavored Stevia

Lime juice is really nice also

Friday, December 29, 2017

Easy Mayonnaise

  • Tofu, silk or smooth. or whole eggs
  • Oil flax or olive.
  • Garlic raw pressed!
  • Mustard powder or ready made.
  • Vinegar seasoned or not not much is needed but it is essential.
  • Salt or Umi vinigar brine or soy sauce.
  • other spices?

Blend, jar and use with ham, eggs etc.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Apple Butter sauce simplified

I could find only one recipe' without sugar.
But Wikipedia's apple butter page is very extensive.

  • A large box of apples cored and chopped inside a 5 gallon pot. Do not remove the peel! Skins and Peels have pectin in them. If you just cannot eat peel, blend them into the apple sauce. Bushel will fill a 5 gal pot if chipped enough. Then cook down to about 3.5 gallons. Or less if you keep simmering it and stirring it.
  • For apple butter, cook slowly as possible to keep it from burning. Evaporating most of the water. This can take all day.
To start the cooking add Apple-cider or apple-cider Vinegar a tiny over ¼ cup per expected finished quart. Five gallon pot of chopped apples made 14 quarts with one quart of vinegar. It is very tart made from summer apples! (One quart is 16 one quarter cups)

    After cooking add [always to taste!]
    1. Cinnamon
    2. Cloves
    3. Ginger
    4. Allspice !!
    5. Lemon juice and rind zest (optional)
  • Then add a 2 to 4 of boxes of pectin (optional) dissolved (the low sugar, Sure Jell pink box), stir and put in jars to cook under hot water to seal.

If you have enough energy you could blend it in strong machine for more buttery texture. But if chopped small enough it will be good enough.

Never use sugar with apples. If you think you need more sugar, go to a mental hospital before you kill your self.

Sugar is used as a preservative and helps make it more acid that is why the apples were simmered down more than apple sauce. But cider vinegar is a good acidifier. Apples have a natural pH of about 4.6, but it can't hurt to add a little more acid; like about one or two pints for the five gallon pot, that makes 3.5 gallon sauce (14 qts).

The real difference between apple sauce and the butter is that the butter has been evaporated more and ends up being sweater for longer storage.

5 gallon pot on 1/2 inch aluminum
plate on large burner