Sunday, May 29, 2011

BYUtv - Chef Brad: Fusion Grain Cooking: Teff

Part 3 of the Chef Brad series. He does make these grains look amazing and so simple to use.

BYUtv - Chef Brad: Fusion Grain Cooking: Teff

Friday, May 27, 2011

This Was SOOO Good!

Today in our welfare class we checked out the Whisper Mill. After watching the Whisper Mill in action we got to enjoy some very delicious Barley Nut Bread. So here's the recipe.

Barley Nut Bread

2 cups barley flour
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
2 cups chopped nuts (I used 1/2 packet of crumbed walnuts)

Preheat oven to 180c (375F). Stir together flours, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, blend honey, oil, eggs, and milk. Beat liquid ingredients into the dry ones until smooth. Fold in nuts. Pour into greased bread pan and bake for 45 minutes.

Friday, May 20, 2011

BYUtv - Chef Brad: Fusion Grain Cooking: Chef Brad: Fusion Grain Cooking

Part 2 of Chef brad. To good to miss!!

BYUtv - Chef Brad: Fusion Grain Cooking: Chef Brad: Fusion Grain Cooking

One point that he makes is to aim for when cooking for your family is to "try to have 80% nutrition on your plate and the other 20% don't worry so much about". Removing all their comfort food in the long run doesn't work so well, so leave 20% of the comfort food but increase all the nutrition that you want.

He uses his Pressure cooker & wonder Mill but also gives us a heads up that he will be doing a class on the pressure cooker. Having seen one of these classes in the past, I have to say he was the one who inspired me!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Electric Pressure Cooker $59 Aldi

Electric Pressure Cooker

$ 59 *

1000W electric pressure cooker
Removable ceramic pot for dishwasher cleaning
3-in-1: pressure cooker, rice cooker and slow cooker

In store from Thursday 26th May

Yes that is me you can hear weeping at home after I saw this in today's Aldi catalog. What really has caught my eye with this one is the ceramic pot inside. I think a healthier alternative to the Teflon then mine has.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

BYUtv - Chef Brad: Fusion Grain Cooking: Chef Brad: Fusion Grain Cooking

I absolutely love Chef Brad so you can imagine my excitement last night when I was on BYU TV to find his show. This is going to be a 13 week, yes 13 week series. I will embed them here on the blog each week and I really encourage you to watch them.
To subscribe to his newsletter click here. The link will take you straight to the sign-up form. Also spend some time looking around his website. Some things are only available through membership which I don't even have because there is so much available to you for free on the site.

This man is a lover of pressure cookers as well, and it was him that sparked my love of the very handy kitchen appliance.

BYUtv - Chef Brad: Fusion Grain Cooking: Chef Brad: Fusion Grain Cooking

Have fun !

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Brisbane Welfare Coop is a fantastic was to get bulk grains, nuts, eatable seeds and all those things that we have been learning about the last few months. Membership for this Co-op is $10 and you must organise that with your order. Talk to Sally or Malcolm in our ward for this, others feel free to contact us about joining or see the home page which has all the information that you need to join.

You just head to the homepage and click on 'preview Order'. Now anyone can do this, you don't need to be a member but you must be a member to order and due to our State Laws we can not take third party orders. You must only order for yourself.

Now the exciting news in this order is that the Whisper Mills are the cheapest I have ever seen!! For me this was the best, oh I know I have use that word loosely because we all know I'm addicted to a lot of my kitchen appliances, but with a grain mill the sky is the limit for what you can use your grains, seeds etc for.

For the May 2011 - Grains, Sugar offer, will close on Sun, 22 May 2011 and the Apr 2011 - Herbs Spices Vinegar etc offer, will also close on Sun, 22 May 2011. So you need to order and pay for that by that date.

The steel drums are available through the co-op as well. For those of you wanting to order the plastic containers through people in Plastic click here for a direct link to their price list.

Those of you who haven't been able to attend the Simple Living Classes, we are planning a bulk order together of these containers. I use the 4.5lt & 2.5lt, so look through the catalog and email or phone me with that order so we can get that in. Note that the steel drums sold at People in Plastics are NOT food grade, but all the containers are unless stated otherwise.

We have the Heat Sealer available in the Ward or at my place if that's more convenient ready for you to store and USE! Remember any questions contact me.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

3 Month Food Storage Supply

This video is worth watching to help you understand where we're heading with the Welfare course we have begun in the ward. A little long at 9 minutes but worth watching.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Ribollita - soup

This is a slow cooker recipe - and is great the next day too.

2 tins drained and rinsed cannelini beans - or about two and a half cups of previously cooked cannelini beans
400 g tin chopped tomatoes
1 clove garlic crushed - out of a jar is fine
1 diced carrot
1 celery stalk diced
1/4 head of cabbage thinly sliced
300 g potatoes diced - skin on is fine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 litre chicken stock
200g or so of crusty bread torn into chunks
50 g grated Parmesan

Puree half the cannelini beans with all of the tomatoes in the food processor.

Put the puree in the slow cooker with everything else except the bread, Parmesan, and the reserved whole beans.  Cook on high for 4 hours - add the rest of the ingredients (including the bread).

Heat till the beans are hot and the cheese has melted.

This will serve 6.

Red Lentil Pasta Sauce

This is the pasta sauce that Donna made in the Simple Living class in March - Donna made it in a pressure cooker - I make it in a slow cooker so that is the way it's written here.  But talk to Donna for how to adapt to a pressure cooker.

Red Lentil Pasta Sauce
1 cup red lentils
1 onion - chopped
2 teasp minced garlic
1/2 cup tomato paste
4 large tomatoes chopped
1 tablespoon rosemary - or more
2 tablespoons chopped basil - or more
grated rind of 1 lemon
4 cups stock - chicken or veg - or even just water

Put all the ingredients into a pre heated slow cooker and cook on low for 4 -5 hours or high for 2 -3  hours.

I usually use around 750 gm of pasta for this and we always have leftovers.
We sometimes add green olives, sun dried tomatoes, grated cheese or feta cheese.

Skillet Rice

This is easy and cheap and really is delicious.  It's from a Mennonite cookbook called Extending the Table - which is a great book with lots of recipes using various cheap and store-able ingredients.

Skillet Rice.

In a large heavy based pan, heat:
2 tab oil (or a bit less)
1 cup uncooked rice
Fry 1-2 minutes, stirring gently.
1 small onion, chopped finely
2 cloves garlic, mince (out of a jar is fine)
1/2 cup water
1/2 teasp salt
Cook, stirring constantly, until water is absorbed.
1 cup boiling water or chicken stock
2 medium chopped capsicums
1 can corn drained
Cover and simmer about 20 minutes without stirring till liquid is absorbed - remove from heat  Then serve as is - or with sour cream and grated cheese - or put in in a casserole dish and spread a thin layer of sour cream over the top, cover with grated cheese and grill for a few minutes.

For our family I usually make one and a half quantities - and have a little bit left over.