Friday, April 3, 2009

Cosy day around the radio....

Tried writing this post 3 times so far but the thunderstorms keep popping along to interrupt!
How very rude!

Got bread baking in the camp oven on the stove top, filling the air with yummy smells, making everyone's tummy rumble.
Chucked it together from stuff in the pantry - Making Do again.
1/2 cup barley flour, 1/2 cup rice flour, 1 cup plain white flour, 3 teaspoons of sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, linseed, rice flakes, oats, polenta,6 teaspoons of dry yeast.
Mix with a butter knife then plop 1 1/2 cups warm water into the dry mix, mixing with the butter knife.
Knead on floured surface (no, the table top works much better than the couch, trust me on this).
Toss it bake into covered bowl to double its size, belt it around the table top for another 2 mins then chuck it into a greased loaf tin, wait till it plays size queen and rises over the edge, then reward it with the toasty innards of the moderate oven for 45 mins or till hollow when knocked on top.

Thunderstorms can be disruptive - especially when your electricity supply seems to drop its bundle every time it's warm, cold, rainy, dry, stormy or hot - so we've been prepared for several years now with our solar/dynamo powered radios and lanterns.
We've spent most of the arvo sitting around reading/knitting by lantern light and listening to the radio.
How peaceful and fun; no stupid shouty ads from the idiot box, no telemarketers asking how often I change the dunny roll (all the time, no one's ever seen a man do it) as I refuse to answer the phone during a thunderstorm because I don't favour surprises or shocks.

Throw 4 tablespoons of low fat Greek Yoghurt (cottage cheese will substitute, too) into a saucepan, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and 1 small, finely chopped tomato you happen to have sitting around.
Heat through, stirring often while keeping the heat down low.
Serve over veggies and/or meat.

Meat costs a motza, get into more veggies.
Hunt out local green grocers and check out the stuff they've marked down; these usually only have a few marks on the skin or might have a few soft spots or other blemishes which are easily removed before cooking/eating.
Cook a little bit of lots of different veggies and cut down on the meat serving to help the hip pocket.
1 diced carrot, 1 diced parsnip, 1chopped sweet spud, 1 diced small zucchini, 2 small florets of broccoli and cauliflower, 1 diced turnip, 16 diced beans, 4 silverbeet leaves, 2 diced Pontiac spuds and 1/4 of red and green capsicum diced will serve 4-6 adults with a small serving of meat and sauce/gravy of choice.

Oops, well the thunder's made a return visit so I'll leave it there and try dancing between the raindrops to collect the mail from the letter box!


  1. Mmmm love the recipes.

    We still have a little meat with each meal because the girls and I all have low iron levels. But I'm stretching it out and bulking up on the green veggies for the girls (sadly my system can't take green veg).

  2. "...we've been prepared for several years now with our solar/dynamo powered radios and lanterns."

    We bought some solar-powered lamps about four years ago. Unfortunately, we live in Britain, so they're still charging up.

  3. Thanks, Marita :)
    I couldn't give up meat entirely but it's just getting so expensive :(

    Boom, boom, Brian :P
    I'm surprised seeing as we've all heard the sun shines out of Sir Dicky Branson's backside...:P

    Thanks, DS, and welcome :)

  4. yes great recipes Jayne.I love the bread ...does it always work when you chuck stuff in ?

    I (& all the boys) enjoy my meat and I try to buy specials first and markdowns always.
    I am trying to experiment with more vegies.

  5. We got your storms last night. Got a bonza lightening display and about 21 mls of rain.

  6. Thanks, Trish.
    It usually does, Trish, but I've been making bread for a few years now, so it wouldn't hurt to check before just throwing anything into the mix ;)

    It was a doozy, hey, B ?!