Friday, May 17, 2013

Apples and Oranges, Ketchup and Mustard

 A  few weeks ago, I got a new computer. Yesterday, it decided to ditch the disc drive. So very early this morning, I loaded it into the car and headed for Newport. Didn't take long to find out I needed a new one, so was soon headed back up the mountain. My son spent a good share of his morning putting all the stuff back in and getting me connected again. Good thing we ran a back up yesterday, and even more good luck, when they rang up the new computer, it was on sale, so added a two year insurance policy, and got a nice amount of cash back too. It will take me a while to regroup but for the most part, I am up and running again.
  In a week, my little grand daughters from Nebraska will be on the way to Tennessee. First time they have visited. Well, kind of, the oldest who is 3 and a half came when she was just a few weeks old so her grandpa could see her. At that time, he was very ill, and died a few months later, She was so small she will never remember being here.  I visited them for Christmas when the youngest was just a bout 8 weeks old, so very small and cuddly. She is now 6 months old and learning so many new things. Can hardly wait to see them, and their parents too!!!
  I have some recipes to share, for home made ketchup and mustard. Why not just buy them? Well, of course it's easier, but this way you avoid the chemicals, and preservatives and know exactly what you are eating.
1/2 cup of mustard powder(buy at grocery store, or order organic from herb company)
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 clove minced garlic

  Stir all ingredients in a pan until smooth, bring to a boil and immediately lower heat. Simmer while you add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch mixed with 1 teaspoon of water,  and simmer 1 more minute.  Cool, put in glass container and refrigerate.

1 and 1/2 cups tomato paste, home made  or organic
3/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon molasses
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 clove minced garlic
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons sea salt

  Put all in pan, whisk well, and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Put in container and refrigerate.

  If you are in the mood for an easy dessert,  how about an Apple Clafouti
 1 cup of flour(unbleached)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup cold water
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large granny smith apples, 3 tablespoons of sugar
 Mix flour, salt, eggs, milk and cold water til smooth. Peel and core and thinly slice  apples, add to batter with the sugar. Oil a deep pie pan,  place in 450 degree oven for 5 minutes, until it's hot, pull out rack, add batter and bake for 40 minutes.
  Well, time to get going on all the stuff I have put off this morning,  it's a lovely day, rain was predicted but right now the sun is shining.,  time to water the garden if that rain holds off. Hope you have a lovely week, spent with family and friends.  Stay well, eat healthy, as they say, you really are what you eat.


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