Archive for November, 2009

Today was a Bread Day!!!

Honey Oatmeal Bread

Honey Oatmeal Bread

Well today I was considering oatmeal, suppose to be good for cholesterol and steel cut oats are suppose to make really good oatmeal. I tried to make some oatmeal and burned the oats to the pan. Luckily, soaking the pan got the oats off the pan bottom. Chalk it up to just dumb luck.

“Marzidoats and dozidoats and little lamzidivie,
A kiddeldie divey too, wouldn’t you?”

Well anyway, I did get to eat some semi-cooked steel cut oats. Next time we will try soaking overnight, like is recommended.

I did find this recipe for Honey Oatmeal Bread, and that was a bit much, so I decided I had to make it. As you can see, that project was completed and the bread came out pretty awesome. I could have kneaded it a bit more and I gave it extra time to rise, so the bread came out a bit soft with a nice crusty crust. So I was satisfied. The recipe is copyrighted, so I can’t give it out here, but can be found on the website and the recipe is called, Honey Oatmeal Bread II.


Is an Orange Really an Orange?

Florida Oranges

Florida Oranges

You go to the store and once again the price of that orange juice has gone up again. So what is one to do.

Well about a year ago, I got fed up with the poor quality of my OJ and the high price I was paying. Then I discovered I could buy a bag of Florida squeezing oranges for 3 or 4 dollars and I would get about 8 or 9 oranges out of the bag.

So my mind started working overtime. I found a citrus juice squeezer at Walmart, so the fate of the orange juice was sealed.

I started squeezing my own juice, now mind you, these are not the navel oranges, that are meant for only peeling and eating. These are the more inexpensive squeezing oranges that only come from Florida. Around about June, I discovered that they were no longer in the stores, yes the crop is normally harvested from November through May, depending on variety. This is the 4th of November and they are available already.

The summer of eating processed orange juice is over, yes, I said processed. Even the best Orange juice has to be flash pasteurized so that it can be shipped up north. But the fresh fruit has all the nutrients and enzymes that it had on the tree. The flash pasteurization kills the enzymes, so eating fresh is so much better and you can taste the difference.

This time of year, the fruit tends to be small, but I am not complaining, the taste and quality is so much better than the processed orange juice.

Good food, Good God, Let’s eat, drink and be merry.

Oriental Stir Fry

I am calling this by a semi generic name, because I was winging it and it came out awesome. I used a cast iron fry pan, but a wok would have probably been better. So let’s get cooking.

  • 2 TBS olive or peanut oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 or 3 garlic cloves chopped or a small scoop of minced garlic
  • 1 medium carrot sliced
  • 3/4 cup of mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 cup of green pepper chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup of sliced pepperoni, chopped chicken breast or cubed tofu
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth, rice wine or sherry
  • 1/4 cup oriental seasoning from Mustard Seed Workshop,
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce

Heat pan or wok on stove, add oil, peanut or olive oil. Add onions, garlic, carrots, mushrooms, green peppers, and celery and cook until they are semi done. Add pepperoni, chicken or tofu as desired, chicken broth, rice wine or sherry, as desired, oriental seasoning and light soy sauce. Stir fry to blend the ingredients, etc. Serve over rice or noodles.

This dish came out exceptionally well, mostly due to the oriental seasoning, which is made up of, Sesame Seeds, Red Pepper, Dehydrated Garlic, Dehydrated Onion, Green Pepper, Black Pepper, Celery, Lemon Peel, Mustard Seed and Freeze-Dried Whole Lemon. It’s better if you can order the blend from the Mustard Seed Workshop, but you can also try to make up your own blend.

The veggies are flexible, I might of added some string beans to the mix. The pepperoni is non traditional, but gives the stir fry an extra zing. Maybe just the thing to get kids to eat their veggies. Chicken or tofu could have been substituted for the pepperoni. The measurements on each ingredient were guesses after the stir fry was made, so is totally flexible. Sherry or rice wine could have been substituted for the chicken broth. A very inexpensive meal to make, the most expensive item was the pepperoni. This dish could have easily been made vegan.


(c) Steve Allen, 2009. All rights reserved.

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Ready for Winter

The Homestead

The Homestead

Today, I spent some time getting my riding mower put away in the shed and got the shed mostly ready for winter. It was warm today, almost 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Just got a few more things to do. I want to get the sand ready for the ice and snow and put markers up to mark the edges of the driveway.


Well, I went out and bought some Almond Joys and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups for the little tricksters, but, lo and behold, same as last year, no one showed. Well that was more for me, not that I need it. I live rather remotely, so I didn’t really expect any kids, but to have someone show, without any candy on hand. That is a sin that I didn’t want to endure.

I made some pumpkin soup. That came out ok and, so had mug or so of the pumpkin soup.  Was a quiet evening, seemed to be what I wanted. Gave me time to think and relax.