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Since being laid off from my work, I have been thinking a lot about ways to spend as little as possible.

One thing I've decided to do is to reduce our grocery purchases by buying ingredients rather than prepared foods.

My goal is to reduce the cost and number of food items that we buy without sacrificing the variety of foods that we eat. I've decided that the way to do this is to buy ingredients rather than meals.

The same set of basic ingredients can be made into many different things that would normally be purchased separately, take up more space, and would probably not be as good as home-made.

For example, I buy milk anyway, so I have started to make my own yogurt.

Then I strain the yogurt to make tzatziki sauce and a sort of cream cheese substitute. I save the whey to use along with the water from cooking home-grown potatoes to make bread.

Then spread the strained yogurt sweetened with some home-made jam on the bread!
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There isn't really enough time before Christmas, but I think I'll give it a try! I combed the web and my cookbook collection, and this is what I've come up with. It's a hybrid of many but based mostly on allrecipes.com/recipe/christmas-fruitcake-2/detail.aspx

Combine and allow to blend for 24 hours:
1/2 cup chopped, dried cherries
1/2 cup chopped, dried mango
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup mixed peel
1/2 cup chopped, dried sultana raisins

(Total: 3 and 1/2 cups of fruit)
1 cup dark rum


Next morning:

Butter two 9 by 3 round pans (or equivalent) and line with parchment paper. Butter the parchment paper.

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Cream together:
1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar


Beat in:
4 eggs.

Whisk together:
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice

Stir together:
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses (or honey)
1/4 cup milk


Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture in three additions, alternating with liquid ingredients.

Stir in prepared fruit and rum along with:
1 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans, or almonds)

Scrape batter into prepared pans.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of rum.

Storing instructions, from the link above:

"Cut out one piece parchment paper and one piece cheesecloth, each large enough to wrap around the cake. Moisten cheesecloth with 1 tablespoon rum. Arrange cheesecloth on top of parchment paper, and unmold cake onto it. Sprinkle top and sides of cake with remaining rum. Wrap the cheesecloth closely to the surface of the cake, then wrap with paper. Place in an airtight tin, and age for at least 10 weeks. If
storing longer, douse with additional rum for every 10 weeks of storage."

Since I don't have time to mellow it for ten weeks, I think I'll poke the cake with a skewer after taking it out of the pans, and pour some rum into the holes,

Any experienced bakers with any warnings, or sage advice?

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Bulgur and Chickpea Salad
Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked bulgur
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or about 1 cup cooked)
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup crumbed feta cheese
1 teaspoon dried dill (or about 4 teaspoons fresh)
1/4 cup olive oil
Black pepper, to taste
Directions:
Pour boiling water over bulgur in a large heat-proof bowl. Allow to sit about 15 minutes. Add other ingredients and stir to combine.
Chill for at least an hour or so.

Tastes almost too good to be as healthy as this has got to be. Also good with a big spoonful of bean salad, or on a bed of chopped lettuce. Would likely go very well with some tuna or chicken.

Cheescake!

Jan. 24th, 2011 03:59 pm
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I made this from the recipe in the previous post (though I reduced the cream of tartar by 1/4).  It tastes as good as it looks!  Thanks Peppermint for the tips.
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I cobbled together at least three different recipes.  I want to try this, but first must obtain cream cheese and sour cream:

New York Cheesecake

Crust:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup butter, softened

Method:

Combine flour, sugar, egg, and butter or margarine.  Spread in the bottom and part way up the sides of a well-greased 10” sprinform pan. Prick with a fork and bake at 400F for 15 minutes.  Cool completely.

Filling:

Ingredients:

3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese (not light) at room temperature
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons flour
4 eggs, room temperature
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar (modified from 1 teaspoon)

Method:

Cream the cream cheese until smooth.  Beat in sugar, and flour.  Beat only until smooth (about 2 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating about 30 seconds after each addition.  Add vanilla and cream of tartar. 

Pour the batter into the chilled crust and bake at 400F for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 200F and continue to bake for 45 minutes or until slightly firm but with a wobbly wet-looking centre.  Cool on a rack for five minutes, while preparing the topping

Topping:

Ingredients:

500 ml sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
1/2 cup white sugar

Method:

Mix sour cream, flavouring and sugar together until smooth. 

Pour over cheesecake from edges to centre. 

Bake for 5 more minutes.

Turn the oven off and allow the cheesecake to cool in the oven for about an hour before removing to a rack to cool completely. Allow to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight before serving.  Top with fruit, pie filling, and/or whipped cream, if desired.

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Oatmeal Chip Cookies
Ingredients
1 cup margarine, softened
1 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups rolled oats
4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional, but good for extra deliciousness)
Directions
Beat margarine well. Beat in sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir baking soda and salt into flour then stir into liquid mixture. Gently fold in oatmeal, chocolate chips, and nuts (if using). Bake at 350F until just barely cooked. Undercook slightly for a chewy cookie.
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"One Hundred" Good Cookies from Let's Break Bread Together
(About 50 one ounce cookies)
Ingredients:
1 cup margarine, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup crisp cereal like rice krispies, or 1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
3 cups whole wheat flour.
Drop onto ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350F for about 12 minutes. Cool a couple of minutes before removing to rack to cool.

These are quite sweet and a bit high in fat, but they came out very light and crisp-chewy. I think they'll be awesome frozen one or two to a bag for lunches.
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Modified from "Let's Break Bread Together"

Molasses Ginger Muffins
Sift together:
2c whole wheat flour
2c white flour
2 t salt
2 t soda
3 t ginger
1 t cloves (or part allspice)
Make a well in centre.
Place in a measuring cup:
2 T vegetable oil
Fill to 2 c with:
hot water
Fill to 4 c with:
Molasses
Add liquids to dry ingredients. Bake at 375 F for 15 to 20 minutes.
Makes 24.
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Wah! The bread machine broke. J only made 14 loaves this weekend.

I'm going to have to teach him to make bread the old-fashioned way, so here's the recipe for four loaves:

Bring to near boiling point:
4 cups water

Stir into
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup powdered skim milk
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil or hard margarine

Allow to cool to room temperature, then beat in:
6 cups whole wheat flour
3 teaspoons yeast

Stir in, mixing by hand at the end:
5 cups white flour

Knead until smooth, then turn into a large bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk.

Punch down and shape into four loaves.

Allow to rise again, and bake at 325F for about 15 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

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