There are many different buzz words that explain this phenomenon: flexitarian, semi-vegetarian, and week day vegetarian; where you only eat meat on the week-ends. But anyway you want to say it, you are cutting back on the meat you eat. Some do it for health reasons, animal rights, the environment or all of the above!

Removing high fructose corn syrup and preservatives from our table.
This is my on-line recipe book with my adventures into finding healthy food for my family to eat....
Trying to cook more from scratch with less prepared foods.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Berry Tea Cake

* 1 egg
* 2/3 cup sugar
* 1 1/2 cups cake flour, sift before measuring
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/3 cup milk
* 3 tablespoons butter, melted
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 cup fresh berries. blueberries, raspberries blackberries, cut up strawberries....
* 2 tablespoons sugar

Heat oven to 350°.

Grease and lightly flour of a 10x6-inch or 8-inch square baking dish (approx. 1 1/2 quarts).

n a medium bowl, beat egg with wooden spoon; gradually beat in 2/3 cup sugar.
Beat until well blended.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
Add sifted ingredients to the egg and sugar mixture a little at a time, alternating with the milk. Beat well after each addition.
Add butter and vanilla; beat thoroughly.
Fold in berries.
Pour batter into prepared pan.
Sprinkle top with 2 tablespoons sugar.
Bake at for 25 to 30 minutes, or until top springs back when lightly touched with finger.
Serve warm with butter, if desired.
Serves 8.

Yummmm tasted great warm and with a little bit of honey butter..... OMG I eat a 1/3 of it already!!!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Left overs

This is what was left after last night, I took both loaves
There was around 20 people there and someone else brought the corned beef and cabbage!!

I think this recipe is a keeper!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Soda Bread

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix together in a big bowl. Cut in

1/2 cup margarine, softened

I used my clean hands to help mix together.

1 cup buttermilk
1 egg

Slightly beat egg and mix with buttermilk to the dry ingredients.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Knead only about 8 or 10 times.. it looks very flaky.  I remember what I read that the more you knead the tougher the bread will taste. Cut about 1/4 deep a X to help the bread bake thoroughly. I also read that the bread should rest before placing in the oven for about 30 minutes. So yea I tried that.  Hey this is my first time making soda bread!!

1 teaspoon  butter, melted
1 teaspoon buttermilk

Brush on the loaf before placing in oven.  You can brush with addition butter while cooking.
Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. 

I also read that the bread is better the next day. 

So the loaves (I didn't double the recipe- I made on at a time) came out looking like a big biscuit!