Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Eastern Ontario
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Mmmmmm, borscht. (Is that the right spelling?)
I recently opened a jar of fermented beets. I made them using Wild Fermentation as a guide. I peeled raw beets and cut them into the smallest pieces I had the patience for -- on average, about the size of a nickel. Packed them in brine (either 2 or 3 tsp salt per litre of water? I must have it written down somewhere, I don't have the book with me any more) with a few cloves. I tried a jar after about a month -- the beets were still very hard (just the same as raw beets) and very salty. I opened another jar (I transferred all of my jars to cool storage after about 3 wks in a warm cupboard) about 3 months after "canning" it, and the beets were softer and less salty. I also have jars of saurkraut that I make using the 4 tsp of salt per shredded head of cabbage packed in a quart sized mason jar method I have mentioned. So, I took some very thick (reduced) beef stock and cooked carrots and potatoes in it. I added some seasonings at the end -- salt, pepper, thyme, marjoram, and parsley. After turning off the heat, I added some beets (no brine) and saurkraut. I'm not sure about proportions -- a bit more than a litre (quart) of stock, 2 med/large carrots, and 3 med potatoes. Maybe 1 c. of the beets, and 1/2 cup or so of saurkraut. It was very tasty. I would have added leftover beef roast, but it had been in the fridge too long. I didn't need to add the salt, the l-f veggies were salty enough. I added week-old cream (starting to taste sour) in my bowl. Yum.
For dessert, I'm making chocolate mousse. Not really an NT recipe, except I'm using good cream. I melted semi sweet chocolate chips (2 c.) then added 2 c. of cream, stirring it all up until it was smooth. I had put 2 large eggs and a bit of vanilla in my blender. I added the cream mixture to the blender and blended for about 3 mins. It is setting in the fridge now. I'm thinking you could make something like maple mousse if you want to avoid the chocolate (and the bother of melting it), or use cocoa powder, butter, and sweetener to substitue for the choc chips.
I also might make molasses popcorn tonight.
I recently made what I think is farmer's cheese or poor man's cheese. I took a half gallon of raw milk and put it in a glass bowl with a plate on top. I left it in a warm spot (my over the range microwave with the stove light on -- it gets quite warm) for a day or two (hmmm, I think I started the milk on Thurs, maybe afternoon, and finished it up Sat afternoon). It was pretty much like my yogurt. Not terribly thick, but firm nonetheless. I drained it and ended up getting it about half whey and half cheese (by volume). I tasted a bit of the cheese -- it is fairly bland. Milder than yoghurt cheese, more like store cream cheese. My kids hate yoghurt cream cheese, so this is good for us. A friend brought me some goat cheese -- it was a cheese log with cranberries all around it. So very yummy. I think I could make something similar with this cheese.
I also have a good lentil recipe, I will post it later.
Mom to DS(14), DS(12), DD(9), DS(6), DS (4), and DS(2)