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Another Month Already!?

Refuge Ministries tonite.  My monthly trip to Mexico with meals for the fabulous youth and leaders at this wonderful christian ministry.

Tonight’s menu is simple:

Pizza – (8)  lamb sausage, ground lamb, and a couple veggie pizzas.  Toppings include mushrooms, jalapenos, eggplant, black olives, onions,  cheddar, parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses,  tomato-based sauce.

Apple Calvados cakes (8 count)

Applesauce (1 gallon)

Sliced cucumbers (12 cukes)

Here’s the pizza dough recipe i use.  My favourite and i’ve tried a lot!

From Wall Street Journal a couple years back.

THE INGREDIENTS:

2 cups all purpose or bread flour

2 cups whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons honey

2 teaspoon sea or Real salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

1 1/3 cups warm water

THE STEPS

  1.  Add flours, honey, yeast, and salt to the bowl of a food processor or electric mixer and process to combine  (i just put it in the bowl of my Kitchenaid Artisan bowl and mix by hand briefly).  Add water and 2 tablespoons olive oil and continue to process until dough forms a ball.  If dough is sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.  If dough is too dry, add water 1 tablespoon at a time.
  2. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until you have a smooth elastic ball, about 5 minutes.  I use my Kitchenaid Artisan mixer.
  3. Form dough into a smooth ball and place in a large bowl greased with olive oil ( spray the bowl with a Misto). Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.  Cut risen dough in half.  Knead each half briefly and then shape into a ball.  Place the two balls on a lightly floured surface and cover loosely with a clean towl or plastic wrap.  Let rest 1 hour at room temperature or in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.  If refrigerated, let dough come to room temperature before continuing.
  4. Use a rolling pin to roll out and your hands to stretch each ball into a circle or whatever size your pizza pan.  If dough becomes too elastic, place it in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to relax before continuing.  (i’ve never had to do that, sometimes it wants to fight, but aggressive rolling will tame it nicely and quickly).

Pancakes at Refuge!

Tia’s Terrific Tummy Satisfying Pancakes and Organic Oat bran pancakes for supper (tea) tonight at Refuge Ministries in Mexico, Missouri.

Probably everyone already uses this little trick, but i just today thought of it:  use the boiled egg slicer to slice the strawberries.  Wow, fast and easy!

Toppings for the pancakes

Maple syrup

coconut flakes

dairy whipped cream

pecans

blueberries

strawberries

powdered sugar

Harvest jam

Pumpkin butter

butter

corn syrup

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Cheers!

tauna

PS

Yes, there will still be cucumbers

Tia’s Terrific Tummy Satisfying Pancakes

4 cups flour

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons salt

4 tablespoons baking powder

4 eggs

2 tablespoons vanilla

3-4 cups milk (it’s up to you for desired thickness)

Combine dry ingredients, then add liquid ingredients stirring just until moistened.  Pour onto hot griddle turning when bubbles form on top and bottom is light brown.  Cook just until done.  Don’t overcook.  I like them somewhat raw.  Top with butter and syrup, jam, applesauce, or fruit.  This recipe makes about 30 six-inch pancakes.  Yum!

Moving across the Road!

Yesterday started early since my ewe lambs needed loading from our corral to the paddocks they will stay in for grazing.  I’d never loaded sheep out here before, so hadn’t a clue how it would go.  Incredibly, it went very smoothly!  They hopped right into the trailer and off we went.  They were hungry to be sure since they went straight to grazing once out of the trailer.

Then Dallas and I loaded a bit of hay in my little trailer pulled by the Gator, loaded necessary supplies, and fueled up.  Arriving at Tannachton Farm 35 minutes later, we unloaded the hay and checked on the ewe that had been entangled in the fence.  She is still alive and we cared for her best we could, but time will tell if she’ll ever get up again.  At least it was warm yesterday, but snow today!.

We set up a bit over a quarter of a mile of single strand polywire on the Bowyer Place and hung a Parmak energizer to fire it up, all the while calling the cows, so they would be up waiting and ready to move.  We then set up the crossing for the move across Cord Drive.  Amazingly, the cows and calves poured across the road to fresh grass.  I was short some Stafix step-in posts for the polywire, so once the cows were moved across and in the lot, we drove back to where some stored posts.  As we were collecting those, I noticed a black cow north of the timber, so once done, we circled ’round to check.  What a wonderful surprise!  Not just one cow having calved, but THREE right there together.  They had wisely selected a south-facing, gentle slope with good drainage.  Of course, we left them alone – I’ll move them later when their calves are older and well-bonded to their mommas.

My photo is misleading – we do not have grass that green right now and the cows were actually moving the other direction!  However, I didn’t have any time to take photos so this one is stolen from last spring.

Got done and headed back home arriving about 1pm.  Just in time to finish the meal for our departure at 4pm to Mexico, Missouri and Refuge Ministries.  Despite having some cooking disasters, I managed to show up with enough edible tucker to serve about 70 people!  Chicken-Rice-Vegetable casserole with cherry cobbler and pumpkin bread.  And, of course, sliced cucumbers with home-made ranch dressing.

Refuge in October

Once a month, on a Wednesday (except in the summer), I make the meal for Refuge Ministries of Mexico, Missouri.  Each fall, there is a new set of faces and enthusiasm as the fifth graders from last year have moved into junior high and are now old enough to attend.  Lots of catching up to do amongst the ‘ladies in the kitchen’ from my summer hiatus.  Attendance dips a bit in the summer and I get terribly busy with farm work, so my contribution is about 8 months of the year.

The changes in some of these young peoples’ lives are subtle in some cases and drastic in others as they learn about God (Yahweh) and how He can use broken lives for His good through repentance and redemption.  For some, this weekly gathering of strong Christian volunteers are the only parental-like mentorship they have in their lives.  These volunteers are real heroes as they uplift and teach these, oftentimes, rowdy and rambunctious young people, week after week.

I’ve taken to starting the meal the day before since I get so worn out now if I try preparing all day then making the drive, serving, then drive home.  My son, Nathan and friend, Christian, leave at 4pm for Mexico, MO and return about midnight.  So, Tuesday I mixed up, rolled out, and cut 9 batches of egg noodle and stuck them in the freezer.   Since I didn’t have any sausage, I had set out 7 lbs of ground beef to thaw, then added 1/2 cup of sage, 1/4 cup black pepper, and 1/4 cup Real salt, then mixed that well (in two batches) in my Kitchenaid mixer.  Then set the whole thing in the frig overnight for the flavours to meld and it passed muster with enthusiasm, except my husband, who deemed it too ‘peppery.’  I may back off the black pepper just a bit next time.  I used spinach for my recipe today and adjusted the amounts to feed about 60 people.

Egg Noodles w/Sausage & Kale*

INGREDIENTS:

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 lb lamb or beef sausage

1/2 lb kale, tough stems and centre ribs discarded and leaves coarsely chopped

1/2 lb egg noodles

2/3 cup water

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS: Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook sausage, breaking up any lumps with a spoon, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Meanwhile, blanch kale in a 6-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove kale with a large slotted spoon, drain over pan, and add to cooked sausage in skillet. Saute stirring frequently and scraping up any brown bits from bottom of skillet. Return cooking water in pot to boil and cook egg noodles in boiling water, uncovered, until al dente. Add noodles to skillet with a slotted spoon and 1/2 cup reserved cooking water if necessary, tossing until combined. Stir in cheese and thin with additional cooking water in desired. Serve immediately, with additional cheese on the side. Serves 6.  Lettuce or other greens can take the place of kale. Hint: Retain some of the cooking water and add to any leftovers for easier warming up. As always, use eggs (for making noodles) from pastured hens and sausage from grass-finished animals for best nutrition and flavour. Grow your own or buy the greens from your neighbour. *adapted from recipe in the March 2006 Gourmet magazine.

Egg Noodles

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups unbleached white or whole wheat flour

3 egg yolks

1 egg

2 teaspoons salt

1/4 to 1/2 cup water

DIRECTIONS:

Make a well in centre of flour. Add egg yolks, egg, and salt; mix thoroughly . Mix in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is stiff but easy to roll.  Divide dough into 4 equal parts. Roll dough, one part at a time, into nearly paper-thin rectangle on well-floured surface. Cut into narrow strips with a knife or noodle cutter.  Shake out strips and place on towel until stiff and dry, about 2 hours. Or I just drop the individual fresh noodles directly into boiling water.   Cook in 3 quarts boiling salted water (1 tablespoon salt) until tender, 12 to 15 minutes; drain. About 6 cups noodles. Storage: after drying, noodles can be covered and stored no longer than 1 month.

Use these noodles for the Egg Noodles w/Sausage & Kale Recipe.