Friday, February 3, 2012

At request . . . two more recipes

Earlier in the week when I shared a vegetarian menu with friends, they asked for the recipes so I want to honor that request. I love putting together a vegetarian meal with the challenge of getting in the protein and full range of nutrition. Here’s what I did when my nonmeat-eating friend came to visit.

Nutty Sweet Potato Soup
Green Salad
Swiss Cheese and Onion Quiche
Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Rolls

A few notes: We now have locally-grown hydroponic lettuce available. That’s a first that I’ve found so I mixed it with the beautiful lettuce I’ve been nurturing with the help of my grow light.

Quiche has been a long-time favorite of mine. You’ll find many quiche recipes but the simplest way to make it is to remember the three eggs to two cups of cream (or milk) combination. Par-bake the crust, sprinkle on it whatever cheese, vegetables and meats you want to fill the quiche with and pour over the combo mixed with a sprinkle of salt, pepper and nutmeg. It won’t fail you.

Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Rolls
1 TBSP yeast
¼ c warm water
1 1/2 tsp sugar
2 C buttermilk
3 tsp canola or other vegetable oil
1/1/2 tsp salt
1/1/2 tsp baking soda
2 C unbleached white flour
2 C whole wheat flour
Warm buttermilk, oil and salt to approximately 110 degrees. (If you’re new to working with yeast, test with thermometer then feel with your finger to learn what the temperature should feel like. You’ll like not need a thermometer after you learn.) While warming, combine yeast, water and sugar in small bowl.

Pour buttermilk mixture into large bowl. Add almost all of the flours and baking soda. Beat vigorously until very well mixed. Add more flour until dough is relatively firm. Turn onto lightly floured surface, knead a few strokes then cover with a bowl (glass works especially well) for 15 minutes.

Uncover and knead 5 minutes or so until smooth and elastic. Spray two muffin tins to prepare for 24 rolls. Roll piece of dough into walnut size and put two pieces in each tin.

Cover with a damp towel and place in warm place to double for 45 minutes or so. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake risen rolls for 15 – 20 minutes until gold brown.

Although Cole slaw wasn’t included in that meal, I shared it with a friend the next day at lunch. It was a vinegar slaw I made from the fresh, spring cabbage then froze. Here’s that recipe, too.

Mom’s Winter Slaw
3 lbs. shredded cabbage
2 chopped onions
2 chopped green peppers
2 chopped red peppers
1 TBSP salt
1 C vinegar
1 C Water
2 C sugar
2 tsp. celery seed
2 tsp. mustard seed

Mix first four ingredients in large bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in large pot and bring to boil. Pour over cabbage mixture. Cool and fill freezer bags.
I like to use small bags so I have lunch-sized servings.

1 comment:

  1. the sweet potato soup sound lush will be having that for tea today me thinks!