One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What's Cookin'? ~ Tips ~ New Recipe

Tip 1:  I found another way to use leftover (when there is any) whiskey butterscotch sauce.  Bake a cinnamon/brown sugar coffee cake, and drizzle some on 10 minutes before it comes out of the oven.

I baked the coffee cake, but no sauce to be found (sad face). 

Tip 2:  I opened a jar of home canned hot sauce to make jalapeno poppers, but need to use the rest up before I forget I opened it.  I found that adding home canned hot sauce to greens is a wonderful way to flavor them up.  I used them on spinach recently.

We are short on eggs.  The colder weather has slowed production down, but no need to panic (I told myself).  I had a good supply of ingredients to make a crock pot of steel cut oats (with apples, walnuts and raisins).

Potato Rosemary Crusted Cod. A newly tried recipe from a book I received (which I am now passing on to another blessed soul).  Mmmm!  Basically, you peel and grate a potato, mix in some finely chopped dried rosemary, toss in some salt and pepper, and pat the mixture onto the fish (squeeze the water from the grated potato first).  Then fry it in hot oil 3 minutes each side.  I don't fry fish (other than perch and bluegill), but it was good.    This was Hubby's packed lunch.  He's been working quite a bit of overtime, and I wanted to make sure he had a healthy lunch.  Thankfully, I had cod in my freezer. Not sure I'll make it again.  I had trouble keeping the potatoes attached to the fish.  Got any tips for that?

My jar of dry taco mix was low, so I made a small batch with the last of my chili powder.  I still have a few more pounds of organic ground beef, so tacos were made one night.
Applesauce-banana muffins. My supply of home canned applesauce has been a blessing this winter. As well as having more homemade vanilla on hand. Although I had steel cut oats on hand, muffins are always an easy "to-go" breakfast for the kids.  They tend to be in a hurry, and muffins are easy to grab, tote along and eat while waiting for the bus (or pack in a lunch).



Mama Pea said...

Before you mentioned it, that was my question: How do you get the mashed potatoes to stick to the fish? Hmmmm, must be some secret there that one needs to know! ;o) You are a wonder in all the new recipes you try. I always think I'm gonna do that more often, but then end up making the same old, same old. Lazy? Might have to think about that.

Sam I Am...... said...

You have been busy! I need to make /refresh my pantry supplies too. This week I was making cleaning supplies; laundry detergent, glass cleaner and floor cleaner and I even used them to clean! LOL! Everything looks delicious and I have been wanting to make a coffee cake too...and the muffins are a great idea.....yummo!

Kristina said...

Mama Pea, I tend to go with my regular recipes too. I think an egg wash would help the potatoes stick, but I'm not sure.

Kristina said...

Sam I Am, I love blueberry-strawberry muffins, but the family loves the strawberry ones. They are so moist and delicious.

RB said...

This all sounds good. I've got no idea how to keep potato crust on fish. Did you use egg wash before applying the potato? Also, sometimes letting it sit for 30 minutes after applying the crust and before frying it sometimes helps.
Prayers everyone has a great weekend planned, and a safe one too.
God bless.

Kristina said...

RB, thanks for those tips. The recipe did not call for an egg wash, but I think that would help.