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A good new recipe


Don't you love it when you find a recipe that utilizes things that you normally keep on hand and it turns out tasting really good? I ran across a recipe like that recently and it's going into the permanent file. I found this recipe on the Mennonite Girls Can Cook website. It uses cabbage, chicken, onions, and noodles. I used Ramen Noodles since that was what I had on hand. My kids always give me a hard time for changing recipes but I tried to stick pretty close to the original when making this. I cut down the proportions since it was just the two of us and added a dash of sesame oil at the end of the cooking time for a little burst of flavor.

Here's the post with the original recipe. I used one large chicken breast, about 4 cups of cabbage, and two packages of ramen noodles. I cooked the noodles and then added them on top of the other ingredients as the recipe details. It was really good and I will be making this one again.


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Quiz Update


I forgot to mention in my most recent post that Sonia J. was the person who was the first to identify the "mystery ingredient." I'm sorry to have neglected that important information about one of my astute readers. I do appreciate all of you who participated.

Becka


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A new taste thrill


The mystery ingredient pictured above is cardamom pods. You can also purchase ground cardamom. This spice is used in Chai tea, some sweet breads, and in Indian cooking. I have a Christmas bread recipe that instructs you to put the pods in the milk used in the recipe and then warm it and let them steep for a bit to infuse the milk with flavor.

I have never tried authentic Indian food. I discovered recipes for Garlic Naan and Kheema a couple of weeks ago and since I had all the ingredients on hand decided to make them. We had purchased some frozen garlic naan at Trader Joe's a while back and both of us really liked it. This recipe was good, but I think I made it a little too thick.

Rob liked the Kheema right away. I was skeptical at first but it's the kind of dish that grows on you. I will make this again, especially now that I have a little jar of garam masala in my cupboard. To make the spice blend from the cardamom pods you have to open the pods and then grind the little black seeds (similar to large black poppy seeds). I used a mortar and pestle but you could use a spice grinder if you have one. The directions for the Garam Masala follow the recipe for the Kheema. The advantage of making your own blend is that you can control the heat and leave out any spices that you do not care for. You might want to look around Heather's recipe blog. She has many frugal recipes and some great organizing tips.

So, if you are looking for something new and different for dinner you might want to try this simple dish.

Becka


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A quiz and a recipe


I tried a new recipe last week that called for this ingredient:

Do you know what these are? I plan to post that recipe soon, but I'll give you a chance to guess first. ๐Ÿ™‚

In the meantime I tried a new recipe for supper tonight that Megan had made for us while we were up visiting her family over Christmas and we really enjoyed it. I saw the recipe posted on another blog and decided to make it this week. The recipe for this soup uses kale:

I had never eaten or used kale before this. It seems to keep its bright green color better than many green vegetables and it's not bitter like collards. (I have never been able to develop a liking for collards, sorry Cathy.) You could probably substitute baby spinach for the kale if you would prefer.

I'll be looking forward to see who is the first to identify the mystery ingredient.

Becka


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This and That


Not too much of note going on around here this week. I've been working on a quilt for the new baby girl and Rob is knitting her an afghan, but it's doubtful that either one of these projects will be completed before her expected arrival. Megan is scheduled for a C-section on Valentine's Day. She is having frequent doctor visits and tests and so far has been doing very well. Drew had already arrived by this point. We are thankful that this little one isn't following in her big brother's footsteps in that regard. We will appreciate your prayers for continued good health throughout the remainder of the pregnancy.

I have finished up a couple of little girly projects, including:

Two more pink blankets:

A mesh bag for all the little socks that tend to get lost in the wash. (When Megan was a baby Rob came home from work one afternoon and when he changed clothes he discovered he had worn a shirt with a baby sock in the armpit all day.) I saw the idea on Pinterest but there were no instructions so I just had to come up with my own spin-off.

This little "toy" is like one I made for Ryan that he has really enjoyed playing with. It's just two pieces of flannel with a piece of crinkly plastic cut from an empty baby wipe container sewn inside. Babies seem to love hearing the noise from crinkly things. Ryan kept wanting to play with the baby wipe container so I thought I'd make him a toy from an old one. The plastic is a little hard to stitch. I found that it helped to put strips of tissue paper on top of the plastic and then it was much easier to stitch.

My dear husband got me a big bag of shelled pistachios last week so I made a batch of these cookies. They are really tasty and are a pretty Christmas cookie with the red cranberries and the green from the pistachios.

I have a question for the quilters who read my blog. I am using a spray adhesive to "baste" the layers of my quilt together this time. Have any of you used this technique before? So far it seems to be working very well.

Becka


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