Saturday, January 29, 2011

This is Not a Cooking Blog!

I admit it.  Somehow this blog that focussed on fibre arts and living on an alpaca farm (I think that's what it started as...) is now featuring pictures and stories of food.  Food that I have made!  Food that didn't come from a box with microwave instructions!

Don't be fooled.  This is and never will be a cooking blog.  However, I feel challenged by some of my readers and also by some fellow-bloggers to step it up a bit in the kitchen department.

So, this morning, I made a lovely quickie quiche. It used 6 eggs, 1 1/2 cups of half and half, 3/4 cup Bisquick, 2 cups shredded cheddar, garlic, some bacon crumbles, salt and pepper.

It was quite delicious and fluffy.  Next time, I will try adding spinach and feta.

I also made this little lovely looking single serving to freeze.  I have to say though...the recipe says 10 minute prep, 50 minutes to cook.  In reality, it was a lot longer prep time, especially to crisp and crumble the bacon.  They didn't even mention the 3 days it would take me to wash the frying pan and pie plate...oh, maybe they aren't talking elapsed time....
AND THEN...I beat some extra eggs and put in the freezer in ice cube trays.

I think I have used up all my domestic-goddessness for one day. I'm exhausted.

Trust me, I won't soon be making my own tortillas like LuckyBunny!  Check out her blog.  I went for the endearing animal and lovely nature pictures, but I am filing her recipes in the back of my head. 

Also, if you are interested in slow-food cooking with natural goodness, check out Chapman Landings cooking school blog.  Nancy lives in my neck of the woods on a historic farm property and she's all about eating well, eating fresh and eating local.  I swear, I think Nancy could make a delicious 12 course meal out of an egg,  home-grown lettuce, some sumac, a couple birch leaves and local strawberry tea.

I have a little story about my phobia of potlucks.  Since I'm not very adept in the kitchen, I usually find something in the frozen section to bring (I do cook it though!).  Having to supply part of a meal when everyone else is into gourmet and organic is very stressful for me.  I thought that bringing a fresh veggie platter to the meal was a fail-proof plan.  That was until Nancy asked me for the dip recipe...( sour cream, pour in powder from envelope, stir until mixed.)...actually, I think she might have just been being polite.

Anyway - I am bouyed by the number of comments that people are leaving lately.  I do appreciate you dropping in and leaving a note.  Thanks.


Mona said...

[They didn't even mention the 3 days it would take me to wash the frying pan and pie plate...] LOL! Sounds like my house. Although, since I love to cook, it's usually an assortment of cookware and utensils that need to be washed.

Nancy Guppy, MHSc, RD said...

Oh, thanks, it is hilarious Norma! I am quite skilled at making something out of nothing. I was serious about the dip recipe though when I asked you at Pat's.

That recipe you did with the bisquick is similar to one I have been making for years although the one I usually do uses zucchini and cheddar. I wanted to avoid the box Bisquick so I figured out how to use ww flour, baking powder and olive oil. I am supposed to blog it soon and will let you know when I get to it.

I didn't know you are blogging so thanks for the heads up and the thoughtful link to Chapman's Landing Cooking Studio blog.


Norma from Misty Haven Alpacas said...

Nancy...I thought using Bisquick was almost like homesteading! It's NOT??? Next thing you'll be telling me to get a flour mill to grind my own wheat!

Azure Islands Designs said...

Fibre art, alpacas, pictures or food stories...regardless of what you post it is all "good"!!! 0)

Your quiche sound wonderful...I think the spinach and feta would be great!

I'm not a fact I've been known to use the word "hate" in the same sentence as I relate to what you are saying!

Pot lucks for me have always meant Cesar salad, bread/buns,veggies & dip, spinach dip, fruit & dip, deserts...all store made...the way I figure is...I'm attending the function & I brought something!!!

Enjoy the day Norma...

luckybunny said...

Hey Norma, I loved this post! You are too funny and thanks for the mention :) Your quiche looks great and I bet it tasted great. Spinach and feta would be a great combo! You did great! I agree about the mess, never fun to clean up especially when making something with eggs in a pan. Always gotta give it a good soak :) I look forward to seeing you testing out some recipes ;)

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

Quiche looks so fluffy and light. Must have been a feast!

Chai Chai said...

A six egg quiche, now you are talking! I have been over run with eggs and my quiche recipes only use 2 eggs.

I have enjoyed reading about your Alpacas, thanks for sharing.

Leigh said...

I love new recipes. And I love quiche so this was a perfect post for me. I tend to not blog specifically about food, but like you, I think it's relevant because of the lifestyle so many of us are striving toward. Good recipes are always an encouragement in that direction.