Monthly Archives: August 2012

New and Exciting! The Paisley Carrot At Etsy!

New and Exciting! The Paisley Carrot At Etsy!

So, where have you been? Oh, wait that’s me! Where have I been?

The Paisley Carrot now open for business!

The Paisley Carrot Now Open For Business

The Paisley Carrot is now open for business on Etsy! This has been two years in the making and is so new and exciting, it has consumed me this past week. I hope you’ll take a moment to click on the link, check out the shop and tell your friends.

Specializing in organic, natural and eco-friendly products for your home, family and world! Here’s a few of the items listed now.

If you love baby alpaca, this will be for you…

Baby Alpaca at The Paisley Carrot

Baby Alpaca at The Paisley Carrot

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Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

Today I have a recipe that defies the “gray area” of taste. In other words, people tend to either love it or hate it.  I happen to love it, and since I’m the cook, we eat it pretty often around here. It is super packed with vitamins A, D, even some C and and a few of the B’s. If made without the butter, it’s very low in fat and with sea salt, it’s not bad on sodium. It’s economical and easy to make. I’m talking about sweet potato soup.

Sweet Potato Soup can be made year round since sweet potatoes are found year round and can be grown in temperate areas year round, so that’s cool.

I’m giving you the “real” recipe first, the one that I first made and then my  “paisley” version, which is decidedly more spicy but is also more vitamin rich. I’d try it the first way then see if you’re wanting to branch out. I got the first recipe from The Homesick Texan. You could also add the extra veggies of the second recipe without adding the extra peppers. I hope you love it!

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

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Sporadic August and Potato Bread

Sporadic August and Potato Bread

It is possible that this will be a sporadic posting place for August. I’m ear deep in curriculum and lesson plans at the moment as well as trying to hold down the normal day to day around here. So, it looks to be a quick post type of article or nothing right now. So today it’s a recipe for potato bread.

I think I’m going to try to post one recipe with a picture each day for a while. I can do that without undo strain I think. In the meantime. Enjoy the dog days of summer and do something paisley!

Potato bread

Potato Bread Au Natural. I usually do not put my bread in loaf pans. I prefer rustic loaves.

From the Tassajara Bread Book…

  • Potato Bread
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon dry east (2 packets)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup dry milk
  • 3 cups bread flour

II

  • 4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/2- 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup flour for kneading
  1. Dissolve yeast in water
  2. Stir in honey and dry milk
  3. Stir in 4 cups of the flour mix until incoporated about 100 strokes
  4. Let rise 45 minutes
  5. Fold in salt and oil, and potatoes
  6. Fold in 3 cups of flour until bread comes away from the side of the bowl
  7. Knead on a bread board for 8 to 10 minutes
  8. Let rise 50-60 minutes or until doubled
  9. Punch down
  10. Let rise 40 minutes or until doubled
  11. Preheat oven to 350°
  12. Shape and if putting in pans do that now
  13. Let rise 20-25 minutes
  14. Brush with egg wash or butter
  15. Bake at 350° for 1 hour
This does make a pretty loaf though, if you choose to loaf it.

Potato loaf bread

One final note. There is a great article about being pursued by Goodness and Mercy on A Holy Experience.  To my believing friends, it’s worth your while to check out. To my non believing friends, I’m praying for you, because even if you don’t believe in Him, He believes in you. Have a great day!~KeriAnne

 

I Want To Suck Your Blood! Garlic in the Fall Garden

I Want To Suck Your Blood! Garlic in the Fall Garden
Garlic

Good Garlic!

The Parsnip sleeps with his right hand clutching his throat, like he’s strangling himself. It has something to do with a childhood fear that held over, maybe The Tingler, no that’s if something tickles his ear…I think it’s to protect from vampires. It’s okay, Parsnip, we’re growing garlic this year, you can rest easy.

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So Lemony It’ll Set Your Back Teeth On Edge

So Lemony It’ll Set Your Back Teeth On Edge

Here’s a post that is so lemony it’ll set your back teeth on edge.

So Lemony It'll Set Your Back Teeth On Edge

Lemony Goodness

This week lemons were on sale. I love home made lemonade. I keep it on hand year round. My middle son and I both like it hot in the winter.

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Oil and Vinegar

Oil and Vinegar

My herb bed is stunning this year! So, what shall we do with them? Oil and Vinegar anyone?

I cook with herbs every day or nearly every day, so this bed has been a much loved spot this summer.

Now, as summer is winding down, and other beds are slipping away, I am looking for ways to keep my herbs through the coming coolness of fall and winter. I’ve hit on four ideas I’m sharing with you this morning.

Oil and Vinegar

First up I’m making herb infusions of both oil and vinegar. I’ve collected several nice bottles and have begun the process of steeping the herbs with the oils and different vinegar types. I’m also trying a mix of oil and vinegar for the first time this year. We’ll see how that is.

I want some with clarity and sparkle and others with ruddy richness, so I’ve chosen white wine vinegar and a Japanese Saki vinegar as well as Apple cider and Rose vinegar. I’m using Rosemary, Red Rubin Basil, Mrs. Burns Lemon Basil, Dill-vierling and dukat, and garlic and thyme. I’ve put it all in 1quart jars to steep, no sense fiddling with the funnel for this part of the process.

Vinegar and Oil

It starts in a Mason Jar…

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Ground Cherry Central

Ground Cherry Central

It is hot in East Texas!

Heat and health have kept me indoors this summer that’s for sure.

In the lack of vigilance it has become increasingly important that plants in my garden have enough charisma to survive without pampering. Enter the Ground Cherry!

Ground Cherry

Happy Ground Cherries

The Ground Cherries have taken all the neglect completely in stride. The cucumbers are droopy, the eggplants lethargic, the melons are looking for a way to vine in and strangle me. The ground cherries are completely happy. Good on them!

Ground Cherry

This one is Aunt Mollie

I know I have given a recipe for Ground Cherry tarts so today I want to give you one for chutney.

It’s Ground Cherry Central around here…

Let’s make some chutney!

Ground Cherry chutney

Ground Cherry Chutney

Ground Cherry Chutney

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup ground cherries
  • 1 cup sultanas (Golden raisins)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Caramelize a cup of sugar by cooking it with two tablespoons water. When it gets syrupy, add the sliced onion, garlic and apple cider. Let the mix boil for a few minutes, then add the ground cherries and sultanas. Let the fruit cook through, add salt and pepper, let the chutney cool, then keep it refrigerated. Once you’ve made the basic recipe, try adding various herbs from your garden, a bit of lemon, lime or orange juice, crushed ginger, etc.

For shelf storage Prepare a water bath. Process for 15 minutes.

We like this with chicken and pork, with peanut butter as a sandwich, and just on toast or an English muffin.

Have a great weekend!~KeriAnne

Cooking With Refogado

Cooking With Refogado

Earlier this week I told you about making up Sofrito or Refogado. Today I want to give you a recipe to use with your Refogado and the rest of the Friday menu. Enjoy!

Cooking With Refogado

Cooking with Refogado is a great way to add depth of flavor without adding any more fat or salt.

So today on Feed Me Friday, we’re cooking with Refogado!

The Menu is…

Chicken Refogado

Tortilla Roll Ups

Mango Salsa

No Bake Lemon Pie 

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Sofrito or Refogado Either Way It’s What’s Cooking

Sofrito or Refogado Either Way It’s What’s Cooking

Sofrito or Refogado is a mixture of aromatic ingredients sauted with oil as a base for cooking many Latin or Portuguese dishes.  Keep a container in your fridge to add to rice, pasta, chicken or any time you want to add that Latin flair to a meal. It’s super easy and makes even the most ordinary of suppers, something special.

It’s in the pot…

 

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Well Now, This is Certainly Different

Well Now, This is Certainly Different

Why, it’s not about gardening at all! This is certainly different!

Something Different from the Paisley Carrot!

My kids are finally on break! We school through July then take August and September off, starting again the first of October. We started doing this when my oldest kids were little because where we lived, you could actually play outside some in August and September, not so much in June and July. It just stuck with us so even though we now live in a less hostile heat, humidity and mosquito environment, we’re staying with the old break schedule.

Understand, this break is only for the children. I’ll spend the next six weeks getting ready to start school in October. It’s seriously the busiest time of my year, lesson plans, gathering of materials and trying to keep up with my regularly scheduled agenda leaves me frazzled during this “break”. Charlotte Mason is great for kids, but can be taxing for the momma.

However, this is also when I get to plan my projects! I am bonkers for yarn. I love to spin it, dye it, crochet and knit it.  My lifetime goal is to finish a project from the sheep to the garment. It could happen.

It took me fourteen years, a gazillion ripped out stitches and my share of tears to finally learn to knit, but now that I have, I love it!  I actually learned the knit stitch with no problem, it was the elusive purl that threw me.

*Technical note for my knitting friends, the way I finally learned how to purl was by watching a lesson on the Swedish purl stitch, which is not a “normal” purl at all. For some reason, the explanation of the Swedish purl  cleared the path for a “regular” purl for me. It was a total aha moment, especially if you know that I took 11 knitting classes over the course of 14 years to try to learn how to purl. 

I also earn extra money with my projects. I sell baby hats, washcloths, scarves and various and sundry items that I hand craft.

This year has been the year of the washcloth. Cotton washcloths are brilliant to use. They last five to ten years, depending on how much bleach you use, they’re soft and absorbent, strong and dry quickly. In short, they rock. They make great baby shower gifts and are perfect for those going off to college, easy to make in the campus colors.

Different

The Perfect Washcloth

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