Now when I went to elementary school just after the war, that's WW Two, the teachers were returning soldiers, and the female teachers were ones who had stepped into replace the soldiers during the war. The building was a two story brick building with a bell tower. It had three entrances, the boy's, the girl's, and half way between the teachers, right next to the principal's office. The boys played on one side, and the girls on the other. It wasn't that we weren't interested in visiting the girls, it was just too hard to avoid the proctor on our side or on the girls' side, and then sneak past the principal's office.
The teachers were dedicated, and wonderful. I still recall almost all of them. They flooded rinks for us to play hockey, drove us to soccer games, and baseball games. We shared one set of jerseys for all those sports,so they must have washed the sweaters too. They took us on trips,and arranged field days.But most of all they taught us well. They even knew our parents on a first name basis. Now discipline was a little stiff, for they were quick with the ruler or strap. After receiving the strap one day I remember one of my friends asking if I was going to tell my father on the teacher. My reply:" Do I look that stupid.? I'll get another walloping if I do."
"Now what's this got to do with anything?", you're asking. Well it wasn't just the entrances that were divided by gender,but so were the life skill's classes Boys went to shop, and girls to home economics.We had to commute for the classes, which gave us a whole morning at another school which was about ten blocks away,with lots of chances to get into trouble. In the classes, we learned to make wooden tea trivets, sheet metal scoops, and other assorted junk that our parents praised, and then secreted away, probably living in fear that we'd remember them sometime.
But first some important things to me. I like sauces,especially cooking with honey,spices, and fruits,although not hot sauces because I split with Boom as a supplement to his kibble. I like recipes that are flexible as to the choice of meat, and substitution is easy, so I can buy what's on sale as food costs are rising. With that in mind here we go.
1/2 cup of ketchup
1/3 cup of honey, although I use more so that the sauce has the consistency of honey,but the colour of ketchup.
2 teaspoons of corn starch.
2 teaspoons of lemon.
Bring to a boil in a small sauce pan for 6-7 minutes stirring all the time.
Take off the heat and cover with a lid and let thicken.
Cube a chicken thigh( boneless), or a pork chop, or beef steak whatever.
Dice a sweet,or Spanish onion, but not a cooking onion; add mushrooms sliced. Add a bell pepper, any colour, sliced, to a frying pan after adding oil, and brown.
When the peppers, onions and mushrooms are browned, add the meat cubes.
Add to frying pan,a tablespoon of prepared horseradish, a tablespoon of pureed garlic, a table spoon of Dijon mustard, and some salt free soy sauce. You can add some chili peppers to heat it up if you want.Make sure to mix in the additions well.
Serve over rice, egg noodles, or rotini wheat noodles. If you count up the ways of serving, and the number of meats you can use, you've got a number of meals. I make the sauce then keep it in the fridge. I also make up the meat and keep it in the fridge, so that I can come in from a hike, make the rice, add the meat and sauce and nuke it, and pour a glass of white table wine. Boom gets some meat, plus some of the noodles or rice for his share.
But what I really like are Streusel Butter tarts.
First the Streusel:1/2 cup of all purpose flour,1/2 cup brown sugar packed
1/4 cup salt free butter
1/3 cup ground walnuts or pecans.
Combine flour and brown
sugar in a bowl, cut in the butter and add nuts when the mixture looks like coarse
In a small pot melt 1/3 cup of unsalted butter.
Add 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/3 of a cup of honey,11/2 tsp of white vinegar, and 1/2 tsp of salt. Whisk together until melted and combined. Allow to cool to room temperature. In a separate bowl combine 1 egg beaten and 1/2 tsp of vanilla, and add to the pot when cool.
Now I put the mixture in a jar for easy pouring. The mixture will make about 15 tarts. Spread the Streusel, adding more crushed nuts if necessary, over the tarts and cook for 15-17 minutes at 350 to 400 in the oven, or until the pastry is brown and the filling is bubbling. Allow to cool and put in fridge to set for about an hour before eating.
In the fridge I always have other fillings because I use fruit as a meat sauce,which I'll post about later. Right now I have pin cherry jelly wild plum sauce, and wild blueberry sauce. The sauce is just thickened fruit that I picked last summer,so I use it as a filler for the remaining tarts.
Now the tarts have no food value at all. But using honey instead of corn syrup gives the illusion of healthiness, although I understood that corn syrup was glucose as opposed to sucrose (white sugar). In fact I grew up on corn syrup because all the early hockey players used it as an energy drink.The real rub is that hiking in the cold requires more calories to maintain your core temperature, carry the increased weight of warm clothes, and to walk in deep snow. So sorry to all you southerners who hike the prepared nature trails, the tarts are a no, no. HMM they're good. Boom just pass me another one will you. If you're wondering about the quantity, I share the baked goodies with some others in the building.
|A patch of blue|
A post to Id Rather Be Birdin,Our World Tuesday, and WBW
|More blue sky|
|F Pine Grosbeak|
|Two doves in the snow|
|Jay with peanut|
|Male Pine Grosbeak|
|Sun dappled trail|
|Sun on trail|
|Snow shoe tracks another great way to hike.|
|Another sunny trail|
|Sun peeking through spruce trees.|
|Sun in a clearing|
|Two snowy doves.|
|Snow ice and frost on branches|