Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My Pantry staple herbs, spices and thickeners

Over at "Down to earth" we were having a conversation about "The best , fast easy healthy meals.
For many years "This mind of mine", has found great pleasures
in figuring out how others do it so I can do it for myself.

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This is just one of the many sheets of information I keep inside the doors of my kitchen
If you go to any fine restaurant you may also find the tricks listed for those still under study of the chef.

Remember the old "fried chicken with the secrete spices"...?
This is my weapon of choice.
Freedom from the mundane.

In my pantry you can see the scale of my intentions.
Notice the large containers. I am not fulling around here. This is a production kitchen.
How do I get away with being a homemaker?
Well beyond my husband having a good job, (praise God) , I too have my job.
This work does take time and a great deal of effort.
I, however, can get away with dealing with the boss of the kitchen (me) on those days when I do not "feel" like doing my job.
The glaze de gold was a gift from my BILove, good stuff!
These are the tools of my trade.
Perhaps a bit too dependent on the source to acquire, but non the less a great resource.

Note the tubs...These are my big secrete. By buying herbs in bulk and then refilling the large containers...walla! at the 10 Th of the cost I equip the kitchen to serve me in my tasks.

Many of these items are thickeners.
Most homes have the old standard of corn starch. I believe in variety.
agar agar
potato flakes
tapioca flour
Arrow root powder
and many others...They each have there good uses.
This my friends is kitchen science.
Fun to learn stuff.

This is where the extra ones are stored.
Every now and then stores will discontinue due to packaging changes.
Store shelf space is a premium so if something does not sell it is often clearance.
Just be sure to check expiration dates.

some of the sweeteners like
corn syrup
brown rice syrup

I have tins of things that are homemade mixes.
the Quick tin is a cocoa coffee made with instant coffee.
I made it for a camping trip.

Yeast is normally less in bulk, however these were on a lead in special.
the pudding Mates is a mix I use with tofu to make a rich pudding in a hurry for the children after school. It is milk free and the children get a high dose of protein they think it is just a treat.

I will often buy herbs in the solid form and grind them myself. You get more by volume and it is cheeper to get better herbs. Once they are ground they age. So if your able get a coffer grinder just for your herbs. It is a great investment. Folks are lazy and whole herbs will often be clearenced out with perfectly good dates because they are just using up valuable store shelf space.

The small mortar and pestle is for a single herb.

Now when I make a recipe of large variety of herbs salt, and dried veggies this
I use this big boy.
The fine dust in a dish removes texture that is often an issue with kids.
It is at my right hand.
At times I will add all of the herbs say for taco mix and the thickeners and dried onion.
Fine grind it in this, and then have a large jar of it to use for a month.
Grab one jar taco in a hurry.

Older women likewise teach the younger women...

• how to love their husbands
• how to love their children
• how to be self-controlled
• how to be pure
• how to be keepers at home
• how to be kind and submissive (not subservient) to their own husbands. (See Titus 2:3-5)

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By Maya Angelou

'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ
That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean living,'
I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say.. 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain...
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!

Words have power. Here are a few of my favorite sayings.

  • A warm cup of tea is like a cuddle with a friend.
  • The North American Indians have a more eloquent word for ‘friend’ than we do in English. In their language, the word for friend literally means, “the one who carries my sorrows on his back.”
  • Return with Honor
  • The sage anticipates things that are difficult while they are easy, and does things that would become great while they are small. All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small. Therefore the sage, while he never does what is great, is able on that account to accomplish the greatest things."
  • “Live so that when your children hear these words they think of you… Fairness Caring Integrity Honesty Love Trust.”
  • "O Lord help my words to be gracious and tender today, for tomarrow I may have to eat them."
  • "No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes"

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This was given to me for the third time in just a few weeks.

Zephaniah 3:17 NLT
"For the LORD your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song."

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