Classic, Wonderful, Interesting Recipes with an International or Historical Flair!
Added 1:50 PM 12/9/2008 PST
Classic Hoe Cakes – Sustaining, Delicious, Nutritious, Cheap, but Absolutely Wonderful!
During hard times, this all time classic favorite stretches the wallet, hugely satisfies, and provides incredible nutrition when made with the original, natural ingredients. So… what’s a true hoecake? Why are some sublime, others just funny, thin cornbread?
First of all, true, classic, authentic hoecakes are one of the purest, most natural of breads cooked mostly without leavening or sweetener. They’re extremely simple and quick to make, simple to eat and enjoy. They make excellent travel food, and are especially delicious when made with parched or toasted grains.
Additionally, they are arguably one of the most nutritious and sustaining of breads when made as originally devised.
Classic Hoecake Recipe
2 cups coarsely ground organic parched corn beaten
Heat griddle nice and hot, sprinkle with cornmeal until light brown. Spread batter approximately 1/2 inch and cook until brown on both sides.
Serve on platter allowing anyone to help themselves to as much as they like.
This “unleavened” cake was a nourishing staple and was easy on the digestive system.
The Classic Buttermilk Hoecake
(This hoecake is considered the most delicious of the classic variations, not withstanding any hoecake fried in baconfat…)
2 cups coarse ground parched corn or natural organic cornmeal
Whip ingredients well until a stiff batter is formed.
Historical and Health Notes: Parched grains were popular during the Biblical days and was a main staple. Parching consists of taking the grain or kernels of corn and heating in a large, round pan until dry, or “parched.”
The parched grain was stored in bags, carried by travelers and used in many ways, mostly as a baked cake or sometimes eaten directly from the pouch.
Additionally, “distinguished surgeons bore testimony that, during the late civil war, the wounded of the Confederate soldiers who had lived almost entirely on roasting ears and parched corn or meal cured easily and rapidly, rarely dying of gangrene or mortification; while just the reverse of this was true of the Federal wounded soldiers, who were fed on salted meats and stale bread from the army rations.”
Classic Johnny Cake
This lovely variety of hoecake was a traveling cake – carried off times by travelers in pouches at their side.
1 Cup Fresh Sweet Milk
Depending on your parched corn or corn meal, add enough to make a stiff dough, whipping thoroughly.
Spread on a baking tin about 1/2 inch thick and bake at low heat (250 – 275 degrees) until perfect crispness.
To enhance hoecakes and johnnycakes, you can add flavorings such such as natural bacon bits or bits of pork or beef fat or meat.
For sweet cakes, add 2 tablespoons of natural honey or natural brown sugar.
If you feel particular adventurous, make flat dough circles approximately 1/4 inch each, buttering your hands if necessary. Spread raspberry jam on one, cover with another circle and cook both sides of your jam hoecake sandwich until golden brown.
Hoecakes can be delicious, extremely nourishing and sustaining, and very economical. They have certainly withstood the test of time, and when there are hard times, hoecakes can stretch a budget very, very nicely. Enjoy!
Two Delicious Classic High Heat Tom Turkey Roasting Recipes
High heat pre-roasting sears the skin and toughens the first thin layer of meat so that juices are more likely to be retained.
It is important to make sure the skin is as intact as possible with all holes, where juices might escape, sealed by trussing. The vent can be sealed with crust of dry bread.
Today’s turkeys are not quite the same as the days of old. They were fed a different diet, raised in a different environment.
Therefore, newer recipes might be tastier and more tender and juicy to accommodate today’s frozen salt solution birds.
See our information about saline, sugar and sodium phosphate soaked birds. Meanwhile, if you have a wonderful old style farm raised Tom Turkey, these classic recipes below have won hearts for generations.
(Modern Adaptation: Soak cheesecloth with clarified or and rendered pork fat and cover bird surface during final hour of cooking. This will allow for self basting.)
RECIPE ONE – Probably the Classic Gourmet Method of Roasting Turkey
Preheat your oven to 500 Degrees.
Butter your bird well with unsalted clarified butter (Clarification helps prevent burning, smoking) and place of rack breastside (drumsticks) down. Be sure to truss up the openings and close the vent with stuffing or a small bit of toast.
Roast your bird for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 Degrees and roast until internal temperature reaches 165 Degrees.
For every pound, allow 18 minutes of roasting. During the last hour, turn the bird breast side up, basting frequently.
Make a delcious gravy with the juices and brown bits. Wonderful!
RECIPE TWO – A True Old Time Classic Favorite
Preheat your oven to 425 Degrees.
Stuff your turkey with your favorite dressing and light salt and season the skin.
Place the turkey on a rack on it’s side and place slices of salt pork over the breast.
Liberally spread butter over the rest of the bird. Use unsalted clarified butter for best effect without burning.
Roast 15 minutes, then turn bird over and cook for 15 minutes more.
Reduce the heat to 375 Degrees and baste often with fat from the pan. Add water to the pan to insure enough moisture to prevent burning, a few tablespoons at a time.
For every pound, allow 15 minutes of roasting.
For the last 15 minutes of roasting, put your turkey drumsticks up, making sure internal temperature reaches 165 Degrees with Instant Thermometer.
Serve with Giblet Gravy. Enjoy! : )
We are starting out on our own with some of our crazy favorites. Odd, quirky, strange, delicious, and sans Mom! We will only add Mom’s recipes when she a-p-p-r-o-v-e-s this site. : )
Meanwhile, enjoy! : )
and Sweet Mango
Green and Golden Goodness!
1 1/2 Cups Organic Green Peas,
Fresh or Frozen & Thawed
1/2 cup of organic cilantro
1 Fresh Sweet Tomato
4 Tbsp. Chopped Red Onion (Optional)
2 cloves fresh garlic (Optional)
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
2 Tbsp. Fresh Raw Flax Seed Oil
1 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper
1 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt
Blend together lightly to a coarse ground texture.
Spread on Warm Chips or Mini Toastettes, top with bits of sweet mango.
Hot Cocoa Coffee with Fresh, Home Made Almond Milk & Cinnamon
1/2 Cup of Raw Organic European Almonds, soaked for 24 hours.
1 Pinch Himalayan Salt
Blend thoroughly until milky smooth with enough spring or filtered water to make 2 Cups.
Filter through Cheesecloth, saving pulp to soak and strain for a lighter milk, or for Loaves or Leaf Wrap Fillings.
Brew 4 Cups Hot Fresh Organic Coffee with 2 Tablespoons Organic Dark Chocolate.
Add Almond Milk to taste, sprinkle with dash of Cinnamon, Serve Hot or Cold.
Cold Sweet Organic Peppermint Sun Tea with Honey and Nutmeg
4 Tbsp. Dried Peppermint Leaves
preferably from your herb garden
Sweetened with Honey to taste
4 cups fresh water
Combine in glass container, cover with towel.
Brew in sun for 1 or two hours.
Strain, serve hot or cold. Serve with light, fresh cream sandwiches.
Delicious Fresh Cream and Corn Gazpacho
3 Ears Fresh Organic Cob Corn
1 Cup Organic Raw Milk
1 Small Fresh Tomato
1/2 Fresh Ripe Avocado
2 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Sweet Onion
Juice of 1/4 lemon
2 Small Scallions, finely sliced
Tiny Sliver Fresh Ginger
1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
Cut kernels off ears of corn.
Blend all ingredients, except Avocado, together, until smooth.
Serve cold, sprinkle with sliced scallions for color and taste.
Float slices of Light Seasoned Fresh Avocado that have been
sprinkled with fresh lemon juice and Himalayan Salt.
Surround bowl with toastettes and Raw Milk Cheese.
If you wish, you can add a dash of Cayenne for spice.
Wild Rice Salad with Cashews and Blueberries
Soak wild rice for
sprouting for 24 hours in dark location.
Rinse gently and drain, place jar at an angle for proper draining.
Rinse every morning and evening until sprouted.
When grains have separated and are tender, mix with the following dressing:
2 Tablespoons Fresh Flaxseed Oil
1 Tablespoon Organic Raw Miso Paste
2 Tablespoons Honey
1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt
3 Minced Scallions or Green Onions
1 Cup of Chopped Italian Parsley
1/2 Cup Minced Red Onion
1 Cup Minced and Drained Fresh Tomato
Serve over a bed of chopped fresh organic lettuce greens topped sparingly with
choped raw organic cashews and fresh sweet blueberries. Beautiful and delicious!
Hot Roasted Fresh Butter Mushrooms with Organic Peppercorns
Dip fresh raw slices of tender shitaki mushrooms in organic melted butter,
sprinkle with lemon juice and a little freshly ground pepper, top with 3
peppercorns, and wrap them in
small squares of foil. Roast the packets in hot coals for 3 to 4 minutes; serve
hot in the packet as an hors-d’oeuvre.
Vegetarians: Cover your eyes!
Roasted Free Range Chicken with Shallots and Thyme
Take a young, free range, organic chicken and rub the inside with Himalayan
Salt, Pepper with a small sliced shallot, sprigs of Italian Parsley, Fresh Sprig
of Thyme. Rub the skin with organic butter, salt and pepper.
French Fried Onion Rings
Slice red onion into 1/4 inch rings. Separate, salt very lightly, wrap in clean towel and let sit for 2 hours. Dip rings in icy cold milk, dredge in organic unbleached pastry flour. Shake off, re-dip in milk and re-dredge in flour. Fry in hot organic peanut oil for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Light sprinkle with ground Himalayan salt and Serve with Sweet Tarter Sauce and Home Made Honey Ketchup.
Variation: Add 2 tbsp. corn flour, 2 tbsp. raw sugar 1/2 cup of French bread crumbs to flour, dredging 3 times. Yummy Level 10!
Royal Cooked Cod in Cheese Pastry
1 Cup of Cooked and Chopped Alaskan Salmon or Cod,
that has been delicately steamed.
1/4 Cup of Grated Cheese
2 Tbsp. Organic Free Range Cream
Dash of Mustard Powder
Light Pastry Dough
Melt 1/4 Cup of Organic Butter, stir in 3 Tbsp flour and 3/4 Cup of milk, and 1
Tbsp. Fine Sherry, Stirring Constantly, until thickened.
Make a light, fine pastry dough of organic unbleached flour, butter and yeast.
Melt 1/4 Cup of Organic Butter, stir in 3 Tbsp flour and 1 Cup of milk, Stirring
Constantly, until thickened.
Roll the pastry dough into a thin flat wheel, brush lightly with butter. Layer
the Seafood on the dough – pour the sauce over the fish, fold the dough over and
press edges together. Cut tiny slits across the top, then bake at 350 Degrees
until Golden Brown, approximately 45 minutes.
A very special holiday dish that will be unforgettable…
Holiday Stewed Figs with Almond Milk
2 Cups Mission and Calimyrna Organic Dried Figs
Soak overnight in 2 Quarts Spring Water
Simmer the figs in their Soaking Water for 20 minutes
or until the fruit is tender, and the juice is syrupy.
Serve hot or cold with Rich Almond Milk or Heavy Organic Fresh Cream.
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