Friday, April 27, 2012

From Scratch

Yesterday,I made a whole lot of stuff from scratch, without even realizing(until later) that over at Inner Pickle, Fi has set a MONTH of making things from scratch. So I guess I started early.
I made a big plateful of picklets for the kids.Made from whey,yoghurt,milk,water,gluten free flour and two eggs. They were delicious (yes- I snuck a couple,despite my Paleo diet! I'm afraid it's not always perfect).
After that I made  "cream cheese" (yoghurt labna) into marinated cheese. I put balls of the stuff into a plastic container (which happens to have a little basket in it), along with sprigs of thyme,lemon rind,garlic cloves and seasoned salt (no msg or nasties).Then I covered it in a good quality olive oil.

I love marinated feta,but I'm always disappointed that the shop bought stuff is marinated in a mix of olive and canola oil. And canola oil is best left for bio-fuel.

 My marinade ingredients.
 The cream cheese which had been on the bench for 24 hours- no muslin,so I used tulle - works just fine!

 Popped the marinade ingredients into the container,added the cheese,topped with oil. Sorry the photos are so bad.I just can't seem to get a decent pic with my camera when it is dark.Always too much flash or not enough!
 Then I used the whey to make sauerkraut. I got the idea from Sarah Wilson.But I also have the recipe in my Nourishing Traditions book, by Sally Fallon. So I cut up the cabbage, pounded it for ten minutes and popped everything in the jar. I hope it all works out,because I'm not a big fan of shop bought sauerkraut, but after reading about how great it is for our bodies,I'd like to eat more of it.
So, there you have it - all made from scratch.

What's next? I don't know. I don't have a working oven at the moment,so no baking.But we are managing just fine with the stove top, rice cooker,weber and barbeque.Charlie is a large consumer of rice crackers - perhaps I ought to give that a shot? I believe Inner Pickle has a recipe....I'll check it out after netball this morning. Must dash...

1 comment:

  1. Hi Angie, your cheese looks delicious - I must give that a try. Am also looking forward to having a go at making more from scratch, although we don't eat much processed food around here. Our kids love rice crackers too, and although I always make sweet biccies from scratch, I tend to purchase savoury ones (not sure why, maybe something to do with my sweet tooth!)
    Hope life is good and not too frantic. Was really pleased when your post popped up in my browser. Cheers, Lou xx