A pilgrimage to resource efficiency 

Homemade

The Blogging Pilgrim

    Old world self-sufficiency in a new world … 

So much of our lives literally revolves around the kitchen. We eat all our meals together there, sharing the day’s challenges and successes. It served as the school room and the family room for playing games. Plans for the day and the future are discussed and solidified over food and drink. The bills get paid, records are kept and taxes figured there. Seeds are spread on the table while planning the garden and jars are sorted and filled there at harvest time. Quilts and clothes get cut and sewn on that table. Neighbors and friends are always welcome to share a cup of coffee and baked goods of the day. Wonderful memories reside in the kitchen while delightful new, little people come to add their chapters.

German Pancakes

Sheila shared her grandmother’s recipe for a German Pancake. I love that it gives the ingredient measurements by pan size. I had never thought about making one big pancake and cutting it like a pie to serve but what a FUN variation. Although the blender was invented in 1922 not everyone in 1930 owned one. I suspect many a homemaker used a handmixer.

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Chocolate Bavarian Pudding

Chilled puddings are a great advantage to the busy housekeeper, as they may be prepared hours before needed, or the day before. There is no last minute hurrying in order to have something ready for a dessert course, and these are delicious in themselves.

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Hungarian Goulash

Soups, stews and casseroles are the best ways to “stretch” meat. Adding vegetables and pastas creates bulk that absorbs and blends with the flavor of the meat. This recipe was obviously used in the boarding house but can easily be cut in half or even quartered for today’s smaller family.

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Farina Dumplings

These are very light and nourishing dumplings. Serve chicken fricassee in the middle of a large platter and make a border of the farina dumplings. Sprinkle the whole dish with very finely chopped parsley.

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Homemade Bread

As I was making bread the other day, I thought about my first few batches and how difficult this brand new world seemed to be.

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