Monday, February 1, 2010

Day 6 Muffin Monday and Rationing Eggs

We were off to a great start making oatmeal muffins for "Muffin Monday" breakfast. Most of the muffins one buys now are more like cake than a real muffin recipe so I modified this recipe from an oatmeal cake recipe, added lots of walnuts and the children exclaimed "Incredibly delicious!"
The twist from a normal muffin was that I substituted 3 TBS of flax meal for 3 of the 5 eggs. The children are a little tired of everything being rationed and had to fry an egg. That meant I have to sacrifice somewhere else.

On a day to day basis, part of my preparedness plan is to let the children learn to cook at an early age and frying an egg is step number one. I think I have enough eggs on hand but I am not planning on serving scrambled eggs. A dozen eggs will bake a lot of cookies and cakes. It is easy to substitute for eggs in most baked goods and is even possible to make items like crepes that require a lot of egg in a traditional recipe. One good resource to learn how to substitute is lacto-ovo vegetarian cookbooks. I have some substitutions listed in the recipe blog. Sometimes it is better to substitute and egg in a baked good and enjoy the real "fried egg." The family will get to taste dried eggs tomorrow. I have had those around forever and they are nasty. I don't even want to ruin a batch of muffins by using dried eggs. We'll see what everyone else says in the morning.

Lunch: Tuna Sandwiches with homemade dill pickles from a friend's garden 2009.

Dinner: Minestrone Soup - Recipe in "Recipe blog"
I had an "Aha!" moment today as I prepared the soup. I used the pressure cooker to cook dried red beans. It takes 3-6 minutes! I brought them to a boil, let them soak for 45 min-1 hour, drained the water and added fresh water to cover the beans, then sealed the cooker and brought it up to a boil. They were done! Pressure cookers are fuel efficient and used on sail boats and other places where refueling is difficult. This is so much faster than traditional boiling. Marvelous.

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