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Roasted Bitter Greens

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…


Note:  This is shared from another day, on another blog that I will no longer have the time to keep up once we are settled into our small RV home. I did not want to delete that blog without keeping a few of the better pieces of creative writing. Yes, I do realize that better is also subject to having a skill! With all that, creative writing is something I enjoy and hope to do more of while building additional skills. Thank you for indulging me... 


When you cook from what you grow, you do tend to be fixed with what is coming off the garden. For us right now, it is radishes. That coupled that with my new favorite way of cooking vegetables, results in lots of roasted vegetables on our table at mealtime.


Roasted radishes and greens are delicious, and I ended up eating the whole pan. Keep in mind that the greens of the radish plant are rather dry to start with, so the roasting doesn't take long. The first time I made roasted radishes with greens, they ended up so very ugly that sharing a photo of them here was not a possibility. They started out gorgeous.....


and ended up so ugly that no one was allowed to view them. Also because I devoured the whole mess they tasted that good! What starts out as a fair amount of food, ends up reduced down to about 1/4 of what was originally in the roasting pan. If you plan on serving roasted radishes and greens, you will need one bunch each, per person.

And what about the flavor? Well let me tell you, the radish sweetens and the greens are a pleasant bitter. A winning combination in my opinion. Bitter is a taste element that we don't often turn to in this country, except for beer. Which is a shame, because bitter is cleansing to the palate and good for the digestion. The flavor of roasted radish greens reminds me of broccoli rabe, which is hard to find in our produce market. 

Having a really big bowl of radish greens was the perfect opportunity to sock some away for future meals. Since I had over roasted the greens my first time making them, I had a fair idea of what I needed to do this time, and it worked very well. 

Roasted Radish Greens
by the seat of my pants
450 degree oven

Radish Greens
olive oil
salt
minced garlic, if desired


Toss the greens in a small amount of olive oil. 


Distribute the greens in an even layer (no deeper than 1 inch) on one or more baking sheets. 


Sprinkle with salt and garlic if using.


When oven has reached temperature, place pan(s) on racks, set timer for 5 minutes. Rotate pans and turn oven off, reset timer for 5 minutes, remove from oven, let cool slightly. 



You may serve the greens as a delicious side dish or snip them with scissors to freeze. 


I packaged in 1/2 cup (packed) portions, in sandwich bags, then placed in a freezer bag for long term storage. I hope to add more as the season continues. These will be added to cooked brown rice, biscuits or muffins along with some cheese, or stirred into scrambled eggs. 

Enjoy!

How about your family, do you enjoy a bitter taste element to your foods?

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A new use for that 5 Gallon Bucket Toolbox, re-purposed for kitting and sewing.

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe frugal idea, from our kitchen home. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Over half of our furnishing that will not be going on this adventure, have been sold. Our too small to live in, but really nice Motorhome, is now sold. Our second car, sold. Our little utility trailer, sold. And while I have kept the house in "show ready" condition, it is much less furnished.

We have had two, 2-day yard sales along with individual appointments for larger items that were easier to sell outside of a garage sale environment. Plus that way we only had to carry them once! I am culling out cookbooks that won't be needed, oh boy is that hard.....

My dear husband has about 1500 books (yes, really that many) to go through and decide to pack it or purge it to the next garage sale. I might have to nudge him a bit to get this going....
All of the food that was stored on a pantry shelf in the garage has been moved into the house. This way I can keep better track of what we have and not purchase it again before needed, plus I want that big wooden shelf to be up for sale at the next garage sale.


Our weather is turning to a bit of rain, it is a good thing that we have a double car garage to hold these sales in. Tomorrow we are driving north to take a look at a one-ton truck, priced right in our bracket that we will use to pull our 5th wheel when we take off, once the house sells. And speaking of the house, we have decided to list. This is a very small market and doing it ourselves we have come to believe is not in our best interest at this time.

Which brings me to the idea I came up with to store knitting and sewing supplies, once we do take off. I had remembered this purple bucket and tool belt, way up on the shelf a couple of days ago, while taking yet another look around for things to add to the next garage sale. Thinking that I needed to get a step stool or my dear husband to get it down. Which did not happen until today, due to yet another sleepless night.

Awake it came to me that while I never did use it much as a toolbox, it is still in great shape so why not turn it into a carryall for knitting and sewing supplies? It will not take up much room, it will not break, and everything will be in one place. I can even store it in a closet out of the way. So that is what I did. I also used a collapsible salad bowl from my old lunch kit, and a freezer container, both items I found in the cupboard.

Take a look...

Re-purposed 5 gallon bucket toolbox, to hold sewing and knitting supplies.

Re-purposed 5 Gallon Craft Bucket
Inspired by another sleepless night!




Re-purposed 5 gallon bucket toolbox, to hold sewing and knitting supplies.

The largest loom ring fits perfect around the top edge. Plus there are plenty of open pockets to store other items I might find I need later on for quick mending.

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Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Granola

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

The one treat I remember from my childhood was Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts, I loved them! They were not a regular visitor at our table, but when they came home from the grocery store, I enjoyed them, toasted and buttered. In the beginning, Pop Tarts did not come with frosting (which were too sweet for me), but buttered right from the toaster they could not be beaten.

I have never forgotten that combination of brown sugar, cinnamon and the toasted crust of the Pop Tart. Even though I have not purchased (or even eaten!) a Pop Tart in over 30 years. But, I think this granola comes close in flavor, and who doesn't enjoy reminiscing about their childhood?

We were busy with our second garage sale during the making of this granola, frequently I could hear my husband out in the garage replying to the inquiry about what smelled so good, "my wife is making granola". And I must say, when I opened the oven for the last stir, it smelled just like Pop Tarts in the toaster!

I also thought I would share this from Wikipedia,

"Originally not frosted when first introduced in 1964, it was later determined that frosting could withstand the toaster, and the first frosted Pop Tarts were officially released in 1967. "

The four original flavors were strawberry, blueberry, brown sugar cinnamon, and apple currant.

But let's get back to granola, now introducing Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Granola.

Easy and delicious Brown Sugar Cinnamon Granola, inspired by the Pop Tarts of my youth!
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Granola

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Granola
inspired by: Pop Tarts!

6 c old fashioned oats
2 c walnut pieces
3/4 c wheat germ or 1/4 c whole wheat flour (note WW flour will provide a firm crunch)
11/4 c brown sugar
1 T cinnamon

1/2 c coconut oil, melted
1/2 c water

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well. Drizzle the wet ingredients over the top, then combine well, making sure all the ingredients evenly are coated, and no lumps of brown sugar remain.



Divide between two large baking trays (jelly roll pans work well). Bake 25 minutes, stir well. Rotate baking pans, bake 20-25 minutes longer.

You may also use a large lasagna pan, stirring every 15 minutes, which is usually what I do. I also like to bake my granola until it is a rich deep golden brown.

You can also use the slow cooker method found here.

We like having a variety of granola to choose from, you may want to try our Coconut Almond, or the Maple Pecan.

Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, as always we appreciate your time when you visit and your wonderful comments! 

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Transitioning to a 5th Wheel Home, life is a crazy busy process...

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe an update in our transition process. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

We have been very busy with sales of excess furniture, housewares, and appliances. But I can tell you this, don't stock up at Costco in the normal fashion, and then sell the extra fridge in the garage. Which is what we did.....

True, we have had some hits (found great acrylic canisters to take the place of the glass ones that I love) and some misses (our Motorhome had damage we were unaware of, yikes!). But through it all, we are a solid team. And we will trudge forward. We might most likely have to rearrange our plans or schedules for the realities we will find in all we have to get done, but we are looking forward to this large project being completed and our first road trip.


We have sold our second car, our utility trailer and have now set a fair price on the Motorhome after a consultation with an RV specialist, regarding the work needing to be done. From that conversation, we lowered the price an additional $1,000.00 so the buyer can walk into some equity.



I have been busy working on our food recipes that we enjoy eating on regular rotation. like granola. I have successfully tweaked the amounts to make a half batch, which will most likely fit better in the oven if there is no room for the large crockpot.

As soon as our small Motorhome sells, we plan on purchasing a truck to pull the 5thwheel that will become home. Getting close to that point now. Our home at the peninsula is for sale, about 1/3 of our excess household goods have been rehomed through tag sales and we are gearing up for the second round of garage sale weekend!

Annnd, last but not least, the email service for posts by email will be changing. If you receive your updates in this manner, please use the new gadget that I will soon post.

Thanks for taking a moment to stop by!

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