Tamale Shepherd’s Pie

Tamales are time consuming to make, they just are. Sometimes cornhusks (or banana leaves) are hard to find. I’ve heard of Tamale Pie but have never tried it. It seems like a made-up/Americanised version of Mexican food. When I looked up a few recipes I shouldn’t have been surprised, No masa anywhere, in the recipes they were all made with Cornbread or cornmeal!?

So I decided to make what I thought a Tamale Pie should be. I started with a half-batch of a real tamale recipe (Tamale recipe from MaSeCa.) We had some left over slow-cooked pork, for the ‘filling’, super easy. I turned it into a shepard’s pie because we need to get our vegetables in somehow. Plus, Baby girl loves sweet potato (and it’s really good for you).

Recipe on Group Recipes: http://www.grouprecipes.com/139080/tamale-shepards-pie.html

please ignore the plate.

I finished it off with a sprinkling of cinnamon and topped with a dollop of sour-cream. The tamale is baked instead of steamed, but I think I may have liked that even more. It give the masa a really fried feeling and a richer taste.

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What I did for Earth Day 2015

Baby Girl is almost 10 months old now. We’ve been using cloth diapers with a diaper service. The service is great because we don’t have a washing machine! Plus I feel like it makes them just as easy as disposable without the mounds and mounds of garbage.

Anyways, She’s almost ten months and I just started having my monthly cycle again (or Aunt Irma).

I’ve read some things about ‘greening’ your cycle:

With some really good points, and other options:

http://www.treehugger.com/health/reasons-why-you-should-switch-to-reusable-menstrual-products.html

Anyways today I bit the bullet and got a DivaCup & Lunapads.

Inspired by baby girl’s mostly trash less existence.

Taco Pickles

I’m not a big fan of pickles, I found this recipe (http://www.evakolenko.com/eat-this-taco-pickles/) and I’ve made these a couple times now, they are so Good! I’ve made a few alterations, but this recipe is so versatile I’m sure you can make with with whatever you like.

I know I don’t get enough alkaline food, (vinegar, etc.) and A lot of acidic food, (lemon, tomatoes, etc.) so these help balance out the stomach too. Plus a great way to use up some small veggies, We usually can’t go through a whole bunch of radishes right away.

These are not really pickles, but super easy to make and great on lots of things. Obviously, they are great on Tacos, but I also put some on Turkey sandwiches and in a bowl of ramen.

Ingredients

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Taco Pickles

  • Radishes
  • Jalapeno
  • Carrots (these were from our garden so I really wanted to preserve what we could)
  • Celery (I added this because I love celery)
  • Cilantro
  • Apple Cider Vinegar or other vinegar (2 parts)
  • Sugar (1 part)
  • Pinch of Salt

 

 

Process: I thinly sliced up all my veggies and mixed them together in a jar with a seal-able lid.I added the Cilantro on Top with a pinch of salt.

Then I mixed up 2 parts apple cider vinegar (1 cup) with 1 part sugar (1/2 cup). you can bring this to a boil and then let it cool before adding, but I am lazy and can’t figure out the exact amount needed to cover the veggies. (You can see in the picture the amount was not enough. Anyways I stirred until dissolved, and added. then I made another batch of vinegar and sugar. (I also ran out of Apple Cider vinegar so I used plain distilled vinegar to reach the proper amount), Once it was dissolved again, I added it to the jar and stuck it in the Fridge.

It should be ready to eat by tomorrow on some tacos!

Wood Butter Recipe

This isn’t really a soapmaking post, but it is a DIY recipe to revitalize wooden spoons. I really enjoyed this because it was like suddenly I got brand new kitchen spoons. I made just enough to fill a small jam jar, but I think it will last me quite awhile!

1 Part Beeswax

4 Parts Mineral Oil

http://www.creative-culinary.com/wood-butter-helps-renew-wood-utensils-and-bowls/

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Another great use for mineral oil, cleaning above the stove. the greasy steam hood is always a pain to clean, but this was so easy. I guess it is true:

The best way to clean oil is with oil.

I just used a paper towel with some mineral oil on in, and wiped the greasy area. Here’s another blogger’s take: http://www.themanlyhousekeeper.com/2011/05/18/quick-tip-the-best-way-to-clean-oil-splatters/

Vintage Bread Box

 

We visited a Vintage Fair a few weeks ago and found this vintage Bread Box. wpid-1394065464100.jpg

It looks a bit ’70s but it’s in great shape and husband is super excited to finally get a bread box. We were very picky and couldn’t find any new bread boxes we liked within out price range.

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This one has a shelf, lots of storage and nice wood insert on the door. I’m excited about how organized it looks once I close the door. I’m not sure about your but half loaves of bread, or one tortillas seem to float around the kitchen usually.

The husband is super excited to store fresh bagels without them getting soggy the day we bring them home.