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Hot Curried Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

This is a vegetarian recipe inspired by a hot sandwich my mother made with left over Thanksgiving turkey.
image2 cups cooked (or canned) chickpeas
1 carrot; shredded
2 stalks celery; finely chopped
1/4 cup red onion; minced
1 sweet apple; finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2-3/4 cup mayonnaise for consistency
8-10 slices bread (I had “Food for Life” brown rice gluten free bread, my husband had Ezekiel’s sprouted whole wheat)

Preheat the oven to 375. Place sliced bread on a baking sheet. Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Place all ingredients into a bowl, mix well, dollop onto bread slices and bake until golden on top, about 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!


Vegan Tempeh Dog

DSC_00031 8 oz package tempeh (makes 4 dogs)
1 clove garlic; crushed
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cumin
pinch coriander
pinch turmeric
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon water

Cut tempeh into hot dog sized pieces and lay in a glass or ceramic dish (a plastic baggie will work too). Mix remaining ingredients together, pour over the cut tempeh and allow to stand/marinade for at least 1/2 an hour but I normally do this prep in the morning and then cook for dinner. Fry in a medium high preheated skillet till golden and crispy or place on a small baking sheet and put into a toaster oven and “toast” till heated through, 10 minutes was good in my toaster. Served here on a whole wheat bun with mustard and homemade relish http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/07/sweet-and-spicy-pickle-relish-recipe.html and potato chips on the side

Gooseberry Jamming

DSC_0007Gooseberries for making jam are best when they just start to blush. Pick all of the berries in one sitting in order to get enough to make jam. The recipe below is for a quart of berries. I cooked two 6 quart batches which was manageable but don’t recommend going beyond 6 quarts of berries at a time. The recipe below can be adjusted to suit the amount of berries you are processing.

3 quarts (12 cups) gooseberries
6 cups sugar
5 oz water
4 pint jars (or you can use 8 half-pint jars), lids and rings

Sterilize glass jars by boiling them for 10 minutes and leaving them in the hot water until ready to use. Simmer, do not boil, the lids and rings and leave them in the hot water until ready to use.
DSC_0007 DSC_0009Remove the stem and flower ends from the gooseberries (an time consuming task best done in front of a movie, I miss my little helpers that are all grown up and have flown the coop). Rinse berries and strain. Place cleaned and rinsed berries and water in a large stockpot. Over medium heat (do not let the bottom burn) slowly heat the berries and bring to a boil. Cook berries in a slow boil for 15 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent the bottom from burning. The berries will change from transparent to opaque and eventually split and become “soupy”.
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Add the sugar, stir to dissolve completely, return to a boil and continue cooking in a slow boil 30 minutes more, stirring frequently to prevent the bottom from burning.  Test to see if the jam is “set”- take a teaspoon of the jam and pour it onto a small dish/bowl that has been in the freezer. If it solidifies and firms it is done, if it is still runny continue to simmer for 10 more minutes and then test again. I also judge by the change in color, the initial green will become a warm reddish rust color like the ripest of berries.
Pour or ladle the hot jam into the drained and still hot glass jars, wipe the edges of the jars with a paper towel dipped in water (tear several small sections of paper towel from one sheet rather than a whole sheet per jar), secure the lids with the rings, place in a canning pot, fill with water to cover at least 1 inch above the jars and bring to a boil for 10 minutes. Cool 12-24 hours in the hot water bath.

I use the recipe from HEMMETS KOKBOK, the classic Swedish cookbook first published in 1903 as an “instructional book in home economics”. I have a 1925 edition that was gifted to me years before I realized that the kitchen would be my studio. It includes pages illustrated to identify fish, fowl, mushrooms and how to butcher farm animals. I am using the 1984 edition gifted to me by my mother, one of my great inspirations. I cross referenced with the National Center for Home Food Preservation hosted by the University of Georgia.