meal to the field #4

 we combined red lentils the night I took this supper out…  saskatchewan is a huge producer of red lentils and a side note is my daughter loves to eat them in the combine… in fact when she is out there riding with her dad she drinks a pepsi and eats lentils… I figure once less mouth to feed…
  

sometimes you’ve got to be organized… thus me making the shell and the filling for the lemon meringue pie in the evening and then plastic wrapping it up, putting it in the fridge and then completing the meringue the next day – it actually worked very well…

I do wish there was a before and after for this pie going out to the field… let’s just say I saw what the farmer had to see and it was more of a ‘soup’ pie…  so as much as I love this pie, it is not a great one to survive the trip in the supper bag out to the field…  just eat it at home…

Grandma Swan's Lemon Meringue Pie

Ingredients:

For the 2 baked pie shells:

  • Crisco Pie Shell Recipe
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup crisco, cold
  • 11 tbsp cold water (1 tbsp less than 3/4 cup)

For the filling:

  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 8 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 6 egg yolks, beaten
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 4 tsp grated lemon zest

For the meringue:

  • 8 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 8 tbsp sugar

Directions:

  • for the pie shell, mix flour and salt together
  • add cubes of cold crisco and then add water
  • using a pastry blender, blend together dough and dump out onto counter
  • form into a ball and then cut into two
  • wrap the two balls of dough in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours
  • roll the dough out and place in pie plates
  • bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until browned and then let cool
  • for the filling, combine sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, butter and egg yolks in a pot
  • add the boiling water and bring mixture to a boil
  • when thickened, cool and pour into shells
  • for the meringue, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed in mixer
  • add 1 tbsp of sugar at a time until it is blended and stiff peaks appear
  • place on cooled lemon pies and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until meringue gets browned

corn on the cob is easy to wrap up in foil and take to the field…  it keeps warm and with some garlic butter is fantastic!

Corn on the Cob with Garlic Butter

Ingredients:

  • 12 cobs of corn, husked
  • kosher salt
  • 1 cup Becel margarine
  • 3 tbsp Johnny’s Garlic Spread & Seasoning

Directions:

  • boil corn for 8-10 minutes at a slow boil in water with salt added
  • remove corn and set aside on plate to drain some of the liquid
  • mix 1 cup margarine with the garlic seasoning
  • place corn on tin foil with 1 tbsp of margarine spread and wrap up


I love coleslaw…  not the KFC coleslaw as they’ve changed the recipe now and it is disgusting… but homemade coleslaw….  even in a pinch I like store bought coleslaw with tomatoes and mushrooms added to it…  and it screams ‘picnic’… which also screams ‘meal to the field’… 

these are the Hutterite chickens that I get… I try to only use meat that to my knowledge has had a good life…  as far as I know Hutterite’s treat their chicken’s well…  so I like to get eggs and chicken’s from them whenever they drive into my yard selling them to me…  I did become a vegetarian for just over a month last fall…  it was after harvest and I went hunting with the farmer (mostly to get away from the kid’s) and I thought it was more of a ‘window shopping’ type of hunting trip…  turns out I spotted a beautiful white tail deer (buck) and he shot it… I cried while three other hunters helped him take the inside of the deer out and tag it and load it…  it didn’t help that I had watched the documentary ‘Black Fish’ that day… so I said if I couldn’t take seeing an animal die I had no right to eat an animal…  just over a month later I was getting the mail and a new purse came in the mail for me… my curly haired boy ‘Meat’ quietly pointed out “what is that purse made out of mom?”….  then added “so you can’t eat animals but you can wear them?”…  this is when I realized the the vegan lifestyle was not going to fit into my farming/fashion/hunting life very well…  but I still like to know that the animal that I am eating has had a good go at life… enjoyed it as well as possible… and we do have meatless Monday’s in tribute to eating less meat…  

Hutterite Chicken Sandwiches with Coleslaw

Ingredients:

For the Chicken:

  • 2 fryer chickens, defrosted
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 2 heads garlic, chopped
  • 1 bottle bbq sauce

For the Coleslaw:

  • 1 head cabbage, sliced thin
  • 1 head purple cabbage, sliced thin
  • 4 large carrots, sliced thin
  • 10-15 radishes, sliced thin
  • 1 cup half/half milk
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 block, Meddo Belle Dutch Mild Gouda
  • 12 buns

Directions:

  • for the coleslaw, slice the cabbage, carrots and radishes and place in a large bowl
  • mix up the dressing (without the cilantro) and add to salad
  • put in fridge for a few hours
  • for the chicken, pour the butter over the chickens and then sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • cook in oven at 350 degrees for 2 1/2 hours or longer depending on the size of the chickens
  • cut up and set chicken aside
  • put olive oil in pan and at medium heat put in onions and garlic
  • cook for 5 minutes and then add BBQ sauce
  • add chicken to mixture and bring to a heat
  • for sandwiches, put meat, gouda cheese sliced and coleslaw and wrap in tin foil
  • option is: put coleslaw separate and put meat, gouda cheese and ranch dressing on bun and wrap in tin foil… then put the buns to warm in a 300 degree oven and when done pack up in supper bags

meal to the field #2

when I took this meal my kid’s were still at home on summer holidays… which means two things… I can make them work for me but I also have to put up with them… toss up… 

let us begin with the layered salad… in my mind it is the best salad to take out to the men because it keeps so well and resists the urge to get soggy… and it has bacon…

Layered Salad

Ingredients

For the Salad:

– 2 heads Romain Lettuce

– 1 small box of baby Spinach

– 12 whole hard boiled eggs, chopped

– kosher salt and ground pepper to taste

– 1 10 oz bag frozen peas

– 2 cans water chestnuts, sliced (227 mL cans)

– 4 whole tomatoes, chopped

– 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced (green and white parts)

– 1/2 block cheddar cheese, grated (300 g)

– 2 packages thick cut bacon, cooked and chopped

For the Dressing:

– 1 cup Mayonnaise

– 1 cup Sour Cream

– 2 tbsp sugar

– 1 tsp dried dill

Directions

– in each container you are doing, layer the ingredients in the order they appear, but put the dressing layer in the middle so it does not stick to the lid of the container

– put them in the fridge until ready to pack suppers up

next up is Homemade Naan Bread…  and it is a bit time consuming to make up but if you have the time it is so much more delicious homemade than bought… and not a difficult dough to work with…

Naan Bread

Ingredients

– 2 tbsp sugar

– 1/2 cup hot water (not boiling)

– 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast

– 4 cups all purpose flour

– 4 cups whole wheat pastry flour

– 1 tsp kosher salt

– 3 tsp baking powder

– 2 tsp baking soda

– 1 1/2 cups warm milk

– 2 cup greek yogurt, room temperature

– melted butter for brushing

– fresh cilantro for garnish

Directions

– dissolve the sugar in the water and add the yeast in a large measuring bowl… let sit for 10 minutes

– in a mixing bowl, add flour, salt,  baking soda and baking powder

– add the warm milk and yogurt to the yeast mixture

– pour the wet ingredients into the dry and begin mixing together gently

– use your hands to finish mixing it together

– it should be sticky but should be able to form a ball

– cover with a damp tea towel and let rise 1 hour in a warm place

– when ready to use divide it into 2 and divide those two sections into 8 each… keep these balls covered with a damp tea towel

– roll the ball into an oval shape, about 6 inches long and 1/4 inch thick

– brush the dough with butter and place in a frying pan on med/high heat and cover with a lid for 1 minute or until you see bubbles begin to form

– flip and cook for 1-2 minutes more until it looks toasted

– brush with a little bit more butter and sprinkle with kosher salt and cilantro

– place in a 9×13 tea towel lined dish and cover with a tea towel until you have completed cooking all of them

the Teriyaki Chicken is shown with rice and no bean spouts because I live in the middle of no-where and sometimes can’t get the ingredients I envision for my meals…  seriously in the middle of no-where…  I’m nestled in between two towns and neither of them have a paved street… there was one summer where the kid’s and I got all excited because we thought they were paving main street in the one town… only to find out they were just ‘oiling’ it down to keep the dust at bay (and because there is so much oil around here we can afford to just spread oil over anything we feel like spreading it over)

Teriyaki Chicken with Peppers, Bok Choy, Green Onions & Bean Sprouts on Udon Noodles

Ingredients

– 12 Teriyaki Chicken Breast, unthawed and sliced

– 1/4 cup olive oil

– 2 Green Peppers, sliced

– 2 Red Peppers, sliced

– 2 Yellow or Orange Peppers, sliced

– 2 Red Onions, sliced

– 2 bags of Bok Choy, bottomed removed and sliced

– 1 bunch Green Onions, sliced (include white and green parts)

– 1 pound Bean Sprouts

– 2 jars VH Japanese Teriyaki Sauce (355 mL)

– 3 packages of Udon Noodles

– 4-6 limes

Directions

– in a large frying pan on med/high heat, fry up chicken in batches

– fry up the peppers, onions and bok choy

– combine chicken and veggies until they are coated together with sauce

– in boiling water, add Udon noodles and cook until just done

– in each dish place noodles, chicken/veggie mixture and then green onions and bean sprouts

– add a wedge of lime to each dish and serve

and here is the best birthday cake you will ever get on your birthday… ever…  the farmer I feed has a Grandmother that is the best cook I have ever seen… live… not including on tv…  and she would buy German Chocolate when she went to Phoenix because we can’t get it in Canada and freeze it just for when she would make this cake…  American’s don’t know how sweet they have it being able to buy german chocolate any old day of the week they want to… I had to use milk chocolate just because I didn’t have any of the imported german chocolate in my freezer… but I am going to get my hands on some…

Grandma Swan's German Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

For the Cake:

– 4 oz pkg Baker’s German chocolate

– 1/2 cup boiling water

– 1 cup butter

– 2 cups sugar

– 4 eggs, separated and at room temperature

– 1 tsp vanilla extract

– 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

– 1 tsp baking soda

– 1/2 tsp kosher salt

– 1 cup buttermilk

For the Coconut Pecan Frosting:

– 12 ounce can evaporated milk

– 1 1/2 cups sugar

– 4 slight beaten egg yolks, room temperature

– 3/4 cup butter

– 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

– 2 cups unsweetened coconut

– 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Directions

– melt chocolate in water and cool

– beat butter and sugar, then add egg yolks

– stir in vanilla and chocolate

– mix the flour, baking soda and salt together

– add dry ingredients and buttermilk to the sugar mixture

– set aside

– whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form and fold into the batter

– pour into three 9 inch layer pans lined on the bottom with waxed paper

– bake at 350 degree oven for 30 minutes

– cool for 15 min on wire racks

– for the frosting, combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla in a saucepan on medium heat

– remove from the heat and stir in the coconut and pecans

– when cool spread between the cake layers and around the cake to serve