isabelladangelo: (phasers set)
http://isabelladangelo.blogspot.com/2012/10/baking-experiment-white-cake-recipe.html

I posted over on blogspot about my fun experimentation with making a normal white cake recipe into a Vegan one. Don't worry, I'm not vegan. :-) However, it seemed silly to use eggs when I couldn't use any other animal product due to allergies so...apple sauce it is!
isabelladangelo: (phasers set)
http://isabelladangelo.blogspot.com/2012/10/baking-experiment-white-cake-recipe.html

I posted over on blogspot about my fun experimentation with making a normal white cake recipe into a Vegan one. Don't worry, I'm not vegan. :-) However, it seemed silly to use eggs when I couldn't use any other animal product due to allergies so...apple sauce it is!
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For Lent, I'm going to try a modified Renaissance Lenten diet. I've been looking a recipes from pretty much the 14th C through the early 17th Century. I won't go with the most strict (Black Fast) restrictions, but the "protestant" or Anglican Lenten diet is looking very interesting even though I'm Catholic. Sorry, but I can't give up butter and eggs. I need my butter and eggs.

All the modern lenten requirements are spelled out on that page. Some of these requirements actually came about in the 14th Century. Like the ideas of snacks on a fasting day. Fasting days have decreased greatly from the 16th Century.

There are a ton of websites that have been helpful - I'll post them tomorrow*- but Lenten food did not mean not yummy by any means. It just meant no meat. Lenten Fritters! or Lenten Custards! There is actually a lot and I'll probably be buying a LOT of Almond milk over the next few weeks.

*Okay, so...should I pot about the lenten diet stuff of the 16th C here or over on my much neglected blogspot? I'd rather not have it filtered because I know that it might help for research purposes later to those not on my LJ.
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This is so I can remember what the heck I did but also, it was GOOD! Being allergic to well, everything, has it's draw backs. It means I can't have such yummy things as chicken pot pies from the store or even good ole soup in a can. I have to make everything myself. Last night I wanted some sort of beefy soup/stew type yummieness.

I used this recipe as a base and made the following changes:

Ingredients

* 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 1 pound of ground sirloin
* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 2 cans of reduced sodium Beef Broth (I don't remember the name of the stuff I bought but I do remember the reduced sodium label. It was the only beef broth that didn't have Tomatoes or some type of corn in it)
* 1/2 cup water
* 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
* 1 bay leaf
* 1 (really) large pinch of rosemary
* about 2 teaspoons of onion salt
* 4 medium carrots, cut into pieces
* 3 large potatoes, cut into quarters
* 1/2 a pint of mushrooms

Directions

1. Stir the flour and black pepper on a plate. Coat the beef with the flour mixture.
2. Heat the oil in a 6-quart saucepot over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook until well browned, stirring often.
3. Stir the broth, water, thyme, and bay leaf in the saucepot and cook over a medium heat for about an hour.
4. Add the mushrooms, carrots, and potatoes to the saucepot. Cover and cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove cover and continue to cook for 10 minutes. Remove from stove and discard the bay leaf.

Honesty, it was delicious. I poured it over some sourdough bread for dinner. You might want another can of beef broth if you want a soupy soup. I don't like a lot of liquid -I like lots of veggies and meat with a little bit of liquid.

Yule

Jan. 5th, 2008 09:39 pm
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It was actually a really fun event. There was TONS of food. It wasn't just desserts. There was soup, bread, cheeses, noodles, basically, food. Lots of food. You did NOT go hungry at this event and that was a good thing.
I did finish the mid 16th c gown but didn't wear it because I wasn't sure how big the site was. Trying to rummage around with a hoop skirt isn't easy where there is much room. So I wore my hand sewn red t-tunic and a green skirt under it. It still looked festive.
Asruyn was there which I was so happy about. She only gets to come to events when she's on break from college so I was surprised to see her. She was glad to see me as well since I was one of the very people she knew.
[livejournal.com profile] orlacarey and Lady Tirzah did an amazing job with the food. Really y'all, it was good. [livejournal.com profile] orlacarey gave me a lovely little bag of really really good hard candy.
During court, St. Nicolas made his appearance for all the little kids. Everyone sang Rudolph the red nose reindeer (not period but hey, the kids know it!). The table behind me was being rude but oh well...not about to let a few drunks ruin it for the rest of us.
There was a lot of singing before court and I knew a lot of the carols. It was a random group of singers but they were really good. The acoustics of the building could have been better but it was fine.
So, all and all, I had a great time and it's definitely an event I'd like to go to next year.

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