Lovina has been struck with the flu
By Lovina Eicher
I hope everyone had a blessed and healthy Christmas Day. I’ve been struck with the same flu that has been going around this household. Hopefully I’ll be on the mend soon. With Joe off this week and the kids home from school, the house has been full.
We’ve had snow and cold the past few days, perfect weather for some soups or stews.
Thought I’d share recipes for a couple of our favorites this week.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 medium yellow onions (chopped)
3 cloves garlic
5 cups homemade chicken broth
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons flour
1 medium head cauliflower (chopped)
1 medium bunch broccoli (chopped)
3 medium potatoes (diced)
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups grated extra sharp cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, heat the oil and add the onions and cook for five minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Add the chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce and vegetables and simmer gently for approximately 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir flour with a little soup broth and add mixture along with the cream to the broth, stirring through. Add cheese a little at a time, stirring until completely melted. Enjoy with thick sliced bread.
AMISH BEEF STEW
3 cups cubed beef
8 large cut potatoes
2 cups cut carrots
2 cups cut celery
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup margarine
Salt to taste
Brown beef and onion in flour. Put into pot. Heat on low for two hours. Add vegetables and 1 cup tomato juice. Continue cooking for one or two more hours.
• After a few cloudy days we welcome the sun even more. When our batteries on our solar-powered freezer starts blinking low we are even more happy to see the sun. It seems like one sunny day always recharges it for awhile. We are still glad we invested in the solar-powered freezer. Since having it installed we haven’t had to pay a cent to keep it going. With the propane prices high it is good to not be buying for the freezer yet.
Our refrigerator, stove, lights, and water heater run off of propane. Also our water is powered by a propane motor. Last week we had a problem with the motor not kicking in when the water supply in the house was low. Susan and I wanted to do the laundry and there wasn’t any water. We decided to see if we could start it manually and it worked until the next time.
My husband Joe checked it out and called the man who installed it and asked if it could be the starter batteries. We bought a new battery and it fixed the problem. It has been almost six years so that battery lasted its money’s worth. I told Joe I guess we are spoiled now thinking we always have hot and cold water in the house. Before our move to Michigan almost nine years ago we always had to pump and carry our water. If we wanted hot water we had to heat it.
Our motor for the water is in an outside building and the water runs to the house underground. We had two storage tanks and when the pressure got low the motor automatically kicked in.
Joe also installed a new gas light in the boys bedroom on Saturday. They haven’t had a light in their bedroom since the fire in May so they were happy. At this time of the year it works as a heater as well. I think now except for a few doors we have to paint we have everything normal from the fire we had.
Although since getting more coats out for the cold weather we are starting to see how many of our extra coats were burned. It was our extra coat storage closet too. We are thankful that it was all replaceable things we lost.
I am trying to sew new outfits to give to the children. Daughter Elizabeth helps me sew when she gets home from the factory.
Daughter Susan is doing most of the housework and laundry the past few days so I can keep sewing. Today Susan is baking two batches of outrageous chocolate chip cookies to take along to church services on Sunday.
If you have heard of shoofly pie try this recipe for shoofly cake.
2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
Combine flour, sugar, and butter by hand to make fine crumbs. Reserve 3/4 cup crumbs to put on top of the cake. Mix together water, molasses, and baking soda. Add to the crumb mixture and combine. Put in a 9 by 13 greased pan and sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes or until done.
Readers with culinary or cultural questions or to share recipes write Lovina at: Lovina Eicher, c/o Oasis Newsfeatures, P.O. Box 157, Middletown, OH 45042. To learn more about Amish culture and the Amish Cook column and to sign up for the twice weekly newsletter, visit www.amishcookonline.com or “The Amish Cook Fan Page” on Facebook.