That baby wanted some vegetables!

July 24, 2010

Child B has just gotten through with two sizeable plates of fried okra, purple hulled peas and sliced tomatos, the first time she’s eaten much to speak of since she’s been here. Obviously, that embryo she’s lugging around has definite ideas on what (s)he likes and what (s)he does not.

No pics, becaues it was nothing I haven’t photographed before. Well, kinda; I did make meatball subs for NS, and Child C decided she didn’t want to wait for the veggies, so she had one too. I had some ground lamb I’d thawed out because I was going to make moussaka, and didn’t, so I put that with a pound of ground beef and made decent sized meatballs and baked them; made some marinara sauce, dumped the baked meatballs in, and simmered for an hour. Cut a little groove out of some Italian bread, ladled in a couple of meatballs and sauce, covered that with grated mozzarella and sliced provolone, and ran it back in the oven to melt the cheese.

They contended it was good.

Child B had picked out the peas and the okra at the farmers’ market this morning. Surprisingly, she did not want corn, since we’d had it with the shrimp last night. I can tell my kid is knocked up. She never would have turned down corn two nights in a row otherwise.

We did some flea market browsing for baby furniture, found a changing table and maybe a cradle.  Got to go back tomorrow and pick up the one and check on the other. And then she got to feeling pregnant and queasy and stuff, and we came home. And it was so stinkin’ hot, we did nothing but sit inside under the a/c.

I did make some egg salad that allegedly is very good on English muffins, of which I have none, but should also be good on sourdough toast, which I do have. It starts like fairly generic egg salad — egg, mayo, mustard — and then adds grated cheese, worcestershire and Tabasco. Allegedly one puts it on a slab of bread, runs it under the broiler, and voila. We shall see. We had too damn many eggs in the fridge, anyway. Here’s the recipe, snarfed from the Pioneer Woman blog:

  • 12 whole Hard-boiled Eggs, Peeled And Chopped
  • 2 cups Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup (real) Mayonnaise
  • 12 slices Bacon, Fried And Crumbled
  • 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Dijon Mustard
  • ½ teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 6 whole English Muffins Split

Spread on English muffin halves, then broil for 3 to 5 minutes or until hot and bubbly. (Don’t set them too close to the heating element.)

Oh, and last night, I made chocolate cobbler with gluten-free flour for the pregnant one. I used Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose baking flour, which purports to be made of a combo of sorghum, tapioca, garbanzo and fava beans, and something else I forgot. It did an adequate job. Word of warning…based on this experience, if you’re going to do a gluten-free version, at least with this flour, you need to use more liquid. Here’s THAT recipe, which I may have posted previously but I don’t remember:

  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 7 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder, Divided
  • 1-¼ cup Sugar, Divided
  • ½ cups Milk
  • ⅓ cups Melted Butter
  • 1-½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cups Light Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1-½ cup Hot Tap Water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

First stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons of the cocoa, and 3/4 cup of the white sugar. Reserve the remaining cocoa and sugar. Stir in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla to the flour mixture. Mix until smooth.

Pour the mixture into an ungreased 8-inch baking dish. I prefer my small oval Corning Ware glass dish.

In a separate small bowl, mix the remaining white sugar (it should be 1/2 cup), the brown sugar, and remaining 4 tablespoons of cocoa. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the batter. Pour the hot tap water over all. DO NOT STIR! Bake for about 40 minutes or until the center is set.

I’d say to increase the milk to 2/3 cup and the butter to 1/2 cup, if you’re using the GF flour. I think I could still tell it from the real thing, but it was decent, and would be moreso with the increased liquid.

Steaks tomorrow.  Yum.

Meanwhile, you and y’mama ‘n ’em keep an eye out for cute baby stuff for me.

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