glamour shots of the chickens
November 29, 2009, 11:06 pm
Filed under: bubbles, chickens, edwina, liz | Tags: , ,

The doode got a new camera and naturally we had to test it out on everyone. Here’s Bubbles looking particularly attractive!

bubbles in profile-araucana

Here’s superchicken–Edwina, looking tall.

edwina --superchicken!--golden buff

And here’s Elizabeth looking lovely.

Elizabeth in profile-buff orpington


the nutloaf: thanksgiving 2009
November 29, 2009, 9:59 pm
Filed under: loafs and roasts, recipe

So, I made a nutloaf. No homemade tofurky this year. Nope doode asked for a lentil loaf. I wasn’t in love with the last lentil loaf recipe, and luckily the Kitchn posted about a nutloaf. So after a bit of research on the history of nutloafs! I returned to this one and whipped it up. Here is a link to the recipe over at the Kitchn.

serves 6 to 8

1 onion, medium chopped
butter or oil
2 cups mushrooms, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme, and sage. Shake of marjoram dried.
good splash of cooking sherry
2 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups walnuts, finely chopped or pulsed in a food processor
1 cup cashews, finely chopped or pulsed in a food processor
5 eggs
1 cup cottage cheese
3/4 pound shredded cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan.
1/2 cup mixed fresh chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350°.

Sauté the onion in oil or butter until it begins to soften. Add the mushrooms and a pinch of salt and pepper and cook until the mushrooms soften a bit. Add the garlic and dried herbs and continue to cook. When the pan begins to dry out again, add a good splash of the red wine or sherry and cook until it is reduced some. The contents should be moist but not swimming in liquid. Remove from the heat and let cool a little. Mix it all together.

Butter or oil a 9-inch loaf pan and line with parchment paper or foil. Butter the parchment/foil again. I made the parchment too short, it would be easier to unmold if you actually have it hang up more!

In a large bowl, mix the brown rice and nuts together add in eggs and the cottage cheese. Add grated cheese and fresh herbs. Mix well. Taste for seasonings and adjust.

Fill the loaf pan with the nut mixture, smooth the top. (The nutloaf can be kept, well wrapped, in the refrigerator at this point for no more than a day.) This is one solid and heavy loaf!

Bake for about an hour or until the loaf is firm (maybe longer if the mixture was refrigerated.) Remove from the oven, rest on a cooling rack for ten minutes, then remove from the loaf pan. That’s the tricky moment people! Garnish with herbs and serve with a mushroom gravy, accompanied by your favorite autumn vegetables. You can also decorate the top of the nutloaf before cooking with sliced mushrooms, whole walnuts or slivers of red pepper.

Note: Nutloaf is a very forgiving recipe. You can add more mushrooms or less cheese if you want to lighten it up, for example.

Leftover Ideas:
Crumble leftover nutloaf into a pan of already sautéed onions, carrots, parsnips and/or turnips. Turn this into a casserole dish and dollop the top with mashed potatoes to cover completely. Run a fork over the potatoes to create ridges. Drizzle butter over the top and bake it in a 350° oven until the filling is bubbly and the potatoes have started to brown. Viola! Vegetarian Shepard’s Pie.

And of course, there’s always the nutloaf sandwich. We had a few of those, yum. But this loaf was really pretty rich and cheesy-eggy. No problem crumbling apart with this loaf! Next time i’d adjust the eggs and cheese down. Way down.

But it was pretty good. And here it is. Looks pretty good don’t you think?


thanksgiving non-beast


hmm. something is odd here
November 24, 2009, 3:47 pm
Filed under: chickens

Chicken rescue op.

tofu roast
November 22, 2009, 1:12 am
Filed under: loafs and roasts, recipe

thanksgiving non-beast

Long before the “nutloaf” there was the tofu roast. Ah homemade tofurky. It’s a nice thing! And not too hard to make.

2 lbs firm tofu
2 tsp sage
2 tbsp soy sauce
Drain tofu for an hour or so. Then coarsely process in food processor. In cheesecloth-lined colander spoon in a shell of tofu. Reserve at least one half cup to finish the shell after filling.

Prepare stuffing:
3 cups torn bread
1 onion chopped
2 celery chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup walnuts chopped
1 cup vegetable stock
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp sage
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp vegetable oil.

Saute onion and garlic. Add in spices. Mix into big bowl with bread and rest of ingredients.

Fill shell with stuffing. Not all will fit. Cover opening with reserved tofu mix. Twist up into a ball. Put on plate and weight it down for 3 hours or overnight in the fridge.

Preheat oven 450. Line pan with foil. Take cheesecloth off roast. Place roast in pan with seam side down. Baste with 1/2 of the sauce. Cover with foil.

Basting sauce:
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tbsp miso
1 tsp dijon mustard

Cook for an hour. Reduce heat to 350. Remove foil, baste again. Cook for 30 minutes basting occasionally. Try and remove it to a serving platter! That’s a tough one. I usually leave the foil under it and just fold the foil under, and surround with roasted carrots or parsley. Serve in slices with a great mushroom gravy. This one is good.

chickens love yogurt
November 13, 2009, 1:56 am
Filed under: bubbles, chickens, edwina, knuckles, liz, spanky

oh yes they do.

just playing around and pressed record on the camera. edwina is funny. she was distracted and noticed late that everyone had taken off in search of treats! flapping wings to get extra speed going!!

remembrance day is here
November 11, 2009, 1:17 am
Filed under: canada

here is an interesting video about poppy styles among the nations.

Living in the multicultural household that i do, I am sometimes called upon to explain certain “exotic” canadian things to the doode, and he tries to explain certain merican things to me–like the weirdo lever voting machine for instance. or football. or how having a week long thanksgiving in late november makes sense.

one of the questions came:  why the canucks wear the poppies? i don’t know they just do. memorial day in the US is just a summer party. victoria day is when we do that. veteran’s day we get no mail. but we do get mail on saturday. weird!

I came across this nice story about remembrance day poppies–this is one of those odd things that is very foreign to the doode!! He did get turned onto that other canadian iconic thing–the chip truck. and the kids are surely excited about learning about that one! more on that one next time. but thought you might enjoy this little video–funny stuff!

today we had five eggs.
November 11, 2009, 1:00 am
Filed under: chickens, Uncategorized

and seeing as how we have five chickens it was a good day.