Stewed Prunes 301
Fruit Muffins 43
Peach Preserves 716
coffee for adults (milk for children)
Cream of Tomato Soup 960
Cabbage Salad 778
tea for adults (milk for children)
Creamed Sweetbreads on toast 627 (substituting Fish Baked in Parchment 414)
Parsley Buttered Potatoes 1069
Buttered Green Beans 985
Wilted Lettuce 827
bread and butter
Fruit Pudding 377, Lemon Sauce 934 (substituting Datona Pudding 355)
coffee for adults (milk for children)
Yay muffins! Meta left the choice of fruit to me (with the suggestion of blueberries, raisins, chopped dates or dried apricots or sliced or quartered strawberries), so I went with the tried-and-true blueberry. Muffins can sometimes masquerade as cupcakes without frosting, but this one was refreshingly not very sweet and made the peach preserves welcome. So good warm from the oven with melt-y butter!
I’m not sure why the lunch picture has as much lens flare as a J. J. Abrams movie, but it did need something to make it stand out. I’ve made 960 Cream of Tomato Soup previously and it turned out horrendously curdled, so I made good on my promise to try Meta’s variation involving a can of tomato soup milked with milk. 778 Cabbage Salad consisted of shredded cabbage and lettuce mixed with a French dressing. Unfortunately, this made for a rather boring lunch.
627 Creamed Sweetbreads was off the dinner menu due to my weird meat exclusion. I substituted 414 Fish Baked in Parchment. If I always seem to substitute fish, it’s because I love it. Also, I’m lazy and fish is fast (unless you’re doing something wrong). This recipe seemed fancy to me (since I’ve only had this preparation in nice restaurants before), but it was super easy and the results were juicy and delicious!
827 Wilted Lettuce didn’t really wilt (perhaps I didn’t have it hot enough?), but it was still fantastic since it was basically a bacon dripping vinaigrette. Somehow (maybe the radishes?) it was really felt like a Spring dish. I usually make green beans from frozen or a can, but the fresh were delightful. A really tasty dinner.
The recipe for Fruit Pudding 377 had a 2 1/2 hour steam time! Not exactly in the cards for a weekday meal for me. I’ll save the Fruit Pudding for a holiday (it sounds very Christmas-y to me anyway). I substituted Datona Pudding 355 since it seemed similar in terms of having dried fruit and Meta also suggest serving it with Lemon Sauce 934. I’ve been interested in trying this one since it is made with whole wheat flour.
A bit of a wallflower, but it was still tasty and satisfying. Other than lunch (and my substitutions…) not a bad menu today!
43 Fruit Muffins
Make Plain Muffins (42), but fold in 2/3 a cup of fruit mixed with 1/4 cup of the flour mixture during the last few stirs. Fruit suggestions are: blueberry, raspberries, raisins, chopped dates or dried apricots or sliced or quartered strawberries.
42 Plain Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
2 TBSP sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk or 1/3 cup evaporated milk and 2/3 cup water
2 TBSP melted butter
Sift flour and measure. Resift twice with salt baking powder and sugar. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the milk, egg and butter. Stir until just mixed. Spoon into a buttered muffin pan (about 2/3 full). Bake at 425 for 20 minutes until golden brown. Makes 12 muffins.
414 Fish Baked in Parchment
1 1/2 lbs small cleaned whole fish or fillets of large fish
to garnish, lemon slices, cucumber slices and watercress
Meta’s recipe for this is a narrative rather than the standard format so there weren’t any specific measurements. Take a piece of parchment paper 3 times as long as your piece of fish and grease it with butter. Lay the fish on top and sprinkle with salt, a generous amount of lemon juice and paprika. Fold the parchment paper over the fish and fold the sides over several times to crimp and seal the packet. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Serve the juices in the packet poured over the fish.
985 Buttered Green Beans
2 1/2 lbs. fresh green beans
1 tsp sugar
Bring water to a boil and salt. Clean and trim the ends off the green beans. Boil for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle sugar and melted butter over the beans and toss to coat. Serves 5.