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Brain Food for Thought

It would be nice to share some favourite QUICK recipes
from our diverse and busy writers of this world.
We will call it, 'Brain Food for Thought.'
I noticed that there was an indication of interest.
If this is not a good idea, I will stop right here!
So before I begin to impart my favourite ones,
We must explain why this food helps in times of stress.


Davide Castel

30th January 2013


Hey, Lucy! Great idea!Sure could use some of that wholesome comfort food. Especially these days when we get so much snow up here in Saskatchewan, Canada! We`ve been getting tons of it up here.I recently purchased a slow-cooker and I`m always hunting for recipes.I already did up a whole chicken, but I neglected to completely thaw it out first. Still, it didn`t turn out too bad.


Allen Clarke

30th January 2013


Thanks Allen...Slow cookers are for busy people.
The impatient me, always uses a Pressure Cooker.
Otherwise, I love to be a hands-on, but quick,cook.
I don't use any machines as I prefer to cut & chop.
If need be, I put on a 3 course meal in 30 mins.
I am not boasting here, just want to get it done ASAP.
But of course then there's the home made pasta,
That always takes time, same as crostoli!
So I just do them for every special occasion.


Davide Castel

30th January 2013


Guys....the only food i know to cook is pasta and baking----cakes!!!! :( ...BUT.....i love them...anytime if something burns....i have no problem with it...i EAT even that because i cook rarely, when i do i cant waste IT!! ;)


Manya Mishra

31st January 2013


mashed bananas with sugar and mik on hot buttery toast

mmmmmmmmmmm real food


John Ramsbottom

31st January 2013


John...Mashed Bananas with Honey and lemon!
So much better for you than sugar.
My breakfast is always one banana per day.
Plus an occasional toast with ginger jam.
I alternate with porridge and milo on top.
Still from my childhood...Yum...Yum!

Manya...Starchy foods are not good for you.
A little of everything is okay, but...
Too much of anything, is POISON!


Davide Castel

31st January 2013


More then two bananas a week is too much potassium which effects the rhythm of the heart causing atrial flutters as it affects the sino atrial node which causes the electical impulse of the muscle that forms a rhytmic heart beat. But heh I could be wrong.

Cooking tchuh what a bore

You buy ood

prepare the food

cook the fod

eatin 5 mins then have to wash up


zzzzzzz there must be a better use of your time for 5 mins nutrition?


John Ramsbottom

31st January 2013


John, with my condition, I need that Potassium! 'Tis the foundation for the pills I must take daily!

There are so many easy ways to prepare food. Of course, you need to buy it, prepare then cook and wash up, but that is something one must accept!

Soon I will be posting a few of my quickies okay?


Davide Castel

1st February 2013


cereals + milk = meal


microwave meal 12 minutes bing eat out of tray throw in bin look at the time saved


John Ramsbottom

1st February 2013


Would you believe me if I said that I'm pretty old-fashioned and I don't own a microwave!
Everybody else I know, does. I still think that even though it is quick, it is unnatural!
I cooked all my children's food, an occasional take-a-way, and I even cooked all my grand-kids foods when they were babies. Unfortunately, my daughter heats everything in a microwave which I feel sure destroys all that natural goodness. I cook their meals twice a week, for I feel that home cooking is best.


Davide Castel

1st February 2013


2 slabs of deer ribs, sauteed and drained, with all the fat removed before browning.
1 head of cabbage.cut into 3 inch squares.
1 beef bullion cube and 2 cups of water.
1/4 cup Louisiana Hot Sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce.
1 onion diced.
3 medium sized potatoes, peeled and diced..
salt, pepper, dill weed, a bay leaf, and 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper.

Place everything in a crock-pot and set it on low. Let it cook overnight.

Serves 4 people and leftovers for lunch the next day for 2 people.

MM....MMM...Good!


Don Yarber

1st February 2013


Crock-pot Don? I received one for our wedding and never used it, ended up giving it away.

Your recipe sounds delicious, if you can take hot stuff. Allen would love it I'm sure.
Thanks for contributing.


Davide Castel

1st February 2013


boil water add egg leave for 3-4 minutes

take out egg

Do not burn!


John Ramsbottom

1st February 2013


John...You are being plain silly and taking us all 'for a ride' into your warped thinking or is it dry sense of humour!

Egg - I have a faster version. Drink it raw!
Saves time and the dishes.
I still drink a raw egg and have done since childhood!


Davide Castel

2nd February 2013


take one raw piece of humour

leave it until it is dry

share with scribers slice by slice


John Ramsbottom

2nd February 2013


Now that was clever John! You old softie!


Davide Castel

3rd February 2013


Baby carrots, Wishbone Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing. Dip. Crunch. Repeat.
It's delicious.

Take any leftover beans or veg, put into skillet with a little bit of oil or unsalted butter ( just a little bit now!) cook until crunchy on the bottom, add an egg, when finished, sprinkle unsalted sunflower kernels over all and enjoy. Share the last bite with the dog.

Any variety of lentils. Prepare as directed. Add nothing. Enjoy. Plain and simple.

Lucy I doubt I could drink a raw egg. :)


Warren Gates

4th February 2013


1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
Few drops vanilla essence
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp caster sugar or artificial sweetener if you don't take sugar
2 tbsp melted butter

Heat pan on medium heat.

Mix egg and sugar first. Add the rest and mix until smooth mixture.

Add a little butter in the pan, pour in 1/2 cup mix for each pancake and let it cook until bubbles come up.

Turn once and take out in plate. Serve with maple syrup and a bit of butter if you like. :)

My best recipe. American fluffy pancakes. Takes each pancake around 3 to 5 minutes to cook. Try it.


Asma Ahsan

4th February 2013


All sounds yummy, yummy!
Will post some soon!


Davide Castel

5th February 2013


A few tablespoons of strawberry sauce, cover with strawberry flavoured yogurt, and top with a couple of tablespoons of original granola(toasted cereal).

Prepare in a parfait, sundae or wine glass.

Enjoy. It has a lovely after taste, especially in the summers as part of breakfast .


Asma Ahsan

5th February 2013


I baked butter cookies for the first time for my kids. Here is the recipe:

250 gm softened butter(not melted)
300 gm plain all purpose flour
1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla essence
140 gm caster sugar

Heat the oven to 180 c.

Mix butter with the sugar with a wooden spoon thoroughly. Add egg yolk and vanilla and mix with a mixer to get an even distribution. Slowly add flour a bit at a time and mix again with a spoon until a soft dough is made.
Chill for at least half an hour.

Take out chilled dough, knead it and roll it out on a light floured surface. With a rolling pin, flatten it to a quarter of an inch thickness and cut out shapes.

Place on baking tray that is lightly greased and place in hot over for 10-12 minutes. Check after 8 minutes and if the edges are turning brownish, take them out.

They break very easily, so carefully lay them on a tray dusted with flour or icing sugar or place them on a wire rack to cool off.

For icing, mix 1 cup of confectioners sugar with a bit of warmed milk, adding it one spoon at a time until it gets the required consistency. I keep it thin and runny to have a uniform glaze. Apply with a spoon on the almost cool cookies and leave to set.

I decorated mine with the tube icing available(see picture) to me but you can decorate them any way you like.

This is how mine turned out. I would be honoured if you try it too. Recipe came with a cookie kit I bought but is also available on many sites on the internet.

cookies


Asma Ahsan

28th February 2013


Asma, You are obviously quite artistic! They look delicious. The decorations look like so much work though. But the effect is very clever. Unfortunately, I hardly every bake cookies, but I make Italian Crostoli for every occasion, birthdays, Christmas, Easter, etc. etc.

They are fiddly to make and you need a pasta machine. They are then fried! But the way I make them they are very thin and crispy! Great with tea or coffee.
But I couldn't put recipe here, too long and I am terrible about following recipes. That's why my foods never turn out the same twice in a row. I make my own lasagne too, of course.

Asma, I see that you discovered the trick to posting this picture? You are just too 'On the ball and computer savvy!'

I have a recipe for a slice handed down to me, so simple and quick. But I am going away for a few days, so perhaps on my return, I will post it.

Many thanks for posting your recipe.


Davide Castel

1st March 2013


Paul explained how to do it. I just copied his instructions. Flickr account is the right idea as this forum accepts their generated html.

If you like you can give this recipe to your daughter so she can try this for the kids. :)

Have a safe trip. Have fun.


Asma Ahsan

1st March 2013


Asma, those cookies look soooooooooooooo good. I am hungry now!!


Analise Arto

2nd March 2013


MAke them then. Thats why I posted the recipe. :)


Asma Ahsan

3rd March 2013


Soft German Pretzels (Easy Peasy)

1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 tablespoon malt powder or brown sugar (I used brown sugar)
2-3 cups of all-purpose unbleached or bread flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup warm milk (approximately, 110 degrees which is 1 minute in a microwave)

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add warm milk. Form into a ball and need until soft and elastic but not sticky.

I usually grease the bowl and top of dough while rising. This keeps the dough from sticking.
Rise for about 1 hour.

Need dough again adding any additional flour if needed. Form into a ball and divide into 8 equal parts. On a cutting board or pastry board, roll out dough into a long strand. (about 14" long) Grab at either end letting the u-shape to sit on the board towards you while you cross the two ends to meet in the center of the U-shape forming the pretzel.

Lay out on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.

Once all rolled out and formed into pretzels, take a bowl and fill with 1 liter of boiling water. Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda. The baking soda acts as a lye bath for the dough which gives it a shiny appearance. Using a potato masher that has a flat slotted bottom, lay the pretzel dough on the masher and gently dip the dough into the bath for about 5 seconds. Remove it and then place it back on the parchment paper until all pretzels have been dipped.

If you like, you can had course salt to the pretzel which will give it a more traditional taste. If you don't need the extra salt; leave it off. I always melt a bit of butter in a small bowl and brush the freshly baked pretzels to give extra sheen and taste.

Bake in a 425 degree oven for about 17 minutes or until a deep golden brown. Cool and enjoy!

I warn you; they are delicious!!
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Cindy Beitinger

2nd March 2013


Hmm, now i have to whip out the old recipe folder for my favorite little snack, Sweet Fritters...coming soon! lol ;)


Aaron Greene

3rd March 2013


A little bit of words and a whole lot of soul
Add a dash of imagination to develop the role
Then let it develop for five hundred pages or more
And that’s the recipe for writing books.


John Ramsbottom

3rd March 2013


Oh and by the way...
Unfortunately the Pillsbury dough boy died yesterday of a yeast infection and traumatic complications from repeated pokes to the belly. He was 72. Dough boy is survived by his wife, Play Dough. Three children, John Dough, Jane Dough and Moon Dough. Plus they have one in the oven. Service will be held at 3:50 for 20 minutes.


Aaron Greene

3rd March 2013


be cremated I spose

fitting ending

that should make him chuckle

a career of being poked........my sister was the same


John Ramsbottom

3rd March 2013


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