Re: More Food for Thought
My grandmother was very patient, but she cooked with a little of this or
that (until it looked right), scooping flour with a metal scoop, sugar in an
old teacup, and using her fingers for a pinch or so of salt. One day my
sister and I followed her around with a measuring cup and spoons, catching
it just as it was about to be dumped into the bowl. We finally got some of
I mostly cook with the "until it looks/tastes" right method, but I'm so very
glad we have her "Grandma Cookies" recipe. Of course my kitchen isn't
usually cold enough for them to come out the same, but the taste is there.
On the bread crust front - My Dad always says that the extra browning
converts the starches to sugars. I can't taste it myself, so I give the
bread crusts to the dog or the chickens - unless it's home-made bread. Then
Nobody's getting it except the humans.
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From: "Kitty" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 5:48 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] More Food for Thought
Re >I love potato bread, got a recipe you would like to share?
My grandmother came from Ireland and of course used her own recipe from
there. Ma never had a lot of patience with older kids, so it was
difficult to get her to share the recipe, which of course was in her head.
She did try to explain it once, but when she said to add flour and I asked
how much, the reply was "until it looks right." I asked what looked right
and she dismissed that and moved on. Then you were supposed to add a bit
of salt or some such ingredient. How much is a bit? She gave up.
Years later I found a recipe for Irish soda bread. Ma's wasn't a soda
bread; she used yeast. But I tried it anyway and the consistency wasn't
far off, though it didn't have the flavor. So I played with the recipe,
adding potato water and raisins. That meant more flour. It took more
time to bake. It was a bit dry; needed more shortening to balance the
other extra ingredients. Now the dough was too large, had to split it in
half. But I eventually got it pretty darned close. My family adores it.
Unfortunately, my recipe is now too much like Ma's. You have to add
ingredients "until it looks right." Still want the recipe?
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