Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Spider Corn Bread

With Halloween just days away, it seemed somehow appropriate to share a "seasonal" recipe.

I have been collecting vintage cookbooks off and on for years and recently some pamphlets dating back to the 19-teens have found their way to my shelf.  Among them was...

Copyright, 1918, Royal Baking Powder Co., Mfrs. of Dr. Price's Cream Baking Powder

All through the pamphlet you find recipes that use barley, buckwheat, whole wheat and cornmeal as the flour(s) of choice.  This was to free up white flour for the troops, presuming white flour would not go rancid as quickly as other flours. 
To read more on the subject, click here.

Spider Corn Bread

1 egg
1¾ c. milk and water  (I used 1¼ c. whole raw milk and ½ c. water)
1 c. corn meal
⅓ c. flour (next batch I'm trying home-milled whole wheat!)
2 T. sugar
1 t. salt
2 t. Baking Powder
1 T. shortening

Beat egg in bowl and add one cup of the milk and water combo; stir in corn meal, flour, sugar, salt and baking powder which have been sifted together; turn into 10" cast iron frying or oven-proof pan in which shortening has been melted.  Pour on remainder of milk and water, but do not stir.  Bake about 25 minutes in a 425° oven.  There should be a line of  creamy custard through the bread.  Cut into triangles and serve.
Serves 8-10.

  •   This did have small ribbons of creaminess running through it, almost like grits
  •   If you wanted a "spider web-like" appearance on top, you could get clever when pouring the remainder of the milk and water over the top, although, the pattern would be faint.
  • This recipe is adapted/updated from recipe on page 3

Fun Fact!
Did you know that Dr. Price, of Dr. Price's Cream Baking Powder, is the grandfather of the famous American actor, Vincent Price

                                              The Bat, 1959, with Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Little House Needlework's "Needleworker"

Here is another great little pattern I'd like to share!
Pattern Name:  Little House Needleworks, "Needleworker"
It has that "primitive" feel to it that's so "in" right now. 

I liked the cute little birdie...
...and the cherries...
...which were fun to shade just right with Crescent Colours threads.

The only part I played with, was the needle....
...I thought the original thread called for in the pattern was too dark.  So I added one strand of that "shinier" DMC floss, E677, to the mix.  I really have mixed feelings about it.  I now understand why they used the darker thread in the pattern...if you go lighter...you can't see the needle!!  That is my self created dilemma.  I've toyed with the idea of pulling it out and redoing it in the original pattern color, but I'm basically lazy lately...and just don't want to mess with it at this point. 
So...we'll call this an object lesson, buyer beware, or "so you think you know better"... learn from me.

As always...on went the "signature"...

...and I was done.
I'll add a picture of the piece framed at a later date.

Some stats:
Finished design area:  approx. 14" x 3.5"
Pattern cost:  $26.  (this was sold as a "kit " which included floss)
Floss used:  7 skeins Crescent Colours (included in kit),
                    2 strands over 2 threads 
                    1 skein DMC E677  
Time to complete: 3½ weeks
Recommended project?:  yes, but a little spendy

Time has been very limited this year due to family stuff, so you'll excuse me for keeping this short and sweet.  I just got tired (and got tired!) of the photos sitting in my "Blog Folder" whining at me...yes, I am an appeaser....