A Carbohydrate Sort of DayPosted: July 24, 2012
It didn’t start out to be a bread and cobbler bake-off that that’s what happened. Summertime is not my favorite time for turning on the oven so it was odd that I found myself in the kitchen both simmering a soup and baking up a trio of carbohydrate laden foods. How did this happen? I’m not sure because even with air conditioning it just feels wrong to heat up the house mid-summer days.
There we were with mushrooms and a few onions optimistically purchased for a meal that never got made. Time was running short for the mushrooms; too late to add to a salad but still viable when chopped and hidden into something.
Not a Carbohydrate – but Still Part of the Day
My easiest solution: a mushroom/onion soup or as it turned out an onion/mushroom soup. There’s no written recipe it’s all about what’s on hand the day the soup is made. This time I was heavy on onions.
An Overview of the Soup
Sauté the onions and mushrooms – put in a stockpot with beef stock (or chicken if that’s all that is around) add a can of beer, salt, pepper and a few other spices (rosemary and garlic are good). After it’s been bubbling for a while decide what else is needed. This time I tossed in some finely grated carrots but I’ve added grated potatoes before. One time there was no beer so I used red wine. There were no complaints from soup lovers that day. At some point add rice or quick cooking barley. Finally for a gourmet touch swirl in some cream about 5 minutes before serving.
Experimental Carbohydrate Baking
As long as I was already in the kitchen and there were still ingredients around I decided to do a bit of baking experimentation. Yes I was on shaking ground. Baking is so much more precise than tossing random items into a soup pot but what the heck.
- Beer Bread – the usual recipe but I substituted oatmeal for ½ cup of the flour. The bread is a bit coarser this way but still tastes great and I feel like I’m getting some fiber in my diet.
- Banana Bread – I know most recipes call for chopped nuts but none were in the house so I macerated (don’t you love that word – it sounds so much better than soaked) some dried cherries and dates in rum. Since I had 4 large bananas instead of 3 regular sized ones I had to adjust the other ingredients. All in all the bread came out well; I could have added more fruit. Tasty the first day it was even better then next day once the flavors had done whatever it is flavors do overnight.
- The only way I experimented with the Blueberry cobbler recipe was to add extra blueberries. I do think blueberries are my favorite fruit so the more the merrier.
My big baking surprise was the banana bread – because of the extra ingredients I didn’t think it would ever get done. It was 2nd in the oven but came out after the cobbler had cooled enough for a sane person to eat (that’s quite a long time – the cobbler is really really hot just out of the oven.)
As a “use up what’s on hand” carbohydrate cooking day it turned out well.
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