Frugal Savings week 11 – 2014

Last week I got a 20 liters of raw milk and made Neufchatel and hard cheese… I thought. The hard cheese mixture was too acidified and clabbered milk was the result. The only thing left to do was to make ricotta cheese. That was a lot of ricotta cheese, so this week we have been eating a lot of dishes with ricotta. Cannelloni with ricotta and spinach, 4 sweet ricotta cheese cake with mandarin (simply put in some of spicy mandarin jam I made a couple of months ago). I will freeze the cakes in 1 portion size so the children can take them with them to school. I made calzone with Swiss chart and ricotta, frittata with ricotta and wraps filled with ricotta. Lot’s of ricotta that was, but experimenting was really fun.

I bought some herbs for my small herb table and planted them.

I also bought berry bushes to be planted later.

I made some of the onion, garlic and ginger pepper sambal (you can find the recipe here: https://greenpioneerwoman.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/food-preservation-onion-garlic-and-ginger-sambal/ )

I repaired (again) some clothes.

Someone gave me 2 boxes with 29 Weck jars from 1/2 liter. I am so happy with them, they are the ‘older’ model then you can buy now in the stores. It does look that these are stronger then the ones you can buy now, which are made in China. Not in Germany, where they originally were made.

Photo: Someone brought me 29 1/2 liter weck canning jars. They are the 'older' model and still made in Germany. They make them in China now, have more greenish glass and are poorer quality then these. She didnt want anything for them so im going to make a soap-spoil-yourself- package for her.

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Leftover Cooking: Oat Porridge Breakfast Cake

Some days it is like that, you have, for all kind of reasons, a big pot of oat porridge left. I use it in 2 different ways: mix it up with my muffins or I make this nice breakfast:

2 cups of leftover oat porridge
1 cup of rolled oats
50 grams of butter
1/2 cup of fruits you have like raisins, apples
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup of milk
cinnamon to taste
some vanilla to taste

Mix all the ingredients and spread on a baking tray. Bake in a preheated oven on 175 Celsius (350 Fahrenheit) until crunchy. I used a can of canned cherries I want to finish.

Oats for breakfast