Busy Day in the Kitchen

Vince is still home sick. I’m sorry he feels so bad, I’m sorry I gave him whatever I had and I’m truly not complaining, but today has been super busy for me. Vince did muster the energy to open a bottle of juice that I couldn’t open so it’s a good thing he was home. I would have eventually got it open had he not been here but it was nice to hand it to him to open for me, and now he can say he did accomplish something today.  :)

This morning about 10, I began chopping and dicing . . and peeling. Shrimp, sausage, celery, onions, peppers . . a jambalaya was going to be served for lunch.

Canned Chicken

Canned Chicken

Then Vince said “I think I want soup for lunch. Do we have any chicken noodle soup?” He began rummaging through the pantry . . like he thought there was some chance there was a can of storebought chicken noodle soup in there! I said “I can make you some soup . . if you let me put broccoli in it!” He didn’t care because as he said “I can’t taste anything anyway!” That should have been my clue — open a jar of chicken broth, dump in spaghetti noodles and call it done.

Shredded Chicken

Shredded Chicken

No, I opened a jar of home canned chicken, shredded that, sauteed the celery and onions that had been intended for the jambalaya, and made him a yummy pot of chicken, noodle, broccoli soup. It was pretty tasty and there’s enough left for another lunch.

Chicken/Broccoli Soup

Chicken/Broccoli Soup

Then I began chopping more celery and onions and remembered that the kombucha was pay past due for making so I put aside the chopping and dicing and made kombucha. 

Kombucha

Kombucha

The kitchen is a disaster  . . total and absolute mess . . but the shrimp are thawed and peeled so I must make a jambalaya for dinner.  You can see sausage and onions sitting behind the kombucha fixings.

Jambalaya

Jambalaya

The jambalaya is now simmering. It’s almost time to put the chickens up for the night and turn off the water hoses. Soon, we will eat and hopefully there will be some time for knitting before bedtime.

One thing for sure is that we have plenty of leftovers for the weekend and I shouldn’t have to cook but somehow, I’m betting I do end up cooking!

Tex Mex Chili Mac in Pressure Cooker

Call me a bad blogger – no pictures! Nicole told me she had made Tex Mex Chili Mac from the Pressure Cooking Today website. I know I say this every time but either Barbara from that site and I love the exact same things or I’ve only tried the recipes I love because I’ve made dozens and dozens of recipes from there and they have all been delicious.

I had seen the Tex Mex Chili Mac recipe before but putting pasta in the pressure cooker kinda scared me. Nicole said it turned out perfectly so I tried it. Vince was home sick yesterday (and today) and I figured something like this would be hearty and might make him feel better. I used ground venison . . Nicole used ground beef. I followed the recipe exactly except I had a 4 oz. can of HOT green chiles so I just used that instead of the recommended 8 oz.

I would make it again and wouldn’t change a thing!

Spelt Bread

Spelt is technically not a wheat but a cereal grain in the wheat family. Contrary to what many believe, it does have gluten though it is supposedly different from wheat gluten and can be tolerated by some who are gluten sensitive but those who are truly gluten intolerant will probably have problems with spelt. I don’t know . . I’m not gluten sensitive or intolerant.

Spelt

Spelt

Nothing like fresh ground flour!

Grinding Spelt

Grinding Spelt

The more I use the KoMo wheat grinder, the more I love it! The Family Grain Mill, which was purchased in 2008 and used quite a bit during these past 7 or so years, has been great and I’m glad I started with it and glad I still have it as a backup but it doesn’t compare to the new grain mill and how finely it grinds the flour.

Ground Spelt

Ground Spelt

Spelt flour, in my opinion, is a little more fragile than traditional white flour and my bread is never as “firm” when made with part spelt flour but spelt adds a sweetness and nuttiness that I like so . . sometimes I opt for a nutty, rustic type sweet flavor instead of a perfect loaf.

Spelt Bread

Spelt Bread

To this loaf, I also added some ground flax seed. With a little butter (or, a lot of butter), it’s quite tasty.

Toasted Spelt Bread

Toasted Spelt Bread