Sunday, November 03, 2019

Tomato Kasundi

Summer is officially over!  I bought the last of the tomatoes that Sharon Alexander had left in her market.   She is closing down for the season today, and the tomatoes she had left were marked down and had seen better days, but I knew they would be fine for this canning project.   I cut off the spots that weren't looking too good.   I also threw in some of her green tomatoes since I didn't have enough ripe ones.    She had lots of her home grown red peppers on the clearance rack, and some ghost peppers too that I used for the hot peppers.    This sauce was delicious when I simmered some chicken breasts in it for dinner the other night.   This morning, I had some with my omelette.   I plan on using it for a sauce with some garbanzo beans for lunch this week as well.   I found this recipe on the Ball website, but I modified it for what I had in the larder.  Perfect end of the season canning project! 

Tomato Kasundi
(makes about 4 pints)

5 pounds tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 Tbsp salt
3 red bell peppers
1 large onion, small diced
6 garlic cloves, chopped
3 ghost peppers, chopped
3 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
¼ cup brown mustard seeds
3 tsp turmeric
2 Tbsp. cumin seeds
2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 ½ cups brown sugar

Pre-heat broiler. Toss chopped tomatoes with salt and set aside in a colander to drain excess liquid.   Broil whole bell peppers turning every few minutes, until skins are charred. Remove peppers to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, let rest 15 minutes or until skins easily peel off. Seed and chop peppers.  Toast black mustard seeds, cumin seeds, black pepper and turmeric in a small skillet for 2 minutes over low heat, until fragrant. It smells fantastic! Combine chili peppers, garlic, ginger and spices in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to puree. Add a tablespoon of the
vinegar to loosen if paste is too thick.

Heat vinegar and sugar in a large pot over medium heat, add pureed seasonings and bring to a simmer. Add onions and red peppers. Strain tomatoes and add to seasonings in pot. Simmer, stirring frequently until all tomato liquid has evaporated and the kasundi is thick, between 60 and
90 minutes.

Prepare boiling water canner while kasundi is cooking. Heat jars in simmering water until ready to use, do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set aside with bands. Ladle hot kasundi into a hot jar leaving a ½ inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim. Center lid on jar and apply band, adjust to fingertip tight. Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are
lled. Process jars 20 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove lid, let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool 12-24 hours. Check lids for seal, they should not ex when center is pressed.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

2 Quick Breads

I was looking for a cooking project for this beautiful Sunday afternoon.   I had some sad looking apples sitting on my counter top for a while.   They had seen better days, but I wanted to use them instead of throwing them out.   I had some whole wheat flour I "imported" from the UP in the freezer from Freedom Mills in Skandia.  (I need to remember this recipe of theirs).  After doing much googling, I found the a recipe I wanted to modify to make some apple bread that would have plenty of protein and fiber.   I modified it to make do with what I had on hand.  It's the top bread in the photo above.

Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Bread

Crumble topping
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons dry uncooked oats
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter, melted

1 cup dry oats/oatmeal
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large eggs
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups shredded, unpeeled apples 
1/3 cup chopped black walnuts
1 cup Zante currants

Combine crumble topping ingredients in a small bowl; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut out an 8-by-4-inch rectangle of parchment paper and place in the bottom of a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Spray pan with cooking spray.  Place dry oats into a blender and process into a flour-like consistency. Combine oat flour, wheat flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl.

Combine eggs, honey, oil and vanilla in a medium bowl; add sugar, stirring until combined. Add apples; stir until well combined. Add flour mixture; stir just until combined. Gently stir in walnuts and currants.

Pour batter into loaf pan and sprinkle with crumble topping. Bake for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

I also have been on a quest to make a savory zucchini bread.   I was thinking something with plenty of zucchini, some whole wheat flour, some thyme and Parmesan cheese.   I found this recipe on Taste of Home   to use as a starting point.   Here is where I ended up:

Parmesan Thyme Zucchini Bread

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 t. dried thyme 
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cup shredded peeled zucchini
1 tablespoon grated onion

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cheese, salt, baking powder and baking soda and thyme. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, sugar and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in zucchini and onion.

Pour into a greased and floured 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

Pickled Cauliflower

How did September fly by without a single blog post from me?   Too much business travel, that is why!  I am glad to be home.   Back in September, I taught a canning class for the Ann Arbor District Library, and only 2 people came.   I am wondering if the canning fad has officially ended?   I made this pickled cauliflower, which is an excellent side dish for a work sack lunch or a picnic.   I love making pickles that can stand in for a salad.    We made this recipe from the Penn State Extension Service  but I subbed in hot peppers for the mild ones.   It came out quite good!  I entered it into the Downtown Home and Garden pickle contest, but once again, the 1st place winner wasn't really a preserved pickle.   It was some cucumbers marinated in lemon juice in a jar.   I finally broke down and wrote them a message about having a separate category for those kind of pickles.   After all, you don't need to buy a case of canning jars if you are making a refrigerator pickle like that, or freezer jam.    Anyway, if you want to make a *real pickle* try the Penn State recipe!  It's great....I've also made it with brussel sprouts before.   Delicious!