Wednesday, April 3, 2013

in my kitchen {new things using up old stores}


Homemade sweetened condensed milk from fresh milk. Used in making Vietnamese yogurt and literally devoured.


Homemade sweet chili sauce. Why, oh why, did I used to buy this stuff when it is so easy and delicious to make? I used 2 red jalapenos that I froze from last years' garden, along with our homegrown garlic. 


Vietnamese "shaking beef," Bo luc lac, using much of my alarmingly dwindling garlic supply. Only half a dozen heads left. We're not going to make it until the next harvest in July, but thankfully I planted at least three times more than last year!


The last pumpkin, used to make delicious muffins and spice brownies.  

Time for some new crops to start growing already!


14 comments:

  1. Oh, those all look delicious! I'd really like to try the yogurt... you've "sold" me on it!

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  2. I envy your skills at preservation. Do you have a root cellar? What are your secrets? Any I could employ in my small backyard garden?

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    1. Oh, Emily, I'm not all that good at it yet, honestly! Last year I froze a lot of the peppers and tomatoes. The squashes kept surprisingly well in our mudroom, which is unheated, so it's pretty cold (and dark) in there during winter. And the garlic did great just braided and hung in the kitchen. So not much skill, just some luck I think ;) I'd love to build a root cellar someday!

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  3. Oh my... this looks ever so delightfully delicious!

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  4. Wow! This all looks sooooo good!
    I will have to try those muffins!
    Corinne
    Also, love your photos!

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  5. It is sure looking tasty around your place, Jamie!

    I am quite encouraged by the garlic popping up in the garden. We didn't plant any for last season because we knew we'd be moving. SO glad to have homegrown garlic to look forward to again. How much do you plant? For me, it seems like there is never enough garlic!!

    We're eatin' away at the last squashes at our place. Fortunately we still have several absolute behemoths still in the basement which should keep just the two of us well fed for a while yet.

    And I am still new enough to making my own hot sauce (just started last summer) that every time I make a batch I do a little happy dance in my head and think "I can't believe I didn't start making this myself years ago!" Glad its not just me!!

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    1. Hi Beth! Yes, I get WAY too happy about little things like making my own hot sauce ;) I think I planted around 125 cloves of garlic this year....

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  6. I've started making my own yogurt. Who knew it was so easy! I always grow pumpkins so I can make pumpkin puree. And then I give it all away. I'll have to try the chili sauce this summer when I have fresh peppers!

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    1. I want to try the Vietnamese yogurt. Do you think canned sweetened condensed milk will work. (Only if I don't have time to make it).

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    2. Oh yes, absolutely! I used to make it with the canned version all the time. In fact, it does give you a better consistency, especially when you're new to making it. Hope you like it!

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  7. I have been wanting to try my own condensed milk for some time and not sure why I haven't done it yet!!never thought of making my own sweet chilli sauce...thanks for the inspiration Jaime.
    Looks like you did well from your garden...ours was a bit of a loss this past season due to the extremes in weather I think. Coming into Autumn though I am ready to get into it again. We have a mild winter here luckily and without the heat of Summer I find the crops do a lot better!
    Thank you for the link to my muffin recipe lovely lady...they really are yummy aren't they? We have 3 pumpkins nearly ready in the garden so I shall be making some more soon along with pumpkin scones!

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    1. Those muffins really have become a favorite here! Thank you for sharing your family recipe :)

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  8. I never thought about making sweetened condensed milk, thanks for the link! Sounds like you did good storing things over the winter. :)

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  9. Will you adopt me (and feed me, of course)? :) The sweetened condensed milk and sweet chili sauce in particular MUST be made over here soon. YUM!

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