It's starting to get chilly now and we are lighting our Stanley Mourne stove in the morning. It heats 3 radiators, gives us hot water and we cook all our meals on it. Talking of meals, here's some of our 'brown onion soup' and (no yeast) 'brown bread'. I have christened it: Smallholders Bread and Self Supporters (hate 'Self Sufficiency) Soup.
Get yourself some onions, preferably one's that you have grown yourself on your smallholding, allotment or kitchen garden. Then peel them and chop them. It might be good idea to put on a gas mask while you are doing this? They (who ever 'they' are) also recommend you run a cold water tap when peeling them. If you have been reading this blog recently and took my 'onion freezing' method trick. You will have no tears because you will already have (Blue Peter quote) "here's one I made earlier." If not just peel and them and chop them like the one's below.
Then get some margarine or butter and place it in the 'dancing pan'. For some reason we have a pan that seem to dance about when we place it on the stove. Perhaps it's happy?
Moving on very quickly. Add the chopped onions
and cook them until they look really brown. Then put 3 Oxo cubes in some water and fill your pan and bring to the boil, skim and add any seasoning.
The brown bread is really easy. Sieve 8 oz of Self Raising flour and add a teaspoon of salt in a bowl. Then add 8 ounces of wholemeal flour and a tablespoon of sugar. Then add a tablespoon of cooking oil and add about half to three quarters of a pint of milk. Knead out your dough on a floured work top. Make it round, turn it over and place on a floured tray. Then get a sharp knife and make a deep cross. This is not to keep the evil spirits away. It's to make sure the bread cooks all the way through. Now place it in the centre of your oven (range) at 150 degrees centigrade/300 Fahrenheit /Gas 2 for one and a quarter to one and half hours. Then it should be ready to scoff.
Not bad Eh?
That's the soup. You can always add a bit of hot spicy sauce if you think it's a bit bland and boring. It's not what you want, it's what the body needs. Onions (Alliums) are fantastic for fighting colds and even make you say a good old faux pass in a very posh English accent::
"New shoes, more tea vicar?
See you next week.