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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cooking like Crazy

Nearly all my married life, I have wanted to do the Once a Month Cookbook's plan for cooking for an
entire month, all in one day.  Up until last week, I had only ever done two weeks of cooking at one
 time, so Evangel and I decided to tackle a whole month of cooking in one day.  We didn't make it.  It really took us two days, since we didn't just devote to it.  We had other obligations such as kayaking, devotions, and other things, and we never could find ravioli, so we only did 29 recipes. 
 We started off with a long trip to the grocery store where we went round and round hunting for those few ingredients we had never used before, or some substitute.  We never found ravioli, manicotti, or pepperoni.  Do South Africans have something against foods that end in "i"? 
 As things progressed, every counter was filled, every burner was filled, and we were quite a mess!  I do think we got done in 8 hours though, just not 8 consecutive hours. 
 Quiche was one of the fruits of our labor. 
Linguine was actually the first meal we ate, partly because we needed this pan again, and could not afford for it to be in the freezer. 

Three reasons for this intense cooking spree:

1)  Evangel is making a recipe book and doing culinary science for school, and this was a quick way to wrack up recipes.
2)  Some of us wanted to try the South Beach Diet so I wanted to have normal food on hand, prepared, so that the rest of the family wouldn't have to suffer with us. 
3)  It's great preparation for hospitality to have a full freezer.

"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." 

I guess that would another reason, it seemed like a Proverbs 31 thing to do. 


  1. I want to do that!!!! I need a cooking partner. :D

  2. You can make your own ravioli with this Basic Pasta Recipe

    "An easy recipe and simple to double or triple, depending on amount needed. Hope you enjoy!"

    Original recipe makes 3 servings

    1 egg, beaten

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 cup all-purpose flour

    2 tablespoons water


    In a medium sized bowl, combine flour and salt. Make a well in the flour, add the slightly beaten egg, and mix. Mixture should form a stiff dough. If needed, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons water.
    On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 3 to 4 minutes. With a pasta machine or by hand roll dough out to desired thinness. Use machine or knife to cut into strips of desired width.

    You can hang it on a line to dry or use it right away as with any pasta. Beneta.