This week has been Scratch Cooking week here in our New Tribes training. Learning how to make at home many of the foods that we eat daily will be useful and often essential on the mission field. Plus, it is lots of fun! We had demonstrations and hands-on classes every morning this past week. Some of the things we saw made were the following: bread, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, crescent rolls w/ filling, pizza dough, crepes, waffles, donuts, tortillas, pie crusts, chicken pot pie, cheddar salmon pie, biscuits, ham and broccoli with biscuits on top, homemade salad dressings, yogurt, sour cream... oh boy, I know I'm missing a ton of things that we learned. Fortunately, we have a recipe handout booklet that we can refer to.
Next week will be fun and challenging. We are to take what we've learned this week and for five days we are not to use processed foods or convenience foods. Things like frozen anything (except meat), milk, juice (frozen or tetra-pack), store-bought bread, junk food are not to be used. We also are encouraged not to go to the grocery store for the week to simulate having to plan ahead when living in a remote location. Last night we went to the grocery store and bought our supplies for next week. I was pleasantly surprised at the grocery bill which was lower than I expected. Making things from scratch is inexpensive as well as more healthy- but the rubber meets the road when I consider the time involved and my lazy tendencies... :) Anyway, we are ready to dive into our scratch week and all the culinary adventures it will bring.
Above: my newest kitchen friend: a pressure cooker! Make mashed potatoes in 15 minutes, start to finish!
Making baby wipes: half roll of Bounty paper towel, 2 cups warm water, 2 TB baby oil and 2 TB baby wash. (Not for eating, silly)