Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday tidbits

in which our plucky heroine bites the yummo...

Cranberry ketchup... which is suitable for my friends who cannot eat nightshades! I knew there was a recipe in "Food in Jars" for this, but had never tried making it. And since cranberries went on sale after turkey day, it seemed like a good idea. They are much easier to prep than tomato, since they go right into the pan without needing peeled. While the resulting ketchup has a more magenta cast than tomato ketchup, the spice mixture, along with brown sugar and cider vinegar mean the taste is only a little bit more "fruit-like" that the standard tomato jam. I ended up with about six 8oz jars, and fourteen 4 oz jars, which is about twice what the recipe gave as a yield? but had I cooked it down further, it would have been excessively thick.

Last night just as I was drifting off to dreamland, my rice bag lost its integrity... this meant that instead of a nice warm cozy lump of thermons, there were suddenly many tiny grains of rice scattered between the layers of flannel. Not okay. Might be time to make some new ones, or at least re-cover the current ones lest the other two decide to copy the early adopter of disintegration.

After a few minutes in the microwave, the rice holds on to the heat for hours. This makes getting into bed and relaxing into sleep a lot more, well, relaxing. I am thinking that possibly adding a bit of lavender to the rice bags would be a nice addition...

After making cranberry ketchup, the obvious next thing to make is a meatloaf!  Although, I can count on less than one hand the number of times I have made meatloaf, so the first step was a phone call to my mother, for tips on what she used to do back when I was a child... I had to make some adaptations, but this is currently baking in the oven, and making the house smell amazing... has about an hour more to cook.

after baking for an hour and a half... this is the result. Dinner started with a green salad, and I put a small potato in the oven alongside the meatloaf, so for a change, I had a conventional style dinner!
...and, for future reference, what I did, as far as recipe: about a half pound of ground beef, a half pound of ground pork, two small eggs, a quarter cup of rolled oats, a quarter cup of tiny bread cubes (smaller than croutons, more like about 5mm) a tablespoon or so of homemade ketchup, and a generous grinding of black pepper. I formed it into a loaf, slathered some more homemade ketchup over the top, and then interlaced bacon strips overall. Baked in a 375 oven for about an hour and a half, until internal temp was 165 (because pork, and ground meat) I used a roasting pan rack to allow any excess grease to drain away, and to allow browning of the bacon on all sides.

December SMART goals (x=extra)
1 Kestrel hat backdoor latch-
2 sekrit needlebook blackhorse earrings-
3 turquoise heart pendant framed old photo -
4 much cranberry ketchup x -
5 xx -
6 x x -
7 x x -
8 x x -
9 x x -
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x


  1. A bag filled with corn, heated in the microwave, is essential for warming my feet under the covers. I think corn holds the heat longer than rice. Toasty feet help a person fall asleep, I think.

  2. Thanks for the tip! I have never tried corn, I guess I imagined that it would turn to popcorn in the microwave, since the only whole corn that is sold around here in the grocery is popcorn!!