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Recipe Thursday (a little late)

OK OK, so this day has been more neglected than I intended, but I really have been intending!

So here are two that are not on our two week schedule but are on our ‘favourites’ list.

Fish Cakes
(Baby Love)

2 large potatoes
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp butter
7oz fish (any kind)
milk for poaching
6 green onions, sliced
to taste – ground pepper
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
1 cup breadcrumbs
3 tbsp oil

– cook potatoes in water until soft; drain, mash, and mix with 1/2 of lemon juice and 1/2 the butter
– poach fish in milk; drain and chop into small pieces
– in pan, fry green onions in butter, add to potato mix, also add fish and pepper; mix well
– divide into 8 patties, pat into burger shapes with floured hands
– beat egg and milk together in bowl, coat each patty in egg, then in breadcrumbs
– heat oil in pan and fry on medium, approximately 5 minutes each side

– if you don’t like fish, this is an awesome recipe; we also used this recipe to introduce fish to Spencer, which he gobbled up
– there’s nothing else to note except they are surprisingly good (and simple)

Hamburger Lentil Soup for the slow cooker
(no idea where I got this recipe)

1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup onion, chopped
4 carrots, diced
3 ribs celery, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 qt tomato juice
1 tbsp salt
2 cups dry lentils, washed and stones pulled out
1 qt water
1/2 tsp marjoram, dried
1 tbsp brown sugar

– brown beef and onion, drain
– combine all in slow cooker
– cover, cook on low 8 hours or high 6 hours

– sometimes, and I cannot figure out why, the lentils are still a little hard by the end (though I don’t change anything)
– omitting the salt doesn’t make too much of a difference as most tomato juices are pretty salty on their own
– substituting chicken stock for the water is A-OK
– this is a very hearty soup; crusty bread is a pretty awesome partner

Feel free to join along – leave a comment linking to your recipe you’d like to share (with a link back to my blog). I’d love to learn more favourite recipes from others!

Our move date is set for July 11th, we will physically be leaving July 12th. Holy carps! I haven’t been packing this week as all of my excess time has been devoted to getting my homework done for this weekend’s Youth Ministry Certificate course. Blargh! I still have one retreat to design and an educational-something to make. But it will get done. Oh, it will.

I did find time this week (read: yesterday when I *should* have been working on homework) to make my first purchase towards basic oils and essential oils and other stuff so that I can start making my own body care products. Note: if you do this, it is quite an expensive investment so make sure you’ve saved for it. OI! I didn’t expect to be spending so much (read: all my personal savings), but I am thoroughly looking forward to bringing down the chemicals in our household by making these products. The ones I intend to make with the items I purchased:Herbal Hair Wash for All Hair Types, Hair Conditioner and Scalp Stimulator, “Fend Off” Herbal Oil Insect Repellent (these have been taken from Organic Body Care Recipes), and I’m taking a stab at mimicking a natural baby bum cream the I bought for Spencer that worked like awesome. Zinc free, but totally took away diaper rash, and is cloth diaper friendly. So those will be my endeavors. Wish me luck and fun 🙂

Loving God through my family, friends, and interactions in my world.

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