Saturday, May 4, 2013

Common Egg Bread

Common Egg Bread, The Kentucky Housewife, 1839.  This sounded very similar to a dish that we had eaten on our honeymoon in Williamsburg, so when I was browsing books for new ideas, I tagged it as a must try!

I used my new birch-twig whisk for this recipe, I must say it is nice. After beating the eggs well, add 4 cups of milk, salt and butter- I used 2 tablespoons.
The fine Indian meal (corn meal) is where it gets tricky.  Like most mid-century recipes there are no exact measurements. I ended up using about a pound of corn meal to make "a good batter".  It will be a thin batter, I guessed on this part, as it did not specify to what consistency this batter should be.
In a 400* oven it took about 24 minutes to get done.

The top looks similar to eggs that have been cooked a little too long, but it is a nice brown "done" color. It will smell just like corn bread! 

After letting it cool for a few minutes, I served my self a piece with butter- as directed! 
It was still pretty hot, but had a nice corn-bread taste. I think I may have used too much corn meal, as it did not have the light eggy taste I was looking for. Next time I will use less corn meal to see how the results vary. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Don't You Just Love New Things?

I like to share when I get new things- and share where to get them!! I usually browse through local Thrift & Antique stores at least once a month looking for hidden treasures for good prices. I have lucked out a few times, here are some of my findings!!

Looks great right? Almost all of it was found at local Antique markets. Some were bought new. This is a great example of how you can mix old and new to get the perfect mix of what you need. 

The two baskets were bought together for just $11!! They both have lids, and nestle for easy storage. They are the perfect size for small cakes, cookies, biscuits, etc. The lids will be helpful in keeping out bugs, dirt, etc. during events. 

The bundle of twigs (as my husband calls it) is a Swedish-made birch twig whisk. These whisks are supposed to be top quality with getting lumps out of gravy, I will have to test it and see. I bought this one from the Gift Chalet, you can get one too for just $12.00! 

The small pitcher holds about a cup and a half. I picked it up cheap thinking it would be good for cream or when you need just a splash of something on the table. 

The small jar is actually a mustard jar that can be bought from Jas Townsend and Son.  I had never ordered anything like this over the internet, and I wanted to see the quality, so I got a small little jar to use for mustard, or honey, or molasses.  I will say that I think it is quite cute! I may order more pottery items from Jas. 
Detail of design near handle.

The best item in my new stash is my salt-glazed jug. It was a great surprise from my sweet husband. I have been wanting one for a while, but I have never brought myself to actually buy one. I have not measured how much it will hold, but I am thinking close to a gallon. This will be great to have along for those one-day events when you don't want to haul around a lot of stuff. 

More recipes coming soon!! I am currently trying to decide what to make next, I have a list!!! We are still in the process of packing, so I see it being something fun & easy!!