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Stew with bacon – 6 servings


400 g bacon
1 big onion
1 dl dried green beans
1 dl barley grain
2 early garden turnip
3-4 sprays of kale
1 l water
Salt, thyme, juniper berries, fresh oregano

Put the beans to soak.

Boil the coarsely chopped onion, bacon, barley grain and the soaked peas in water for 1.5 hours with 1 tablespoon of salt, juniper berries and thyme (check that the peas are ready). Remove the bacon and cut it into slices or cubes. Put it back into the pot together with turnips in cubes and coarsly chopped kale and let it boil for 10-15 minutes. Add more salt, if needed, and serve with finely chopped fresh oregano.



5 dl milk (or water)
1 kg barley meal
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon caraway seeds

Prepare a quite heavy dough of barley meal and milk and add the other ingredients. The amount of milk might vary.

Let the dough rest for a while. Roll out or form the dough to thin, round cakes, prick them and fry them on a heating frying pan or frying plate over live coal. Serve with butter.

Barbecued lamb spits (8 pcs)


1 kg lamb meat
2 big onions
1 dl lard
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon dried or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 dl hop
1 bunch of chives
8 spits

Prepare a marinade of melted lard, salt and green herbs. Soak the grill spits in water. Cut lamb meat into cubes of approx. 2 cm. Cut the onions into eight pieces. Place a piece of onion in each end of the spit and the lamb cubes in the middle. Marinade the lamb spits for 30 minutes. Grill on clean live coal for 8-10 minutes.
Roll the prepared spits in finely chopped chives.

Kroppkakor (Dumplings with chopped pork filling)


1 kg barley meal
400 g salted bacon
1 jar of Swedish soft wheycheese (Messmör)

Prepare a dough of barley meal and enough water to let the dough slip from humid hands. Cut the bacon into fine cubes. Make a roll of the dough, cut it into thick slices, put a tablespoon of filling in the middle of the slice and fold the slice until it has the shape of a bun. Put the buns into simmering salt water and let them cook gently for approx. 30 minutes. Serve with butter and/or Swedish soft wheycheese.



From: Brown, Joel Sent: Monday, January 22, 2007 1:06 PMTo: Kate Brown (E-mail)Subject:

Recipes: Preparing Dried Beans

2 1/4 cups of dried beans equals 1 pound

Rinse the beans until the water runs clear (or until you get tired of rinsing them). Cover with several inches of water, and soak overnight (more is fine).

Rinse again, and then put them in a cooking pan, cover them with an inch or so of water, and add a tablespoon or two of baking soda. Bring it to a boil - it will foam up, so you need to keep an eye on it to prevent it from boiling over. This helps reduce the gassiness of the cooked beans.

Rinse well, and cover with an inch or so of water, bring to a boil, and then simmer for at least an hour and a half.

Household Tips: Waterproofing Leather Boots

1) Remove the laces;

2) Coat boots thickly with mink oil, and let them stand overnight (under a radiator if you have one - the heat seems to help the oil soak in);

3) Wipe them off, and (ideally) repeat the process.

Recipes: Tea

Black tea - for a strong black tea, steep up to (but no more than) 5 minutes

Green tea - do not steep green tea over three minutes.

If you steep the tea too long, it will begin to develop a bitter taste.

Household Tips: Toothpaste

Mix equal amounts of baking soda and salt, and sprinkle onto a damp toothbrush.

Recipes: Quick Pancakes (one person)

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

baking powder and baking soda - I don't measure, but I use a lot because I like them puffy - I suppose 2 or 3 tsp of powder and 1 a tsp of soda

1 tbsp or so of oil

1 tbsp or more of honey

1 egg

milk - enough to make the right consistency

Blend the oil and egg. Add the baking powder and soda, and mix it in well. Add the flour, and then enough milk to bring it to the right consistency. Cook on greased (cast iron) pan on fairly low heat.

This makes two large pancakes.


From: Brown, Joel

Sent: Monday, January 22, 2007 12:46 PM

To: Kate Brown (E-mail)


Recipes: Basic Granola

3 1/2 cups of rolled oats and/or other flaked grains

1/2 cup of oil

1/2 cup of honey

3/4 cup of apple juice, cider, or apple juice concentrate

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon


dried fruit: any fruits in any combination

Combine all of the dry ingredients except the fruit. Bring the apple juice and honey to a simmer, and mix well into the mixture.

Spread onto a cookie sheet (or sheets) and bake 50 - 60 minutes at 250 degrees, mixing and turning every 10 minutes. It should be a light brown when it's done - be VERY CAREFUL not to overcook, or it will have a burned taste.

Remove from the tray and mix in the dried fruit.

Household Tips: Curing Cast Iron

Some of the best cast iron that I have has come from Goodwill - people buy it, use it once without curing it, wash it (probably in the dishwasher) and end up with a nasty looking mess.

1) Before using cast iron: rinse it off, and dry it on a burner. Coat it thoroughly (inside and out) with fat - solid fat is generally better than cooking oil, but I don't use shortening, and the animal fat goes into soap: I've never had trouble with liquid oil;

2) Put the pans in an oven preheated to 200 degrees, bake for an hour, and then allow them to completely cool while still in the oven. You may need to treat them more than once, and it takes quite a bit of use and oiling before they're well treated, but once they are it's like using a non-stick pan;

3) I wash my cast iron when I need to - just dry it on the stovetop and oil it well after you're done.


Household Tips: Homemade Shampoo

1) Make a paste of baking soda, and work it well into your roots and scalp.

2) Rinse with water.

3) Do thorough rinse with apple cider vinegar.

4) Rinse out the vinegar.

This avoids the oily buildup that you get with shampoo, doesn't contain the witches brew of chemicals, and doesn't need to be done every day (or so I hear - I can't bring myself to change a lifetime habit of washing my hair every day).

Recipes: Moroccan Bread

4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 cups water

1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp honey

1 1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp yeast

1 tbsp gluten (optional)

Mix the honey and 1/2 cup of water (blood warm), add the yeast, and cover for 5-10 minutes - it should foam up.

Mix the dry ingredients, then add the yeast mixture, and most of the remaining water (don't put it all in - add it as needed - you want to add as little water as possible). Knead for approximately 10 minutes.

Cover, and put in a warm spot for an hour or until it has roughly doubled in size.

Punch it down. Divide in half, and work into two round, flat loaves (sometimes I do it as one large round loaf). Put it on an oiled cookie sheet and again, cover and allow it to rise for an hour.

Bake at 400 degrees - approximately 20 minutes for two loaves, and 40 minutes for one loaf. It is done when thumping the bottom of the loaf makes a hollow sound.

Household Tips: Oil Lamps

It's always good to have a couple oil lamps or lanterns and a supply of fuel around. Most people can figure out how to use an oil lamp on their own, but here are a couple of tips that might be handy:

1) When buying a lamp, always test the mechanism which raises and lowers the wick - if it doesn't work, or if it sticks, don't buy it;

2) The way that you cut the wick will determine the amount of light - I have always cut it in a curve, but you need to experiment - the best light I've ever gotten came from a wick which burned a little because it wasn't drawing oil, and ended up in an odd shape;

3) Turn the wick down low when you first light it, and gradually raise it as the chimney warms - this will prevent soot on the glass;

4) If it smokes, the wick is too high;

5) Kerosene is much cheaper than anything sold as "lamp oil" and is safe to store.

6) Put a piece of red thread in the fuel reservoir to prevent the lamp from exploding - I know that this is pure superstition, but I've always done it and I've never had a lamp explode :-)

Household Tips: Burned food in a pan

Fill the pan with enough water to cover the burned food (a couple of inches at least), bring to a boil, and shake in some baking soda. It will foam up - allow it to cool.


From: Brown, Joel Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 1:07 PMTo: Ngaruiya, AngelaSubject: FW: 2 recipes


Green Beans and Potatoes2 large potatoes, diced

1/2 lb green beans

1 onion, chopped fine

Minced chili peppers to taste

1 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp salt

1 15oz can of diced tomatoes

1/2 tsp lime juice

Boil the potatoes for 12 minutes, then add the green beans for an additional 3-5 minutes. Drain.

Sauté onions, garlic and pepper for 4 minutes. Add the turmeric, cumin, and salt and cook for 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes, potatoes, beans, and lime juice, and cook over medium heat for an additional 7-10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Rice, Spinach, and Lentil Pilaf

2 onions - 1 minced, the other halved and thinly sliced into half rings

2 cups of cooked rice

2 cups of cooked lentils

1/2 lb spinach, trimmed and roughly chopped

4 cloves of garlic, minced

olive oil

Sauté all but 1/4 cup of the minced onion with the garlic in olive oil. Add the rice and lentils and stir until heated. Keep warm.

In a separate pan, sauté the remaining minced onion. Add the spinach, cook until it wilts, and toss with the lentils and rice.

Sauté the half onion rings, and add.


From: Brown, Joel

Sent: Friday, February 02, 2007 2:32 PM

To: Kate Brown (E-mail)


Recipe: Bean Pilaf

3 cups cooked grain (1 1/2 cups uncooked rice, 1 cup uncooked wheat or barley)

2 cups cooked beans (or 1 14 oz can)

1 heaping tbsp cumin

1 tbsp turmeric

crushed red pepper

salt and pepper


Saute garlic in oil (briefly - all you're doing here is flavoring the oil). Add beans, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper (to taste). Saute 5 or 10 minutes, and add cumin and turmeric. Mix well.

Add cooked grain, and enough water to allow it to mix well.

Recipie: Quick Pancakes (for one)

1/2 cup flour - whole wheat, buckwheat, or each half whole wheat and cornmeal

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 + tbsp honey

1 egg


Blend the egg and oil. Add the baking powder and baking soda and mix well. Add the flour, and enough milk to get the right consistency (make it thick - the combination of the baking powder and soda will make it puffy). This will make two large pancakes.

Sicilian Bread

1 1/2 cups whole wheat

1 cup wheat bran

1 1/4 cups semolina flour or conmeal

1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp honey

1 1/4 tsp salt

1 3/4 cups water (appx)


Mix honey and 1/2 cup water (blood warm), add yeast (1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp), cover, and leave for 7-10 minutes. The yeast should foam up.

Combine dry ingredients. Add part of the remaining water (again, blood warm), oil, and yeast mixture. Mix and add water as needed until it is a fairly stiff dough. Knead for 10 minutes.

Place in a greased bowl, and leave (covered with a towel) in a warm spot for one hour or until doubled.

Punch it down, knead for an additional 10 minutes, form into a round loaf, place on a greased cookie sheet, and again leave (covered) in a warm spot for one hour or until doubled.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put a pan of water on the lower shelf of the oven to create steam as the bread bakes. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes, reduce to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 15 minutes.


Recipe for Aloo Paratha:

Mix all purpose flour in a bowl with a pinch of salt and some 2 tea spoons of butter and make a very soft dough. Make sure the dough is not very hard . You have to add water to make the dough very soft untill you can make small round balls. Roll the dough balls in rolling pins and make it into a small round shape. Fill the dough with smashed boiled potatoes mixed with finely chopped onions, 1 teaspoon of fresh crushed ginger, finely chopped corriander leaves, salt to taste, few pinches of cummin powder.

Lock the dough with potatoes inside by pinching the ends and make sure there is no open space for pototes to squeez out while under rolling pin to make it thin and flat.

Heat pan and place the prepared paratha in and spray some oil. Make sure the bread is brownish and fully cooked.

You can eat this with some hot sauce, or some dipping.

Enjoy!! Infact you can bring them for me to taste:)