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Some Old Vegetarian Recipes

September 27th, 2012 at 11:10 am

Well I have now type up 48 old vegetarian recipes.
From three different booklets and have another three booklets to go on non-vegetarian recipes that I would like to keep. I may have some of these kinds of recipes elsewhere in boxes and folders on computer. But some are old and just a bit different too!

Here are a few vegetarian ones that I have found.

Soy Luncheon Meat
1 medium onion chopped or sliced
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 cup water
1 tsp salt
1-1/3 cups soy flour
2 tbsp cornflour
1/2 cup tomato juice
1 tsp sugar
Note: all level spoons
Lightly brown onion in oil.
Blend peanut butter in water.
Combine all ingredients till smooth.
Pour greased basin with a cover and steam 1 hour in pot of boiling water.
Can be turn out when cold.
Serve hot or cold. Serve in slices with tomato sauce.
* Family Favourite

Meatless Sausages
1 cup mashed potato
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 large onion -cut fine
1 cup grated cheese
1 egg
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp marmite
1 tsp gravy quick
Extra: breadcrumbs
Mix together.
Form into sausages and roll in breadcrumbs.
Fry until golden brown in very hot oil.
* Family Favourite

Vegetarian Italian Meat Balls
Mix together:
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 garlic clove minced
4 slices wholemeal toasted -crumbs
2/3 cup grated cheese
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
2 tbsp cream
Salt to taste
3 eggs beaten
Form into small flattened balls.
Saute slowly.
Put into baking dish and add 1 can tomato soup.
Place in oven and bake at 300F (165C) for 20 minutes.
*Family Favourite

Walnut Cutlets
1 cup rolled oats
2 tsp peanut butter
1/4 cup celery finely
2 tbsp walnuts chopped
1/2 tsp mixed herbs
1 tbsp tomato sauce
1/3 cup grated onion
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup parsley
2 tbsp hot water
1 tin tomato soup
Mix peanut butter with hot water.
Add all ingredients except tomato soup and mix.
Allow to stand for 1/2 to 1 hour (the longer the better)
Form into patties and shallow fry.
Place patties into casserole dish.
Dilute tomato soup with equal volume of water and pour over patties.
Bake in oven for 1/2 hour at 180C. Soup will be absorbed during cooking.
*Family Favourite

Spilt Pea Roast
1/2 lb. (250g) split peas
2 cups boiling water
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup liquid from peas
2 tbsp butter- melted
2 eggs - beaten
1 cup oven- dried crumbs made from stale bread
1/2 tsp herbs
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1-1/2 tsp salt
Extra butter
Drop peas in boiling water; cook gently 40 minutes until soft. Drain well, reserving liquid.
Mash peas with spoon and add 1/2 cup liquid butter and crumbs, beaten eggs.
Combine all. Stand 30 minutes.
Spread 1 -1/4 inch deep in shallow dish and dot with some extra butter.
Bake in moderate oven 400F (227C) for 1 hour till firm and lightly brown.
Serve hot with mint sauce.
*Meatless Mealtime

Spilt Pea Roast is most likely comes from a Vegetarian WW2 era as there were very little split peas recipes to be found at that time that were published but you could get 8lbs on points system then and not all would use just for Spilt Pea Soup. Eggs would have been dried ones and onions would mostly were leeks if it was used in UK. Little else has changed.

Do you notice that most of these titles have a meat sounding names?

Soy Luncheon Meat, Meatless Sausages, Walnut Cutlets, Vegetarian Italian Meat Balls and Spilt Pea Roast

So with these recipes I could make a Luncheon Meat, some Sausages, Italian Meat Balls, Cutlets and Roast.

Recipe from Years Gone By

September 21st, 2012 at 11:05 am

Of late I have had trying to live off my pantry and freezer, so I have been looking into recipes that I can use with what I have not what need, in other words substitution of ingredients if it's not right.
Using less instead of more ingredients and making portions go just one more serve. So I can cook a meal that will serves 2 then I make it serve 3 by adding something else on the side.

A friend has lent me some of her vegetarian recipe booklets that I have found a lot of recipes that were used in the past, before TVP, Nutolenes, nutmeats, gluten steaks, and rissolnut which I can't find any of but have do recipes for it, so I have left all these off my to saving list. I do have cookbooks for these ingredients but for rissolnut which is the trade name only now!

There are recipes for Nutolene, nutmeats, gluten steaks and you can buy these ones in cans under trade names here too!

Here is an unusual recipe from one of these booklets.

Potato Coconut Casserole
Heat 1/2 cup coconut in 1 cup milk. Slice potato and onion in rounds and place in baking dish in layers adding salt. Pour coconut and milk over and add enough extra milk to come up to top layer of potato. Turn over top layer of potato to put coconut underneath to prevent burning. Bake until nicely brown in a moderate oven.
From Meatless Mealtimes

Austerity and WW2 recipes

September 14th, 2012 at 09:50 am

I have been looking at World War 2 recipes and any recipes before this period. Most of them are British ones as I can find of lot online and have bought a number of books from this period. This is a passion of mine as I do look to this period for ideas when trying to cut back at any time.

With the economical way the world is going right now, and all the Austerity Budgets from governments, we will have to start looking for ideas to cope in our own parts of the world.

A lot of households here are cutting back and trying to save or pay down debt. This is not helping some sectors of the economy as we all have since WW2 been told or suggested to spend up big by auto-suggestion so businesses can have a larger profits for shareholders and saving were a thing of the past and loans are in.

Now the crunch time is upon us to pay our dues for this false strategy. The thing is can we hold on to what we have and own now! No one wants to go back to what it was before but we should start making plans to get our own household in order. Australia is a lucky country but we too will fine things tough if things go bad this time. By how much no one knows. But look at it in way that if doesnít happen to be that bad then we are better off than we were before. Some jobs are going here now by the thousands so things are charging here too! Like our State government retrenching over 11000 workers across the board and not replacing any vacant jobs (4500), this is just one state. The flow on effect will be great as business and jobs near these workplaces will then be affected too!

Greece, Italy and Spain are in a bad way as are many more countries that I have havenít kept up to date with.

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." - Boyd K. Packer

Cutting back on food spending

September 4th, 2012 at 09:11 am

Itís early days yet but so far I havenít spent much in past few days. I have been looking at my stockpile and making inventory of what I have got.

Will be making new menus from what I do fine there.

I plan use up what cooked meals that I fine first then cook some more meals up later on! Until I get my dental work done I can only have soft foods. So far I had a roasted chicken meal with roasted vegetables that was in the freezer. Spaghetti Bolognese is for tonight meal. I did fine a tripe and onion sauce and devilled sausage meals so they will on the menu soon. There are still a few sausages in the freezer so will be planning to use those along eggs like Scramble eggs, boiled and omelettes are a good choice too! There is a least 6-8 serves of seafood on the freezer as well dried and canned beans and number of meals of chicken both raw and cooked. When the seafood runs out I will be making fish cakes and Tuna Mornay dishes instead of buy more fresh fish.

I am allowing about $60 for fresh food and one meal out per month for now!

Strategy - Do remember what you have stored before you go and buy more of the same.

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." - Boyd K. Packer

Starting over with budgeting and saving again!

September 1st, 2012 at 10:17 am

To find the money to do all that I need do from now on, I diffidently need to start saving and cutting back on my spending for a few months. I am planning to review my needs and wants from now on!

If I have already earmark a project and booked it then I will go ahead with it. Some things canít be stopped but others are just plans that need be saved for so will need work out which needs to done and what can be left for the future like new kitchen indoor painting and floors.

I went over what I need to do in next six months and found that I am short on funds by $5000 on an age pension this is a worry but the pension it will cover most of my bills over this period. Itís the living expenses that will take the hit. So letís see how far I can cut these expenses for now.

Some things have been over estimated so there will be a savings found in some places.

Hereís a list of some things plan in near future.
Trips - Sydney wedding and visit to my sister later next year but fare need to be paid in this period. (both are interstate.) Estimate $2000
Out of pocket dental that canít be put off. Estimate $2000
Car service that is well overdue so approx. $500
Rates and water bills, power, medical fund annual fee, phone & internet fees, car rego. Approx. $5500
House & Car Insurance due (these are the ones that I am worried about) Estimate $2700 but could be more.

Planned expenses for next six month estimated about $12,700
Age Pension over this time frame under $10,000

So living expenses will be almost nil for next few months, itís lucky that I do have savings to fall back on if I need too! I will try not to spend too much of it though.