Sunday, March 22, 2009

let it be

i know that some people feel like they need to do something with their sundays, but my perfect sunday involves food, plenty of lounging, and a plain white t shirt. i can't wear white on my teacher days because i inevitably get covered in dry erase marker, so i always wear white on sunday.
last night we had a beer pong tournament and the floor, though it had been mopped once (by a guy, does that even count?), was still really sticky and had been walked on so there were muddy footprints all over. it was hot and beautiful and windy outside, so i mopped the floor, opened all of the windows and turned on the overhead fans while no one was home but me.
i made indian pudding barefoot in the kitchen because my shoes were leaving dirty footprints everywhere. it was perfect. i think indian pudding is right up there next to chicken noodle soup for effort vs. payoff.
all you do is stir cornmeal into milk for 10 minutes, throw in a bunch of stuff, mix it and put it in the oven for 3 hours.
it cooked down a lot but i also forgot to take a picture until jerry, alex and i had all eaten a bowl of it already..
anyway aside from baking that, i made pork tenderloin, steamed green beans and sauteed mushrooms for dinner, also delicious. and i went over to bobo's for an hour or so and joyce and i made a card with little heartshaped glitter that i remember from when i was her age. the whole glue + glitter concept was all new to her. i think we spent twice as much time cleaning it up as we did making the card.
so overall it was a lovely sunday.
here's the recipe for indian pudding, from the fanny farmer cookbook.

4 cups milk
1/2 c. yellow cornmeal
1/3 c. dark brown
1/3 c. white sugar
1/3 c. molasses
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp buter

preheat the oven to 275 F, 135 C. heat 2 1/2 cups of the milk until "very hot" on the stove, add cornmeal and stir for 10-15min. it gets lumpy easily. add everything else and mix until the butter has melted (the cookbook tells you to do it in a double boiler, but it was fine in a normal sauce pan). pour mixture into a buttered baking dish and pour the remaining cup and a half of milk over the top, set into a pan of hot water. bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. i peel off the layer of skin that forms on the top. it thickens as it cools (thick cream of wheat consistency) and it's delicious topped with vanilla ice cream.

4 comments:

Becca said...

i'm back! ...and i wish you were still here to cook for me. i haven't had time lately. =( oh, and i don't like the new banner on your blog.

megan said...

it's still in the planning stages, but i like it better than the old one. i get tired of looking at the same thing all the itme

Majjy said...

we like the old banner better too. love maj

Its_Lily said...

the pictures may need to be lighter.