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.


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.