Monday, February 8, 2016

article 1 of 2 today

article 1 of 2 today


I just discovered this about cornbread:

You can make it in 5 minutes or less in a microwave.


Either take one packet of Martha White just-add-water cornbread mix

and some water, or here is the recipe for from scratch:


1/2 c cornmeal

1/2 c flour

1/2 c milk

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 egg

2 tablespoons fat (I've been using butter)

1/4 tsp salt

2 tablespoons sugar


Put it for 4 or 5 minutes in the microwave (depends how powerful a

micro you have).


This makes a sort of sweet cornbread, you can of course alter the

recipe for low sodium or sugar.


If you have an Indian grocery near you, get a bag of gram flour (made

from chickpeas - spelled GRAM not graham) and then you can substitute

a couple tablespoons of that for the egg (add more liquid). In this

way you could make your own mix with powdered milk and take it to

work, not having to worry about breaking eggs, and the only wet thing

to transport would be the fat. Gram flour is a hippie/vegan egg



I mix it in the Pyrex dish I'm going to cook it in, I melt the butter

first for about 30 seconds and then add everything else. It doesn't

stick too bad to Pyrex, or maybe it's the butter going in first that

does it.

I've also made it with no baking powder (oops) and it came out edible,

if denser.

If you up the baking powder to 2 tsp it gets real fluffy but might

taste a bit too much like baking powder.

Also I have been grinding corn in my blender. You have to do it only

like a quarter cup at a time, and then sift it through a screen and

pour the big bits back several times. That's not very energy efficient

I suppose, but it beats hand cranking while there's still a grid.




  1. Add a teaspoon of vanilla.
    Mince a couple tablespoons of onions.
    Mince some jarred sliced jalapeno's.
    Dust the top with cayenne powder before cooking.
    Lot's of room for easy development.

    BTW, have you heard about "Dump Meals"?
    My wife just finished working on a cookbook about that stuff and she's been experimenting with the recipes. Yesterdays model was a peach cobbler that started with a can of sliced peaches and a few other common household ingredients and and 30 minutes later it was on it's way south via my belly pipe. Mmmmmm.....
    It was a 9"x9" pan and would have cost about $8 at the Kroger bakery. The dump method using generic ingredients was less than $2.

    1. I think the Kroger bakery is pitiful. Nasty stuff.