EAT AT OUR HOUSE - October 15, 2008
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EAT AT OUR HOUSE - October 15, 2008

St. Marys Journal Argus

This year, the Chinese are celebrating the birthday of one of their great sages, Confucius, who was born in 551 B.C. His religion was Confucianism, a moral and wise system of China that lasted many years, declining in popularity only in the early 1900s. His sayings have stayed on all over the world and I'm sure most have heard a Confucius saying sometime in their life. If not here are a few of his "words of wisdom:"1. A superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions;2. Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life;3. Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles;4. It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness;5. The superior man is distressed by limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability he has;6. Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves;7. Forget injuries, never forget kindness.Not nearly as old but still an important birthday celebration ' the Model T  Ford is a 100 years old this year. My father had one; I was too young to remember but this is what I was told it was. I remember very distinctly my three siblings and I being in a row in the back seat. More important than the car, I can remember coming home from visiting my cousins 20 miles outside of Prince George, late at night and being covered up to our chins with a large blanket, known as the "cow blanket." It was black and white, so you can guess what poor cow donated it, with a bright green felt backing. It was around for many years after the car left and I can still feel the comfort it gave us as it was not only a dark night but also coyotes howling often in the background, and it was 20 miles of seeing not a light, not even from a farm house.There are still some things Canadians buy more of that are made in Canada. Watching a CTV show called Grapes to Glass, we were told that 70 per cent of Canadians drink wine made in Canada. It is nice to know we are at least supporting some of our home-grown products. But they added even though our wines win top marks all over the world , still 30 per cent of Canadians feel if they pay more for imported wines they must be better. So normal of we humans, we feel if we pay more it has to be better. And speaking of things made in Canada, we women know how hard it is to find Canadian-made clothes but in Ivy's downtown store last week I found a Splendor sweater "made in Canada" from Canadian fabric. I was told that many clothes are made from Canadian fabric but sent to China to be made. What a bummer.   We decided to support the egg farmers of Ontario this week and the first recipe does come from their kitchensHerb and Mushroom Quiche1/2 pound (250g) assorted Ontario mushrooms1 tbsp. oil1/2 cup diced onions or shallotsSeasoning mix (see recipe below)4 eggs1 1/4 cups table cream or evaporated milk3/4 cup shredded Swiss or gruyere cheese1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese2 tbsp. chopped parsley (optional)9-inch unbaked pie shell or deep dish frozen pie shell(or you can have a crustless quiche; see recipe below)Preheat over to 375 degrees. Clean mushrooms and trim ends (remove stems from Shitake mushrooms, if using) and slice. Heat oil in large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and onions, cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are soft. Stir in seasonings. Let cool slightly. Whisk eggs and cream in large bowl until well combined. Stir in mushroom mixture, cheeses, and parsley. Pour into pie shell and bake in preheated oven until knife inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving. Serves six.Seasoning Mix1 1/2 tsp. dried chives1 tsp.  onion powder3/4 tsp. dried thyme1/4 tsp. saltpinch of pepperCrustless QuicheTo save time and reduce calories, crust can be omitted. Spray 9-inch pie plate with non stick spray before filling. Reduce cooking time by about five  minutes.Crab Souffle An elegant brunch favourite that can be made a day ahead.1 pound crab meat (I use a mixture of canned crab meat and artificial to give it colour, or cut up chicken) 1 cup chopped celery chopped2 tsp. grated onion1/3 to 1/2 cup of mayonnaiseDash of tabasco sauce and lemon juiceMelted butter 12 slices bread, crusts removedSharp cheddar cheese, grated5 eggs, slightly beaten2 cups milkCombine first six ingredients; make 6 sandwiches using crab meat mixture. Place sandwiches in 9x13 greased pan (preferably glass). Cover  with cheese. Beat eggs and milk together and pour over sandwiches. Cover tightly and refrigerate two to four hours or, even better, overnight. Set dish in pan of hot water, and bake in 325 degree oven  for one hour.  Serves six.    

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