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#1 Fri 30 Jan 09 8:08am

madamada

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the most poor inventive

dishes of the past. I was thinking of this reading the recipe SusanneH gave in her blog called Himmel und Erde
Wed 28 Jan 2009

could we put together in a thread  recipes  with these quality ingredients: they must be:
poor
simple
geniali

these are the requirements and abilities our ancestors trained  to survive and which must not get lost

mandi mandi

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#2 Fri 30 Jan 09 10:44pm

madamada

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Re: the most poor inventive

the most simple dessert I can think of

snow in a glass with sugar

I'd like to have a ristorante and offer that at the end  wink

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#3 Sat 31 Jan 09 1:29am

mincepie

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Re: the most poor inventive

Found this recipe for GRUEL in old scottish book.
Soak oats in water, strain, cook liquid for 10 mins, add salt.
Cure for sore throats and colds...popular with invalids.

Highly nutritious, I'm sure.

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#4 Sat 31 Jan 09 2:12am

TheBeast2

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Re: the most poor inventive

What does geniali mean?

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#5 Sat 31 Jan 09 2:24am

TheBeast2

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Re: the most poor inventive

Salty caramel popcorn with parmesan air.

The only thing that comes close to not being simple is the caramel (and once that's made, just season it, cook some popcorn, whisk the parmesan in water with an immersion blender, and plate it all up).

Even simpler, strawberries and cream. Serve the hulled strawberries in the centre of the table with a small bowl of sugar and a jug of cream for each diner.

And, while we're on that road, skewered croutons with a cheese fondue in the middle of the table, for diners to dip their croutons into.

A little bit more technologically advanced, this next one, but

Fruit puree (e.g. apricot, raspberry, pineapple) in a small balloon. Dip balloon briefly into liquid nitrogen. Remove balloon and immediately pop with a flame.

Send to diners a sorbet shell with a puree inside.

A searing hot stone served to the diner with a steak. The diner cooks their own steak on the stone to their liking.

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#6 Sat 31 Jan 09 1:02pm

madamada

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Re: the most poor inventive

I have the feeling that you do not know what poor means, that is the moment when being geniali transforms a simple recipe in something precious

people who had no supermarkets nearby nor money was able to make people happy with just a bit more than nothing.
That is was I'm looking for ............... and of course you must be at table with people who are ready for that wink

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#7 Sat 31 Jan 09 1:04pm

nottinhillbilly

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Re: the most poor inventive

scurvytoon wrote:

Cheese on toast , what could be better.

simply the best comfort food ever.

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#8 Sat 31 Jan 09 1:57pm

MsPablo

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Re: the most poor inventive

Babylon says it means 'brilliant'.

I think the use of dried seaweed is brilliant and resourceful.  Aside from using it as food, other uses are interestingI - as a fertilizer in France,  used by the Chinese in ancient times to cure menopause symptoms.

eating fungi, bracken, fern shoots and other wild foods like dandelions and wild berries

the methods of preserving foods that also enhance their health properties through  fermenting - sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, dried bonito flakes, soy sauce
cheese making

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#9 Sat 31 Jan 09 2:26pm

Kye

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Re: the most poor inventive

POOR KNIGHTS

INGREDIENTS
4-6 Slices Stale Bread
2 Eggs
1/4 Pint (150ml) Milk
1 teaspoon Sugar
Pinch of Cinnamon
Fat or Oil For Frying
Apricot Jam

METHOD
Beat the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and milk together. Remove the crusts from the bread and cut into neat fingers. Soak the bread thoroughly in the egg and milk mixture, drain and fry in a little hot fat or oil until golden brown on each side. Serve hot sprinkled with sugar or sandwiched with apricot jam.

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POOR MANS STEAK

2 pounds ground beef
1 cup cracker crumbs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 onion, chopped

Mushroom sauce:
3 tablespoons margarine, melted
1/4 cup mushrooms, chopped
1 tablespoon minced onion
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
1 cup milk

Combine steak ingredients. Pat to 1/2-inch thickness on paper-lined cookie sheets. Cover; refrigerate overnight.

Cut meat into serving-size pieces. Coat with flour. Brown pieces in small amount of hot fat. Meanwhile, make mushroom sauce by sauting mushrooms and onion in margarine until tender. Add flour, salt and pepper; stir until bubbly. Gradually add milk. Cook, stirring until thickened.

Place meat in roasting pan. Cover with mushroom sauce mixed with 1 1/4 cups water. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees F 1 1/4 hours.

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#10 Sat 31 Jan 09 4:33pm

SusanneH

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Re: the most poor inventive

Arme Ritter, Poor Knights, French Toast, Pain Perdue (sp?) etc. is a very typical poor people food almost the world round.

As are many egg dishes, like the Spanish tortilla.

Here in Germany many pickled or fermented things (like MsP pointed out) are typical items of preserved summer (sauerkraut, pickles etc)

And many potato meals. Like the "Himmel und Erde". There are similar dishes with carrots (served with blutwurst too: Möhrendurcheinander), green beans (Milchbohnen with a creamy potato mash; or fermented beans with a coarser potato mash: Schnibbelbohnen), Spitzkohl, Wirsing..... (different cabbages). Usually served with some kind of Mettwurst (cured and smoked pork sausage).

Dried pulses are typical too. As poor people's food usually as a thickish soup that could be watered down if more guests were expected. Mostly brown lentils, green or yellow peas, beans (white or brown broad)....

All of these are very regional of course as they depend a lot on the local farm crops wink

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