Wild Moon Cottage is a small working homestead in the pristine Ozark Mountains. We have dairy goats, poultry, organic herb and vegetable gardens, a start of a tiny fruit orchard, several black walnut trees, wild berries and fields of wildcrafting goodness. We raise our own milk, our own eggs, much of our own medicine and food. I do laundry by hand, make my own vinegar, candles, soap, bread, cheese ........ For a living I am an artist and herbalist. My goal for myself and our homestead is to be as self sufficient and self sustaining as possible.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Sweet n Sour Cukes & Simple Potato Soup

Sweet n Sour Cukes

2 large cucumbers, sliced thin to medium
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1/4 c water
1 T oil

Peel and slice cucumbers, put them in a medium bowl, toss with oil, salt and pepper them and set aside.

Heat sugar, water and vinegar in a medium sauce pan until sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat and immediately, carefully pur over cucumbers. Be sure there's enough to just cover them.

Cover bowl and refrigerate over night. The longer they're in the fridge the better they taste.

The vinegar water can be reused several times.

Simple Potato Soup

this recipe is per person so simply double, triple .... the ingredients when needed.

1 large potato
1/4 c milk or cream
1 T butter
cheese (optional)

Peel and cut up potatoes (and carrots, celery, onion, what ever you want or have). Put in sauce pan and add water but not quite enough to cover the veggies. Bring to a boil then lower heat, cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.

When done and tender, don't drain, mash roughly leaving small chunks. Add milk or cream to just make it the consistency you want then salt and pepper to taste.

You can also top with cheese or add cheese just before mashing

This is wonderful in bread bowls on a cold day or an easy but hardy meal when you're tired. It's a great comfort food :)


City Mouse said...

Mmmm ... breadbowls. That sounds like a delicious meal there - you may have convinced me to make potato soup today.

oldcrow61 said...

Yum, those recipes sound great and very easy. I expect I'll be trying them.