Monday, June 30, 2008

IS THIS WEEK THE START OF IT ALL?

I have a bad feeling about this week. Bad as in bad for America. The price of oil went up over $2 overnight. The dollar dropped. Seymour Hirsch dropped the bomb on Bush and his covert war in Iran. The movers and shakers are considering war in the Middle East to be a pretty sure thing. Iran is digging graves for enemy soldiers. Even if Bush backs down, which he won't do, there is going to be a helluva mess to clean up. We, that is the American people, do not matter to Bush anymore. He can't get re-elected and consequently the voters don't count in the general scheme of things.







I was going to put up an article about Bush MAYBE trying to finish the work of his Grandfather, the one who wanted to set up a Fascist regime in the early 30's. Prescott Bush, who later became an US Senator, was in a group of men who tried to talk a Marine General named Butler to head up a rebellion and take over the District of Criminals and set up a dictatorship. Butler refused. The plot was broken. The conspirators were not prosecuted in return for their promise to not fight any of FDR's New Deal programs. We eventually went to war against Japan, Italy , and Germany and got out of the depression with a war economy. Things won't be so easy this time.







This country has enough Wheat in storage to bake everyone a half of a loaf of bread. Don't it make you proud? All those people out there believing all the lies the government and the media tell them are facing starvation. That's all the good, normal citizens. There is this nasty bunch who call themselves survivalists that have food stored to keep themselves from going hungry. And they have the guns and ammo to keep hold of it too! I'm thinking about a song. "One generation got old. One generation got sold. This generation got no destination to hold." All this generation gets is the garbage of the last bunch that had power. Perhaps we should include ream after ream of paper in our preps. We could use it to write the story of what really happened and leave it for our kids and grandkids. Let them know the truth! No government will ever tell it to them! No one will ever write the truth of how the strongest country in the world got brought to it's knees by enemies within it's own borders. But maybe WE can! And we are going to pay a helluva price for the right to write it. Maybe it will get done and maybe it won't. I can't say. But it would be a hell of an accomplishment. What a story! So keep an eye on the market this week. It may have a very interesting tale to tell.







My corn down in the garden is still looking puny and a little pale. I am going to take a whole quart of fish emulsion and mix it with three quarts of water and spray it on the crop. I gotta get the Nitrogen level up there! And I don't want to go to commercial fertilizer. I want to raise some clean food. The beans are doing okay. But they put Nitrogen INTO the soil. Beans need more trace elements than they do Nitrogen.







I'm still thinking about those $1.60 a pound Pinto Beans. People can't afford that kind of stuff, especially for a darned old bag of beans.


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Back from the garden and the spraying of the corn. England is losing a ton of it's garden crop. Try this at http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/jun/29/food.agriculture . That is the story. Big Ag strikes again!


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I had some stuff come in from Charli Gribble from down in Alabama. Some timely recipes.





Behold!





In your food preps I keep seeing the basic things like
corn, beans, etc., but remember it takes more than
the basics to make a meal. You need to have the
rest of the stuff to make things like crackers, wheat thins,
marshmallows, and the other things that make life worth
living! More recipes to come..............

SODA CRACKERS
(saltines)
Preheat oven to 375`
Combine in bowl:
2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. soda
Cut in:
2 TBsp. butter
Stir in:
2/3 cup sour milk
Round dough into ball and knead a few strokes.
Divide dough into several pieces and roll out very
thin on floured board. Lay sheets of dough on
flat baking pans. Sprinkle with salt. Prick or cut
into squares. Bake till browned, 10-12 min.
You can also add garlic salt instead of reg. salt.
To make 'sour milk' : add 1 TBsp. vinegar or lemon juice.
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WHEAT WAFERS
Preheat oven to: 350`dgr
2 cups sifted whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. salt
6 TBsp. oil
1/2 cup water
Sift flour and salt again. Blend
with oil and cold water. Pour over flour.
Mix into a soft ball. Knead a few minutes.
Roll out thin. Mark off in 1 inch sq.
Bake till golden brown.





COOKED MAYONNAISE



Combine in saucepan:

1/3 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp. salt

Add:

3/4 cup water

1/2 cup vinegar

Cook over low heat, stirring until thickened.Remove from heat and pour into mixing bowl.

Add:

1 clove garlic (optional)

1 whole egg

1/3 cup oil

Chill before serving. Boiled dressings can not be frozen, however,they can be preserved. They must be refrigerated unless packed as below.





To preserve:Pack Boiled Dressing in sterilized, air-tight containers,seal and store.





3 MINUTE MAYO

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. dry mustard

speck of cayenne

1 tsp. sugar

1 TBsp. lemon juice

1 TBsp. vinegar

1 egg, unbeaten

1 cup veg.oil



Add lemon juice and vinegar to dry ingredients; Mix. Add egg and 1/3 of the oil, beat with rotary beater until mixture begins to thicken.Add another 1/3 cup oil, beat 1 minute.Add rest of the oil and beat 1 Minute more.





MARSHMALLOWS





2 envelops unflavored gelatin


1 1/4 cups water


2 cups sugar



speck of salt


confectioners (powdered) sugar





Soak gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water 6 minutes.


Cook sugar and 3/4 cup water in saucepan until


it threads, pour onto dissolved gelatin, let stand


until partially cooled. Add salt and if desired, a


few drops of oil of peppermint or wintergreen and a little green or red food coloring. Beat until light and thick. Pour into pan thickly dusted with confectioners sugar, put in a cool place to set.Turn out, cut into squares and roll in confectioners sugar.





PICKLED EGGS





2 parts vinegar


1 part water


2 bay leaves


2 minced garlic cloves


Salt and Pepper to taste


Pack hard boiled eggs in sterile jar.Bring vinegar/water mix to boil.Add to eggs, seal.





RICOTTA CHEESE





1-2 gal. milk (preferably goat milk)


Heat to 202....almost boiling


Add about 1/4 cup vinegar or juice of 2 lemons


pour into cheesecloth and drain, about 10 minutes


Add



3 TBsp. butter and



1/2 tsp. baking soda.

Can be frozen.

And on that note we ask you to stay alive.

Michael

mboone@rtccom.net

8 comments:

Mayberry said...

Recipes will be added to my survival cookbook!

Panhandle Tex said...

For more nitrogen use chicken manure, Also grass clippings as I remember have a lot of nitrogen.

Good luck,

Panhandle Tex

sybrie said...

Yeah- what he said.
lol
Oh and I boosted my corn with a little iron supplement. Cheap and easy to find- kinda looks like factory reject small bb pellets.
You can also try grinding up a hand full of those nasty horsepill multivitamins, if you have any stale ones around. and water those in. Smells like 3 letter donkey, but feeds corn and tomatoes and such, quite nicely - DO NOT GET IT ON THE LEAVES though. About a third of mine is mid-thigh high and you can smell the 'green' from about 12 feet away!

dccdmom said...

Thanks for the recipes! I've been trying to find a cracker that really works. I'll have to try this one soon.

Heckinahandbasket said...

Thanks for posting the link to the polluted manure problem in the UK, now we can't trust manure from buddy down the street that has a little livestock. I'm sure this story will just slip down the memory hole and non-gmo gardening will become a thing of the past because heirloom seeds just stopped producing very well. We'll surely hear someone relate that to "that toxic gas, you undeserving feeders excrete... CO2"

Staying Alive said...

I made a real strong solution of fish emulsion and water and went through and fed the plants that I thought needed it. If I get some rain pretty soon I will succeed, I think.

Michael

riverwalker said...

Good recipes!

Let's hope we won't be saying "Do you remeber the week it all started?" in the near future.

flea said...

Thanks for the recipes!