Rough Times Cake

Rough Times Cake

Watch a video of this recipe at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_aMmz_nhhE

This is a simple and not-too sweet cake, sometimes called “Depression Cake”. So easy to make, it is free of eggs or milk, so it’s vegan friendly, easy on the budget and delicious.

Ingredients

2 Cups Raisins

1 Cup Brown Sugar

2 Cups Water

1/3 Cup Margarine

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/8 tsp Nutmeg

1/8 tsp Allspice

2 Cups Flour

1/4 tsp Salt

2 Round Tbsp Baking Powder

Sift dry ingredients together or stir well. Mix the wet ingredients in a big cup or bowl, add to dry mixture to make an easy-to-stir dough. Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350ºF for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and dry.

Suggestions: While it’s still warm, spread a thin layer of corn syrup over the top for a nice glazed, elegant-looking cake. Freezes really well if it’s wrapped twice; since it’s such a big cake, I usually freeze half for later). Add nuts, raisins, currants, sweet cranberries, chopped apples or coconut to the dry mix… use mashed bananas, a little less water and make it a banana cake… forget the spice and add chopped strawberries, peaches or blueberries… use less water and a beaten egg or two for a rich texture – there’s no limit when you use your imagination!


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Creamy Gourmet Pasta & Garlic Bread

Creamy Gourmet Pasta

I like “retrofitting” low fat recipes. This one became an instant family favorite, it’s so easy to make and soooo good to eat. We found it by looking for something to make with some cottage cheese that was getting close to its due date.

Cooked pasta for 4 (spaghetti, linguine, shells or what you’ve got)

Olive oil for sautéeing

1-3 Tablespoon chopped fresh garlic, or to taste

1 C. diced tomatoes with their juice – fresh, canned, frozen

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (1-2 t. fresh), other herbs to taste

Salt & pepper to taste

1 C. cottage cheese (1/2 of a small container)

3 T. Parmesan cheese

1/4 C. water

While the pasta is cooking, gently sauté the garlic in the olive oil a frying pan, add the tomatoes, cook for a few minutes, then add the herbs.

Blend together the cottage cheese, parmesan and water (in a blender or stirring it with a fork) until nice and creamy. Add the cheese mixture to the cooked pasta, mix well, add the tomato mixture, mix well, serve portions sprinkled with cheese, enjoy!! Very nice with “Quick’n’Easy Garlic Bread” (see below)

Suggestions: This recipe is one that can be adapted to whatever you’ve got. Omit the tomatoes, add more garlic, sliced olives, sausage bits, cooking wine and so on.

Add vegetables like spinach, broccoli, peppers, mushrooms and you’ve got a nice “primavera” style dish. Use feta cheese for a Greek touch, cheddar for a farm-style meal.

Vegan option: replace the cheeses with fresh tofu blended with nutritional “cheesy” yeast, water or broth, salt, garlic and herbs.

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“Quick’n’Easy Garlic Bread”

In a small bowl or cup, use a fork to mix softened margarine or butter with garlic powder and salt to taste.

Spread it thick or thin on sliced bread, rolls, buns – toast it under the broiler, in a toaster oven, on the barbeque or over a campfire!

Gourmet garlic lovers tip: Make a paste with crushed fresh garlic, olive oil and salt to taste and spread as above.

Rough Times Cookbook

RoughTimesCookbook.jpgAbout The Book

ROUGH TIMES COOKBOOK: How to Cook, Eat and Shop on a Low Budget. By Willi Nolan

Written by a former welfare mother and legendary human rights activist, Nolan’s cookbook is a labor of love and a chance to help low income people to eat well for life. People on the smallest budgets will find ways to stretch their food dollars and make delicious, gourmet-quality, quick and easy, meals at home with this timely, simply written book. Sure-to-become a kitchen classic, The Rough Times Cookbook teaches common sense, tried and true ways to shop on a budget, stock a kitchen, store good food and eat healthier.

Although it was written to meet the needs of people who live on very low incomes, anyone who wants to eat well and still have money left to enjoy life will appreciate The Rough Times Cookbook’s no-nonsense approach to eating and living well. Drawing from grandmothers, students, and single parents, The Rough Times Cookbook gives plenty of great tasting, inexpensive and nutritious recipes, from main dishes and soups to quick breads and desserts using ingredients found in most kitchens.

Its great combination of home-style and unique recipes include low meat, no meat, East Coast, Asian, Jewish, wartime and Native Indian cookery. An entire “Meatless Meals” section is devoted to vegans and vegetarians. The thought-provoking section on “Healthy Foods” takes the mystery out of health food, while the mouth-watering recipes provide plenty of helpful hints and suggestions for saving time, substituting ingredients and putting your personal touch to any dish. Most main dishes will feed 4 people and can be prepared for $2.00 -$5.00

The Rough Times Cookbook makes a great gift for anyone who wants to get the most out of their food dollar, and is especially useful for the budget-challenged. $20.00.

Contact: Willi Nolan, The Backwoods Writing House