Hi, everybody! The Fresh Pioneer is back and I know I just said we're headed South of the Border... but before we do, let me share a few fun photos of our camping trip!
Here is Lake Wallowa, as we are driving in to the State Park, near Joseph, Oregon.
The kids had a great time running all over, swimming, snorkeling, floating on inner tubes, etc. It was actually fairly warm... during the day. At night it was chilllllllly.
We took the tramway to the top of the ridge. Yeah. I'm glad we did it and I'm glad we didn't die. But I probably won't do that again. I kept wanting to ask where the engineers and mechanics were. I swear the same guy who served us our ice cream cones was servicing this fifty year old tram. He told us all about getting his driver's license last month. Yikes. Anyway, we're alive.
So, on to the recipe! When the weather starts to get chilly at night, my husband likes to make a few different dishes.
One is boiled pumpkin. (You read that right.) He slices, seeds, and boils a small pumpkin in honey water, then eats it with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Like pumpkin pie but... no crust. Or milk. Or sugar. All right, it's not really anything like pumpkin pie.
Fall is always a tense time around here because we all want to do this sort of thing... And pumpkins are FOOD to him. It would be like stomping on T-bone steaks for fun. But he tries to respect the fact that Americans like to play with their food. (Remember that? Still true.)
So, let's make some Mexican rice pudding! Not the fancy kind. This is the poor mountain folk kind. Like boiled pumpkin/pumpkin pie. Same idea, but different.
First, fill a pot with water. Really, there aren't any measurements. It was kind of fun. (But to be kind to blog readers, I'll say about 8 cups of water.)
Whole cinnamon sticks...
Into the boiling pot. Let it continue to boil for another 15-20 minutes until thickened. Stir constantly.
Add 1-2 cups of sugar. He said one cup. It's a big pot. It was just barely sweet. I say 2, because I like things sweet enough to choke a horse. Add and taste, add and taste, that's my advice.
a secret apple cake recipe. MMMMM!
And then there's the Texan's apple cake with a kick. What to make, what to make??
Anyway, thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a wonderful week! Until next time!