Molasses Oat Bread

There is nothing better on a fall day than warm bread out of the oven with butter melting on it. Do I even have to mention the smell of warm baking bread, there is nothing like it.

You will need:

1&3/4 cups boiling water

3/4 cup oats 

1/4 cup molasses

1&1/2 tsp salt 

3tbsp oil 1tsp sugar 

1/2 cup warm water 

1pkg active dry yeast 

4 cups all purpose flour

In a large mixing bowl pour boiling water over oats. Stir in molasses, salt and oil. Let cool to lukewarm.

Dissolve 1tsp sugar in 1/2 cup warm water and sprinkle in yeast. 

Let stand 10 minutes.  Then stir well. 

Sorry, got carried away and forgot to take doughy pictures.

Add dissolved yeast and 1&1/2 cups flour to the oat mixture. Beat at low speed with electric mixer for about 1/2 minute then at high for 3 mins. Scraping sides of bowl often. Stir in with dough hook or by hand, the remaining 2&1/2 cups flour until thoroughly blended. Cover with greased parchment or cling film then a tea towel. Let rise in a warm place for about an hour.

Then beat about 25 strokes with a wooden spoon,or knead, dough will be sticky.  

Grease a 2qt casserole dish or loaf pan and sprinkle top lightly with oats and press down gently so they stick. 

Cover and let rise another 30 mins. 

Bake in 375F oven for 35-45 mins until done. 

If you are using the bread for sandwiches or to toast it would be easier if you used a loaf pan. We ate most of it warm from the oven with butter.


Madras Chicken Soup

I found this recipe in an old Chatelaine magazine. I put it aside years ago and decided to actually make it. It is fall and that brings soup weather.  It was very tastyand smelled wonderful.

I didn’t have any brown rice so I used basmati. Also, I didn’t have frozen peas, I used a mixture of peas and corn.

This is the point when the smell gets amazing!

This is the point where I forgot to take pictures, but you just add the stuff to the pot, so there wasn’t anything to exciting that you missed.

Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed.

Bob Hopkins Firehouse Oven Stew

This was Evie’s request for supper today. This stew has stewing beef, which Evie calls steak, all beef to her is steak and she loves steak. Unless it is ground beef that is hamburger, or hangerburger as she called it until recently.

This recipe came from my uncle, a retired paramedic, who made this stew in the firehouse where he worked. I think Evie likes this because she thinks it is cool because it is what they ate at the firehouse. The original recipe that I have written down just calls it oven stew, but we changed it to include the firehouse, Evie eats it much better that way.

This stew is very easy and quick to put together, but it is slow food, cooks for 3-4 hours in the oven. Basically you put it in the oven and forget about it until it is done. You can check on it and stir it once or twice if you feel like it, but don’t have to.

I am not sure if my pictures will show properly, I always has trouble inserting them and they preview differently than when they post… I don’t know what you are going to see here, if it is too messed up I will repost.

Take 1-1/2 lbs stewing beef and cut into small chunks
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, slices (I use 3)
1-2 potatoes, chunked

7 &1/2oz can tomato sauce
½ cup beef broth
¾ tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper
I add a few splashes of Worchestershire sauce too.

Combine all ingredients in a roaster or casserole dish.





Cover and cook at 300F for 3-4 hours until tender. Makes 4 large servings or 5 smaller ones. We serve with crusty bread or rolls.


This was quite thrifty for us to make because we had the meat in the freezer and had everything else in the fridge and cupboard. Everything other than the meat is quite cheap to buy, but usually stuff you would have in the kitchen.

Stew was good today because it was freezing outside, again. We went for a short bike ride to the lake and walked along the edge. The lake has been drained quite low and we could walk on the ground that is normally under 3-4 feet of water. It will be full again soon and we will be there to see the ducks, geese and loons. We did have an exciting find, a rock that had plant fossils in it!