Here in Albania I cook a lot more than I did in the States. Not only are there less “pre-made” items, which certainly translates as less “convenience” items, there are many items we were used to in the States we can’t get here at all. There are also fewer places we eat out as a family – not a lot of fast food (American style anyway) and not many restaurants that we all like.
So… I spend more time in the kitchen. I really believed I knew how to cook from scratch. I had not even scratched the surface. 🙂 Here’s a rundown of what I made today:
Banana bread: 2 loaves- one for now, one for the freezer. I needed to use up all my over ripe bananas.
Chicken stock (later we turned it into chicken soup): We like to eat rotisserie chickens as a quick meal when I need a break from cooking. I save and freeze the bones and skins to make chicken stock/ broth which I can’t buy!)
Maple Syrup: It’s just sugar and water, people! Easy and cheap.
Granola bars: This was a new one. I subscribe to a healthy snacks list from Allrecipes.com. There was another recipe that came in the e-mail this week that called for sweetened condensed milk which I can, in fact, get here, but I found this one for which I had everything in the cupboard. Robert and I think they turned out great but the kids were not so impressed. I’ll keep trying!
Egg noodles: These were for the chicken soup that we eventually made out of the chicken stock. This made three batches. One for today and two for the freezer. I still can’t get the noodles as small as my grandma’s. I guess when I am 96, I’ll have it down.
Whew… that was quite a day!