Nut Meal Recipes ~ One Savory, One Sweet



What to do when your favorite soy or nut milk is no longer available due to pandemic supply problems? Make your own. I had never tried making nut milk before, so I was surprised at how easy it was and how much better the flavor and texture was.




The more I made, the more nut meal I had to use in some creative, delicious way. There were a few recipes online, but none that fit the flavors I wanted or ingredients I had on hand. A cold, rainy day makes the perfect time for a grand baking experiment. Usually I never bake. Why? Because I'll just eat it all! I have no will power. But today was the exception, so I tried to keep it somewhat healthy. I do not know how many calories or what the nutritional values are. This is a baking experiment day, not a math day.

I made one savory and one sweet batch of batters with only ingredients I had in my pantry. I am pleased with the results, and happy that they are more than edible. I hope you enjoy them as well, or perhaps you can do a little experimenting of your own with what you have on hand.




                                                             Pumpkin Spice Mookies 
                                       (cross between a muffin and a cookie ~ yep, I just made that up)
                                       (edit: actually I didn't make it up because I just hashtagged it on IG and it's                                                        already a thing. Who knew?? I didn't until now.)

1 C nut meal (mine was dried and somewhat ground up like flour with a few lumps in it)
1 C pumpkin puree (about half a can)
1 old banana
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon all spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/3 C whole raw oats
1/3 C chopped pecans
1/3 C maple syrup
1/3 C coconut oil, in liquid form
1 egg

Mix all the ingredients together. The batter will be fluffy and slightly stiff, like cookie dough. On a parchment lined baking sheet, mound heaping tablespoons of batter. Cook at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until the outside crisps up a bit and begins to crack. Take them out of the oven and let them cool for about 15 minutes so they set up a tad before handling. I'm not sure how many it makes because we ate a few before I thought to count them. I think it makes about a dozen.




These mookies are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea.

Next up is savory ~ slightly spicy, depending on the salsa you use, dense and moist, yet the cornmeal gives it a nice crunchy tooth. 




                                                Chili Pumpkin Nut Meal Slices and Croutons

1 C nut meal (mine was dried and somewhat ground up like flour with a few lumps in it)
1 C pumpkin puree (about half a can) 
1 tablespoon Organic No Salt Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1 C salsa verde
1/4 C olive oil
1 egg

Mix all the ingredients together. Pour the batter into a buttered 9" cake pan. Cook at 350 degrees for 45 - 55 minutes. Cool on a rack. Once cooled, slice it up. If you would like croutons, dice some up and put into a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes and/or under a broiler for about 5 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the croutons cool down in the oven to further dry them out. 

I put the croutons in my salad ~ yum! Tonight I'll melt a bit of cheese on the slices and serve them with dinner.  

I'm happy to have used up a few languishing ingredients; and to have created some new, tasty treats while sheltering in place. 




Edit update: Rhubarb is in season, so I'm adding another recipe.

                                                         Rhubarb/Pear Coffeecake 

4 C rhubarb, stems only, 1/4" slices
1 pear, cubed
1 1/4 C sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 1/2 C nut meal
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger (I used 1 cube of frozen ginger)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 C full fat coconut milk

Toss cut rhubarb with 1/4 C sugar. Add pear and mix. Butter 9" round cake pan, and dot with 1/2 stick of butter. Add rhubarb mixture. 

In a separate bowl, whisk nut meal, baking powder and salt.

In another bowl, beat remaining butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in ginger, lemon zest, and OJ. Beat in one egg at a time. Add vanilla. Add dry mix and blend. Add coconut milk and mix. 

Spread mixture onto rhubarb. Bake about an hour or so in a 350 degree oven. 













Linen



I've recently rediscovered linen, with all it's lovely slubbiness and texture, ranging from rustic to delicate handkerchief, providing versatility for a variety of projects. Details such as hemstitch and fringe or tassels always catch my eye. Having a little more time on my hands than usual lately, I decided to give these a go while making some gifts for loved ones, and a few for myself as well.

My friend Mary forwarded me an email from fabrics-store.com, and I was immediately smitten. Their selection, quality, patterns, tutorials, every day pricing, and deep discount sales hooked me in. Many of these are accessible on their website for all to see, but once you purchase from them, you have access to all of it, including free down-loadable patterns. I had been curious to try linen towels. They had directions and a pattern for making bath towels, which was the perfect segway into my linen sewing spree.




Having always used plush, terry towels to  dry off, I quickly made one single bath towel to test it out. I was surprised how wicking the linen was and how quickly the towel dried after being used. I could see the benefits of this, especially if one lived in a humid area.




I couldn't wait to dive into trying my hand at hem stitching. The process is methodical and soothing, and I love the results! Here's the tutorial I used.




Creating the fringe and tassels is a great way to be productive while binging those favorite Netflix shows. Here's the tutorial for the fringe.




Since my sewing machine was already set up for mask making, my first order of IL019 bleached medium weight linen was sewn up likety split; and now I've just washed my second order: rustic natural, striped and daisy. These will make up some fun towel sets as Christmas gifts. I'm also considering making a slipcover for my couch. I've watched a few videos on how to do it, and it's a rather adventurous project for me. I'll be honest, I'm kind of terrified to try it! In the meantime, I'll make towels, sheets, blankets, scarves, shawls, and maybe a few clothing items all the while getting up the courage to give it a go.




This scarf doesn't need a sewing machine. I even ripped the long edges for a frayed look; then tasseled the ends.



You can just see the sunlight through the medium weight fabric, making it not too sheer yet not completely opaque.




No sewing machine required for this wrap, shawl either. It would also make a nice table topper or tablecloth for a smaller table. I used one yard of fabric.

I'm toying with the idea of making a top with Sonya Philip's Shirt No. 1 pattern with hem stitched arms and fringed hem. What do you think?




How to make your own Chair Pads with Leather Ties



After about 25 years, the rushed seats on my kitchen chairs are getting a little shabby.



I try to keep them covered, but I don't like the store bought pads as they're too thick, and tend to slide all over the place.




I was gifted this lovely fabric, and decided to use it to make my new chair pads. I used the linen for the front and plain drop cloth for the backs. I love the leather ties on this square bag I made (see more here), and decided to use the same idea on the chair pads.




I began by making a pattern of the chair seat.




I traced the shape, then folded the paper in half to cut the shape so that both sides would be symmetrical. Then I added 1/2" around the whole perimeter for a seam allowance.




I then traced the seat pattern with chalk onto the striped linen, being careful to keep the stripes centered and even, and cut. I then laid the cut linen onto the drop cloth and cut. For each chair I cut eight 1x3" pieces of scrap cotton jersey to make tabs. I knew I wouldn't be able to wash the leather straps with the seat pad, so I had to make the leather straps detachable. These jersey tabs would hold the leather onto the pad.




I folded each tab in half, placed them onto the fabric as pictured above, and pinned them in between the two layers of fabric. 




I then stitched around the pad, using a 1/2" seam allowance, and leaving an area of about 4-5" in the back so I could turn the pad right side out.




Once I turned the pad right side out, I tucked in the raw edges of that 4-5" slit, and top stitched all around the pad.

Next came the fun part, making the leather strap ties! I went to Mavericks, our local leather store. They were so helpful and nice. They had a scrap bin that had exactly what I needed and more. For $2 I got all the straps I needed for all four chairs. I also found some 2mm leather cording that was the perfect color. I was lucky and the 3/4" straps were already cut, but you can easily cut your own with a rotary cutter and mat.

I used 3/4" straps. For each chair I cut two 8.5" straps, four 3.5" straps, eight 1" tabs, and ten 3" 2mm leather cording ties.




After trying various tools, I borrowed this from a friend to punch the holes in the leather. With needing to punch 40 holes in the leather per chair, 120 all together, it really saved my hands! So quick and easy. She bought it at Harbor Freight for about $7. You'll also need to put two holes in each of the jersey tabs.

Depending on whether you want the tied knot to be on top or underneath depends on how you thread the pieces together.




Thread the cording through the holes as above; then thread the cording through the holes in the jersey tab.




I flipped the tab up so you can see that the leather tab is underneath. The leather tab helps stabilize the ties and helps keep them from pulling through the jersey tab.




Then thread the leather strap through, and tie the cord.




I used one long strap in the front, and two smaller straps in the back just to get a little strappier look.




Attaching all the leather is a bit time consuming. If I were to be laundering these chair pads a lot, I would have used easy tie ribbons. But we don't have littles running around, so things stay pretty clean, and I REALLY wanted to have a go at making the leather strapping again.




All in all I'm very happy with my new chair pads. They'll keep the rushed seats from getting too worn, and they're very comfortable. I was able to make four pads mostly with items I had on hand, plus a little extra to get the leather scraps and cording. I like the vintage fabric with the simple, fresh updated use of leather very much!