Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Back before the holidays I asked the manager guy at the senior commodity place what kind of pie he’d like to have as a Christmas present. He said he wanted a bean pie. Seriously? Yes, I made him a bean pie. Now if you can get past the “ewww” factor of beans and pie in one dish you’ll find that it’s quite good. Bean pie tastes more like custard than beans. He was surprised to find that *I* knew how to make bean pie.
No big secret really. I love reading really old books. I learn alot from the old history kind of books. So sometimes I hang out in Project Gutenberg reading copies of old books some of which are cookbooks. There are cookbooks from the eighteenth century (1700) with recipes for bean pies. Back in the eighteenth century beans were called field peas so those recipes are called pea pies. Think black eye peas and chick peas but also other types of dry beans. Field peas are different than garden peas which are green. Anyway, I made that guy a bean pie. His family loved the pie so he requested three more. I made three more. And three more after that.
A family friend had asked for a carrot pie. So I made a carrot pie. That person promptly asked for another carrot pie. I made another but also made a carrot pie just for myself and put the instructions into a blog post too. Then there were requests for chocolate pecan pie and buttermilk pie. Yup, I was extra busy over the holidays making pies and more pies. Loaves of bread too because people asked for homemade bread.
I’m over it already. The holidays are over. I’m not taking any more pie requests. I told everyone it’s time to make your own pies so I can get back to my quilting schedule. Even if I wanted to have a pie for myself I can’t possible make one because I’m out of all ingredients until after this month’s shopping day. No flour to make bread either. I’m glad I had an extra loaf in the freezer.
People are still asking for more pies and bread. When I offer the recipe so they can make their own no one has taken it. Sorry but if you (the recipients) can’t take charge of your own food don’t expect me to do that for you. K? My SIL says all the time that she hates to cook and only does what will keep her and my brother alive. Well heck, I don’t really *like* the chore of cooking and then clean up either. But, I figure if I *must* cook to live then I should be really good at what I do cook. If something is worth doing, its worth doing really well. So, if I bake a pie I’m gonna make it the best pie I am able. If I must bake loaves of bread so I can eat healthier then I’m going to keep practicing until I get it perfect. Understand? An occasional gift is one thing. People who take advantage is another. People will never do for themselves as long as there are people to do it for them. It isn’t going to me because quilting is my thing and I must get back to doing that everyday.