Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Cornbread Wars Revisited

Sweet Potato Cornbread with Corn and Green Chilies. This man was ahead of his time. Now this is a truly ayurvedic recipe for Cornbread, and what a Thanksgiving concept. The source was none other than the Vegetarian Times of 1995. The recipe had not been tested, but a quick review showed where minor mods were needed.

I like to do a vegetarian version of cornbread after the animal fat version. Prepare each and do your own taste test, slice by slice, and listen to what your body is telling you. This is a good way to start to transcend the strange taste programming of the West. There are times my normalized taste buds lean towards the veggie version, and other times, the animal fat version.

I love the fresh harvest taste... a note about the chilies: the recipe says to rinse them of the vinegar they are stored in. Or not, as you like. There's a funky backtaste if you don't rinse away the vinegar, like a savory chocolate dish.

You take some apple sauce, brown sugar (1/3 cup each), either 2 eggs or 3 egg whites or 2 egg whites and 1 egg (depends on your constitution), a dollop of orange juice and lemon juice, and a cup and a half of your left over cooked and pie-spiced mashed sweet potatoes. Mix it up, adding 1/2 cup of a vegetarian sourced milk (I used coconut, he used soy milk).

Mix 1 C of cornmeal with 3/4 C all-purpose flour, 1 T baking powder, 1 t salt, 1.2 T cardamom powder, 1 T cinnamon.

Surprise Ingredients:
1/2 C corn kernels, defrosted
4 oz chopped green chillies - jalapenos are perfect.

Mix wet into dry, blend well, and stir in surprise ingredients. Bake in an 8 by 8 pan for about 40 to 45 minutes. If you divide batter into two and put into two pie pans it will take about 25 to 30 minutes and yield thinner bread. This tastes better the next day ... by the third day this will be re-named "cornbread that makes you cry", and you'll want to kiss the author, whoever he is.

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[Interpretation of Taste Values from the XYZ Tastewheel (c) 2006 All rights reserved]

Health Values:
Depends on your personal constitution, season, geographical location, and current state of body, spirit and and mind!


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