Saturday, October 30, 2010

Kugeli, Clara, hay, gym

Lithuanian Potato Pudding (Kugeli)
10 large potatoes
1 medium onion
5 slices bacon
1⁄2 cup hot milk or evaporated milk
1⁄8 pound butter or margarine
5 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons salt
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper

Heat oven to 400°F. Grease baking dish; set aside.

Peel and finely grate potatoes and onion. Cut bacon into narrow strips, and fry until crisp. Pour bacon and fat over potatoes. Add hot milk and butter (heated together) quickly to prevent potatoes from discoloring.

Add beaten eggs slowly while mixing, and add salt and pepper.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375° and bake additional 45 minutes. Cut into squares. Serve hot with sour cream, as main course or side dish. Depth of mixture should be about 2 to 21⁄2 inches in baking dish. Can be reheated.

I read this recipe in Grit Magazine, I actually used a bag of frozen hashbrowns, and a bag of of real bacon bits, didn't saute' anything. Because our hens furnish us with a bounty of beautiful fresh eggs, a recipe that uses 5 eggs caught my eye, so I tried it. Was tasty but a little dry out of the casserole dish, next time I will add in some sour cream or a creamed soup. Also, on top, I sprinkled on a mixture of herb-flavored bread crumbs and parmesean cheese.

Clara and mini-Clara [Chamonix]

We bought another 50 bales of hay today.

"Mike better not catch you two on his truck."
Turkeys are very curious.

Tonight, I took some photo's of the gym we joined. All the cardio machines have TV's on 'em. See my tea and IPOD below.


Nancy K. said...

Now THAT's the way to exercise!
With all the work that you guys do around the farm I can't believe that you really need to go to a gym. It must be to watch TV...

Mahala said...

Which gym did you join? It looks very new. I'm afraid the kugeli would add more pounds than I could get rid of on a treadmill! Power On!!

Melodie said...

What a precious picture of Clair and Chamonix!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

We joined Anytime Fitness, in the same building as the Urgent Care.

I wasn't thinking the Kugeli would be fattening as I made it.

Nancy said...

Hi Joanna (I'm a different "Nancy K"),
I've been reading your blog for over a year now and really miss it when you're not able to write something new. Your latest post prompted me to write for the first time.
I was raised by my Lithuanian grandparents and Grandma made the most amazing Kugeli. The secret is grating the potatoes by hand with a special serrated grater which creates a very fine and fluffy grated potato. Even in her 80's, she could hand grate a potato almost as fast as a food processor! If you want a REAL workout, grind the potatoes by hand!
To consume Kugeli in true Lithuanian fashion, serve with real sour cream and a small dab of jam/jelly.
Best wishes to you, your husband and your wonderful critter family. Nancy

Tammy said...

The kugeli looks very good! Is the gym located in the area where you work, or do you make a special trip out to workout? Love the beautiful goat pictures!

Louise said...

My goodness, the babies look like they are getting so big! That Kugeli looks good. Sigh, I probably won't make it, though, because I'd end up having to eat the whole thing myself.

Kelly said...

Talk about exercising in style. I don't think Bangor even has a gym that nie.

Holly said...

Now is the order of subjects a hint? LOL Will I need to join the gym after eating the potatoe dish?

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

to: Nancy
The secret is grating the potatoes by hand with a special serrated grater which creates a very fine and fluffy grated potato.
OK, your Grandma was putting the LOVE in it. :-)