Rural Store Cupboard Supplies, Sepia Saturday and
Milk Fadge: Emergency Bread (No Yeast) Recipe
I am known for my large store cupboard, larder, pantry and multiple freezers; whilst many people are embracing a minimalist lifestyle, and are madly de-cluttering their homes, as is the new trend, I am firmly resisting such a measure, well, on the food and kitchen front anyway, although I am sure my magazines need thinning out soon! It’s not that my home is excessively cluttered, although that may be a matter of opinion, it’s just that I live in a rural location with the nearest shops and post office being several miles away; and, those are small local news agents shops, not large supermarkets. I am very lucky that the nearest farm shop (which is excellent) is only two miles away, but again, two miles away when there’s a howling gale or two foot of snow is two miles too far. So, my back up stores are more excessive than my “townie” friends, who frequently marvel at my tins and jars whilst mockingly calling my store cupboard “Arkrights” ( taken from the sit-com BBC “Open All Hours” starring Ronnie Barker).
When you live in a rural location, it’s so important to have back-up stores - something that people who live in towns tend to forget. And my back up stores are pretty much what most people’s basic store cupboard might be, but with a little extra! I cannot live without my freezers, and they are a boon when the weather gets bad and we get snowed in, or even when the car fails its MOT…….yes, we won’t go there right now. I thought it might be handy to list what I find invaluable to have in my pantry, it’s not a definitive list by any means, and I am sure I will forget lots of things, but nevertheless, it’s my basic back-up of stores needed for living in the country.
The Rural Larder & Pantry:
- Tinned chopped tomatoes
- Tinned kidney beans
- Tinned sweetcorn
- Tinned tuna
- Tinned salmon
- Baked beans
- Custard powder
- Assorted jams (Usually home-made)
- Assorted chutney and pickles/relishes (Usually home-made)
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Soy sauce
- Porridge oats
- Assorted stock cubes
- Tinned fruit
- Tea and coffee
- Lentils & assorted pulses
- Tomato puree
- Sugar – white, light brown & dark brown
- Flour – plain white, self-raising white, plain wholemeal
- Bread Flour – assorted types
- Yeast – dried quick action
- Pasta – assorted packets
- Cooking oil (Olive oil and rapeseed oil)
- Vinegar (malt and wine vinegar)
- Lemon juice
- Golden syrup & black treacle
- Dried mixed fruit
- Condensed milk & evaporated milk
- Mustard powder
- Salad Cream
- Salt & pepper
- Dried milk powder
- Assorted Dried Herbs & Spices (Such as: Oregano, Sage, Thyme, Bay, Cumin, Coriander, Ginger, Mixed Spice are essential)
- Curry Powders
- Fresh garlic
The Rural Fridge and Freezer:
- Whole chicken & chicken portions
- Fish fingers
- Minced beef
- Home-made pies and casseroles etc
- Chops (Lamb and Pork)
- Oven Chips for emergencies!
- Eggs – my own free-range eggs (I have hens)
- Cheddar cheese – Mature, great for cooking
- Parmesan cheese or similar hard Italian cheese
- Stork margarine or other cooking fat
- Trex – white vegetable fat
As I mentioned before, the list is by no means definitive, but with a back-up store like that, you can cook and bake all manner of tasty family meals such as: cakes, biscuits, pies, tarts, casseroles, Spag Bol, curries, breakfasts, on toast supper dishes, Toad-in-the Hole, a Sunday roast, cottage pie, steamed puddings, cold desserts, soups, stew and dumplings, scones, pancakes, sandwiches and toasties, fish cakes, salads, flans and pasta bakes…..the list is endless! But even with a list such as this, I can be let down, so when I realised I had no fresh yeast today I reached for a packet of dried yeast, only to find that my storage skills had been sadly lacking, as the box was dated March 2011 and was out of date! I don’t like to take the risk with out of date yeast, as if it doesn’t work, you have wasted all your precious bread ingredients. There was only one thing for it, make my mum’s old stand by emergency bread recipe, Milk Fadge, which appears in nearly all of the Be-Ro cookbooks going right back to the 1930’s and is a very nice bread, despite being made with no yeast.
This recipe makes a lovely textured bread, and slices well once it is cold, making it perfect for sandwiches and toast – we used to love it when we were little, my sister and I – I remember sitting at the tea time table with big chunks of this bread, still warm spread with melted butter and freshly boiled eggs. It was very popular during the war too, as an easy bread to make when there was no yeast available and very little fat in the rations. You CAN make this bread with NO fat added, but, the texture will be much heavier and more “pudding-like”. As it is, it only uses 50g of fat to 450g of flour. I made a batch today and served it for lunch with some cheese and salad……the other half of the fadge is being saved for tonight’s tea, which is home-made soup. It makes a perfect Sepia Saturday bake, as well as a fabulous Rural Emergency Bread too!
Before I leave you, here is a list of some of my other Sepia Saturday bakes and cakes:
Time to go now, I hope you have enjoyed my Sepia Saturday Rural Ramblings……before I share my recipe, I want to share a link to a fabulous website, Rural Mums, a wonderful site JUST for rural folk, with recipes (some of mine are featured), competitions, community forums, country events, British gifts, kitchen garden, country garden and much more…….see you tomorrow with two FABULOUS Bonfire recipes……have a great Saturday, Karen
Are you a “Townie” or a “Country Cousin”?
Do you have a basic store cupboard for emergencies?