Thursday, November 18, 2010

OOPS And Super Nate Spice

I posted my Christmas swap today only to realize I had forgotten to enclose all of the goodies!
Drat, so be expecting two packages Sue.

 In a previous post I mentioned baking a Foccacia bread for Roland's b-day. (Roland is my husband's employer) Well, one of Steve's co workers saw it and asked for one also. My pleasure!!!
The bread machine is super handy when you want bread with very little effort.
Just throw the ingredients in, push dough cycle and Viola, 90 minutes later you have kneaded dough.
Oil the pizza stone, sprinkle with herbs or spices, coat/roll dough in THE SUPER NATE SPICE, let rise 30 minutes and bake. Couldn't be easier!
The reason I bring this up is,
Sue wanted to know what THE SUPER NATE SPICE is.

I grow herbs mainly as additives to my soaps and such but we also eat them.
Rosemary, thyme, sage, all kinds of mints, oregano, Mexican oregano, parsley, basil, lavender, fennel, lemon balm, lemon verbena, I think that's all.

Let me just start with this...
We have Nathan, my grandson over every weekend.
When Nathan was about 6 years old (he's 12 now) I started to teach him about herbs. How to identify them and how to use them for cooking and healing. (Also taught him to make soap.)

Well, he has taken a great interest in the cooking part. (His favorites are gravy, bread and popcorn.)
He takes the gathering basket, goes out into the herb beds and gathers herbs.
Then he brings them back in, washes them, puts them into the drying baskets and labels them.

Now comes the fun part.
When they're dry he gets creative.
He has blends that he does. Earthy, lemony, spicy, minty, or a mixture of all.
(You never know what he might do.)
He gets down the mason jars, the mortar and pestle, the sea salt and starts blending.
(He also likes to make lemon pepper.)


(The kid can make some awesome popcorn with his blends, (just watch out, sometimes he adds crushed red pepper seeds!!!)

So when I make bread I just choose what category I want and go with it.
He is just too cool!!!
Old school phrase, I know.

So to answer your question Sue, It's just a blend of herbs, Nathan Style!

Now, where is that snuggly quilt?
There's time for a few minutes of TV before beddy-bye!

Till next time...


sawn61 said...

I would imagine that is exactly how Colonel Sanders got started. We may be in for a new generation of Colonel Nathan's line of products. You Go,Nathan!

brendie said...

i have posted today too, so look out in about ten days. my options were airmail 10 days or economy 25+ days and only 2 dollars extra for airmail. ( i know, not frugal of me, but it has to travel from nz to usa by air anyway so what the hell)

down here in the pacific ocean, the ole colonels recipe seems to be loosing its flavor, someone posted the 11 secret (LOL) incredients on the net so i make my own version, much tastier. i love fresh herbs, and bread

Maddie Lumpkin said...

I think it's wonderful that you have shared your passion of herbs with Nate.Very few young people today ever experience what I consider to be the "real things".My 4 yr old granddaughter can name the few herbs I grow.She identifies them by rubbing the leaves to smell them.Lavender is the favorite! Keep inspiring him Terry! I think you "rock" Nate!

Nancy said...

Passing on your passions and knowledge to Nate is such a gift -- and one he will appreciate and enjoy for many years to come, I imagine. :)

Terry M Scott (AKA Terry Mann) said...

Sue - That's an idea, Sir Nathan's Super Spice. ( He's into knights and armor and swords and ....) Available for purchase at your local
Williams - Sonoma.

Brendie - You are way out there, I mean in the ocean! Ha ha. I was looking on the globe to see exactly where NZ was. OMG Those photos you took are awesome, it looks so lush so tropical so I want to be there! Not here in North Texas.

Maddie - I think he rocks too and that's how he started out, rubbing and smelling. Grand kids are so cool. I want him to know that the food isn't grown at the market.

Nancy - Thanks, I hope so. He still think's I'm cool but that can change, you know how they get in their teens.

Hope there are no typos, I'm rushing, the slave master calls!!!

Greyeyes said...

Hi Terry,
I love it when kids take an interest in cooking. There is just way too much "automatic" food in the world. It's great when they know where flavors come from and discover that magic. I dig your post, Dave

Terry M Scott (AKA Terry Mann) said...

Thanks Dave - Sunday he's going to grill for me. He loves to grill, probably because he gets to light a fire!!!!
Oh yeah, I forgot, when he was about 5 or 6 he did set my front yard on fire.