Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Vegan Pumpkin BreadPumpkin Bread Baked in the Sun Oven

Every day the sun shines in Florida’s panhandle, I cook in our All American Sun Oven. For this recipe we used frozen pumpkin, but any pureed pumpkin or winter squash will work. This bread was so yummy, everyone wanted second slices.

Ingredients

1 TBS oatmeal ground
1 TBS raw sunflower seeds ground
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup natural granulated sugar
1-2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp West Indies allspice
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup pureed pumpkin
2 TBS molasses
1 TBS olive oil
1 TBS sesame oil
1/2 cup walnuts optional
1/2 cup raisins

Directions

Preheat the sun oven. Grind the oatmeal and sunflower seeds and add whole wheat flour to make up the 1 1/2 cups volume. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk the pumpkin, molasses, and oils together. Fold into the dry mixture and blend until thoroughly mixed.  Stir in the raisins and walnuts. Pour into a loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes.

 

 

Split Pea Soup – Bacon Optional

Dutch Oven

This soup is good with or without the optional bacon. Plus, the bacon isn’t added until the end so everyone can make their own choice.

Have it Your Way Split Pea Soup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 large carrot, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

1 tablespoon dried marjoram

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Time for Roasting Corn

Roastin' EarsLet’s Cook Corn in a Sun Oven®

Cooking corn in a Sun Oven® is tasty, quick and easy and is sure to have your family and friends saying “lend me your ears.”  Just leave the corn in the husk, rinse it, and put it in the Sun Oven® while it is moist. If the Sun Oven® is preheated, leave the corn in for 30 minutes. If it is cold, leave the corn in for around 50 minutes. You can leave corn in the Sun Oven® for twice as long and it will not make any difference.

Corn Doesn’t have to go solo

You can cook the corn by itself or place it on the side and or on the top of a cooking pot, cook one ear or several at a time, it will be tender and moist. Just shuck when it’s done, add salt and butter, and be prepared for the compliments. We baked ours in the early afternoon, folded the reflectors and kept it warm until dinner.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's DayHappy Valentine’s Day

The month of February has a tradition of being the month of romance. Based primarily on the legend of Bishop Valentine’s martyrdom, this tradition has morphed over the centuries.  The Roman Emperor, Claudius II, believed that marriage inhibited soldier’s focus on defending their nation. So he issued an edict forbidding marriages. Bishop Valentine secretly performed the marriage sacrament for many young lovers. When Claudius learned of this, he had Valentine arrested. During his time in prison, he miraculously restored vision to the jailor’s daughter. Their friendship resulted in a farewell note he wrote prior to his execution, signed “from Your Valentine.” The 14th of February, his execution date, became a day for all lovers to express their commitment and Valentine became its Patron Saint.

There are other versions of the source of this holiday, including it’s connection to the mid-February pagan fertility festival. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, with written ones appearing in the 1400’s. Fast forward to the 1840’s when Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year.

The overall story is about loving one another and expressing those feelings. How much more can you love someone than to encourage them to be self sufficient? Consider sharing your preparedness information and maybe even a meal prepared off the grid. Sun Ovens work on sunny winter days.

Share the Love

Billie Nicholson 2014

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Guinness World Record Using Solar Ovens

The most cookies baked in one hour using solar ovens is 1,225, achieved by Miami Country Day School (USA), in Miami, Florida, USA, on 20 April 2012.

The cookies were cooked by students, parents and teachers in an event organized by student Matthew Cohen to honor Earth Day. The cookies were donated to the Feeding South Florida food bank and the ovens were donated to Help Brings Hope to Haiti. Fifty Global Sun Ovens® and two Villager Sun Ovens® were used to bake the cookies. Photos: http://powerfromthesun.us/Guinness recors

Guinness record

Baking Cookies in the Sun Oven® in January

is a cookie recipe floating around Facebook that has no wheat or added sugar. I had three really ripe bananas that desperately needed to be used so I thought I’d give the recipe a try.  The sun was shining, mostly, with an air temperature of 35º F, so we set up our SunOven®.

Ingredients

3 mashed bananas (ripe)

1/3 cup apple sauce

2 cups oats

1/4 cup coconut (or almond) milk

1/2 cup raisins

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

chocolate chips (optional)

Stir together and place on parchment paper on cookie racks that come with the oven

Bake at 350º for 15-20 minutes

The oven temperature dropped while I was stacking the racks, so I cooked them for forty minutes, which allowed time for the oven to get back to temperature. Yummy! Bet you can’t eat just one.

solar cookies

photo courtesy RustyBuggy.com

Billie Nicholson 2014

Honoring Nelson Mandela

 

The life of Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspirational stories of recent times. His example offers

valuable lessons on the importance of personal resistance to evil, and the redemptive power of forgiveness.

In 2004 Nelson Mandela took the time to visit a Sun Oven project. He came to participate in the

dedication of the first solar powered bakery in Eastern Cape, South Africa. The project established a

model solar powered Sun-Bakery in the rural community of Willowvale, to bake bread and generate

income for HIV positive women. He expressed a personal interest in the project and heartfelt concern for

the community. His warmth and gentleness won the hearts of everyone he came in contact with. He has

been loved by many.

Nelson Mandela

Cynthia Campher, Director of the Women’s Advise Centre, and Paul Munsen,
President of SUN OVENS International, Inc. serve sun-baked chicken to Nelson Mandela.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eastern Cape, South Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Munsen

Nelson Mandela

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Munsen explains solar cooking to Nelson Mandela and other participants.

 

Give a Gift That Keeps on Giving

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Available November 18, 2013

Everything for Cooking, Dehydrating,

Roasting and Water Pasteurization

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November 2013, Every Needful Thing                   Billie A. Nicholson, editor

Dehydrating Apples in a Sun Oven®

Apple harvest time this year produced lots of fruit. We canned slices, made apple sauce and dried some. The SunOven® works well as a fruit dehydrator. First we set the SunOven® outside, but not focused on the sun. We wanted a slight preheat but to less than 100º.   Apples were washed and aligned in a Norpro “Apple Master”, an apple peeler, corer, and slicer. A few turns of the handle made quick work of the first apple. Slide the apple spiral slices off the core and place them on a cutting board.

dehydrating apples in sun oven

Slice the spiral in half.  Place the apple slices in a solution of water and Fruit Fresh® ascorbic acid (follow directions on bottle) to keep the slices from turning dark.

dehydrating apples in a SunOven®

Cover the drying racks with parchment paper and drain apple slices. Line them up on the racks. Carefully arrange the racks inside the SunOven®. Leave the door latches under the glass door to allow air flow and keep the temperature low inside. We turn the oven so it is behind the sun track. Check at the end of the day. If not completely dry, latch and leave over night. Finish the next day. When slices are dry, remove from racks and pack into a clean glass jar. Add an oxygen absorber and pull a vacuum with a Food Saver® or by hand with a clean brake bleeder. Store cool and dark.

dehydrating apples in a Sun Oven®

November 2013, Every Needful Thing                               Billie A. Nicholson, editor

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