Friday, March 31, 2017

Bottom of the Barrel Kedgeree

My creation...I mean dinner

Hey y'all,

So I'm feeling really, really excited right now.

Because I'm sitting here in front of my computer, contently eating another successful experiment in the kitchen.

Recently, I had been "gifted" some leftover panko fried fish by some family members after a recent trip (I was the only one who had some sort of cooler which I could transport it in....oh well, free food is free food.)

So when I got back to my apartment, I immediately threw it into the freezer in order to keep it. And promptly forgot it for about 2 weeks.

But, being the frugal soul that I am, I hate to waste it. Especially now as I'm approaching the last few weeks of school, I'm starting to think about getting rid of all the food in the freezer. This tends to lead to a lot of experimentation, especially when I have uncomplimentary foods like rice and fish.

Hence I searched for recipes for leftover fish. I didn't have that much success, but I hit paydirt when I found this recipe for Kedgeree:
I adapted it for the spices and food I had and presto! A great meal to do for Fridays with nothing but leftovers!

Recipe is below. Enjoy!

Old-fashionably yours,

Farm Lassie

Bottom of the Barrel Kedgeree
Serves 4

Note: if your leftover fish is frozen, let it thaw naturally in the fridge for several hours, at least until it is easy to break apart. The pan will heat it up fairly quickly.

3/4 cup of cooked white rice
1/8 cup olive oil (Have extra ready)
Dried onion (as much as you want)
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried tarragon leaves
4 hard boiled eggs
1 large filet leftover panko fried fish

1. Defrost fish, if needed.
2. Hard-boil eggs, if needed.
3. Blend the spices in a small bowl. Place 1/8 cup of olive oil in a large frying pan. Place spice mixture in and mix well.
4. Place cold leftover white rice into pan and mix well. Turn burner to medium heat, heat mixture well.
5. If needed, add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil. Break fish into small bite-sized pieces and place into pan with the rice mixture. Mix until fish is coated. Let heat.
6. Peel eggs, and cut into bite-sized pieces. Put into pan and mix. Let heat.
7. Serve hot and enjoy!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Labora Agricultura (New Agriculture Series)

Hey y'all,

So.....I just realized that after almost five months of blogging, I've suddenly realized that I never really explained why I call myself Farm Lassie. I know that I've dropped one or two small hints but that doesn't really help, does it?

The truth is, in a very short amount of time, I will be graduating college with a Bachelor degree in Agriculture. I'm following the tradition of my parents who also have agriculture degrees. While I don't have a farm of my own or even a family farm right now, I have a long and cherished family history in agriculture. I hope that in the near future that I will at least operate if not own a farm of my own.

In the meantime, I would love to share some knowledge about agricultural topics in a new "series" here on Frugally Fancy. Unlike my other series on Modesty for the Active Women, I'm going to be breaking up the posts and not do them all at once. I found that I was getting really sick of the topic by the third or fourth post, and I'm sure that all of you readers were thinking the same thing. I'll try to bring out a new one once a month if not every other week.

I've also decided to choose a new topic for this particular series: agriculture. My title "Labora Agricultura" is Latin for Agricultural Labor. I will be talking about various farming systems, defining the practices in them, and discussing the pros and cons especially for the Catholic consumer.


Is there really a Catholic method of agriculture?

In Dr. Bruce Walter's work of fiction, Russian Sunrise, an ideal Catholic Confessional State is outlined. The section devoted to agriculture is surprisingly brief compared to other sections such as economy and social services. I think I can excuse Dr. Walters, though. As an economist, agriculture really would not be his first field of study, and finding reliable information on agricultural practices of today is difficult. Hence, as a Catholic agricultural student, I will attempt through this series to paint a picture of what Catholic agriculture should look like.

For several centuries, a lot of agricultural practices remained the same, with some small regional differences. Sure, monks and nuns participated in agriculture, and certainly Catholic laypersons participated in it. With the exception of some pagan practices (which were avoided by Catholics anyway), there was nothing immoral or even divisive about farming practices.

Fast forward to period between 1950 and the present day. We see the development of industrial agricultural systems, as well as several ecological farming systems. Suddenly, there is a sharp divide between different sectors of the agriculture industry between "conventional" and "organic" products. Heavy moral questions are being asked about genetically modified organisms. Misinformation and information get packed together in a nice package with a big bow on it and are spread to a public that has been removed from agricultural knowledge for at least 1-5 generations. Hopefully I can clear at least some of the confusion and bring some peace of mind as a bonus.

In the series, I will discussing the following: Industrial Agriculture, Organic Agriculture, Ecological Farming System, Genetically Modified Organisms, Agrarianism and Stewardship, and in conclusion Agricultura Catholica (or Catholic Agriculture).

Old-fashionably yours,

Farm Lassie

Monday, March 20, 2017

Announcing....A New Header

Hey y'all, may have noticed something new as you opened up Frugally Fancy within the last 48 hours.

Missed it? Look above.

Yes. I figured out how to make a header.

How did I make it?

Not Picmonkey.

Not Canva.

Not even Photoshop.

I used......Microsoft Paint.

It was time consuming to create this header, and one for my other blog, The Rebelling Muse. Mostly it was a matter of finding and resizing all the images in order to make them all fit.

I did use a tutorial to get started: Once I had the dimensions, I was on my own.

This header was around 888 pixels long and 250 pixels high, which is a good size. You can change the pixel size of the canvas on Paint really easily (just click and drag the little squares on the edge of the canvas) To start with, I added the blog title via the text option onto the picture I wanted it on. I resized it to 250 pixels high using a resizing site ( and re-downloaded the image so I could copy it into Paint. The rest of the pictures I simply resized and arranged how I wished them (saving the resized picture and copy-pasting them in is much easier to use with the selection tool on Paint).

I will say that a lot of photo images sites have their own quirks when changing images. The resizing site I used for a lot of my images only let me change the width (when what I really wanted to change the height). And you have to make sure that you have the images exactly right in Paint before clicking off them (minor adjustments become major headaches). But if you really don't want to put out any more online accounts and are willing to spend some time and effort, I would recommend using Paint to make your headers.

For this header, I used free images found by Pixabay or Google Images (CC Search), plus one of my own images. I make it a priority to find public domain pictures whenever possible in my creative works, if not my own images.

The Title Picture
I love windows.....particularly rustic ones.
The text placement was a bit of a challenge for this one, but I think it really looks good on the right side.

Old fashioned Domestic Still Life
Not satisfied with having it just as my profile picture, I placed this still life in my header too. Not only does it have some really great colors, but I love the objects in them. And for those that follow me, I also have it as my new favicon.

Veil and Rosary
Since I do discuss some Catholic topics on here, I thought it very befitting to include a picture expressing such in my header. This is actually my lace mantilla folded up with my favorite rosary on top of it.

Treadle Machine
I'm an avid seamstress, and I love to sew my own clothes and alter others. You can do so much to spruce up clothes on a limited budget. I hope to do more sewing posts in the future here on Frugally Fancy. While I do know how to operate a treadle machine, I'm still a beginner at it.

Whenever I'm relaxed, I love to be in the kitchen, either cooking or baking. I believe in making your own food as much as possible, even to the point of making multiple batches of leftovers for those days when you need a quick one. Making bread is definitely one of my favorite things to do, seconded by experimenting with spice blends.

Talk about eye-popping color! I had chosen all the rest of my images and I needed a colorful food one to round out my design. This picture of plums really fit the rustic theme nicely.

I know that I haven't talked about this at all on Frugally Fancy, but I'm a big proponent of old-fashioned agriculture. I love doing things by hand and working with draft horses. And these Clydesdales are so pretty....

Unlike my other blog, I decided to leave the background theme. I thought that the header and changing the other one was stressful enough. 

What do you think of the new header, yay or nay? Feel free to tell me in the comments!

Old-fashionably yours, 

Farm Lassie

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spiritual Reading for Young Women

A wildflower I found in a garden one summer day

Hey y'all,

Lent is going by fast!

In the spirit of last week's Lady Day, I wanted to share some spiritual reading books that really deal with the feminine vocation or at the very least deal with more feminine issues.

The Valiant Woman
This book actually started as a retreat for women made by the Archbishop of Rheims in the 1800s. It was initially aimed more at married women and concentrated on the domestic sphere. It was based off of the book of Proverbs...specifically picking out verses that spoke directly about the feminine domestic duties. Monseigneur Landroit is a very thorough writer/speaker, and his words of wisdom are still very relevant today. This book is definitely one of my favorite spiritual reading books.

Dressing With Dignity
This book introduced me to concept of dressing modestly (as I'm sure it was for a lot of other girls). Colleen Hammond doesn't just discuss dress though, but also fashion and some femininity topics. While the clothes don't make the man (or woman in this case), certainly modesty in dress is a great start towards femininity!

Immodesty : Satan's Virtue
As the title suggests, this book focuses much more on the virtue of modesty, especially in dress. I like this book better than Dressing With Dignity because Rita Davidson is more comprehensive and (I think) a little more hard-core than Colleen Hammond. I would definitely recommend this book in addition to Dressing With Dignity

Catholic Girl's Guide
While this is more aimed for teenage girls, I cannot stress the greatness of this book enough. This book goes through several applications of virtues that young girls can take to heart​. Some of the language is antiquated, but timeless wisdom nonetheless. Think of this one like the Valiant Woman: a long retreat in a book form.

Courtesy Calls Again
This book concentrates on family and cultural relationships and how to make them more like the Catholic relationships of the past. It especially goes into the women's role of teaching her children.

When I first read this book, I wasn't sure I liked it. I certainly liked the idea behind a lot of what the authors suggested, but saw most of the precepts as being from a by-gone era.

Now as I reread it, I'm beginning to see some additional  problems. While the writers have the principle right, the applications of the principles that they suggest are mainly aristocratic. For example, in debunking the myth of the pioneer woman (which to them seems to be a Calamity Jane figure) they suggested that she educate her children in a noblewoman's style (art, languages, etc). In reality, a lot of pioneer women were simple, hard-working women who tried to give their children as much education as they could, but prepared them for their particular station in life. They seem to assume that rustic​ is a synonym for uncultured, which is just not true.

That being said, there are some really good principles in the book. So, I would only recommend this book to educate yourself on the theories of etiquette and common courtesy.

What spiritual reading have you been reading lately? Feel free to tell me in the comments!

Old-fashionably yours,

Farm Lassie