A few months ago, I moved south of Houston to a county that is full of Czech people. I’m talking names like “Hrncir”, not even kidding, and everyone has a Jak Se Mas bumper stick. Side note : it means “how are you?” in Czech. Naturally, the food that is popular is correlated to the population so kolaches are a huge thing here.
I grew up eating kolaches (or kolache, if you’re in Czechoslovakia), but I am under the impression that people outside of central and southeast Texas are clueless to these little bits of heaven. Kolaches are a round semi-sweet dough, with a cave in the middle usually containing sweet filling such as poppy seed, apricot, or cherry. Since we’re in Texas and we like our meat, we also like our kolaches with sausage or ham inside. Many older Czech say this isn’t a true kolache, but it’s still great!
To welcome our new secretary, or lifesaver, to the office tomorrow, I decided to make a batch of sausage kolaches to make her feel welcomed!
1/2 tbsp sugar
1 pkg. yeast
1/4 c warm water
1 c milk
5 tbsp shortening
1 tsp salt
1/4 c sugar
1 package of lil’ smoky wienies (or link sausage)
Sprinkle 1/2 tbsp sugar over yeast and dissolve in warm water, set aside to rise **Do not make water too hot or you will kill the yeast**.
Heat milk, add shortening until it has melted. Allow to cool lukewarm. Add salt, slightly beaten eggs, and 1/4 c sugar. **The milk mixture needs to cool to about 100 degrees, or it will kill the yeast**.
Combine milk-egg mixture and yeast mixture, then add flour gradually and work dough (by hand or mixer) until glossy. Dough will be slightly sticky! Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled in bulk, which takes about one hour.
After dough has risen, divide dough into large egg sizeid portions and form a ball. Place on butter baking sheet. Let rise until light. Flat dough out big enough to where it will fit the wienie. Fold dough over wienie, encasing the whole.
Allow to rise again for 45 minutes.
Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
This dough can be used to make fruit filled or meat filled kolaches. Good luck!
With love, from Texas!
So I feel like I’ve been so busy lately. Working, cleaning, working, sleeping, etc. I love sleep so much that I wake up as late as possible, so I never have time to make anything nutritious in the morning. I made this Quinoa Oatmeal on Sunday, so now I can have it throughout the week, without having to lose any sleep. My kind of food, right?!
I found this recipe from Thug Kitchen, but it called for steel cut oats. Um, $5 for a small canister of oats?! No thanks, I’ll save that when I absolutely need them. So I decided to make a recipe that didn’t make me go to the grocery store, because I’m lazy, ya know?
3 c boiling water
1 tsp olive or coconut oil
1 c old-fashion oatmeal
1/2 c quinoa (I had quick-cooking, so that’s what I used)
Splash of milk
Boil water in microwave or on a tea pot. In a saucepan, heat up oil and add oats. Stir oats around until they smell toasty, which takes about 2 minutes. Add in quinoa and water and turn up the heat, so mixture will come to a boil. This will not take long because the water is always hot, hot, hot! After it comes to a boil, turn down to simmer. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes or until most of the liquid has disappeared.
Top with your choice of milk and fruit, nuts, maple syrup, brown syrup, agave, peanut butter, etc. I chose strawberries and maple syrup with no milk, because I needed to get rid of strawberries and I’m in love with maple syrup. Ooh la la!
With love, from Texas!