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This, no that, no the other…. (trial and error with Solar cooking)

by Christa Upton
(South Dakota)

Fresh Tomatoes in the Hot Pot

Fresh Tomatoes in the Hot Pot

This, no that, no the other….

That’s what happens when you don’t plan ahead…. LOL I wanted to do Recipe 46 (Banana Bread) today but forgot to get bananas!

Then I thought it would be nice to make an orange cake (see Cosmological Cake post for recipe)…but no orange juice.

Hm…what’s in the cupboard? Pineapple! Okay, how about pineapple cake!

So I took the orange cake recipe, used pineapple tidbits and juice instead of OJ, used brown sugar instead of white sugar, and omitted the chocolate chips. (Omitting chocolate? That sounds wrong. LOL)

I put the cake out in the preheated Solar Hot Pot around 2:15. It got cloudy around 4:45 (and sun going down anyway).

Okay, well, I guess 10 am to 11:30 in the middle of the summer is totally different from 2:15 to 4:15 at the beginning of October…. The top of the cake set a little, but the rest was NOT done.

However, the flavor was still yummy! Some of us nuked our portions, and some of us ate it raw. LOL

I really should have known better--having solar cooked this long--than to wait until that late in the day in October, but I guess I’ll blame the brain fog that goes with my Toxic Injury. LOL

In our other Solar Hot Pot, I put some wonderful, garden-fresh tomatoes a friend had given us. A little garlic-scented olive oil & salt, and voila! Roasted tomatoes! YUM.

I probably should have put the tomatoes out earlier, too (got them out around 2:30), but they were soft and cooked nicely.

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