Cooking Week - DIY Doll Salad and Stuffed Eggs + Recipe! - SOTF 2019
You may think that farm work begins in the barn, on the tractor, or in the field. But for decades, the farm girl and wife have known where the day’s work truly starts— in the kitchen!
To hardworking farmers, the meal is perhaps the most important part of the day. On the old fashioned farm, hearty home-cooked meals were served up to keep everyone energized and content, because you can’t have farmhands working on an empty stomach! And just imagine: every single dish was cooked from scratch by a farm woman. That’s very impressive, considering that all of their food was homegrown and truly farm-to-table, not to mention that most modern utilities weren’t around yet.
Nearly 200 years ago, nearly 90% of the U.S. population lived on farms and grew their own food. Yet today, only 2% of the population produce food for others to enjoy. As a way to support local farmers and help people grow in their knowledge of healthy food, many farm-to-table restaurants have been opened across the world. The restaurants partner with farmers in their area to serve fresh, natural food products to the public. We may not be able to cook exactly like past homesteaders, but with a little creativity, you can whip up your own delicious dishes inspired by farm life!
During farm foods week, recipes spotlighting home-grown ingredients will be shared for YOU to make! And not only that, but we will also recreate the dish for our dolls… only we can’t use natural ingredients for their dish! All three recipes work together to create a tasty farm feast for you, your family, and your dolls to enjoy. If you're really wanting to bring that natural feel to your dinner table, here's our challenge to you: shop for ingredients at a local farmer's market or a nearby farm rather than the regular grocery store. You'll be surprised at what a difference fresh products can make in your meals!
Gather your ingredients to create the first item on the menu: a crisp garden salad and vinaigrette with scrumptious stuffed eggs!
Garden Salad and Vinaigrette
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Fresh lettuce mix
Ripe cherry tomatoes
Toppings of your choice, such as walnuts or dried cranberries
2/3 cup of olive oil
2/3cup of apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of orange juice
1 teaspoon of mustard
1 teaspoon of honey
To prepare your garden salad, wash and dry lettuce. Chop into bite-size pieces, then place in a serving bowl. Sprinkle carrot strips throughout, adding cherry tomatoes for a bright and tasty touch. Wash and chop your cucumber into thin slices, then place in the salad mix. Add toppings of your choice.
Create the base for your vinaigrette by combining a 2/3 cup of oil and 2/3 cup of apple cider vinegar in a mixing bowl. Stir. Measure out the specified amount of mustard and honey, then add to the mixture. Stir thoroughly. To tone down the acidity of the vinaigrette, you may add 2 tablespoons of orange juice. *Chef’s Tip: keep in mind that oil and vinegar do not mix, so give the vinaigrette a good stir before serving.
Scrumptious Stuffed Eggs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
*Note that ingredient quantity is to the ratio of four whole eggs (making eight halves for stuffed eggs)
3 tablespoons of mayo
1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of prepared horseradish depending on your desired taste
Salt and pepper
Cut refrigerated hard boiled eggs in half. Use a butterknife or teaspoon to scoop out the yolks, placing the contents in a small mixing bowl. Once all yolks have been removed, gently press the yolks into a fine crumble. Add the specified amount of mayo and horseradish. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly. Using a piping bag or spoon, fill the eggs with stuffing. *Chef’s Tip: start with small amounts in each egg to ensure that you have enough, then continue until each egg is full. Sprinkle paprika for garnish and extra flavor.
Ready to recreate this dish for your dolls?
Green tissue paper
Small red pom poms
White clay (Air dry or Sculpey)
Yellow clay (Air dry or Sculpey)
Paintbrush with rough bristles
Xacto knife or cutting tool
Instructions for Doll Salad
1. To make the greens for your salad, cut lettuce shapes from tissue paper. There is really no “wrong” way to do this, so don’t worry about the exact shape of your greens! Cut the pieces in different sizes for variation.
2. Once you have enough greens to fill your doll's bowl, add several red pom poms to the mix. These will serve as small cherry tomatoes. Cut thin strips of orange felt into small pieces to resemble carrot strips and add to the salad.
Instructions for Doll Stuffed Eggs
1. Don't forget to cover your workspace with parchment paper before you begin since clay can stain surfaces. To create the egg, we will be repeating the process seen in the DIY Doll Chickens and Eggs Craft from Week 1.
2. Cut the egg in half, going from top to bottom. Place the egg’s flat side facing down. Gently reshape any rough or bent edges from cutting the egg. Then place the eggs right side up to ensure that they can stand on their own. *Crafter's Tip: If your eggs are wobbly, slightly press down on the clay make the egg balanced.
3. To make the stuffing, roll yellow clay into a ball. Take the dull edge of your Xacto knife and slowly make an upward curve on the ball. Continue this motion around the ball until you have created a soft peak. Cut the base of the ball to ensure that the bottom is flat.
Bake the pieces at 275° for 15 minutes or until hard. (Remember to have adult supervision when working in the kitchen!) Allow the eggs and stuffing to cool completely.
4. To add paprika to the eggs, use dip a paintbrush with rough bristles into orange paint and brush off any excess. Lightly dab the yellow peaks. There are many ways to apply the “paprika”, but I’ve found that this method works best.
5. Attach the stuffing to the egg using hot glue. Now your dolls are have prepared the first course of their farm fresh feast!
Blaire shuffles into the Pleasant View Farms kitchen, sighing as she carries a full bucket of fresh vegetables and a basket if eggs
"Phew, here's everything we need, Mom! I just picked some tomatoes, a head of lettuce, and gathered several eggs from the coop."
Mrs. Wilson laughs in surprise."Whoa! Thanks, sweet pea. A good harvest means a great meal."
The two top chefs soon set to work— scrubbing veggies and boiling the eggs.
Not long after, a crisp garden salad sits atop the kitchen island. Mrs. Wilson cuts cucumbers for the final touch, while Blaire carefully arranges each stuffed egg.
Blaire smiles as she sets the last egg on the plate, and glances up at Mrs. Wilson. "You know, Mom, I love cooking in the kitchen with you."
Mrs. Wilson reaches over and squeezes her daughter's hand lovingly. "Me too, Blaire. I wouldn't trade moments like this for the world."
Welcome Maggie Wilson to Summer On The Farm! As the head chef at Pleasant View Farms and Mom to Blaire, Mrs. Wilson will be making her official appearance this week in Penney's Farm Journal. Stay tuned for more of our newest character!
Refrigerator - Maryellen's Retro Fridge from American Girl
Kitchen island - Made by AG Doll Crafter following an American Girl Ideas tutorial
Blaire's outfit - American Girl
Maggie's outfit - Top (Peppermint Pursuits on Etsy), leggings (AG), shoes (Grace's retired boots from AG), Apron (Blaire's Gardening Accessories from AG)
Mint blue canisters - Our Generation
Decorative pans - American Girl
Wreath - Target
Cutting board- Our, knife, and cucumber - Our Generation
When crafting, improvise and create using what works best for YOU! At the end of each camp craft, we'll be sharing ideas for alternative materials.
Make your doll's salad using clay instead of tissue paper
Camp posts will be shared on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week.
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