Hedgehogs are tasty and frugal

Before you call PETA, let me explain…  I’m not advocating the hunting of hedgehogs or even collecting roadkill to eat.  The hedgehogs I’m referring to are fudge-like bars filled with dried fruit, nuts and cookie bits.  I’ve never heard of hedgehogs until recently but these sound a lot like bars I’ve seen in candy shops called “bark”.  From the web sites that talk about hedgehogs, I’ve gathered that it’s some kind of British and/or Australian comfort dessert.  Do we even have real hedgehogs in the US?

I’ve not tried to make the following recipe but the ideas were too good to keep to myself.  I don’t keep a lot of dessert materials on hand so it’s unlikely I’d get around to making this for several months.  I hope someone can try this and report back.  Since I’ve not made it yet, I don’t have any exact measurements or even specific ingredients to recommend.  Maybe someone can make it and post back their recipe…

American Hedgehogs

  • Chocolate chips (any kind leftover from something)
  • Sweetened condensed milk (or evaporated milk and sugar)
  • Nuts (any kind, chopped)
  • Cookies (any kind, fresh or stale, crushed into chunks)
  • Candies (any kind, chopped into small bits)
  • Dried fruit (any kind, chopped)
  • Anything else that might taste good in this like marshmallows, pretzels, candied orange peel, etc…

Mix equal parts chocolate and sweetened condensed milk to make a simple fudge.  You could also add some vanilla extract, butter and/or marshmallows.  If you’re really unsure, just follow a fudge recipe.  Then add in any or all of the remaining ingredients to make a lumpy sticky mess.  Pour into a baking pan lined with parchment or foil and refrigerate until firm.  Cut into bars.

If anyone gives this a go or has a good hedgehog recipe, feel free to post a comment.  Wow, just typing up this post is making me want to run to the store…

Incredible shrinking curry

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that I started this blog to keep track of recipes that I come up with that I want to be able to make again.  This curry recipe is one of those.  It’s an Indian-style curry with lots of inflammation-reducing (hence, “incredible shrinking”) ingredients like turmeric, ginger and garlic.  These ingredients are known to help reduce pain in those suffering from arthritis and fibromyalgia.  It’s also super low in carbs and really satisfying.

Incredible shrinking curry

  • 1T oil
  • 1t turmeric
  • 1t curry powder
  • 1t mustard seeds
  • 1/2 onion, chopped finely
  • 1 tomato, chopped finely
  • 1/2 can coconut milk (about 1 cup)
  • 1t chicken bouillon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 chicken breast, sliced thinly

Heat the oil in a wok or deep pan over medium heat and add the three spices.  Fry for 1 minute and then add the onion.  Fry another 5 minutes until onion starts to soften.  Add tomato and cook until tomato is soft.  Add coconut milk, bouillon and water and simmer for 5 minutes until smooth and creamy.  Add the chicken and stir until just cooked.  This makes enough for 1 or 2 depending on your appetite.

This recipe is super flexible.  There are a ton of vegetables that could go into this.  It could easily be made all vegetarian or vegan as well by omitting the chicken and bouillon and substituting tofu, tempeh or seitan.  Great vegetable additions would be peas, carrots, potatoes and cauliflower.  A quick and easy thing would be to use frozen or canned vegetables.  If you’re not watching carbs, serve this with basmati rice to stretch it out further.