Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Well, it seems that it has been a while since I've written! I have been busy cooking!
When I was working it was not unusual for us to have crock-pot soups more than once a week, easy meals for working people. But now that I am very pregnant and have a lot of beautiful time on my hands, I have been venturing into new worlds of new recipes...
I have had four very successful first-attempts in the past month!
1~ Potato skins with cheddar cheese and bacon
The Joy of Cooking has a great recipe for these. It took me two whole years of serving these at the restaurant I worked at before I made them myself. They always looked appetizing, but I was turned away by the fact that they were deep-fried twice and microwaved once before being served. No thanks! We were in for a delicious surprise when I finally made them.
I can't say this word without thinking of The Brady Bunch! But seriously, it is really good and a very economical dish for a crowd of people. (Nourishing Traditions recipe). Toby says yes to leftover meatloaf sandwiches. Next time I am going to make chile with the leftovers.
3~ Eggplant Parmigiana
Okay, so this picture is not too great, but the dish sure was. Again, I got the recipe from the The Joy of Cooking. Eggplants were from the farmer's market- yum!
4~ Stuffed Peppers
Thanks to Matt and Dulcie for the garden-peppers. They were stuffed with ground beef, rice, onion, chicken stock, spices, pine nuts, and topped with cheese- You really can't go wrong! A successful Nourishing Traditions recipe.
Maybe next time I will venture into a new cookbook!! I just can't seem to get enough of those two.
Baby Weinert is a lucky one! So is Toby.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Well hello. I knew it had been a long time since I'd done a post; however, I did not realize it had been 4 whole months. !! Needless to say, I've been busy nourishing away...
Look at what I've been nourishing for the past 7 months!
A baby in my belly
Along with a baby comes the natural desire to make a nest for me and my husband. Check out the cool blanket I sewed for our (huge) bed. (8' x 8' feet!) I have never sewed more than a simple pillowcase; this was a huge adventure for me!-- It worked!
Painting was done in the beginning of summer... We both sure love to swim
Hopefully I will post again soon!
Friday, April 16, 2010
People are always asking me how to make kombucha... I have written out the directions on random scraps of paper just one-too-many-times! Finally, I realized I should post it on my blog. Easy as that!
What you will need:
-12 cups water
-1 cup white sugar
-4 black tea bags (preferably organic; non-organic is high in flouride)
-1/2 cup kombucha liquid (from previous batch or store-bought)
-1 kombucha "mama"
- big glass bowl with wide opening (do not wash bowl with soap, just hot water and white vinegar if needed).
-a cloth towel
Note: BLACK tea and WHITE sugar give the highest amount of glucuronic acid (potent detoxifying substance). Remember that the fermentation "eats up" all of the tea and sugar, so it's nothing like drinking a sweetened iced tea!
-Boil water. Dissolve sugar.
-Add tea bags. Let cool (until pretty cool), then remove tea bags.
-Add 1/2 cup kombucha liquid and mama. When you place the mama in the bowl of liquid, it will float to the middle/bottom; that's fine.
-Place tape in a criss-cross over top of bowl, then place cloth over that.
-Let set (out of fridge and sun) for 7-10 days. You will know the kombcuha is ready when it doesn't taste sweet anymore. It will be sour (sometimes even fizzy) with no taste of tea.
-Pour it into bottles. I use old Grolsch or Fischer beer bottles (they have the wire-held-cork-tops which help with the carbonation, unlike jars).
-This is when you can flavor your kombucha, which is really fun to experiment with. Add chopped up fruit or juice (you don't need much of either).
-Leave out of fridge for 3-5 days, to let it get fizzy/ carbonated.
-Store it in the fridge until you drink it, otherwise it will become too carbonated.
-Enjoy this easy and fun adventure of kombucha making!
Friday, March 5, 2010
I have discovered a new food!!
An absolutely wonderful thing called filmjolk (there is supposed to be an umlaut over the "o"). It is a Swedish sour milk, sometimes referred to as "fils milk." I made it this week, the same way I make yogurt- see my blog post from August 29, 2009.
The reason I love it so much is because it is like yogurt (in that it is fermented/cultured and therefore full of good bacteria and enzymes, and it's super easy to digest- unlike straight milk for some people), but it is not sour at all! -I am used to pretty sour tasting yogurt right now, because I always seem to add too much culture when I'm making my yogurt!
I will tell the story of how I got this filmjolk culture:
Last Saturday morning my mom and I went over to La Selva Beach, just south of Santa Cruz, to the home of a very sweet family (I only remember the women's name, Ellen). Their 2-acre backyard is filled with vegi's, fruit trees, chickens, and a cow named Ginger -Right in the heart of La Selva Beach! It was SO beautiful to see.
We were there to pick up 3-1/2 gallons of raw milk, fresh from Ginger that morning. We also delighted in sampling some of Ellen's raw cheeses (mainly cheddar and blue). On our way out the door Ellen handed us a jar of her fils milk. What a gift we were receiving! Now I want to try more fermented milks, like laban from the Middle East, koumiss from Russia, or dahi from India. Filmjolk is just the beginning for me. . .
Here's to exploring foods which are unfamiliar to us!
Friday, February 12, 2010
1- Two new sauerkrauts: Green cabbage with carrot and jalepeno; Purple and green cabbage with carrot, garlic, and crushed red pepper. (+ salt + whey)
2- My most successful loaf of San Francisco Sourdough... although it still won't rise enough!
3- Dinner One- Baked chicken with rosemary and garlic, brussel sprouts fried in onion and butter, mashed rutabegas with butter
4- Dinner Two- Roasted sweet potato, carrot, beets, and garlic, black beans and buttery quinoa, green salad with parsley and dandelion greens
5- Dinner Three- Not pictured but worth mentioning: Lamb tongue with pink beans, red and white quinoa with butter, vegi stir-fry with lots of garlic!
Friday, January 15, 2010
I have recently discovered a new flour which I love. This is coconut flour. (only natural for someone who loves every other part/by-product of coconuts!) For those people who are gluten-free, this is a gluten and grain-free option I would really suggest trying. Warning though, you need to have recipes that are specifically made for coconut flour, because you use way less flour and more eggs. I will post one recipe that I've found to be delicious. This is from an excellent book by Bruce Fife called Cooking with Coconut Flour. (When I made the muffins I added frozen blackberries from last summer).
(makes 5-6 muffins; I always double the recipe!)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons coconut milk/ whole milk
3 tablespoons honey (you can use only 2 if you want less sweet)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Mix wets. Then mix dries (flour and baking soda). Mix well and pour into muffin pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
Last week I made an exquisite quiche... simple but delicious with cheddar cheese, broccoli, and bacon. I tried doing the bacon-lattice-top we are always talking about, but it didn't really work this time around. The crust was a cornbread/ coconut flour crust. Aren't the pig napkins just perfect? Thanks to Toby's mom Corinne...