Monday, November 21, 2016

Zen and the Art of Lentils and Beans

There are certain things that Legumes love!
  • Black pepper corns (cook a few into the pot or crack them after)
  • Celery seed, Cumin, Coriander, or Bay leaf
  • Maple flavor (toasted ground Fenugreek seed)
  • Smoked Chipotle powder!
  • Basil, Dill, Mint, Parsley
  • Leeks / onions
  • lemon juice
  • Garlic!
  • Olive oil
  • Salt (like Miso, etc)
Proven combinations:
  • w/Beets and Goat cheese.
  • w/Carrots, Mustard, Celery and Leeks.
  • w/Celery, Tomato and Zucchini.
  • w/Garlic, Lemon, Ginger and Curry.
  • w/Olive oil, Onions and Buckwheat.
  • w/Cumin and Garlic or Turmeric.
  • w/Coriander, Cumin and Ginger.
  • W/Maple and Smoke and Mustard are the best flavors for beans.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Zen and Art of Potatos

Pan steam-fried is the easiest and fastest way to cook roots. A hand crank grater is the best kind of food processor.
  • Potatoes, Carrots, Beets, Rutabaga, Celeriac?
  • Spinach or other greens
  • Leeks, Chives, Caramelized onion (fry with Tamari), or Dry Onion Flakes
  • Garlic pressed
  • Oil (for high heat, like Peanut oil)
  • Black pepper, salsa, etc.
  • Umiboshi vinegar, Soy sauce or Miso (salt)
  • Sunflower or other seeds, well toasted
  • Lemon juice, or lemon zest.
  • Celery seed, caraway seed, dill seed, marjoram, rosemary, sage, oregano, or thyme.
  • Fennel fresh or ground seed (looses taste when cooked)
  • Fried caned Fish (very salty)
  • Cheese (very salty) or Tahini

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Zen and art of Biscotti

(approx. 1 wet to 2 dry)
  • Pastry or other low gluten (but it needs some to help hold it together) flour like Almond or Coconut flour.
  • Dark Cocoa powder { I never measure!}
  • Arrow root powder and/or ground flax seed. Or egg (for binding)
  • Baking powder
  • Oil (coconut oil makes it feel like chocolate!)
  • Sweetener (to taste) I use several eye dropper fulls of Stevia!
  • Almond and Vanilla extracts, maple? And Licorice powder is good.
  • Milk or Water HOT! {Just enough for a stiff dough}

Mix the dry ingredients, then add melted oils. Then the hot water so the coconut oil does not congeal and finally egg after the thick dough is cool enough to keep the egg from instantly cooking.

Spread about ½ inch thick on baking pan.
Bake about 30min until the outside is looking tough enough to cut, cool until firm. Slice with steak knife, and re-bake until dry and hard.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fermented Salsa

make small amounts at a time or you may loose some due to temperature fluctuations.
40 degrees is to warm.
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes (don't use green-house grown, they are not sweet!)
  • Tomatio's an ancient relative of tomatoes.
  • Green peppers
  • Green apples??
  • Hot peppers and Sweet peppers
  • Garlic pressed or equivalent
  • Fresh cilantro (essential for taste)
  • Lemon / Lime juice (too much and you can't can it)
  • Salt keeps out the bad bacteria, but too much sodium in your diet can lead to heart disease! Use unrefined sea salt with a little whey to help start the fermentation. (strain yogurt to get whey.) Salt will provide additional mold protection and a crunchy texture.