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Beets and cooking

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Beets are my favorite veggie to have in the kitchen for making meals.  Yeah they are healthy and crap like that but they are more than just good for ya they are super fun.  If you ever want a nice meal with a gothic twist then a nice red beet is the best.  

I like boiling up some small beets and throwing them in some white vinegar, sugar (small amount), and salt to pickle them.  I do the same for carrots and cabbage for like a day and then if I haven’t already chopped them up in the match sticks then I do that and it is the best salad I do for myself. When I am feeling like I need some more protein or to have a nice creamy item to off set the vinegary salad I will throw in some tofu. 

Tonight I wanted to make a black bean soup but I was needing some greens to go with it so I had some beet tops and I chopped those and added it too the soup and it made the liquid blood red.  It was so fun to eat along with being yummy and it’s the reason I am writing this.  

Beets go really good with anything you would have feta like in a greek salad I think and just have this nice blending quality but still retain their own flavor.  Beets play well with others with their flavor but if they are a red beet they will color everything crimson and for me that is fun. 

I must go because my cat had decided it is time to play but know that I love you all and that beets love you too.

Finally Juice

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So I got home and I worked online for a bit and I realized I it was getting late and I hadn’t gotten my juice in today because of the disaster this morning… there is still green on one of my walls and I will have to get that off tomorrow because right now I just don’t have the energy.  I decided to just to a simple Orange and Apple juice and I am sipping that smiling as if sunshine is in my belly. I am glad I finally started Juicing and I wish I could have started earlier but it’s never too late.  It’s nice that I was gifted a Juicer years ago but prior to juicing I was blending up smoothies with berries, soy milk, and sometimes honey if it was lacking in sweet.  

But I am feeling really good now so I think I might just go over and clean off the green from the wall.  Oh I have learned a trick with cleaning the mesh filter in my juicer and that is to soak it with a bit of comet when I wash off everything else and then I scrub it out with a tooth brush to get the fibers out of the mesh.  Anyway tomorrow I will not likely be posting anything because I have a long day but I will be posting later in the week.

Juice for thought

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So I tried my Juicer today for the first time in a long time… and it was fun.

I made first carrot and apple juice and then I tried beet leaves and apples.    My favorite of the two?  The beetroot leaves and apple was the best by far.  I’ll post some pics later when I have some but I cleaned up and enjoy the drinks already.

Garden Dreams

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Yup it’s the last week in January and all I can think about having a real garden to plant in this year.  We are going to have drought conditions in most places and strange wildfires in California and Oregon currently.  There are other things trying to distract me like the Syrian conflict, shootings in the U.S., the Winter Olympics but with all of the problems out there I just want to grow something.  

I was asking my friend about her gardening plans and she let me know about another friend who was looking to split some seeds and order through the same company.  She also said that another person was wanting to do a Start exchange.  So of course I went crazy and created a spreadsheet in about an hour and copied and pasted planting and seeds for the right month and dreaming up this great network.

After taking a few bits to the grinding stone with the input of some folks my spreadsheet was done.  I think my crazy was a bit too much but I am just so excited about having a garden this year and not just pots.  My hope is that I can just get a few things to grow and that I can harvest a 3rd of what I can put in the ground.  

Good luck everyone and never let anyone tamp down your excited feelings about gardening if you do it will never grow. 

Aside
So I haven’t made this yet but I wanted to share this because it looks like fun. I am learning more things good to make for myself so I am better able to control my budget and my clothing sizes.

2 1/2 cups grated zucchini

1 egg, beaten – if this is just used as a binder you could use something like sticky natto because that would hold it together I think

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup minced onion

1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning TM

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying

Directions
  • In a large bowl, combine zucchini, egg, and butter or margarine. Stir in seasoned crumbs, minced onion, and seasoning. Mix well.
  • Shape mixture into patties. Dredge in flour.
  • In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium high heat until hot. Fry patties in oil until golden brown on both sides.
 

I can’t believe it’s not crab

Hooray for yummy

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Found a good recipe I think that people would enjoy well I know I enjoy it.   Going Vegan is easy with fun things like this to put in your mouth.  I am still working on what I want to do about cheese because I know it is not so healthy but it’s so yummy.  Forgive my weakness but I want to be happy and healthy. 
 
 

Tofu-Parmigianino

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, divided
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 (12 ounce) package firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
Directions
  • In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon oregano, salt, and black pepper.
  • Slice tofu into 1/4 inch thick slices, and place in bowl of cold water. One at a time, press tofu slices into crumb mixture, turning to coat all sides.
  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook tofu slices until crisp on one side. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil, turn, and brown on the other side.
  • Combine tomato sauce, basil, garlic, and remaining oregano. Place a thin layer of sauce in an 8 inch square baking pan. Arrange tofu slices in the pan. Spoon remaining sauce over tofu. Top with shredded mozzarella and remaining 3 tablespoons Parmesan.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 20 minutes.
 

Oaty Goodness

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Put some oats in your diet!

This past few weeks I got a taste of some different recipes for Oats.  A friend’s wife made me baked oatmeal and I just fell in love with that and I was sharing my pleasure with the recipe and my friend said his wife used Scottish oats something I knew nothing about.  The nerd in me took over and started some researching oats.

Whole Oat Groats: Cooks in 50-60 minutes. You can use the brown rice setting on a rice cooker to make groats the easy way.

A groat is another name for a grain kernel. Whole oat groats are the result of simply harvesting oats, cleaning them, and removing their inedible hulls. You can most often find these in health food stores. They take the longest to cook. 

Scottish OatmealCooks in 10 minutes.

Instead of cutting oats with a steel blade, the Scots traditionally stone-grind them, creating broken bits of varying sizes, which some say results in a creamier porridge than steel-cutting.

Steel Cut Oats Cook in 10-20 minutes. I use my crock pot to cook these overnight!

If you cut groats into two or three pieces with a sharp metal blade, you get steel cut oats. They cook quicker than oat groats, because water can more easily penetrate the smaller pieces. Steel cut oats are also sometimes called Irish oatmeal or pinhead oats.

Rolled Oats – regular (old fashioned): Cooks in 5 minutes.

Are created when oat groats are steamed and then rolled into flakes. This process stabilizes the healthy oils in the oats, so they stay fresh longer, and helps the oats cook faster, by creating a greater surface area.

Quick Oats – quick or instant oatmeal: is ready in 60 seconds.

If you roll the oat flakes thinner, and/or steam them longer, you create quick oats and ultimately instant oats. The nutrition stays the same (these are all whole grains) but the texture changes

 

Honey Lemon Treats

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup of raw, buckwheat honey (like this)
2 Tablespoons organic lemon juice
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root

Optional for dusting: 1/4 cup powdered cane sugar (make your own!) and 1 teaspoon powdered vitamin C (like this).

Kitchen items you will need: a candy thermometer, a candy mold with small openings (like this hexagon mold). You can make the cough drops without the mold; oil a piece of parchment paper and pour the candy onto it. Let it harden, and then break it up into small pieces.

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Directions:

1. Measure the honey, lemon juice, and grated ginger and pour it all into a saucepan.

2. With a wire whisk, stir the mixture as it heats to a boil. It will become foamy and start to climb up the sides of the pan, remove it from the heat and continue to whisk it until the foam reduces and then put it back over the heat. Repeat this until a candy thermometer reads 300 degrees, you will want to check frequently because the honey heats fast and scorches easily!

3. Drop a bit of the mixture into a glass of ice water (or, dip a spoon into the mixture and then quickly dip it into the ice water). If the mixture forms a hard, crunchy ball, it’s ready!  If not, keep up with the whisking and heating and try again in a minute or so. Once a hard ball forms in the ice water, you’re good to go!

4. Let the mixture cool until the foam has reduced. Then, very carefully, drizzle the candy into the mold (or onto the oiled parchment paper). Let it cool in a safe place (not the freezer or fridge) until the cough drops are hard. When they are hard, press on the back of the mold to release. Or, if you’re not using a mold, break the cough drops up into pieces.

5. Optional (to prevent sticking): In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar with the vitamin C powder. Drop the cough drops into the mixture to coat. Pour the sugar and cough drops into a sieve and sift to remove extra sugar.

6. Store in an airtight container. These actually do better in the fridge, as they attract moisture and tend to get sticky if left out.

Enjoy!

Crock potting away

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I love to cook and I think this looks like awesome. I am really want to start cooking again. I am hoping that I can make this this weekend.

Strawberry dreams

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Not all of these have a recipe they are just to inspire everyone with strawberries.

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I really would like to do this one in June when I visit the Strawberry Festival in Lebanon, Or

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This looks like a nice dessert to me after a Sunday meal.

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Oh Godiva why do you tease me with your seductive ways…

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I am not sure how I can look at Nutella and not wish for strawberries now. 

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Some of the best things in life are simple like ice cream and strawberries.

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But it really should be about drinking in life.

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Seeing that life has given you strawberries and rejoicing to the high heavens.

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Really just stop by and enjoy the good things.

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