Friday, April 3, 2015

Horseradish Condiment

                                                  Fresh Horseradish

                                       Finished Horseradish condiment

Every Spring I like to share my horseradish condiment video. I make it for Passover using a fresh hunk of horseradish and my own kombucha vinegar. It's easy to make and is good on meat, beans, fish, and salad.

I use a food processor to grind the horseradish. If you try it, please remember not to open the food processor right away. Wait at least 15 minutes before opening as the pungent fragrance from the fresh ground horseradish causes eyes to water and sinuses to burn. Eating the condiment in small amounts is a good (and safe) way to clear the sinuses.

Click here for Horseradish Video

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sinus Congestion Buster

Grapefruit Peel Tea for Sinus Congestion Buster

Every August I do battle with allergies and subsequent sinus infections, which are the remaining health challenges I have after finally recovering from 2 decades of ill health.

These days, I have so many less allergies and sinus days than I used to. However, this summer really seems to be a whopper. After all the rains and many cool nights we've had, the flowers are really magnificent; oversized and intoxicatingly aromatic. The ragweed is as robust as I've ever seen it. Consequently, the pollen is way up there.

I used to have many bad allergy/sinus days in a season but now that I'm healthier I may have 5-10 days in an entire summer. That said, I've been feeling really challenged the last 2 weeks, so much so, that I made a pot of the summer! Also, I usually buy organic lemons for kombucha or water kefir congestion busters but alas, there were none, so I bought organic grapefruit.

I actually consumed an entire enormous grapefruit in one sitting, something I rarely do. I was happy to feel my head begin to clear. When I peeled the grapefruit I admired the thick fragrant peel and the soft, cushy pith within. I didn't have the heart to toss the peels in the compost without knowing they couldn't be used for something. I hopped on the internet and found that boiling the peels into tea was excellent for sinus congestion! They said it might be very bitter but I happen to like bitter.

I sliced up some peel and made some grapefruit peel tea right away!
I drank it and felt even more clearing happen. It was bitter but very palatable. Certainly, honey could be added to balance the bitter.

The next morning I felt a lot better and had more energy. I drank some of the leftover tea in the pot and found it to be even more potent without any extra bitterness.

The Recipe:
slice up pieces of organic grapefruit peel (what you don't use right away can be stored in the freezer for future tea)
3 cups of water in a saucepan
1 large handful of chopped peel

Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

Note: I froze a bunch of chopped peels for the future when grapefruits are not in season.

Don't you love finding a new remedy that is safe, effective, economical and sustainable?

Remember, many foods and food prep techniques can be used as medicine. Check out my Intestinal Recovery Book and Video Club for lots of great Food As Medicine recipes.

Here's a comment from one of my readers:
Hi Sharon
I just wanted to send you a quick but large THANK U :)  When I received your last newsletter I was suffering with a sinus and chest infection, and was avoiding taking any pharmaceuticals.  Having been a Systemic Candida person my gut bacteria is far too precious to me for that!

I did exactly as you advised.  I sent my husband down the garden to retrieve some grapefruits and "set-too" making my concoction.  BRILLIANT!  It eased both my sinus and my chest and probably gave my immune system some much needed vitamin C.

I'd also like to say "Congratulations" on creating such a successful business that helps and encourages so many individuals. 

Kindest Regards and Big Hugs
J.T., N.Z. 9/30/2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Lacto-Fermentation Class

Photo Essay from my Lacto-Fermentation Class

Lacto-Fermentation is an ancient fermenting technique that helps repair a stressed digestion and helps maintain a healthy one! It's easy and economical. Now is an excellent time to make sauerkraut from newly harvested cabbages.

Laura Davis, from Long Life Farm & CSA in Hopkinton, Mass, asked me if I would be willing to offer a fermentation class to her CSA shareholders. I happily accepted for many reasons, one being that I wanted to see how my commercial kitchen would transform into a teaching kitchen.

It transformed beautifully, holding 11 participants! We made sauerkraut and kim chi. Check out the photos:

Here's Laura!

Here's the kitchen transformed:

Here are the students diligently pressing cabbage into jars:

Here's the Low Salt Sauerkraut I made a few weeks before class:

And the kim chi I made...too hot for me!!!

Now, about a month later, people are opening and enjoying the fruits of our labors.
Learn this easy and ancient technique in my book:

   Lacto-Fermentation Through The Seasons
A  60-page book about fermenting vegetables starting in spring right through to fall.
Purchase in PDF or Hard Copy

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Anyone heard of Fuzzy Melon?

The Ashland Farmers Market has many fine vendors. This season I have bought way too much handcrafted jewelry (at affordable prices, I might add) and pounds and pounds of gorgeous produce. One vendor from Flats Mentor Farm, features Asian produce. Flats Mentor Farm has created a wonderful situation to support small farmers of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Check out their website to read about this wonderful organization.

I always ask Nua, who runs the booth, for directions on how to use these vegetables I've never seen before. She has been very helpful. She is also happy that I am so willing to try new veggies. I've tried Pea Vines and loved them, and Bitter Melon which is really bitter! And most recently I've tried Fuzzy Melon. It runs from about 8 inches to 16 inches long and has a layer of fuzz on the outside of it. When the melon is young the fuzz rubs off with your finger but when it is more mature the skin needs to be peeled. I've only bought young ones so far.

Nua told me it is used in soup, even in summer! Sometimes it is peeled but I decided not to peel it since the peel was fairly thin.

I chopped it up and simmered it in some tomato water leftover from making ketchup. I tried to make ketchup and used whatever second quality tomatoes I could find at the farmers market. Problem was that we had huge rains just a few days before and the tomatoes were extra juicy. They were also Heirloom tomatoes rather than paste or sauce tomatoes. I learned my lesson as I only got 3 cups of ketchup from 15 pounds of tomatoes.

What I did get, however, was a gallon of watery tomato juice. I used this flavorful juice to simmer the fuzzy melon, which worked very well. Fuzzy melon, without much of its own taste, takes on the taste of whatever it is cooked with.

Here is the finished Fuzzy Melon in Tomato Juice. I read online that it is better to cook the whole thing rather than leave it uncut for very long. I used the whole melon and froze lots of it in portions in the juice. I believe it would be excellent in a crock pot stew, or in a bean pot. It is really delicious and I highly recommend trying it if you can find it!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Saving Veggie Trimmings, Boosting Nutrition & Wasting Nothing!

    Remember, now is the time to freeze your veggie trimmings for fall and winter soupstocks. As you harvest from your garden or bring home your CSA share or bring home fresh produce from the market, save all those peelings, tops, ends, seeds, outer leaves, tough leaves and overgrown beans. If it is not spoiled, it's good for soup! Use as much of the veggies as possible and waste as little as possible.

    The gelatin in those slow cooked meat/bone soups is excellent for rebuilding digestion, healing joints and strengthening the immune system. Adding the frozen veggie trimmings to the soups boosts the nutritive value of your soup stocks. Also, those oversized squashes that hide under the leaves are excellent grated and frozen and then added to winter bean pots.

Check out the frozen veggie photos:

Carrot Greens

Grated Summer Squash

Radish Greens

Garlic Scapes


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

July Newsletter

This month's newsletter features an article on baking Gluten-free Sourdough Bread in the heat of summer!

Also a recipe and video for Marinated Tomatoes using home made Kombucha vinegar. Yum!

Click here to read!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Walking Onions!!

Grow Your Own Perennial Onions!! 
Also known as Walking Onions, Egyptian Onions, and Topsetting Onions.

Every part of the Walking Onion plant is edible.
Plant them once and start harvesting the very next year.
The harvest grows larger each year, yielding pounds and pounds of food!
Great fermented, raw, sauted and steamed.

20 bulblets, plants a 4x4 patch of soil and costs $21 including shipping.
They can thrive in ordinary soil in half to full sun.
supplemental watering after they are established.

Order now for summer shipment 

Watch Video about Growing Walking Onions! 

Watch Video about Cooking with Walking Onions!

More info: 
I love this plant because it can thrive in poor soil with not too much light. I do not water it! The better the light and soil, the better the plants but you do not need an optimum spot for walking onions.

 I harvest pounds and pounds of food from my walking onion patch with almost no work. I have 2 patches that I used to occasionally weed but one patch has developed a native ground cover called henbit, which keeps the weeds down.

$21 gets you 20 onions sets which are little bulblets.They ripen at the top of the plant through early summer. I harvest them in late July/early August and ship them out quickly by priority mail. They should be planted as soon as possible

You will see small scallions growing in the fall. Best to leave them alone. The following Spring you can cut scallions and use the other parts for freezing for future soups and stews, saute's, fermenting, and marinades.

I love to use the stalks in place of regular onions. The bulbs are fairly small so I usually just leave them in place for a few years. They will multiply over the following winter, doubling the amount of your patch.

Over the years when you have too many plants you can harvest the extra bulbs for winter soups and stews. The plant is called "Walking Onions" because when the sets develop at the top of the plants, the weight of them makes them fall over. Sometimes the sets root themselves outside the boundaries of the patch hence they seem to be "walking" out of their beds.

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