Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Pistachio Milk

My friend Annette and I made some Pistachio Milk last weekend. I got the recipe off of the Food Babe site. It’s quick (only 5 minutes) and tasty.

Photo Credit: CK Worley

You’ll need
1 cup of raw shelled organic pistachios (rinsed)
4 cups water (use filtered if you have funky tasting water)
1 tsp. ground cardamon seed (I didn’t have any and it was fine)
1 tsp. vanilla extract (although we thought it could probably use more)
1 tsp. almond extract

Place pistachio nuts and 4 cups of water, cardamon and extracts in a blender. Process for one minute.
Pour milk into a bowl using a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth.
That’s it!
Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Photo Credit: Food Babe

Now, I didn’t want to just throw away the nut pulp so I found a recipe for Blueberry Coffee Cake muffins by Ina Garten and instead of the blueberries I add the pistachio pulp.

Photo Credit: CK Worley

I’ll have to say - the milk and muffins turned out pretty great! It's so worth it.
Photo Credit: Food Babe

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas Gardening and Cooking Tools

I had to share this with you. My daughter Audrey gave me these gardening tools for Christmas.

First, the kale and greens stripper. They also work on herbs like
oregano, parsley and thyme. You just choose the correct size for the
stem, insert in one side and pull through the hole. Voila!

Next, the Herb Scissors.
The scissors have 5 sharp stainless steel blades that mince and chop fresh herbs such as cilantro, mint, parsley, chives and basil.
Each scissor snip equals 10 knife chops. And if herbs aren't your thing you can use them for shredding papers, fringing material or for arts and crafts.

And then, the Herbs and Spices book which introduces different herbs and spices. There are so many! It has recipes for marinades, spice rubs, oils and more. I can¹t wait to curl up on the sofa to read through this one!

Thanks Audrey - This is a great gift for a gardener or anyone who wants to learn more about gardening and herb usage.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Butterfly Ginger - Hedychium Coronarium

My friend Martina has a DARK GREEN THUMB. She grew this Butterfly Ginger. It is called butterfly ginger because it resembles a butterfly.

photo credit: Martina Goscha

photo credit: Martina Goscha

It’s technical name is Hedychium Coronarium and it is the most fragrant of all gingers. Having this plant in your home is better than any air freshener you can buy!

They need light shade, soil that is high in organic matter and must be kept moist at all times.  It’s not uncommon to have the pot submerged to the crown in water. Ginger is a tropical plant so even a light freeze will kill it so make sure to bring it in for the winter.

photo credit: Martina Goscha

Ginger essential oils are great for Headaches, Arthritis and Nausea as well as Digestive Issues.
Here are a few more photos from Martina’s garden.

photo credit: Martina Goscha