Indian food and summer just seem to go together, as do crock pots and summer. And Indian food and crock pots… making this dish just perfect for when the temperatures soar. It’s also an ideal way to incorporate radish greens into your diet. Radish greens are often seen as a “waste” product, but they …View full post
When I was little one of my favorite treats was mint chip ice cream… and by “treat” I mean I liked to have some every day after school. And last year I met, and fell in love with, my ice cream maker (affiliate link). And I haven’t bought ice cream since. And since I have …View full post
We love Indian food around here. Actually–who am I kidding?–we love food that is different, interesting, foreign, exotic, and/or full of spices. When my husband and I were younger — with two jobs and no kids — one of our favorite places to eat was our local Indian restaurant. It still is actually, we just …View full post
Cherries just taste like summer to me, ripening just about the time school lets out. They were also the first fruit to ripen on our family farm, and my mother would bring home baskets of black cherries to freeze for the winter. She would send my brother and me outside, nearly naked, to pit (and …View full post
Today I am honored to introduce my very first Guest Blogger ever — my nine-year-old son, known to you all as The Boy. He read the Young Reader’s Edition of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and wrote this post with only a minimal amount of help from me and my husband. We are very proud …View full post
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When my husband and I were in Scotland, we discovered something wonderful: ice cream. Plain and simple ice cream. It didn’t have an ingredients list a mile long (containing, to be frank, some pretty scary stuff from high fructose corn syrup to antifreeze); it didn’t even have any flavoring. It was just plain and simple and delicious.
This is my basic recipe (adapted from the one in Nourishing Traditions) to mimic the wonderful confection we had in Scotland, and the base of every ice cream recipe I have made so far. It uses only wholesome, real food ingredients… and is pretty darn close to a health food. No? Okay… but there is nothing in here that you need to feel guilty about when you indulge in a nice bowl of ice cream on a semi-regular basis!
Real Ice Cream
3 egg yolks from pastured hens
1/2 cup pure maple syrup OR 1/3 cup raw, local honey
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (like this)
1 teaspoon gelatin (like this) — technically the gelatin is optional, but I have taken inspiration from the Homestead Lady, and always use it in my ice cream recipes — it keeps the ice cream from freezing rock-solid!
3 cups of the best heavy cream you can find (ideally from grass-fed cows; and not ultrapasteurized) — you can, if you like, substitute up to one cup of the cream with a cup of whole milk… but it won’t be nearly as delicious, or as creamy
Beat the egg yolks, then blend in the rest of the ingredients. I don’t know if it makes a difference, but never use an electric mixer–only a whisk–to mix my ice cream.
Chill for a few hours, until ready to make the ice cream. (You’ll need to give it a quick stir, as the honey, especially, tends to settle.) Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to the instructions. This is the ice cream maker we have, and I love it!
This recipe makes about a quart of the creamiest ice cream… with only the barest hint of maple or honey flavor.
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Hello and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday where I take a few moments to share what I’ve been doing over the week. I share some of the blogs I’ve visited, and some of the things that I have learned.
I might be feeling a little overwhelmed this week. I’m pretty much behind in everything. My post didn’t get written, it seems like I am swimming in dirty laundry, and my husband has done way more than his fair share of the cooking.
And as I was sitting here, feeling sorry for myself, and wondering if I was ever going to get a chance to just sit down with a glass of wine and an episode of Downton Abbey (’cause watching a whole movie would be too much to even hope for), the Pixie came in, gave me a kiss on the cheek, and walked out again.
And I thought about the stuff that I have done this week. And it turns out that I had a pretty awesome week, and I did a lot of great stuff.
We went to the beach.
And our dog got filthy. (No worries — that was just sand, not sand and a dead fish!)
We built forts with blankets inside when it was raining, and outside when it wasn’t. We started reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. And watched Honey, I Shrunk the Kids… which is as funny today as it was in the ’80′s.
We celebrated my in-laws’ 55th wedding anniversary.
And I reached 700 likes on my Facebook page. (It’s more now!)
We went swimming.
And dried a ton of cherries. (Have I mentioned how much I love my dehydrator? I’ll say it again: I LOVE my dehydrator.) Plus the Boy was very helpful — I love that he’s old enough to use a knife without me worrying that we’ll be taking a trip to the doctor’s office before the project is over.
And chased sticks. Endlessly.
And listened to the clarinet. A lot. And took the Boy to his lesson, where he was complimented all over the place by his instructor, and then given a mountain of new stuff to work on, which the Boy immediately went home to practice.
I am starting to really love that clarinet!
I found a great recipe for sunscreen — a non-toxic, homemade, coconut oil recipe. This is an extremely important thing to know how to do, especially because there are so many toxic chemicals in most sunscreens. And you’ve heard that even the FDA says you shouldn’t be using the spray-on ones, right? (Like I totally needed the FDA to say that stuff was bad for me. Geesh. But at least they said it.)
Speaking of the sunshine, and protecting yourself from burns, there are other great ways to protect yourself from sunburn — learn three ways to prevent sunburn naturally… plus how to make a sunburn relief spray. (This would have been awesome for my poor husband who got a little… um… pink… over the weekend!)
Read about Essential Oils from Mommypotamus and The Nature of Herbalism from the Herbal Academy of New England… because herbs and essential oils are great tools to have at our disposal for keeping ourselves healthy.
- How to Make Iced Tea with Mint Leaves — just in case you have a mint patch that is taking over your yard. And because mint iced tea is delicious.
How to Make Butter — I’ve made butter before, but it’s never turned out all that fabulous. This article explains what I’ve been doing wrong… and how to fix it.
Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches — because… YUM! How delicious do these sound? They’re even grain-free!
Now for the Quote of the Week. Approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week.