Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Making Goody Balls and Fudge

Today I made fudge for the holidays using walnuts and coconut.  Here is the recipe:

Walnut Coconut Fudge

3 cups walnuts ground in food processor
2 cups coconut
1/2 cup carob
5/8 cup of agave nector

Mix all together in the food processor then spread in pan and refrigerate.

Walnut Coconut Fudge
Lunch today was green smoothies made with collard greens, grapes, dates, cranberries, bananas and water.  Travis and I also split a red pear, an organic apple, and an avocado.  I had fresh coconut, too.

Goody Balls
I made goody balls today, too.  It takes about two hours to make a batch of goody balls.  I have given the recipe for goody balls before, but here it is again.  This is one of our staples.  They are perfect for traveling, meal replacements, or for finishing off the fruit or salad meals.

Goody Balls
500 gms sesame seeds
500 gms sunflower seeds
250 gms almonds
250 gms pumpkin seeds
Grind each of the above in the food processor and put into a large container to mix together.  I use a large blue tub to mix all the ingredients together.

500 gms raisins
500 gms sultanas
500 gms currants
500 gms dates (remove the pits)
500 gms dried peaches or other fruit (Today I used dried cherries)
Mix the seeds and fruit together in the big tub and then put through a meat grinder.  Roll into table tennis size balls.  Makes about 100-120 goody balls.

Ground seeds and nuts and dried fruits mixed together in a big blue tub.

Goody Balls going through the meat grinder.

Here I am making goody balls.

Goody ball mix ready to make into balls.

Finished goody balls 
My natural hygiene lesson is a supplemental lesson in pediatrics about non-contagious childhood diseases.

For supper I had a salad made with romaine, mung bean sprouts, radishes, mushrooms, green onions, cherry tomatoes, oil and vinegar dressing.  Also, had a little sauerkraut, an avocado, a little raw milk cheese, and a goodie ball.

Non-raw foods I had today were peppermint tea and some cocoa flavored almonds.

To health and happiness.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Coconut Green Smoothie Recipe

For lunch I made Coconut Green Smoothies.  Here is the recipe:

In blender, use coconut water and coconut meat to blend together and make a coconut milk.  Add water as needed.
In juicer, juice a bunch of cilantro, a cucumber, a lime, and two bunches of celery.
Combine the juice with the coconut milk in the blender and serve.

The coconut green smoothie was grainy because of the coconut.  Travis and I both had a glass for lunch.  It had lot's of good healthy ingredients.  It was pretty good, but not as good as our regular green smoothie.  It would have been better with young coconuts, but I had to use the old coconuts that they sell at Walmart.  The young coconuts here in the states have been dipped in formaldehyde and are not healthy to eat.  But if you can get them fresh in the tropics...they are awesome.

For lunch we also had apples, grapes, clementine oranges, and raw cashew butter.

I didn't get to walk this morning because I was not feeling well in the morning.  At 9:30 I had a flute lesson.    My exercise today was scrubbing the kitchen floor on my hands and knees with water and a scrub brush.  This method works great for cleaning the little grooves in the white tiles.

My lesson in Natural Living today was a pediatrics supplement.  Tonsils are the sentinels of the lymphatic system.  The lymphatic system is the body's sewage system.  When the sewage system is overloaded the sentinels become sore and painful.  The body is asking for time to catch up with the overload.

For supper I had raw cheese, tabouli, cucumber, a few sprouts, almonds, and a few cocoa covered almonds.

The non-raw foods I had today were herb tea and cocoa covered almonds.

Happy day.  The box arrived today from Nuts on Line.  It contained 5 organic pounds each of sunflower seeds, mung beans for sprouting, walnuts, cashews, currents, sesame seeds, dates, and sultanas.  And one pound of pink Himalayan sea salt.  Now I have everything I need to make goody balls.

The sprouts are doing great.  This is the second batch this week of a mixed seed.

A free people must be able to grow and produce their own food.  

"Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we would soon want bread".             -Thomas Jefferson

I am having to reassess how busy I can get and still live the simple, natural life.  More to come on this.

To health and happiness.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Tabouli and Almond Cheese

It was a rainy morning, so I did not get outside and walk today.  I did soak some bulgur wheat and made tabouli.
1 cup cracked wheat (bulgur)
1 cup water
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1/2 tbs. scallions
2 tbsp. fresh mint chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Fresh ground pepper
1 small tomato

Combine cracked wheat and water.  Soak until wheat is hydrated and water is absorbed (30-60 minutes).
Add parsley, scallions, mint, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Mix well.
Add tomato and mix gently.
Serve at room temperature or chill until ready to serve.

I cleaned in the kitchen, wiping down cabinets and counter tops.  Some of the Christmas items are not needed until later so they got put away.  Some of my regular glasses were packed away, too, so there would be room in the cabinet for the Twelve Days of Christmas glasses.  I used a homemade spray of vinegar and water to clean.  It's my little effort to not buy so many plastic containers.  

We now have a store on Abe Books.  The name of the store is called Village Book Shop.  So far I have listed about five books.  There will be plenty more books to list.  Our specialty is rare and out of print books, but we will list other books, too.

It is so cold outside today.  I feels like it might snow!  I went out long enough to get some kale, arugula, mint, parsley, and a pepper out of the garden.

Lunch today was a green smoothie (kale, arugula, grapes, dates, bananas, and water) and tabouli (recipe above) and 1/2 avocado.

An herbal tea called Winter Spice was perfect to have something warm and comforting on this cold day.

Travis had the tedious job of peeling soaked almonds for a new nut cheese recipe.  It turned out good.  It's delicious with carrots or other veggie dip sticks.

Almond Cheese
Peel 2 cups of soaked almonds.  Blend the almonds in the blender with 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1-1/2 cups water, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dill.  (Just season to taste.)   Serve with dip sticks or dehydrated crackers.

I practiced my flute today and worked on learning a new song for Sweet Adelines. 

I went to Cranfords for apples, lemons, oranges and mangoes.  Their avocados were old and dried up looking, so I left them there.

We had veggie cocktails for supper.  Travis said it would curl your toenails.  They weren't very good.  I used our regular recipe of carrots, beets and celery...but added green peppers which were good...and ginger and lemon which we did not like very well.  Dr. Fielder says you shouldn't eat ginger anyway.  It slows down the digestion...thus it gives folks the impression that it is aiding digestion.  

Supper tonight, in addition to the yucky cocktails, was salad with oil and vinegar dressing, almond cheese, 1/2 avocado, some nuts, and a few cocoa roast almonds.  The non-raw foods I ate today were the cocoa roast almonds, a few organic herbal crackers and herbal tea.

I knitted some on Ken's cap.  It will be finished in time for the Christmas stocking.

Nuggets of knowledge today from Dan McDonald -
Fruits gets you up.  Veggies balance you and heal you.  Life comes from life.  Cooked food is dead.  One raw seed is infinite.  If you cook your food, you break the eternal flow.  You can change your life by changing what you put in your mouth.  Eat nice and light, just enough to support your life.  Don't waste energy by arguing or trying to change the world.  Your energy collapses when you eat a cheeseburger.  Party night....get out the grapes and put in a movie!  Can you ride out this raw food trip?  Don't numb yourself anymore.  Pray for the courage to face whatever is in there to be faced.  

Regarding sickness - When you get a runny nose, cold, fever, do you want to stop that?   No!  That is your body's vitality pushing out the mucous...out your nose, out your butt, out your eyes, out your waxy ears, out your smelly arm pits...and when your Mamma gives you a drug, it pushes the mucous deeper back in.  Never stop the mucous.  Never stop a cold.  Never stop a fever.  Let the body run its course.

To health and happiness.