Sunday, September 23, 2012

How to Make Goody Balls in Pictures

The recipe for the goody balls appears in The Farm Recipe Book from the Clohesy River Health Farm.  This recipe is a staple in my diet.   It keeps for weeks outside of the refrigerator.

Here are the ingredients.  Most of them I purchase from Nuts.Com...sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, sultanas, currants, dates, and peaches.

500 grams of sesame seeds

Grind the sesame seeds in the food processor.

Pour the ground seeds into a large container.  I use this blue plastic tub.

500 grams of sunflower seeds

Grind the sunflower seeds in the food processor.

Grind the seeds fine.

Pour into the blue tub with the sesame seeds.

250 grams of almonds.

Organic pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

250 grams of pumpkin seeds

Grind the almonds and pepitas in the food processor.

Grind them fine.

Add to blue tub.  That is the last of the seeds and nuts

Now we add the dried fruits.  500 grams of raisins.

Add to blue tub.

500 gms of currants

Add to blue tub.
500 gms of sultanas.  Add to blue tub.

500 grams of dates

Cut the dates into smaller pieces.  Be sure all pits are removed.

Add dates to blue tub.

500 grams of peaches.

Cut the peaches into smaller pieces using scissors.

Add peaches to blue tub.

Slowly process the goody ball mix through the meat grinder.  This is our newly purchased LEM meat grinder.  We bought it at The Culinary District for $245.00.

The goody ball mixture looks like sausage once it has been run through the grinder.

Form into balls and store in airtight containers.
To health and happiness.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Not Feeling So Well

To be honest, I have not felt very well this summer.   What I have been doing is not working that well.  There have been too many compromises in diet and lifestyle due to so much traveling.  Traveling in itself is enervating, but when compromises are made it compounds the problem.  

I recently did a fast to help my body heal faster, but I think I came off my fast too soon.  My body still seems to be in fasting mode, which is making me feel terrible.  My food addictions are running rampant with cravings for salt and starches.  I talked to Dr. Fielder via email today.  He re-iterated the need to stay out of restaurants and to recognize that giving into the cravings will make them worse.

Lunch today:  Green smoothie and 1/2 avocado.  Also, ate some raw pistachios which made me feel worse.

Dinner:  Watermelon only because I am feeling a little sick.

Travis picking a couple of melons for us.  These were yellow-meated watermelons.

Fresh, local grown tomatoes.

This was a yummy lunch one day last week...avocado, plum, grapefruit, cherries, watermelon, and green smoothie.

Dinner Salad.

Here's Travis reading the newspaper and getting some sun.

I planted some lettuce seed in this little six-pack.  Hopefully, they will get big enough to transplant soon.

We bought 28 lbs of peaches today at a produce market.  They are really good.  Now we need to have a peach party and have few meals of peaches.
 Today, we went to Hot Springs to buy a new meat grinder.  A meat grinder is necessary in order to make goody balls.  Our original meat grinder wore out.  We bought it at Lowe's a couple of years back.  We tried to replace it with the same model...twice...and both times the meat grinder tore up the first time we tried to use it.  So today we upgraded to a better machine.  This one is an LEM #5 and weighs 35 lbs.  I
hope to try it out tomorrow. 

Here is the new meat grinder...still in the box.

 Here is the recipe for the goody balls again.

We went to Lowe's today and bought a new gas powered Bolens lawn mower.  I am so excited about it.  The one we have been using is an electric model that came from a yard sale.  The cord is always in the way on that one.  This one will be similar to the one I mowed with at the farm in Australia.  It will work great for mowing around the trees and getting the ground ready for feeding the trees.  Travis tried it out this afternoon.
Travis trying out the new mower.

To health and happiness.