Quail recipe revisited

While watering the veggies this morning I realized my quail recipe I considered a few weeks ago was best that it had not been executed. It appears that the fat yummy quail I had been considering for dinner… must have been pregnant because as I walked up to one of the raised beds a family of baby quail went running out of cover of the cinder blocks that were protecting them( silly kids)  , with their mom yelling at them  ( and me ) from nearby. No photos . Wondering where the nest had been .

Schug heaven recipe

I love home grown and organic Cilantro. I could eat a plate of it as my salad and be happy. And cilantro is SOOOO good for you!  Usha Lad and Dr Vasant Lad in their book Ayurvedic Cooking for Self  Healing say that “Cilantro balances all doshas ( more on that in another post) and is especially good for kindling gastric fire, for nausea, fever, cough and quenching thirst.” I  do not remember  where I read  that it was a great detoxifier!  ( will get back to you on reference for that ) . In Modern Essentials , A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils  , it says that the aroma of Cilantro leaves  has been used historically for anxiety and insomnia. No wonder I love the smell so much.

But my hubby says he has some genetic propensity where cilantro tastes like soap! Really. He actually researched it and found out he was not alone and there is scientific documentation ! Well there is always a work around. Instead of watching him picking out the cilantro from  salads and dishes I like to serve I have found that Schug , an Israeli sauce loaded with  garlic and  chilies I grow for him is perfect way of him not tasting soap! So as my wonderful winter herb starts going to seed in the heat  and in general dying out I made what is likely my last batch of schug for this season.

Maybe I will get back to  this recipe someday and give you more specifics but honestly each time I make this recipe  it is a little different.  I am totally fine with that ! If you are one of those people who meticulously colored  in the lines as a child and cringe at not following a recipe exactly… do not bother to read farther.

FYI I am always much happier when I am able to make this recipe from my own harvest, but  of course you could use purchased ingredients.

So today here it is , with (variations ) included for your dining pleasure.

This recipe makes approximately 8- 10 ounces of Shug, yeah it really amazes and saddens me when I see sauces that take so much to become so little , especially if they are left uneaten on someone’s plate ;( GRRRR you know who you are.  Please take less and see if you like it 😉  Also note I have written the basic ingredients in BOLD because if you are like me you will likely skim this entire article and recipe , looked at the photos. You likely would really do better with having the bold print jump out at you cause that is all you really need to make this dish sing on your own. And to you I say …. welcome to my world! My husband refers to me as a Harlem Globe Trotter in the kitchen. You figure it out. You may already be on my team.

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I find this sauce a magical addition to any meal and am known to including it with any meal I have it in the fridge.

RECIPE 

1) Approximately – 2 VERY large handfuls of home grown  organic Cilantro already washed and big tougher  stems removed . Ideally wrapped in paper towels and stored in ziplock bag for 24 hours ( note could use day of but I like to start  with the greens dry.)

2) Approximately  3 or 4  home grown Organic  Serrano chili peppers both red and green (  How hot do you like it ? Use accordingly.  Of course  you could use other types of chilies but these are what I have growing right now.)  FYI the non organic chilis you see in the store are likely grown in Mexico and  are on the Dirty Dozen list for pesticides. Choose your poison. Just saying .  Anyway, cut off the stems and throw in the entire chili -seeds and all, if you like it hotter… oh, and my chilis are kind of small too, not like with pesticide ridden ones  😉

3) Approximately  5 cloves of  peeled garlic  ( sad to say my anticipated May harvest of organic garlic  is not looking too good this year thanks to the numerous predators in my gardens that have truly enjoyed digging these up this year.

3) Thanks to friendly  neighbor- 1 BIG Meyer Lemon- juiced, seeds removed and flesh reserved  ( or couple drops of Doterra  lemon oil is great too)

4) BIG sprinkling of Celtic Salt or  Himalayan pink  salt

5) Approximately  1/2 cup  Organic  Extra Virgin cold pressed Olive oil . I have been doing really well lately with Kirkland -Costco brand.

Directions are SUPER easy with Food Processor

Put garlic , peppers add cilantro in phases to give processor time to take all your hard work in harvesting and cleaning etc to pulverize.

Add lemon, salt, olive oil. Keep pulverizing till you have cilantro nirvana.

Just a few serving suggestions I love to serve this  with hard boiled eggs  ( my breakfast of champions )  or cod or rice ( yes I still eat this- more on that another time )  of course it is great  with hummus or mixed into hummus. I also  mix it into goat cheese  or cream cheese if I am feeling cow dairy friendly for a bright happy  green  out of the box spread for crackers… and well I am thinking of trying it as a topping on my  home made Vanilla coconut ice cream  ( no I am not pregnant but really do like to play with my food) .

ENJOY  !

 

Goji berries… and healthy diet ideas for those with Diabetes and Alzheimer

 

I have personally not participated in the goji berry love fest nor  have I plunked down the big bucks for the little health giving rubies. Yes I know of lots of great health gurus that have  recipes using them . I am more interested in sustaining a food budget AND having great health.It seems from what I read that the  history behind these berries in based in Chinese herbal remedies. I personally have grown very wary  about buying any herbs, teas, foods grown in China.This is not an ethnic thing at all but environmental / health concern. My husband was reminded of this when he brought home some dried shiitake mushrooms noticing they were missing from the pantry….  but I digress.

SO I decided to check out what Webmd  had to say.  As some of you may already know I am always doing research on natural ways  ( diet, being a major one) to help with handling/ helping my father in law as part of my co-care giving role making life  for hime ( and us ) easier with his diabetes ( as in keeping him off insulin injections )  alzheimer, and low thyroid ). After checking  out the  links I am sharing here  I am very content to say that for my food and supplement budget…. No way. I am not buying the cheap versions grown in the soil in China and I am definitely not going to spring for the the organic foodie version…. way too costly.  SO when I see the recipes using Goji berries I will not hesitate to replace with  dried cranberries or blueberries.  Honestly those create frustration and irritation  too  when I compare the organic sugar free versions ( when I can find them ) to the loaded with sugar and non organic peers

Feel free to comment !

http://www.webmd.boots.com/healthy-eating/guide/goji-berries

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/28/goji-berry-benefits-_n_5044948.html

 

 My father in law Mel - age 89 , WWII vet hanging out with WWII Planes at Wings of Freedom Tour In Scottsdale AZ. Although he does not know it I am NOT intending on adding Goji berries to his diet to help him with his Alzheimer based memory issues of what he just ate.
My father in law Mel – age 89 , WWII vet hanging out with WWII Planes at Wings of Freedom Tour In Scottsdale AZ. Although he does not know it I am NOT intending on adding Goji berries to his diet to help him with his Alzheimer based memory issues of what he just ate.

Recipe for Roasted Wild Quail drizzled with Pomegranate reduction sauce

Scary,

I am looking outside my kitchen window at all the fat and happy quail chowing down on my swiss chard and lettuce that I have worked so  hard to grow from seed,  and into my head pops up a  recipe for something I have never had nor honestly not quite sure I would have the cahoonas to go about executing ( pun intended). Roasted Wild Quail drizzled with  Pomegranate  reduction sauce .

SO, for now I can not share the recipe with you…. nor post a taste bud inspiring photograph of the dish beautifully  plated.  .  What I CAN  post is lots of former  beautiful veggies that I should have harvested before I missed the chance !

Ah yes. Abstract photos that connect the dots of my pain .  I wonder if Alfred Hitchcock gardened and if that is how he came up the famous movie  “The Birds”. And to all you folks out there who love having bird seed feeders to see birds close to your home…. start gardening. Nature’s bird seed. Do not get me wrong , I love the “concept” of having birds around . I love the sounds of birds chatting together. What I do not like is their  total disregard for what I have been planning all week to harvest today for dinner! Fat juicy quail is sounding better and better all the time. … and no I am not a major carnivore.

 

Will you be seeing more photos from my garden than images with recipes ?

what do wasps have to do with food photography anyway ?
what do wasps have to do with food photography anyway ?

I always giggle at all the food blogs that have great styled photos. Even though I may have years on me as a commercial photographer, this blogging thing is so new. All too many of my   yummy dishes are served just in time to be eaten not styled  and photographed beautifully. Working on that 🙂 So considering this entire blogging thing is new to me and I already made it clear that I am attempting to not make this a  “perfect ” photo website , and yet I am a true believer that we all deluged with too many mediocre images and not enough editing in this visual hailstorm we live in these days…. I guess I am going to have to stretch and see about showing more prepared dishes here 😉

But for now.. one of my buddies that hang out with me in the garden buzzed in to say hi!

 

Ignorance is bliss when it comes to chocolate

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I like to try and help others get off their sugar and other food addictions.(disclaimer I think for now I am still  kind of addicted to dark chocolate, but within reason and without the sugar I feel so much  better.)

My history with sugar is similar and yet different than many people I know and will share more on that later. But for sometime I have been very aware that I function much better when my sugar is at a minimum. I also am very involved with care giving for my father in law who is both diabetic and has alzhiemers. So with food, it  is kind of a fusion of a junkie, and a toddler . More on that later.

We have found the Sugar Busters diet to make a huge difference vs more traditional diabetic oriented diet.

One of the many treats I have created is a  Paleo Chocolate power brownie balls that are sweetened only with Dates and stevia and LOADED with ground chia seeds, almonds and walnuts.

Sure enough our subscription to computerlab.com pops up with the nasty reminder that it is a REALLY bad idea for me to indulge like I have been in my naturally sweetened (without sugar or honey) , not too sweet( just how I like it ) , VERY chocolatey , High protein, chocolate fix ! UGH. What a downer. Here is the link to all their ” good News”

https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/Cocoa_Powders_and_Chocolates_Sources_of_Flavanols/cocoa-flavanols/

Well anyway those with a  cup of yummy Earl Grey my way, which is a cup of  Paul Newmans’ Organic black tea with one drop of Doterra Bergamot oil per cup of tea = yummy strong Earl Grey tea! Also I make my version  sweetened with  stevia and coconut milk instead of  milk or cream. I personally do not think the English understand lactose intolerance 😉

I will be sharing more internal and external uses and recipes with Doterra oils in future blogs. LOVE this stuff! If you want to buy Doterra oils from my  Doterra web site I would greatly appreciate it.

Shop at http://www.mydoterra.com/lindaenger

 

Back to sugar and chocolate…when it comes to finding the right product to balance my priorities  between the healthy flavanols, low or no cadmium and/or  lead content , sugar content along with the $ factor  it is kind of frustrating ( to say the least ). Of course if moderation is taken into account and chocolate is very “special ” in one’s diet…. then enjoy! How well we know moderation is essential with splurges of all kinds .  I guess with all the chocolate I have eaten with my home made creations over the past week I will not show any weight gain but scary to think what I would find if my lead or cadmium was measured … hmmm…. drat.

Note to self… once again. Moderation is everything. blah blah blah.

Looks like I am going back to Bakers baking bars for baking and for my chocolate bar fix keep with   Endangered Species which is a brand I LOVE … but moderation is the hard part .

Considering I just finished my container of Hershey’s Cocoa Powder in this batch of yummy  brownie power  balls…. here is my  disclaimer to all . You choose your  your own pleasure /poison /  and moderation path.

https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/Cocoa_Powders_and_Chocolates_Sources_of_Flavanols/cocoa-flavanols/

I will write up my “recipe” and get it here soon. Promise  but these yummy  moist chocolate brownie power balls are intentionally  hi protein  with no processed sugar . They are LOADED with Ground almonds, chia seeds, walnuts ,coconut oil  and enough dates and stevia to be sweet enough for those of us that do not like being assaulted by sugar ( all too prevalent in any store bought mix I have ever tasted  for gluten free brownies)

The only negative to them is I can eat way too many of them, not feel bad physically from the sugar but know I am consuming too much chocolate for one day 😉