Pizza; The Long Way

Eating GAPS always takes forethought.

In order to eat any nuts or seeds they must be soaked in salt water for 24 hours and then dehydrated at low temperatures for 12 hours. This makes them easier to digest for those with gut issues. I find it easier to do this with large amounts of nuts and seeds rather than each and every time I need to make a recipe. Once I have them dehydrated I store them in jars in the freezer until I am ready to use them. In general we use coconut flour more than nut flours, it is easier to digest, has less anti-nutrients, and costs less.

soaking nuts

 

I use duck eggs because chicken eggs give ‘M’ some pretty severe reactions like migraines and vomiting. Something I learned along the way was that different eggs have different proteins. Just because you can’t have chicken eggs does not mean you can’t have duck, goose, or any other kind of egg. The search for duck eggs has become one of my biggest frustrations but being able to have them makes cooking much easier. Below you see the finished product. Grain free pizza topped with homemade venison sausage. It was quite good.

 

Grain free pizza

 

 

Stevia

Today we will focus on the sweet plant Stevia.
Many people know that Stevia is a sweetener but don’t know that it is very easy to grow. The best Stevia for you to consume is the green leaf kind. Better yet, buy a plant and grow your own. After reading this post you will never have to buy it again. I purchased my first Stevia plants from a local nursery last spring. The plants in the photo below were grown from cuttings I made in October. They have sat in my kitchen window since and I have only watered them a few times all winter. Originally I used my own compost to plant the cuttings in but since my soil and compost pile are under a few feet of snow yet I used potting soil instead. I am not sure how this worm survived all those months in the pot but it did. Apparently I have some decent compost because two out of the three plants had worms crawling around in them.

 

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Down to the business of making a cutting.

It is very simple. First find a plant that has some bigger leaves (about an inch to an inch and a half long) and cut just above them as you see in the picture. Make another cut just above the next set of leaves and you have made your first Stevia cutting. It is just that simple. No rooting hormone or special steps, just cut and stick it in seed starting mix or potting soil.

stevia cuttings

 

 

The next step is just as easy.

 
Take a zippered top bag (I use ones I have recycled) and place the well watered cuttings inside them and zip the bag most of the way closed. This will create a mini greenhouse for the cuttings. Stevia is a tropical plant and thrives in warm moist environments.

 

stevia greenhouse

~Sid

Daily in the kitchen

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I have been drug into this kicking and screaming by my kids and friends.  It isn’t that I am opposed to blogging, it is more that I am busy and have little patience to figure out how to operate the blogging sites.  Anyhow, here I am.  I will post from time to time but mostly I will leave that up to the girls.

 

Today– I have had a busy day today in the kitchen and still have yet to wash and hang some laundry, a chore the kids often do but they are occupied with our five-year old visitor.  We have her for seven days while her parents are out-of-town.  I have forgotten how busy five-year olds are.

Today in the kitchen:

  • Lacto fermented duck egg mayo (my oldest is intolerant to chicken eggs)
  • Lacto fermented chicken egg mayo
  • Lacto fermented ranch dressing
  • Raw grass-fed yogurt
  • Raw yogurt cheese
  • Kombucha
  • Chicken bone broth
  • Ear solution for the dogs ears with lavender essential oil, aloe gel, and witch hazel (C did this, being the animal caretaker)

Tomorrow will be a busy day with homeschool enrichment classes for all the kiddos including our little visitor.  This means we are packing lunch and two snacks to go with us, it also means we need to get all our books, clothing, and anything else we will need together tonight.

~Sid

Us

We live on a lake in Northern Michigan, with a third of an acre of land. The back yard is sloped towards the water, and the front yard is mostly garden and wood from the trees we dropped in the fall.

We don’t have a lot of property. Dad wants to hunt, Mom wants to farm, my sister and I just want a spot where it’s quiet and away from people. We would like to have a smaller house and more land, and talk about it constantly, but we’re not sure if it will ever happen.

But we do what we can with what we have, where we are.

 

Mom, ‘Sid’, stays at home to school us. She cooks nearly all of our food (she and I are on the GAPS diet), gardens, reads about nutrition and essential oils, and runs us everywhere. You can imagine how busy she is.

Dad, ‘T’,provides a lot of the meat we eat through hunting and fishing. He’s often fixing machines up to sell, fixing the many things that break around the house, and building the inventions that Mom thinks up. (If she can think it, he can make it.)

I (16) drag everyone around the state to my violin lessons and gigs, but I get them mini vacations with free hotel rooms and campsites. I’m the dishwasher, which is no small feat since we cook everything and don’t use the microwave, and a guinea pig for Mom’s food and health ideas.

My sister, ‘C’ (14), has a love for animals – specifically horses – and disabled people. She volunteers at a ranch that uses rescued horses therapeutically for both the physically and mentally handicapped. She’s also a cellist, but is not as involved in it as I am. She takes care of the animals at home, too.

 

We do a lot of things differently from most people, and we do our best to take care of our bodies and creation, as God has told us to do. 

We’re not very original, we take a lot of ideas from our friends and the internet. Call us copycats. We’ll all be writing about those things, but most of all, what we’ve learned.

~M