Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mulberry Wheatgrass shake

I am still experimenting with healthy shakes. This morning I made one that I was almost afraid to drink, so many ingredients! But, it turned out so tasty that I have to post it.
1/2 tsp wheatgrass
1/2 tsp spirulina
6 oz of low calorie peach yogurt
1 banana
2 leaves of raw Kale
1 TB of honey
1 small handful of frozen blackberries, and mulberries. (ours were still good from last summer!) Any frozen berry will do.
1 tsp coconut extract
1 tsp of ginseng, powdered
4 ice cubes
As I started my blender I thought, "Oh my, thats a lot of stuff. Will it clash?
It was so good!
My husband, who like a lot of men, don't eat many raw greens, drank it easily. He said,"It makes all those hot days of berry picking worth it!"
Of course, I think this one is my best, but tomorrow I may feel differently when I experiment with pineapples.
For my friends who asked, I always buy my powdered wheat grass and spirulina from Mountain Rose Herbs. They have a reliable reputation and great organic products.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

marshmallows and healthy shakes

Did a demonstration today and was asked to post the recipes from them on this site.
My sincere thanks to all my friends who showed up to support me during this demonstration! It made the speech so easy! Love you all!

Healthy Sunflower Herb Farm Shake:
1 cup of vanilla yogurt
1 mango peeled
1 banana, sliced
1 or two large leaves of Kale, or 1 large handful of fresh uncooked spinach
1 tsp of vanilla and 1 tsp of coconut extract
2 or 3 TBS of honey or whatever sweetner you like
1 TB of Spirulina powder
1 tsp of Bee Pollen
1 tsp of powdered Panax ginseng
1 large cup of ice
Blend all together on high speed until mixed.
I love this shake, gives me a kick all day!

Homemade marshmallows

The trick to homemade marshmallows is to read all the instructions first, and gather all the materials you need to make it ahead of time.
When you start making it, everything has to be waiting for the next step.

3 packages of unflavored gelatin
1 cup of cold water, divided
12 ounces of granulated sugar, approx 1 and 1/2 cups
1 cup of light corn syrup
1/4 tsp kosher salt, or sea salt
1 tsp of vanilla or whatever flavor you like
1/4 cup of confection sugar
1/4 cup of cornstarch
non stick spray
Place gelatin in bowl of your standing mixer with 1/2 cup water. (If you dont have a standing mixer, place in a bowl with your hand mixer close by.
In a small saucepan, combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar and corn syrup and salt. Place over medium heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. (use your timer)
Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, about 7 or 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches 240 degrees, immediately remove from the heat.
Turn on the mixer on low speed and while your mixer is running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl, (If you are using a hand mixer, use a very big bowl) into the gelatin mixture.
Once you have added the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is trying to climb the sides of the mixer, about 12 mins. (I time it)
Add the flavoring (and color if you want it) during last minute of whipping.
Before the mixture is whipping prepare the following:
Combine the confection sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray your 13 by 9 pan, metal or glass, with the nonstick spray.
Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and shake pan around to cover bottom and sides. Return the rest of the shaken mixture into the bowl for later use.
When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly sprayed spatula for spreading evenly in pan. Dust the top of the marshmallow with the reserved cornstarch and confection sugar. Reserve the rest to roll the marshmallows in after cutting.
Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for 4 hours or overnight.
Turn the marshmallow out onto a cutting board, and cut into squares. (I use a cornstarch dusted pizza cutter) Once cut, dust all sides with the remaing cornstarch and sugar mixture, using additional if necessary. (the main thing is to keep them from sticking when you bag them.) Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
Have fun with this! I have infused them with green tea, rosewater, any herbal infusion I like! My favorite is lemon coconut marshmallows!

PS: Jill, I can demonstrate them at the Assisted Living if you want to see first hand how they are made. Your children will love making them with you!
Mountain Rose Herbs are on the web. You can buy the spirulina, bee pollen and ginseng from them! They are totally organic and very reliable! Just type in their name and the site will come up.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I feel like I'm in Tuscany...

Got up early this morning, but had to literally roll out of bed onto the floor because the muscles in my body were screaming, "Are you crazy, don't you think you planted enough yesterday?" Arms, legs, rear end and back are all sore and stiff. Took a bit of valerian and some Advil before I rolled out.
Yesterday, a beautiful sunny day,we planted 24 san marzano,and beefsteak tomatoes, 2 black mulberry trees, 1 mock orange, frilly soft chervil, lemon verbena, flatleaf parsley, buttercrunch lettuce. Today green beans, more tomatoes, genovese basil, tall lemon grass, Greek oregano, white yarrow, heavenly scented lavender, rosemary, spearmint, purple bee balm, delicate St. John's Wort. Have one white climbing rose, purple echinacea, great yellow calendula, German chamomile, black cumin, and wooly mullein to put in. We also hope to plant 2 fig trees and 2 plums. Whew!
I hope my body can hold up until dusk, but as we all know, the daylight will last 1 hour longer today!
Maybe I can plant a couple of olive trees to make the illusion complete.
If I do plant the olives, to celebrate, I will open a good bottle of red italian wine, and eat simple soft goat cheese with bread for supper.
Life is good.