another surprise ….


coming in June

Published in: on September 29, 2009 at 10:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

cough remedy


4 cups fresh apple cider (fermented a few days if possible)

1/4 cup Bragg cider vinegar with the mother

1/2 cup dark raw honey

mix the above together well and then set aside

bring to a boil the following

2 cups water

1 big sprig of thyme

sliced fresh ginger root (the more the better I put at least 6 long slices in..or half a knuckle sliced)  

1 or 2 habanero peppers

juice of one lemon

and then simmer around 10 min ..strain and add to the cider …drink warm all day long

(you can add a shot of brandy or something to this if you want to but it gives me a headache when I do so I don’t)

what a difference drinking this makes when you feel like crap 😛

Published in: on September 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

my husband as a bush

IMG_4488his little oddities are ok by me 🙂

Published in: on September 27, 2009 at 12:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Salmon Soup < $2

I come from the school of pinch and toss


If you want to make a great fish or seafood soup or stew you must start with a perfect fish or seafood stock please research and use any method for preparing fish broth from Jacques Pépin, Julia Child or James Beard … learn from the best then make it your own.

Because I was using salmon parts .my herb mixture was fresh fennel, huge handful of Italian parsley, bunch of chives, sprigs rosemary and branch of thyme.  I used a lemongrass sake instead of white wine (but I will usually use Pinot Grigio when making fish or seafood stock it just works! )


I found a recipe online for a Russian fish soup sounded so good but I ended up changing it completely..the broth tasted so good I did not want to “gild the lilly” so I just did a little bit more by adding some strained  roasted San Marzano tomatoes, fresh roasted garlic, salt and of course fresh cracked pepper, the meat retreaved from the head and the tail are the most flavorful I put a scoop of hot jasmin rice in the bowl and then the cheek and tail meat on the rice ..topped with the hot broth and a handful of chopped parsley (I had not topped it with the parsley before I took the picture but it really makes a big difference in the soup)


this was a lovely meal ..thanks for sharing it with me


just because it does matter right now

I wanted to mention I am working hard at making wonderful  extravagant meals on the cheap.  I do not want to work anymore than I have to because of this ..I am happy to report this pot of soup could serve 6 easily and cost me less than $2  (the rice my guess) everything else was free (the heads and tails a give away or toss!)  or I grew it in my  garden ..the sake a gift  to myself so the cost does not count!

Published in: on September 26, 2009 at 12:27 am  Leave a Comment  

experiment in brine

this is my favorite kitchen tool
this is my favorite kitchen tool

Nasturtium buds/seeds/some stems, baby garlic, green cherry tomatoes, Kosher salt, vine leaves line the jar

Nasturtium buds/seeds/some stems, baby garlic, green cherry tomatoes, Kosher salt, vine leaves line the jar



cover with a boiled brine

50 grams of  Kosher salt

1/2 liter of water

it is sitting now

on the counter

to ferment

my goal is that the seeds taste kind of like a mixture of a salted caper and green peppercorn the tomatoes and garlic just a bonus of flavor! my focus was on the nasturtium!

vine leaves top the jar and keep everything else below the brine

I am winging it

so please wish me luck!

..who knows what will come of this pickle adventure!


I am also curious if this brine will tenderize the late summer vine leaves at all, or enough to use for cooking

Published in: on September 22, 2009 at 2:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

planting for the eyes


Published in: on September 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

my neighbor thinks I am raising dangerous pit bulls …seriously …I swear ..she does …and she is a very very stupid



Published in: on September 21, 2009 at 2:38 am  Leave a Comment  

I was able to leave work early and go to the beach



Published in: on September 18, 2009 at 2:24 am  Leave a Comment  

Iron Poor Blood


 #3 so now they need to know why

none of this is condusive to getting my fall garden in


damn that heme!!!

Published in: on September 17, 2009 at 2:35 am  Leave a Comment  

life can be hot

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Published in: on September 16, 2009 at 10:57 am  Leave a Comment