Kefir Madness: Escape To The Tropics

Banana Cream (L) and Lime-Coconut

Just because temperatures are below freezing and snow’s in the forecast doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a taste of the tropics – and with the goodness of water kefir, also give your immune system a boost with beneficial probiotics. Today, I bottled a flavor I call “Tropical” and have Banana Cream and Lime-Coconut doing a second ferment.

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Under Pressure: Chunky Chickpea Curry

Skip the bowl and put it in a (low carb) wrap!

With the chill in the air, warming soups and comforting meals are just the ticket – and they can be made quickly and easily using an electric pressure cooker! For this one, I cooked dry chickpeas without soaking them first and used them as the base for a delightfully hearty and veggie-packed curry.

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Under Pressure: Korean-Style Oxtail Soup (Kkori Gomtang)

The star of the show: oxtail!

Fall is soup season. And what beats a flavorful, warming soup that can be made from frozen ingredients – quickly and frugally? This one is full of rich, bone-brothy nourishment and can be compatible with low carb/keto diets; accompanied by kimchi, it also brings probiotic goodness!

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Around The Farm: A Small Harvest…And A Surprise

The largest sunflower, a volunteer that defiantly sprouted from a seed that the chickens either missed or couldn’t reach because it bounced outside their run, has reached the point where it’s ready for harvest. While I’m always delighted to find these kinds of volunteers, I also discovered a surprise growing amidst the other sunflowers that I had intentionally planted. What kind of surprise? Read on to find out.

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Under Pressure: Perfectly-Cooked Porridge

Does the word “porridge” make you think of a Dickensian-type gruel, watery and unfilling? It doesn’t have to be like that – and you also don’t have to deal with a crust of burned porridge stuck to the bottom of your pan when you use your Instant Pot. Just 6 minutes on the Porridge setting, and you could be enjoying thick, creamy oatmeal!

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