Tis the season to slow down. Winter is officially on the horizon later this month. Though the holidays tend to inspire frenzy, there are plenty of cues to slow down. Colder weather, shorter days, even holiday meals tend to keep us seated for longer than the usual dinner.
It would be appropriate to say that my mascot this year is the galette. A galette is an open faced pie, easy and there are many versions. The summer's bounty offered me so many fruits & veggies to work with. So what did I do? I made galettes, all the time. I made sweet ones first, then I ventured into the realm of savory galettes. I made plenty of wheat crusts, straight butter and flour and salt, Martha Stewart style. But I needed to branch out after my 20th galette, so I tried some gluten-free crusts. The recipe below is one I adapted from My New Roots. The use of rolled oats, is indeed gluten-free. Oats are guilty by association because they are so often grown and processed near & with the grains in that contain gluten (wheat, barely & rye). Oats do not have the gluten protein in them though. There are non-contaminated oats out there. If you are in Portland, check ourcommunitypantry.com.
Glorious Apple & Asian Pear Galette
1 ¼ cup rolled oats
¾ cup brown rice flour
2 T poppy seeds
1 t sea salt
½ cup coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
¼ cup ice water
You can save a bundle of dough by buying bulk dried beans, soaking and cooking them. You may think this sounds too time consuming, but honestly it is not slave over the stove time, each step takes just a few minutes, then you can leave the scene. What this process will offer you is a more digestible bean, with more flavor and a potent nutrition profile...I believe it is worth the time to go for it your self and it spares you the BPA contaminants found in so many can liners.
There are so many different kinds of beans to choose from, yum! It is important to combine legumes properly with other foods so you achieve the most of their nutrients. Eating beans with green or non-starchy veggies and seaweeds is best. The ol' beans-n- rice combination is good with brown rice.
Aduki, lentils, mung, peas, pinto, kidney, navy, black-eyed peas, garbanzo, lima, black and soy are some of the most common beans found on shelves and bins.
Here are some tips on how to do it your self...
Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, and I were introduce in 2009 by a dear friend. She gifted me a bottle of dried & capped Tulsi in a care package that was put together to soothe me as I mourned the loss of my father and got ready for marriage. So I poked around in some of my resources, liked what I saw about this renouwnd Holy Basil and started a daily ritual. I later procured book on Adaptogens to dive deeper into the fascinating subject. The term adaptogen refers to a variety of herbs or fungi that work synergistically in the body to augment our resistance to stress, anxiety, trauma and exhaustion. They enhance our body's ability to deal with all of these common life qualities. They recharge our adrenals. Simply, as the name suggests, adaptogens help our body adapt. Some common and easy to find adaptogens are: ashwaganda, astragalus, licorice, reishi, shiitake & maitake mushrooms, aloe vera, chlorella and Tulsi.
Corn season is near its end and so far it sure has been a very tasty summer adventure. I was able to enjoy ears on both coasts. Both Oregon and my roots state, New York, have spectacularly prevalent small corn venders to source the sweet kernel from. I made many batches of corn chowder and grilled corn salsa but most evenings enjoyed it just lightly steamed as a dinner side. One ear was never enough...
Corn is no longer just for human consumption. A large portion of corn is grown to feed animals and cars. The cost of corn (and wheat) has experienced a sharp rise this year. Harsh weather conditions in the mid-west have not provided ideal conditions for our massive domestic corn farmers. The global market and farmers speculated huge crops this year so a plethora of corn was planted and then a massive drought hit. So as a result of the way the market works consumers will pay for the over speculation. But do you want to pay for these processed products?
Almonds are an amazing lil' gem of a pit. Yup, they are the PITs of the drupe fruit. Their nutritional profile & appearance are so similar to nuts, shall we call them a nut? (I think it is good to know the truth though).
I enjoy the glories almonds very frequently for snacking and baking. I go for the best and buy organic, raw and unpasteurized almonds to process myself. Not a small investment at around $9.00/pound. They are naturally loaded with all sorts of valuable nourishment such as monounsaturated fat, manganese, vitamin E, a load of calcium, magnesium, selenium, more fiber than any other nut, potassium and of course a nice amount of protein. This fine combination of vitamins and minerals is worth every penny of the pound.
All food is not created equal, as we know. Not all food goes into your mouth and tours around the digestive system. Primary food nourishes us and plays a huge role in our overall health. This is not the type of food that grows in a garden, it does feed you though. There are four elements that make up Primary food: spirituality, exercise, relationships and career/job.
Each of these elements have an effect on your daily life. They are the source of experiences that make up life, nourish us and feed our souls. These elements come in all sorts of varieties and flavors. Spirituality clearly comes in many forms. Some of us are very aware of how spirituality affects our life and some of us are searching on where to begin to allow it in our lives and in what form. Exercise has so many flavors as well, each of us have very different capabilities and interests. All of us need exercise in some form or another to maintain a healthy body and mind. Relationships with co-workers, family, partners and the world are so complex. The effect of our relationships is often all day long. Whether it be in direct contact with someone, reflecting on an encounter or prospecting the future. Finally, our jobs and careers have a variety of influences on us including fulfillment and stress both physical and financial.
Garden bounty, how I love thee! I was caught off guard when a smiling parent approached me at school last week with a bag of freshly picked (and washed!) spinach. These spinach leaves where so large, crisp, green and so delightful. My garden has had a very slow start so I assumed the rest of the city was still waiting for their first green harvest. I am so thankful that the Orpin-Bloomfield family is on top of the gardening game.
Whether we garden our selves or reap the bounties of others, welcome to the season of sharing! It seems that few gardeners can make use of every last scrap their patch produces. Each year I try new methods of preserving and try not to waste a thing. When I can not include the produce in my own meals or jars I so very happily share with friends and neighbors. It's not pride from all my labor and time but sheer joy I am filled with when I can offer some thing fresh and nutritious to some one else. Whether it is the real deal fresh produce, herbs or the knowledge and care that I have developed from studying nutrition and counseling my goal is to inspire and support imbibing delicious and nutritious food.