Fresh “Texas Cream” peas from Dilorio Farms in nearby Hempstead. Steamed, then simmered in butter, lemon, thyme, green garlic, red spring onions, rocket sprouts and some of the pan juices of a just-roasted pastured chicken. Sea salt and freshly ground pepper..
Tabbouleh [tuh–boo-luh] is a traditional Levantine cold salad of bulgur, parsley, mint, tomatoes, scallions, lemon juice and olive oil. Already more nutritious than rice or couscous, sprouting the bulgur beforehand adds additional enzymes, vitamins and minerals and makes it easier to digest. In fact, sprouting changes the food from an acid to an alkaline base, allowing many wheat-intolerant individuals to reintroduce grains into their diet.
Rinse untoasted, organic bulgur in cool, filtered water several times a day until 1/8 inch sprouts appear, about 3 days.
Soak bulgur in warm water for 15 minutes, then rinse and allow to dry in a strainer,
Combine bulgur with chopped fresh parsley and mint, thinly sliced scallions, chopped tomatoes, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and black pepper. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
The good folks at nearby Tecolote Farm are still struggling with their urban-sprawl-created water situation. We ask that you contact the Travis County Commissioners Court to remind them of how important local farmers are to the community, and to pledge to support Judge Biscoe’s plan to tie the farm into the County’s water supply if other measures fall short.
Adapted from recipes from Abby Fisher (1881) and Sally Fallon (2001), this healthy condiment keeps its Old South flavors..
1 1/2 cups tomato paste
1/2 cup (more or less) filtered water
1/4 cup whey
2 teaspoons walnut oil
1 tablespoon molasses
1/8 cup fermented fish sauce OR 1-2 anchovies, mashed OR 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
2 cloves garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Grind dry ingredients together in a spice grinder or mash in a mortar (if using fish sauce, be sure to taste before also using sea salt). Add to the rest of the ingredients in a non-reactive bowl and stir well to combine.
Add filtered water to achieve the consistency that you prefer. It will thicken as it stands, so you might want to leave this a little on the thin side.
Transfer ketchup to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and allow to sit at room temperature for 72 hours before transferring to refrigerator for long-term storage.
(Here’s an earlier version of this recipe)
This post is part of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Fridays
“Back in the 20’s, Americans could buy fresh raw whole milk, real clabber and buttermilk, luscious naturally yellow butter, fresh farm cheeses and cream in various colors and thicknesses. Today’s milk is accused of causing everything from allergies to heart disease to cancer, but when Americans could buy Real Milk, these diseases were rare. In fact, a supply of high quality dairy products was considered vital to American security and the economic well being of the nation.
What’s needed today is a return to humane, non-toxic, pasture-based dairying and small-scale traditional processing.”
Incredibly, Texas plans to further restrict access to real milk..
in favor of this abomination..
Send your comments via email to Gene.Wright@dshs.state.tx.us or by regular mail to:
Gene Wright, Manager
Milk and Dairy Group
Texas Department of State Health Services
P.O. Box 149347 MC 1987
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
In the end, I, too, will succumb to the laws of nature and commend my body to the dust from which it came. Nonetheless, I will, in gratitude to its Creator, seek to feed and care for my body with chemical-free, unprocessed, and unmodified foods and herbs. Mother Nature makes perfectly unaltered, nutrient-rich foods for my consumption.
By learning about them and using them in moderation, I hope to avoid, or at least to minimize, illnesses that may be due more to my choices than to God’s design for me.
I owe this to those who love me and wish me well. I also owe this to those I have accepted the responsibility to care for.
We must educate our governments so they can be our partner in this endeavor and enact no laws that hinder our access to whole, raw, and unprocessed food and herbs, especially from small, family-owned farms, ranches and dairies. These providers are an important source of superior food that can satisfy the hunger of a nation and the desire of jobless peoples for meaningful work.
If I have been a good steward of this precious gift and later am visited by a serious illness, I may confidently know that it was beyond my power to prevent. Divine Providence, who deigns these things, will then give me the grace to accept it peacefully or expect the miracle of healing.