Below, a photo from earlier this year of Little Gems Sweet Lettuce by California’s Venerable Tanimura & Antle Farms
*M-J’s Original Red Chile Oil
One cup of liquid (room-temp) coconut oil, safflower or peanut oil
One half-cup of red pepper flakes or crushed, dried chiles
One or two tablespoons of cayenne pepper (optional)
Two tablespoons of soy sauce (this liquid will help reconstitute and soften your dried chiles (chillis) or red pepper flakes.)
Mix ingredients together and keep at room-temperature in a sealed jar.
Lemons are dear. I never waste any part of them. Squeezed-out lemons are cut finely, with just the seeds removed, then boiled for an hour with non-GMO sugar, water, and fruit pectin. Refrigerated in a recycled jar with a pretty lid, my citrus marmalade easily replaces an expensive glass of “Bonne Maman”. So, after you make lemonade, you might just want to make marmalade. ~~M-J
©M-J de Mesterton 2014
Burdock root, known in Japan as gobo, is one of the best blood-purifiers. It has diuretic properties that help expel toxic products from the blood through urine. This root-vegetable is employed in the treatment of skin problems such as eczema (dermatitis) and psoriasis. Burdock is a remedy for liver and gall bladder complaints. Effusion of burdock seeds has been used for throat and chest ailments. Burdock is an appetite-stimulant and is used for enhancing digestion and relieving dyspepsia. Dried burdock root is reconstituted by pouring boiling water over the bits and letting them stand until softened. It may also be used as a tea, or incorporated into brown rice, where it will soften as the rice and burdock mixture cooks. I use either fresh or dried burdock in stir-fried vegetables or kinpira-style braised vegetables.
These simple vegetables accompany brown rice for a sumptuous, health-promoting luncheon dish.The best oils to use for cooking in a macrobiotic regimen are safflower, refined (not toasted) sesame (by Spectrum) and sunflower oils. Organic, short-grain brown rice is easy to store as a dietary staple. It may be time to concentrate your survival food-storage efforts on things like this that do not require refrigeration. You can use a small barbecue grill to boil rice and sauté vegetables, so keeping a high supply of charcoal briquets is a good idea.©M-J de Mesterton
The internet is full of recipes for pain Français. Choose the one that seems right for your kitchen, because people have varied results depending on many factors. There is a detailed tutorial at The Sour Dough blog, based upon the French bread recipe and method of Julia Child. Here is another instructive page, at the Smithsonian museum, which houses Julia Child’s television kitchen. Remember to use only unbleached white flour, and to create moisture in the oven while your loaves are baking.
©M-J de Mesterton 2012
This elegantly-arranged taco salad contains about 20 grams of carbohydrate–mostly from the three mini-tortillas, which were cut into halves. There are some finely diced tomatoes in the seasoned taco meat, which represent a negligible number of calories. Other components are shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.
©M-J de Mesterton