I made it, I ate it, I still don’t believe it!!!!!

I made it, I ate it, I still don’t believe it!!!!!

A little back story might be in order. I was searching the internet to try and find uses (like sprouts or flour) for the abundance of pole bean seeds that I have dried. I have far too many to plant. I came across a simple recipe using beans and I wish I had saved the link so I could give credit where credit is due. There were so few ingredients and it was such a simple process that I didn’t even need to write it down. So THANK YOU to the creator of this wonderful recipe. My husband ate this and he HATES all things bean. I didn’t adhere strictly to the recipe, I used what I had on hand, But hey, that’s me J

Black Bean Chocolate Pudding

Black Bean Chocolate Pudding
Black Bean Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients:

2 cups organic cooked unseasoned black beans (drained and rinsed)

1/2 – 2/3 cup organic dark agave syrup (depending on the desired sweetness)

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon baking soda (my attempt at preventive gas relief, after all, we are talking beans)

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Black bean pudding ingredients

Preparation:

I mixed the cocoa powder, agave syrup and vanilla. I added the beans and the baking soda and used an immersion blender (hand blender) and mixed until the texture became smooth and pudding like. It is slightly gritty but not bad. If the texture is not smooth enough to suit you add a small amount of water and blend some more.

Blended pudding
Blended pudding

 

Enjoy! Here is one of my favorite quotes to start your day!!

 

“Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching?”

 

 

 

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SPROUTING GRAIN TO MAKE FLOUR

My first attempt at sprouting wheat and grinding my own sprouted grain flour went very well!!

 

sprouted grain sour dough bread
sprouted grain sour dough bread

SPROUTING GRAIN TO MAKE FLOUR

Directions:

Use only whole raw non-gmo seeds to sprout

2 cup organic raw whole non-gmo grain seeds (I used red winter wheat berries)

non-chlorinated water (enough to cover the grain to two inches above grain)

1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Preparation:

Put the rinsed grains into a soaking vessel and cover with water to two inches above the grains. Add the acidic vinegar or lemon juice to help keep bacteria from forming. Stir and cover with a kitchen towel, cheese cloth or other loose fitting lid. Let soak for 12 – 16 hours. Drain thru a mesh sieve and rinse with cool non-chlorinated water. Return to vessel. Rinse 2 – 3 times a day until you see little sprouts start to form. Once you see sprouts put the grains in a dehydrator at 105 degrees for about 18 hours. Remove from dehydrator and grind into flour. The finer the grind the lighter the bread.

soaking grain
soaking grain
sprouted grain
sprouted grain

sprouted-grain-flour

Enjoy! Here is one of my favorite quotes to start your day!!

 

“Peace is not the absence of turmoil but the presence of God”

 

 

CREAMY COCONUT MILK PIE IN A SPROUTED QUINOA FLOUR CRUST

I’m new to sprouting grain but became interested after reading about the health benefits. Since I started experimenting with malting for making my home brewed beer sprouting grain just seemed like an extension. I looked through my pantry and found a bag of organic quinoa and thought “Why Not!” So I sprouted the quinoa, then dried it in my dehydrator and then ground it into flour. The flour had a wonderful buttery nutty aroma that sent thoughts of wonderful possibilities running through my mind. I decided to make it into a pie crust. It turned out so light and flakey and flavorful that it could stand alone without any filling at all. BUT fill it I did. I paired it with a creamy coconut milk filling topped with a light fluffy meringue. Mmmmm delish. Another Happy Accident!!!

creamy coconut milk pie
creamy coconut milk pie

CREAMY COCONUT MILK PIE IN A SPROUTED QUINOA FLOUR CRUST

Crust:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup organic unbleached flour

1/2 cup organic sprouted quinoa flour (made in advance)

1/2 cup organic coconut oil (keep cool so it stays solid)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup non-chlorinated water (very cold)

Preparation:

First of all I chilled all of my bowls and utensils prior to starting my crust preparation. Sift together all dry ingredients then cut in coconut oil with a pastry cutter or fork until crumbly. Add the apple cider vinegar to the cold water. Mix the cold water gradually into the flour mix until it forms a ball. Roll out dough on parchment paper to form desired size circle keeping rolling pin well floured.. Gently use parchment to fold crust over. Be careful as dough is delicate. Transfer crust to pie plate and unfold and trim edges. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Makes 1 – 9 inch deep dish pie crust.

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Filling:

Ingredients:

2/3 cup granulated raw sugar

1/3 cup organic unbleached flour

1 13.5 oz can coconut milk

1 1/2 cups organic whole milk

1   tablespoon butter

1/4 teaspoon coconut extract

3 organic egg yolks (beaten) (save the whites for meringue)

3/4 cup shredded coconut

Preparation:

Combine the flour and sugar in a medium sauce pan. Mix well to prevent lumps when adding liquid. Add the milk, coconut milk, coconut extract and butter. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture starts to thicken. Add some of the thickening mixture to the beaten egg yolks and whisk then add back to the pudding and mix well. Add shredded coconut and continue to cook until thick. Pour filling into crust and place waxed paper over filling so it doesn’t form a film as it cools. Prepare meringue.

 

Meringue:

Ingredients:

3 egg whites

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

3   tablespoon sugar

3   tablespoon shredded coconut

Preparation:

Whip organic egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over pie filling and sprinkle with shredded coconut. Bake pie at 300 degrees F for 20-30 minutes to set and brown meringue. Remove from oven and cool completely.

NOTE: My crust slid down the sides of the pie plate in a couple of spots when I pre-baked it so I will use parchment and pie weights (I use dried beans) the next time so it will be prettier.

Enjoy! Here is one of my favorite quotes to start your day!!

“Attitudes are contagious…Is yours worth catching?”

 

 

GLUTEN FREE CHEESEY SNACK CRACKERS

GLUTEN FREE CHEESY SNACK CRACKERS
GLUTEN FREE CHEESEY SNACK CRACKERS

INGREDIENTS:

1 3/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour mix (I make my own)

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon ground flax seed meal

3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 1/2 cups (grated sharp cheddar cheese)

1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

3/4 cup ice cold water (add a couple of tablespoons at a time. You may not use all the water)

DIRECTIONS:

Put the flour, salt, and flax into the bowl and mix until the ingredients are well combined.

Add the cold butter cubes into the bowl and cut the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter or fork until about the size of peas.

Mix in the grated cheese and mustard and cider vinegar. Mix in 3/4 cup ice-cold water a few tablespoons at a time and stop adding water when dough ball forms.

Wrap the ball of dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight is best.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Take the dough out of the refrigerator and allow it to warm enough to roll out but not as warm as room temperature.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Grab 1 ball of dough and put the other 3 back in the refrigerator.

Roll out 1 of the pieces of dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper to about 1/16 inch thick (the thinner the better I think).

Using a pizza wheel cutter cut out little cracker squares about 1 ½ inches square and put them on the prepared baking sheet.

GF Cheesy Snack Crackers
GF Cheesey Snack Crackers

Bake the crackers for 12 minutes, rotate the baking sheet 180 degrees in the oven. Bake until the crackers are firm to the touch and golden brown, another 10 to 15 minutes, depending on your oven temp and the thickness and size of your crackers.

Remove from oven and let the crackers cool.

Repeat with the remaining dough.

Store in an air tight container. I don’t know how long they will keep as they disappear within a couple of days!!!

Enjoy! Here is one of my favorite quotes to start your day!!

 

“Peace is not the absence of turmoil but the presence of God”

 

 

 

Giardiniera (Pickled Mixed Veggies)

Harvest season is almost a magical for me. I love to watch as my pantry shelves slowly fill with jars of all shapes and sizes and colors. It makes me feel “warm and cozy” inside. It’s kind of therapeutic. I have to admit that once all my “staple” canning and freezing gets done I like to make my “special” pickles and relishes. On the menu this harvest season is Giardiniera, a wonderful savory mixed veggie relish. This year I had a nice crop of Greek oregano that I dried so I will be using that even though Giardiniera is traditionally Italian.

Note: I found that pressure canning will cause the veggies to lose their crispness. Now I hot pack this and store in the fridge once cooled. If you make a half batch it stores well in the fridge in a covered container and tastes great even raw. Experiment! Send me your feedback I’d love to hear from you!

giardiniera
giardiniera

Giardiniera (Pickled Mixed Veggies)

 

Mix First Ingredients in Large Bowl

 

2 organic large green bell peppers (seeded and diced small)

2 organic large red bell peppers (seeded and diced small)

1 organic large yellow bell pepper (seeded and diced small)

2 organic jalapeno peppers (seeded and diced small)

2 organic stalks of celery (diced small)

1 organic large carrot (diced small)

1 organic medium yellow onion (diced small)

2 cups small organic cauliflower florets

1/2 cup sea salt

Enough Non-chlorinated water to submerge veggies

 

Submerge veggies below salt water, cover and refrigerate 24 hours. Drain water.

 

Mix in Remaining Ingredients

 

1 tablespoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper flakes

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 – 6 oz jar green salad olives with pimentos

1 cup distilled vinegar

1/2 cup expeller pressed extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup organic grapeseed oil

 

Directions

Mix well, cover and let marinate for a few hours. Transfer to large pan and bring all ingredients to a boil. Pack into hot 8 oz jars and wipe rims well. Seal jars with hot lids. (I cheat and use my dishwasher sanitize cycle to get my jars, rings and lids hot.) Store in fridge once cooled. Makes 9 cups.

 

Enjoy! Here is one of my favorite quotes to start your day!!

 

“Peace is not the absence of turmoil but the presence of God”

 

 

Nanna’s Garlicy Onion Dip

Recently, the company who makes my favorite brand of French Onion chip dip stopped making it. I’ve tried several other brands but just can’t find one I like. Whenever this happens I just can’t resist trying to replicate the flavor. The recipe below is one of my best failures yet! This also tastes great as a spread on toasted bagels. Another Happy Accident!!! 

Garlicy Onion Dip
Garlicy Onion Dip

 

GARLICY ONION DIP

Ingredients:

2 medium organic yellow onions (finely minced)

2 tablespoons organic butter

2 tablespoons grape seed oil

½ teaspoon sea salt

 

1 1/2 cups Chobani greek yogurt

3/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise

¼ – ½ teaspoon garlic powder (this can be optional)

½ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Preparation:

Saute’ the onions in the butter and grape seed oil and ½ teaspoon salt until soft and translucent. Set aside to cool. Mix yogurt, mayo, garlic, salt and pepper. Add cooled onions to yogurt mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight to marry flavors. YUM!!!

 

Enjoy! Here is one of my favorite quotes to start your day!!

 

“Peace is not the absence of turmoil but the presence of God”

 

 

MULTI-PURPOSE COCONUT OIL PASTRY CRUST

I wanted to make a Cornish dish called pasty the other day and after I chopped all the vegetables and mixed in the meat and seasoning, I found I didn’t have any vegetable shortening to make the pastry crust. I considered butter but thought that might make it a little too rich so I substituted coconut oil for shortening. I knew coconut oil melted easily since I use it on my skin so I chilled everything before I started and handled the dough as little as possible. The flavor was light and nutty and it had the most delicate flaky texture. THIS IS MY NEW GO TO RECIPE FOR ALL MY PASTRY CRUST NEEDS. Another Happy Accident!!!

Note: This pastry crust is vegan but the Cornish pasty filling is not, however you could leave the meat out of the filling and just fill with the veggies and a bit of vegan margarine.

Cornish Pasty
Cornish Pasty

MULTI-PURPOSE COCONUT OIL PASTRY CRUST

Ingredients:

1 cup organic unbleached flour

1/2 cup organic coconut oil (keep cool)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder (Aluminum free)

1/4 cup non-chlorinated water (very cold)

Preparation:

First of all I chilled all of my bowls and utensils prior to starting my crust preparation. Sift together all dry ingredients then cut in coconut oil with a pastry cutter or fork until crumbly. Add cold water and mix until it forms a ball. Split dough in half and dust with flour and knead slightly. Wrap each half in plastic wrap and chill in fridge for about an hour. Roll out each half on waxed paper to form desired size. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 1 hour.

Makes 2 crusts.

Pasty Filling
Pasty Filling
Multi-purpose Coconut Oil Pastry Crust
Multi-purpose Coconut Oil Pastry Crust

Enjoy! Here is one of my favorite quotes to start your day!!

 

“Peace is not the absence of turmoil but the presence of God”