JUN the Champaign of Kombucha

Aged Bottled JUN
Aged Bottled JUN

JUN the Champaign of Kombucha

This wonderfully light, crisp, effervescent beverage has many health benefits, delicious and easy to make. I was recently on a long and strong course of chemotherapy and it did a lot of damage to my immune system and many other areas while it was eradicating any remaining trace cancer cells and I suspended my use of this powerfully beneficial beverage. Now that my treatment has ended I’ve resumed drinking JUN and feel much healthier and more energetic. I suppose it’s because it’s a simple drink made from simple ingredients that’s simply wonderful! Here’s how you can make your own.

Note: Unpasteurized JUN or Kombucha will continue to develop a new baby SCOBY so if you are squeamish about them floating in your brew just pour thru a nylon or high quality stainless steel tea strainer into your glass and put what it catches into your compost.

You can get a JUN SCOBY here or you can get a daughter from a fellow brewer. I use a 1 gallon glass jar as my fermenting vessel and a coffee filter to cover the top securing it with a rubber band or breathable cap.

 

JUN TEA

Ingredients:

3 ½ Quarts of non-chlorinated water

8 organic Green Tea Bags

¾ Cup Raw Honey (I use clover due to tree allergies)

1 JUN SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast)

2 Cups of previously brewed JUN that your SCOBY was stored in

(this is known as a SCOBY Hotel)

Jun Ingredients
Jun Ingredients

Directions:

In a large pan bring to a boil 3 ½ quarts of non-chlorinated water. Add 8 organic green tea bags and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn off heat, cover and cool to 117 degrees. Remove tea bags and add ¾ cup of raw honey and stir until completely dissolved. Continue to cool until it’s room temperature then pour it into your fermenting vessel. Add 2 cups of previously fermented JUN from your SCOBY hotel and your SCOBY. Cover with the coffee filter and secure with a rubber band or breathable cap. Leave in a cool place out of direct sunlight for 6 – 8 days. It will grow a daughter SCOBY on top. (This can be used to brew your next batch of JUN). Remove the mother and daughter SCOBY and 2 cups of brewed JUN and put them back in your SCOBY hotel and refrigerate until your next brew date. You can strain and bottle at this point or add flavorings like fruit or ginger root if you prefer. If you add flavorings put them in with the JUN and cover with coffee filter for a couple of extra days then strain and bottle. If you store the bottles in the fridge right away it will not become effervescent. I leave my bottled brew on the counter for 2 – 3 days before I refrigerate so that it has some carbonation.

Brewing Tea
Brewing Tea
SCOBY Hotel
SCOBY Hotel

 

Fermenting the JUN
Fermenting the JUN

 

Flavoring the JUN with Ginger Root
Flavoring the JUN with Ginger Root
Aged Bottled JUN
Aged Bottled JUN

 

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

 

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

 

 

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GLUTEN FREE BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES…. YUM!!! (Fussy Husband Approved)

GLUTEN FREE BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES

Gluten free Buckwheat Pancakes
Gluten free Buckwheat Pancakes

These can also be made vegan with a couple of substitutions.

 

Ingredients:

Dry

1/2 cup organic buckwheat flour

1/4 cup organic oat flour

1/4 cup organic tapioca flour

2 tablespoons organic cornstarch or arrowroot

1 tablespoon organic ground golden flax seed meal

1 tablespoon baking powder (Aluminum free)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon

 

Wet

1/2 cup buttermilk or kefir (or nondairy milk if you are a Vegan)

1/4 cup non-chlorinated water

1 organic egg (or equivalent egg substitute if you are a Vegan)

2 tablespoons organic pure maple syrup or agave nectar

2 tablespoons grape seed oil or whatever oil you prefer.

1 teaspoon organic pure vanilla extract

Preparation:

In a large mixing bowl, sift together all dry ingredients including baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add the remaining wet ingredients and mix well. Let the batter rest while you preheat (medium heat) a griddle or skillet. When the griddle is hot, spray it with cooking spray or brush it with oil. Stir batter between cooking pancakes. Pour the batter by 1/3 cupful’s onto hot griddle/skillet. The pancake will start to form little bubbles as it cooks, but won’t rise as much as conventional pancakes. Cook for about 3 minutes, then flip over and cook the other side for 2 – 3 minutes more. Brush more oil onto the griddle/skillet between cooking pancakes or they will stick to the pan.

 

Makes about 10 pancakes.

 

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 Italian Salad Dressing Mix

Well, I really need to buy a better camera (someday). My apologies for not offering any pictures with this blog post but I think we all know what Italian Salad Dressing looks like. In a previous blog post titled Magnificent Gluten Free Spaghetti Dinner – Magnifica Cena Spaghetti Senza Glutine I promised to post my homemade recipe for My Italian Salad Dressing Mix. We all know that an Italian dinner is never complete without garlic bread and a tasty salad. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!

 

Nanna’s Italian Salad Dressing Mix

I use organic ingredients as I grow and dehydrate most of them myself, however if being organic is not of high importance to you regular off the shelf ingredients will do..  Keep this dry mix in an air tight container. Use to make Italian salad dressing as needed.

 

Ingredients:

Dry Mix

GRIND TO A FINE POWDER AND STORE IN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons oregano

2 tablespoons dried red bell pepper flakes (ground fine)

1 tablespoon dried Italian flat leaf parsley

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon Stevia or sugar

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon dried sweet basil

1/4 dried thyme

1/4 celery salt

 

Italian Salad Dressing

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/3 cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup grapeseed oil

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons Nanna’s Italian Salad Dressing Mix

Preparation:

Combine Italian Salad Dressing ingredients in a pint jar with a lid or a salad dressing cruet and shake vigorously. Store in the fridge. Shake well before using!!!

 

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

 

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

 

 

Magnificent Gluten Free Spaghetti Dinner – Magnifica Cena Spaghetti Senza Glutine

I love pasta. I love Italian food. Now that my husband is trying to be gluten free and I prefer organic I’m finding that coming up with meals that align with both of our lifestyle choices and taste authentic a bit challenging. After much persistence and perseverance I think I’ve hit on a pretty close approximation of an acceptable Italian dinner. There are times when I have to remember that even Thomas Edison said “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”.

Gluten Free Spaghetti with Organic Meat Sauce
Gluten Free Spaghetti with Mostly Organic Meat Sauce

 

Mostly Organic Italian Pasta Sauce with Meat

(This makes a gallon of sauce so I can what is left over in glass jars in a pressure canner but it can be frozen also)

Home Canned Mostly Organic Pasta Sauce with Meat
Home Canned Mostly Organic Pasta Sauce with Meat

In a large stainless steel 6 quart pan put enough Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil to coat bottom. This amount will vary depending on the fat content of the meat you use.

Brown and crumble in Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil to brown ground meat

1 pound of organic 99% lean ground beef

¾ pound ground Cudighi or sweet Italian sausage (casing removed)

ADD

1 organic yellow bell pepper (seeded and diced)

1 medium organic sweet yellow onion (peeled and diced)

1 – 8 ounce package organic portabella mushrooms (minced or sliced)

½ cup organic sweet red wine (I make my own but you can use Marsala or Port)

3 cloves garlic (peeled and pressed thru a garlic press or finely minced)

½ teaspoon organic red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons organic turbinado sugar

1 tablespoon beef soup base powder or granules

2 tablespoons organic dried Italian flat leaf parsley

2 tablespoons organic dried sweet basil

SIMMER STIRRING OCCASSIONALLY UNTIL VEGETABLES ARE TENDER THEN ADD

3 quarts of canned tomatoes in their juice (blended in a blender)

3 – 8 ounce cans of any brand of organic tomato paste.

sea salt to taste

SIMMER UNTIL REDUCED TO DESIRED THICKNESS. COOK GLUTEN FREE PASTA ACCORDING TO DIRECTIONS ON PACKAGE. I USE THE PASTA PICTURED BELOW AND GOT IT AT WALMART.

Tinkyada Brown Rice Spaghetti
Tinkyada Brown Rice Spaghetti

WHEN READY TO PLATE TOP WITH FRESH GRATED ASIAGO CHEESE

Fresh grated Asiago Cheese
Fresh grated Asiago Cheese

Serve with Garlic Bread made from My Gluten Free Bread Recipe and an organic toss salad. Stay tuned for my Italian salad dressing mix recipe coming soon. For those who prefer a creamy dressing try My Ranch Dressing Recipe.

 

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

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

 

 

Nature’s Nectar – Cherry Wine

After learning about making yeast from readynutrition.com Survival Food Series: 3 Ways To Naturally Make Yeast I decided to try it out and see if I could make wine without purchasing wine yeast. I’ve made wine and beer for many years but have always purchased the little packets of yeast. When I let nature take care of this process for me the fermentation process took longer to start (11 days verses 1 day) but the overall flavor was more true to the fruit that I used and it was crisp and clear.

Cherry Wine
Cherry Wine

Nature’s Nectar Cherry Wine

 

Ingredients

3 Quarts Unprocessed Sour Cherry Juice (room temperature)

(mine was drained from frozen cherries that my daughter-in-law picked and I added enough other fruit juice to make it equal 3 quarts)

2 Quarts non-chlorinated water

2 Pounds raw organic sugar

cherry wine fermenting
cherry wine fermenting

In large sauce pan dissolve sugar in 1 quart of water. Let cool to room temperature. Combine all ingredients in a 1 gallon sterile glass carboy and put airlock in place. Fermentation will start in 1 to 2 weeks. Leave ferment in a cool place out of direct sunlight until bubbling stops. Siphon off the cleared wine into sterile dark wine bottles and insert cork stoppers.

POUR, ENJOY!!

 

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

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

Super Food Side Dish

Super Food Side Dish

Super Food Side Dish Over Rice
Super Food Side Dish Over Rice

Ingredients

3 Tablespoons Rosemary Garlic infused cold pressed extra virgin olive oil

(I make this by adding a few sprigs of rosemary and a few cloves of halved garlic to a bottle and fill it with cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. Then cover it and leave it set in a cool dry place for a few weeks)

3 Tablespoons Organic Grape seed oil

2 medium yellow onions (sliced)

8 ounces portabella mushrooms (sliced)

1 large organic green bell pepper (diced)

1 Tablespoon organic minced garlic

 

Season with

Low sodium organic fermented soy sauce (to taste)

Course ground sea salt (to taste)

Saute Ingredients To Desired Consistancy
Saute Ingredients To Desired Consistancy

Combine ingredients in a large skillet and sauté until it reaches desired consistency.

Serve over jasmine rice or quinoa cooked in vegetable stock.

 

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

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

 

Comfort food that doesn’t cause discomfort – Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

Gluten Free Macaroni & Cheese
Gluten Free Macaroni & Cheese

I must apologize for my absence. As I near the end of my chemotherapy treatments I will try to come up with delicious ways to help eliminate gluten from our diets. This one is short and to the point. Lets get straight to the YUM!

GLUTEN FREE MACARONI & CHEESE

8 oz. Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta Elbows

1 ½ Cups buttermilk or milk kefir.

½ Cup organic chicken stock (I use Wild Oats)

2 Tablespoons Sweet Cream Butter

3 Tablespoons corn starch

½ teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

½ Tablespoon mustard

8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar

½ Cup shredded Asiago Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to directions on package, drain and set aside. Dissolve corn starch in room temperature chicken stock. Melt butter in large saucepan, whisk in buttermilk and heat. Add chicken stock mixture to buttermilk mixture and stir over medium heat until it starts to thicken. Add cheeses, mustard, onion powder, salt and pepper and stir until melted and thick. Remove from heat and fold in pasta.

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

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