there are a few foods that we eat daily here at the Manor...they are: fresh ginger, fresh garlic, fresh, unpasteurized honey and apple cider vinegar with the Mother in it. why, you ask? because each of these things are considered super foods but when you combine them....are you ready for it? they become a natural antibiotic. can you believe that?!?!?!!?
trust me - these items taken every day combat all kinds of illnesses - but, sadly, they don't work on migraines - rats!
needless to say, we consume ginger, garlic, honey and apple cider vinegar every day. sometimes several times a day. whenever we eat salad, i make a dressing out of the above ingredients with some olive oil. whatever i am cooking, be it slow-cooker roast, roast chicken, beef stew or cabbage rolls - those 4 ingredients get added. they get added to almost everything - except maybe not to grilled cheese sandwiches - that would be kind of gross - and we love grilled cheese sandwiches - teehee!
we have access to locally-sourced apple cider vinegar and unpasteurized honey...we grow our own garlic...but what about ginger??? this will be our first year attempting to grow our own ginger. we have been on the look-out for organic ginger with little nubs on it for a while now...i will explain the little nubs in a bit. jambaloney managed to score these organic babies a week ago. have a look-see:
see the little nubs below. you want the ginger to have lots of these.
cut up your ginger pieces so that each piece has at least one nub.
then you want to plant them in your very best soil. i am starting the majority of the ginger pieces in pots on the porch. once they actually grow i will transplant them out into the garden.
bury your ginger pieces in a hole that is about 1 and 1/2 times their size. water frequently, keep warm until proper summer arrives, and then transplant them into your garden. you should be harvesting your ginger by the end of your growing season. treat them like garlic - save your best rhizomes for overwintering for the following year's harvest.
if this works out, we'll never buy ginger again! and i pray that my friend Wendy has wild ginger growing in her forest garden. if so, i'll get some - woohoo! i love wild ginger!
and what is jambaloney up to on this fine, rainy, grey day, you ask? good question! why my man is out making us some money - woohoo! his IT skills are in serious demand right now at our local lobster harbour. he went out to help them with some computer issues last week and they called and asked him to come back in today. they have some work for him to do over the summer - and he is building quite a reputation with the local businesses. he is soon going to be known as "the computer guy". he is certainly not being paid what he used to earn back in the city - but such is small town life. and every little bit of extra money earned, especially when living on a fixed income, is such a great bonus!
i am so proud of him. he is a dream-boat i tell you!