forget the fact that it's minus 50 degrees and i'm freezing my butt off getting in and out of the hottub - bahahahahahah!
we like to eat seasonally and locally as much as possible. but we always give ourselves treats during the winter - here's a fruit salad with pineapple, strawberry, apple (at least they were local) and grapes.
what a treat! a better treat is being able to go and get fresh mint out of the greenhouse!
i can't recommend strongly enough having a greenhouse or a hoophouse over the winter. in our unheated greenhouse we are able to keep green onions, mint, parsley, oregano, rosemary, catnip, sorrel, sage, lavender and bitter vetch. by growing sprouts in the sprouter, we can get lots of delicious and healthy food even in the winter.
i've mentioned that we're dairy-free (except for butter, eggs and a bit of aged cheddar every now and then), as well as gluten-free. i cheat every now and again and can handle a little bit of gluten but we have switched to quinoa pasta, brown rice pasta (which we loooove!), quinoa flour, almond flour and coconut flour. and we can honestly say that we don't miss the wheat at all!
quinoa flower is a little tricky to work with - hence the look of this meat pie!
no matter. you should have seen the messes we made when we first started making our own sushi!!!! this pie came out looking mighty fine to me!
and please take my advice - regardless of what flour you use - let the pie sit or you get this mess on a plate.
we didn't care - it was fricken deeelishous!
and it seems that tractor-dura was sipping on the good stuff last night. he's now known as "drunk-dura".
that's how crazy the frost heave is here - when jambaloney parked drunk-dura it was flat!
as you already know, jambaloney makes the best rice on the planet! we often have stirfries - this one with korean sticky rice.
but every now and then the man gets a craving for steak - and i love having a poached egg on steak.
and some more info on dairy-free - i thought i would die without my milk, 18% cream in everything, all of my processed cheeses, my sour cream, my cream cheese, my cottage cheese - it has not been easy because i like melted cheese on melted cheese with my sour cream! but jambaloney keeps his eyes open and looks for things that could help with that. he found 2 Tofutti products that i actually enjoy. one is called Tofutti Sour Supreme and the other is Toffuti Better than Cream Cheese.
as you know, we do not advertise on our blog or receive free samples of stuff. so if i say i like the stuff - it means i like the stuff.
and using almond milk in your organic cereal feels just like eating cereal - who knew???
Lastly - a BIG THANK YOU to Deborah Harvey who commented on our last post and recommended a book about menopause and natural options vs. HRT. Deborah - i ordered 3 of his books and have ordered 2 bottles of progestelle - i can't wait to try it. if any ladies are interested in my opinion of the books and the progestelle - you can contact me here or through email - firstname.lastname@example.org
now we are off to make coconut bars - imagine? i've never liked sweets in my life but that's because they were all made with wheat. the quinoa flour, coconut, flour and almond flour is changing all that.