Thursday, December 5, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
We have been battling tooth decay on our little one's teeth for the last two months now. After having a dentist tell me that she wants to fill cavities and seal my son's teeth with toxic materials, I did some research and came across remineralizing teeth. I read Rami Nigel's, Curing Tooth Decay, and have been following his protocol. We started with homemade bone broths with a raw egg yolk mixed in each serving and FCLO/BO blend. Raw goat milk kefir and cheeses were already in our diet but I stopped offering him a fruit kefir smoothie. He actually prefers the kefir plain. I slowly added cell salts and xylitol to his water. We went grain-free and I made some remineralizing toothpaste. His teeth have not gotten gotten worse so we have halted the decay.
We did remove a lot of the fruit from out diets. Although I do use fruit to bribe him into his car seat and into the house. I feel bad but sometimes I have no choice. Since I had bought a bag of xylitol I have been looking for recipes in which to use it. I first used it on the icing for his birthday cake which was a success. But I needed a snack that I could offer him instead of fruit. I came across xylitol marshmallows. I have never made marshmallows so I finally decided to try making it. As I licked the bowl clean, it reminded me of the fluff that I used to eat as a kid. So I already thought it was a success.
Once it set, I cut the marshmallows into little squares and dipped them into so soaked and dehydrated raw almonds that I ground up. My son opened the pantry looking for bananas which we are out of, so I offered him a marshmallow. He has never had candy like treats (he won't eat xylitol mints) so he cautiously tried it and ... he came back for more! I finally have a tooth friendly treat for him!
Here is the recipe I used. I halved the recipe and I did not use the stevia. Next time, I am going to try to omit the honey and up the xylitol to replace the honey. There is also this recipe which does not use egg whites that I am going to try too.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
I have been making rennet cheeses lately with all the goat milk I have been getting from our goats. My husband has never liked chevre but I decided to make it anyway because of how little work is involved. He tried it after I made it and liked it but wanted crackers to eat it with. So I looked for a cracker recipe. I used this recipe as a guide but changed the ingredients to use what I have on hand. We have been out of almonds so I used raw sunflower seeds. I just used a little salt for flavor because some of the chevre I made is flavored with sweet ingredients.
As a snack, we topped these crackers with the plain chevre. Then for dessert, I topped these crackers with chevre and a drizzle of honey and my husband topped his with chevre and dried fig...so delicious! We finished the crackers in one day, so I will probably double the batch next time.
Brown Rice Sunflower Seed Cracker Recipe
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Grease a baking sheet.
Grind up the sunflower seeds. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the liquid ingredients and mix until a dough is formed. Make two balls of dough.
Put one ball of dough in between two sheets of wax or parchment paper and roll out to 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch. Pull off the top sheet of paper and flip the dough onto the baking sheet. Use a pizza cutter to cut crackers into 1 to 1 1/2 inch squares. Take the edges off and add to the other ball of dough and repeat.
Bake for 15-18 minutes. (I rolled mine real thin and baked for 15 minutes.)
Let cool on baking sheet.
Makes 30-35 crackers.
This article is shared at Allergy Free Wednesdays.
Monday, April 30, 2012
I have been waiting for the two bananas on my counter to turn extra ripe so I can make banana bread. I usually make Elana's banana bread recipe but I did not have any eggs to spare so I tried to make a new egg free version with the ingredients I had on hand. This banana bread came out great! You can't tell that there are no eggs and it was NOT crumbly. I store it in the fridge and when I want a slice, I put it in the toaster oven an top with a sliver of butter.
Gluten-Free Egg-Free Banana Bread Recipe
3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup flaxseed
1/4 cup white rice flour
2 tbsp ground chia seed
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup soaked almonds or walnuts, chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp stevia powder
2 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup milk*
Preheat oven to 350F.
Grind up flaxseed and chia seed (I used a magic bullet.) Add milk to the flaxseed and chia. In another bowl, mix together the brown rice flour, white rice flour, stevia, cinnamon and baking powder. Mix well. In a separate bowl, mash bananas and add vanilla, milk, and baking soda. Mix together the coconut oil, banana mixture and flour mixture. Fold in nuts. Pour into greased 8 x 4 glass loaf dish.
Bake for 45-50 minutes.
* I have used sour cow's milk and fresh goat milk from my goats!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Chloe has been giving me 12-14 ounces of milk every morning since then, which has only been a few days. I am very pleased with her. She is also much better on the milk stand as she will only kick a few times and doesn't fight me while trying to milk her.
We have decided to sell her son. We are going to have to keep him separate if we want to use him for breeding purposes which means we will have to get him a male goat friend to keep him company in a separate pen. But we already know he can get out if he really wants to. Also, I have to use him to bribe Chloe on the milk stand in the mornings - too much work! Not to mention, my husband would have to build a pen for him and we would always worry about him getting out and knocking one of our goats up.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
|Baby getting milk|
|2 week old buck, JJ|
Off to craigslist I went looking for a goat that's already giving milk. I didn't have much luck in our area, so I searched further away. I found a momma and baby nigerian for sale but they were four hours away. My husband said no at first (he would have been the one to go pick them up as our son was not ready for an eight hour road trip.) I searched for a couple of days and found nothing else so I convinced hubby to let me email the listing for the momma and baby. My husband spent a whole day driving just to pick them up. They are so beautiful!
|Momma goat, Chloe|
We will try milking her in a week because we need to build a milking stand. They are still getting used to their new owners. The mom will eat out of our hands and will let us pet her while she is eating grain. I am hoping she will be more comfortable with us by the time we start milking her. For now, her baby is drinking her milk.
Friday, March 2, 2012
My parents are from India so I grew up eating curries and dishes made with paneer, which is made from soured milk. My mom used to make all sorts of Indian desserts with milk that she would sour with vinegar or lemon juice. She taught me how to make a few of them. It has been a while since I have made many of the desserts because hubby doesn't care for the desserts made with soured milk. I have had a half gallon bottle of sour milk in the fridge for a while now. I keep telling myself I will make rasgulla but it has not happened yet.
This morning I finally decided to make something with the soured milk. I poured the milk in a pot and turned on the stove to the lowest setting. The milk was already so sour that I did not have to add any vinegar or lemon juice (this only happens with raw milk.) The curds started to separate from the whey. I was initially going to make rasgulla which are milk balls in a light sugar syrup. I decided that this was too many steps for today and I would not have enough free time to make it as my son enjoys my attention during the day. So I called my mom to ask her how to make the mawa (pronounced m-ow.) I had made it once before but that was many years ago. Most of the recipes online used sweetened condensed milk, that is not the authentic way to make it - not to mention, very unhealthy! This recipe is the authentic way of making it. The only change is that I used coconut sugar and stevia instead of regular granulated sugar.
It came out perfect! Here is the recipe:
1/2 gallon of raw milk (it can already be soured)
3 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice (only needed if milk is not sour)
1/2-3/4 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp stevia powder
shredded coconut (optional)
Pour the milk into a large pot. Turn pot on lowest setting. Once the milk heats up, it may start separating if it is already sour. If it is not sour, add the vinegar or lemon juice. You will see the curds start to separate. You can turn the heat up a little as the milk has to reduce to a pudding consistency. Keep stirring every 10-15 minutes. Once the milk had reduced to half, add the sweeteners (add more or less based on your preferences, just remember that the milk will reduce more so it will get sweeter as it reduces.) Mix the sweeteners through and keep stirring so the milk doesn't burn or stick to the pot. The cooking process will take about 2 hours. You will know it is done when it is a very thick consistency. The color should be a nice tan.
Grease an 8 x 8 glass or pie dish. Let the mixture cool for about 10 minutes in the pot, then scoop into dish and pat down. Sprinkle with shredded coconut, if desired, and press down a little. Put in fridge and let cool.
Cut into bars and serve.