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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

yogurt trial #2

Over the holiday break I tried out our yogurt maker for the first time and by trial #2 I think I made some very liquidy yogurt ;)  So trial #1 resulted in what was probably yogurt as well, I think my choice of using sunflower seeds was a bit different than I was expecting.  My body didn't really want to eat it past tasting it.  So I wasted some seeds...trial #2 I (which is not raw) used a can of full fat coconut milk and stirred in two PB8 capsules that I opened.  I believe it was in the yogurt maker for about 10-12 hours.  Anyway, I am not a yogurt expert, and I'm not sure if it's good practice to open any ol' probiotic capsules to use, so do your research first.  My goal is to make a raw seed or nut based vegan yogurt.  This did however smell nice and tangy like yogurt and tasted really great.

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it was thin, kind of like the consistency of kefir

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I ate it with chia, leftover canned pineapple, and thawed strawberries.  It was actually really delicious.

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Moving on to something that was a bit more of a success...kale chips and cheesy ones, oh baby!  I've made these in the oven before, but this was our first time dehydrating them.  I use Averie's Kale Chips recipe and LOVE it.  This time however I did not have a red pepper around so I subbed one large carrot and I don't add any sweetener in the optional part.  I think this batter could be spread on about twice as much kale, but I really didn't mind the extra noochyness =D  I never do! 

Stored away so I didn't just eat them all at once AND I even saved some ( it was hard) for my Momma to try because I know she loves them too. 

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yummola

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My other bunch of kale went into an experimental kale chip which as I was afraid, didn't turn out awesome.  I wanted to try some with ACV even knowing that it softens the kale, now I know for sure.  They got wilty before they dried and I used too much oil...no pictures.

Something that has been turning out pretty well is our homemade bread.  DDH's wheat bread turns out awesome.  I however like to make it wheat free, so this loaf was spelt flour, brown rice flour, and buckwheat flour.  We just do a basic vegan yeasted bread recipe and use the dehydrator to proof/rise it.  You know what smells great when it's baking??? yeast bread does, good grief.  You have to watch because if you're hungry you may just eat it all warm right out of the oven. 

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A toasty snack with apple butter and our friend's raw local honey.

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One of the chores we accomplished over break was to dust/clean the tops of our kitchen cabinets and walls.  Exciting, right.  Chores go so much quicker when we do them together!  It's so nice to have them dust free and until I find a good place for our smoothie glasses they'll be there too ;)

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In honor of Nelson Mandela today (just because) I'd like to share some of his words that I love.

'Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. '

'We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.'

'For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.' 
~Nelson Mandela

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