Baby it’s dry outside: Dehydrated Herbs

Herbs that is! Los Angeles is technically supposed to be a desert . None of the vegetation is natural here… We go through droughts. Herbs cost money. Buy them at the market for $1 and dehydrate or air dry. In supermarkets herbs such as rosemary can cost up to $5-$8. Let’s save a few bucks and dehydrate more… here’s what I have so far. More to come!

 

It’s not weird…Raspberry, dill prawns

I love dill’s surprising versatility. It makes me happy when someone tells me, ‘”That sounds odd. I don’t think that will work” People are very scared of ingredient ideas for some reason. Here I made dill and raspberry love each other oh so well!

4 raspberries
2 prawns
1 pinch of dill
1/2 cup grapefruit juice
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Set prawns and grapefruit juice aside. (You don’t want to accidentally cook the shrimp with the grapefruit’s acidity.) In a small bag hand mash berries with the rest of ingredients. Place in bag with prawns. Marinate for 30 min- over night. Sautee prawns. Reduce marinade with grapefruit. Enjoy!

 

Delivered produce starting at $25

Delivered produce starting at $25

Oh did I mention that it’s all organic, fresh, seasonal and local!

FarmFreshToYou.com is among many is the ‘farm to table’ movement. This week has brought me a few new fun things. I refuse to look as I love a surprise, but you can even log-in and change your order… prior to delivery date deadlines. I’m in love with this idea! Click the photo to sign up!

Rye Not?… Whiskey for lunch

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OK say sooo many times while working, people will pick a gin based special over a whiskey special. Why? “Whiskey during the day… I have to go back to the office. (fake giggle) Given this irrational justification. I have designed a cocktail that wraps whisky’s beautiful barrel flavors with a light essence perfect for day time.

 1.5 oz preferred rye whiskey

1 strawberry

3 blueberries

.5 oz honey simple syrup (3 Honey: 1 water)

2 drops cardamom tincutre

In mixing tin muddle fruit , cardamom tincture and honey simple. Add rye whiskey and ice, shake and dirty dump (same ice from shake) into a red wine glass. Add lemon wheels for garnish. YUM!

When the munchies strike: Dinosaur Egg Pluots

Pluots are a hybrid of plum and apricot… this hybrid provides many varieties of nom goodness. Given its dappled coloring this varietal is trademarked as the ‘Dinosaur Egg’.  Naturely very sweet, pluots have a great deal of nutritious value and are low in fat, making them ideal for snacking or sweetening up other dishes. MMM!

Why this chicken tastes like a steak?

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Now for the good stuff… substantial food

We apologize to meat eaters for being to vege. I saw for sale at Ralph’s some ground organic chicken, and realized I never used chicken this way before. I had to learn how to manipulate the idea of a lighter ground meat. LOVE me some burgers!

I decided to not take the easy burger path. Instead, I made a BBQ seasoned chicken steak, and I topped it with kiwi sauce drizzled over bacon… MMMM (Remember that BBQ sauce I spruces up? :-0 )

I began by seasoning the patty. Just because there is sauce all over the place does not mean the chicken doesn’t need internal love. Simply mix the following ingredients and make into preferred size patty’s. Then use lighter oil or give into butter. It’s up to you! I recommend skinnier patty’s since it’s chicken. BTW this ground meat needs to be fully cooked. No Salmonella in herr!! Afterward drench it in my BBQ sauce! topped it with pan-fried bacon (turkey OK). Then slide some of that habanero kiwi sauce on top… YUUUUUMMMM!!!

Chicken Patty

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Ingredients

1 lb ground organic chicken
1 cap of liquid smoke
1 tsp cayenne, spanish smoked paprika, herbs de provence
2 tsp ground sage, parsley
Salt and Black Pepper

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Tell that Sour Patch Kid to Go on Somewhere: Cherry Rune Juice

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Cherry Rune Juice Ingredients:

  • One small bag sour Rainier Cherries (pitted)
  • 2 Fuji Apples, 2 Macintosh Apples
  • 1 Lime, 2 stalks Bok Choy, 4 Carrots
  • 1 small piece Ginger
  • 1 bushel of Pea Shoots.

This seasonal juice reveals the sweet side of tart. The mild greens leave the cherries as the primary flavor agent. Always leave the rinds on lemons and limes as they have excellent benefits for your skin/ hair, but always be sure to remove pits and stems because they are without nutritional value and are hella bitter. Happy juicing y’all!!

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Juicing Tips… Stop before you regret it

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First off we are huge Juiceheads, not the Guido kind. Love it so much that We have failed at a few experiments. Wasting juice is super expensive. Preparing and making another is not what anyone’s morning routine had in mind.

A few things to remember when juicing…

  1. Always wash your fruits and veggies before juicing. Even the freshest ingredients may get cross-contaminants and/or sprayed with waxes and chemicals to keep them lookin fresh. Trader joes has an organic veggie wash for under $5!
  2. Organic is the only way to ensure a delicious, pure juice. Some fruits and veggies have thinner skins that absorb pesticides, leaving us to taste RoundUp and other products used.
  3. Most fruits and veggies are fine in whatever increment you desire. However there are a few ingredients due to there powerful flavor agents are ratchet in huge amounts. Below are a few commonly used ingredients.
  • Beets- While beets balance the body by increasing energy, oxygen/ blood flow, cleansing the liver, and actually allowing the body to adapt more easily to exercise by boosting endurance… too much can nauseate the stomach due to sugar content and the flavor can become very unbearable.
  • Lemon/Lime/ Grapefruit- Citrus fruits such as Lemon, Lime and grapefruit add beautiful citrus notes, vitamin C and acidity to a juice. We all know how we pucker at sour lemonade… Let’s not ruin our juice with it!
  • Ginger-  fiery, pungent in taste ginger is recognizable in every dish. calcium, sodium, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese, selenium, Vitamins C, E and B6 are jam packed in there. Containing essential proteins and oils, ginger’s potent compound infuse powerful flavor and health benefits. Use it sparingly as potent is an understate of juice flavor when too much of this root is used.
  • Onion- Thing is most people refuse to think onion juice is even an option, but adding it to your juice or taking one shot a day can do an array of things repair your stomach, cataracts or even REVERSE GREY OR BALDING HAIR/ SCALP. Use it, but please, sparingly.
  • Garlic- We all love this stinky clove, but in our juice? Garlic has numerous health benefits as an antioxidant (Vitamin E and Coenzyme), an antibiotic that fights infection and unclogging sinuses. Even rumored to be an Aphrodisiac, Garlic’s flavor is delicious but can painfully ruin any delicious juice.

More tips and recipes to come! Happy Juicing!!