Grow With Me

The only thing I’ve ever grown from a seed is my dog, Kali. Does that even count? I’ve had her mom, Bourgeois, since she was a puppy, and I was there the day Kali was conceived and the day she was born. Yeah, that counts. But I have never grown anything that I would eventually eat.

With the way things are in our society today, it seems imperative to start growing our own food. In fact, it seems that things have gotten to this point largely because of people depending on a system and not having the knowledge, resources, or the land to provide for themselves.

Nowadays, there are GMO’s in place of real organic heirloom foods. They are doing things such as adding frog genes into tomatoes, so they are more resistant to “pests”. The whole ecosystem is changing right before our very eyes.

Where do you fit in on this change? Are you doing nothing about it and letting it evolve “naturally”, or are you doing something to dam their river, so to speak, and change the current flow?

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Enemas

Reposted from http://www.BodyEcology.com

An Internal Bath for Your Colon

An enema is a method to flush waste out of the colon. It’s not such a bad idea when you consider that the average person may have up to 10 pounds or more of non-eliminated waste in the large intestine!1

Simply put, an enema cleans up the colon and induces bowel movements, leaving you feeling cleaner, lighter and healthier almost immediately.

Whistle Clean Means Everything

If you’ve read the Body Ecology Diet, you know that good health begins right in the gut. Eating a natural, wholesome diet with fermented foodsdrinking clean water, exercising, getting plenty of rest, and breathing fresh air is essential for proper digestion, vibrant health and well-being.

But all of your efforts toward a healthy lifestyle could go right down the drain if you’re not eliminating properly!

The main job of the colon is to absorb water and nutrients from food and remove waste and toxins. Over the years the colon walls can become encrusted with non-eliminated waste, making it sluggish and inefficient. When that happens, you might experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Allergies
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Swelling
  • Weight Problems
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach Pains

Bacterial Gaper Delay of the Colon

When waste material travels too slowly through the intestines or you become constipated and they literally jam up, putrefaction and toxins occur. Constipation is damaging to every cell and to every organ in our body not just to our intestines. Our bodies are designed to absorb whatever is in the digestive tract… good or bad.

So in other words, if you begin your meal and eat truly healthy foods, and if you chew and digest them well, your body will absorb truly valuable nutrients. But if you leave putrefying, toxic waste in your system, your body will absorb that, too.

That’s the point where autointoxication, or self-poisoning occurs.

Digest This!

There’s no denying it – gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s, Colitis, Diverticulitis, Irritable Bowel Syndromeand other diseases of the intestinal tract are a direct result of the foods we eat. Up to 100 million North Americans suffer from intermittent forms of digestive disease, making it the number one cause for hospitalization over any other group of disorders!2

Watch television for an hour or two and count how many commercials you see advertising over the counter and prescription drug products for digestive tract disorders. They’re enough to convince you that it’s perfectly normal to suffer the consequences of a bad diet, easily remedied with a pill.

So normal, in fact, that $2 – 2.5 billion dollars per year are being spent on these drugs. Two and a half BILLION!

Fit For a King

Enemas are not a new fad or something that’s only performed by those obsessed with their health. It wasn’t that long ago that enemas were routinely prescribed by doctors as part of a normal cure for illness.

An Egyptian king, as early as 1500 BC, was known to receive routine enemas by a physician who used them for regular medical treatments. The Egyptians believed that all diseases were caused by tainted, unwanted additions to food, or too much food, and understood how an enema could offer relief to serious situations.

Ancient regions in Africa, Greece, Babylonia, India and China used enemas.3 American Indians performed enemas. Louis XIV had almost 2000 enemas in his lifetime and stayed healthy throughout. And even the vivacious and voluptuous Mae West started every day with a morning enema. 4

Today the medical community has somehow disconnected itself with the benefits of enemas, and so it is up to us individually to take back a powerful tradition for maintaining health!

You Want Me To Put What, Where?!

Alright, before you hit the “Exit” button, let us put your mind at ease. The thought of an enema can be a little off-putting but they’re really much more comfortable than you might anticipate.

In fact, an enema can be a very nurturing experience.

All you need is either a bag or a bucket, specifically designed for an enema in mind, a gentle catheter, a little coconut or olive oil for lubrication, clean water and a little privacy. You can definitely get creative with what you can add to your enema but we’ll talk about that a little later…

Learn To Appreciate Enemas!

Before we get into enema-techno, let’s take a look at what you could see disappear with regular enemas:

  • Constipation
  • Candida Yeast Infections
  • Backache
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Weight Issues
  • Skin Conditions
  • Headaches
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Flatulence
  • Loss of Concentration
  • Unpleasant Breath

If you experience any of those conditions, perhaps you should consider an enema!

Cleansing or Retention – Two Separate But Powerful Tools

There are two types of enemas – cleansing and retention.

The cleansing enema is retained for a short period of time until your natural peristaltic movement eliminates both the water and the loose fecal material. It is used to gently flush out the colon.

The retention enema is held in the body for longer. For example, the famous “coffee enema” is retained for approximately fifteen minutes or can also be left in and absorbed. Coffee enemas are an example of short term (fifteen minutes) retention enema. They were made popular by Max Gerson who used them with cancer patients to open the bile ducts increasing bile flow, helping to rid the liver of impurities.5

Examples of Cleansing Enemas:

  • Lemon Juice – Just what you need to clean the colon of fecal matter, balance its pH and detoxify the system
  • Apple cider vinegar in water – helps with viral conditions and to clear mucous from the body. Great if you suffer from nasal congestion or asthma.
  • Catnip Tea – Relieves constipation and congestion and will bring down a high fever
  • Burdock Root – Helps to eliminate calcium deposits and purify blood

Examples of Retention Enemas:

  • Coffee – A coffee solution (we mean a good organic breakfast blend, not decaf or instant) stimulates both the liver and the gallbladder to release toxins. (15 minutes only)
  • Minerals – this is one you will want to retain permanently. It helps rebuild the energy of the adrenals and the thyroid
  • Probiotic – Perfect for candidiasis and other yeast infections
  • Red Raspberry Leaf- High in iron, great for the eyes and particularly helpful for women 6

Each enema requires a slightly different method, but the results for each will be glorious. When a smaller amount of liquid is retained permanently we prefer to call this an implant. One cup of liquid with a probiotic, minerals or something green with chlorophyll (like wheat grass) makes an excellent implant. They’ll quickly have you on your way to a happier, healthier colon!

When Enemas are REALLY Important

Whenever you’re feeling lethargic or constipated, it’s a sure sign that an enema should be scheduled into your immediate future. Even if you’re feeling great, releasing extra toxins can only make you feel better!

But as you approach a healthier lifestyle and begin the Body Ecology Way, home enemas are incredibly important because:

  • Fermented Foods – As you begin to add fermented foods and drinks to your diet, such as cultured vegetableskefirCoco-Biotic or our new Innergy-Biotic, you might experience symptoms of yeast and pathogenic bacteria die-off as the good bacteria begin to colonize your inner-eco system. Gas and bloating is a signal that the mighty floras are busy attacking toxic waste in and on the colon walls.Home enemas will rinse out the toxins, helping to shorten the discomfort you might be feeling.

    Fasting – If you choose to fast, enemas are critically important. You must keep things moving out of your body because your cells will be dumping their toxins quickly. You will feel miserable if you are not cleaning downstream.

  • Colon Cleansers – If you’re using any type of clay cleansing agents to pull toxins out of the system, you’ll want to use an enema to help release the bulk. You don’t want to pull out toxins and leave them with nowhere to go!
  • Liver Cleansing – Because your liver dumps its toxins into your colon, you want to make sure the colon is open and in perfect working order to move all those toxins out quickly.

Why do we say PHUCK a 9-5? Here’s 10 reasons

Here are some reasons you should do everything in your power to avoid getting a job.

1. Income for dummies.

Getting a job and trading your time for money may seem like a good idea.  There’s only one problem with it.  It’s stupid!  It’s the stupidest way you can possibly generate income!  This is truly income for dummies.

Why is getting a job so dumb?  Because you only get paid when you’re working.  Don’t you see a problem with that, or have you been so thoroughly brainwashed into thinking it’s reasonable and intelligent to only earn income when you’re working?  Have you never considered that it might be better to be paid even when you’re not working?  Who taught you that you could only earn income while working?  Some other brainwashed employee perhaps?

Don’t you think your life would be much easier if you got paid while you were eating, sleeping, and playing with the kids too?  Why not get paid 24/7?  Get paid whether you work or not.  Don’t your plants grow even when you aren’t tending to them?  Why not your bank account?

Who cares how many hours you work?  Only a handful of people on this entire planet care how much time you spend at the office.  Most of us won’t even notice whether you work 6 hours a week or 60.  But if you have something of value to provide that matters to us, a number of us will be happy to pull out our wallets and pay you for it.  We don’t care about your time — we only care enough to pay for the value we receive.  Do you really care how long it took me to write this article?  Would you pay me twice as much if it took me 6 hours vs. only 3?

Non-dummies often start out on the traditional income for dummies path.  So don’t feel bad if you’re just now realizing you’ve been suckered.  Non-dummies eventually realize that trading time for money is indeed extremely dumb and that there must be a better way.  And of course there is a better way.  The key is to de-couple your value from your time.

Smart people build systems that generate income 24/7, especially passive income.  This can include starting a business, building a web site, becoming an investor, or generating royalty income from creative work.  The system delivers the ongoing value to people and generates income from it, and once it’s in motion, it runs continuously whether you tend to it or not.  From that moment on, the bulk of your time can be invested in increasing your income (by refining your system or spawning new ones) instead of merely maintaining your income.

This web site is an example of such a system.  At the time of this writing, it generates about $9000 a month in income for me (update: $40,000 a month as of 10/31/06), and it isn’t my only income stream either.  I write each article just once (fixed time investment), and people can extract value from them year after year.  The web server delivers the value, and other systems (most of which I didn’t even build and don’t even understand) collect income and deposit it automatically into my bank account.  It’s not perfectly passive, but I love writing and would do it for free anyway.  But of course it cost me a lot of money to launch this business, right?  Um, yeah, $9 is an awful lot these days (to register the domain name).  Everything after that was profit.

Sure it takes some upfront time and effort to design and implement your own income-generating systems.  But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel — feel free to use existing systems like ad networks and affiliate programs.  Once you get going, you won’t have to work so many hours to support yourself.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be out having dinner with your spouse, knowing that while you’re eating, you’re earning money?  If you want to keep working long hours because you enjoy it, go right ahead.  If you want to sit around doing nothing, feel free.  As long as your system continues delivering value to others, you’ll keep getting paid whether you’re working or not.

Your local bookstore is filled with books containing workable systems others have already designed, tested, and debugged.  Nobody is born knowing how to start a business or generate investment income, but you can easily learn it.  How long it takes you to figure it out is irrelevant because the time is going to pass anyway.  You might as well emerge at some future point as the owner of income-generating systems as opposed to a lifelong wage slave.  This isn’t all or nothing.  If your system only generates a few hundred dollars a month, that’s a significant step in the right direction.

2. Limited experience.

You might think it’s important to get a job to gain experience.  But that’s like saying you should play golf to get experience playing golf.  You gain experience from living, regardless of whether you have a job or not.  A job only gives you experience at that job, but you gain ”experience” doing just about anything, so that’s no real benefit at all.  Sit around doing nothing for a couple years, and you can call yourself an experienced meditator, philosopher, or politician.

The problem with getting experience from a job is that you usually just repeat the same limited experience over and over.  You learn a lot in the beginning and then stagnate.  This forces you to miss other experiences that would be much more valuable.  And if your limited skill set ever becomes obsolete, then your experience won’t be worth squat.  In fact, ask yourself what the experience you’re gaining right now will be worth in 20-30 years.  Will your job even exist then?

Consider this.  Which experience would you rather gain?  The knowledge of how to do a specific job really well — one that you can only monetize by trading your time for money – or the knowledge of how to enjoy financial abundance for the rest of your life without ever needing a job again?  Now I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have the latter experience.  That seems a lot more useful in the real world, wouldn’t you say?

3. Lifelong domestication.

Getting a job is like enrolling in a human domestication program.  You learn how to be a good pet.

Look around you.  Really look.  What do you see?  Are these the surroundings of a free human being?  Or are you living in a cage for unconscious animals?  Have you fallen in love with the color beige?

How’s your obedience training coming along?  Does your master reward your good behavior?  Do you get disciplined if you fail to obey your master’s commands?

Is there any spark of free will left inside you?  Or has your conditioning made you a pet for life?

Humans are not meant to be raised in cages.  You poor thing…

4. Too many mouths to feed.

Employee income is the most heavily taxed there is.  In the USA you can expect that about half your salary will go to taxes.  The tax system is designed to disguise how much you’re really giving up because some of those taxes are paid by your employer, and some are deducted from your paycheck.  But you can bet that from your employer’s perspective, all of those taxes are considered part of your pay, as well as any other compensation you receive such as benefits.  Even the rent for the office space you consume is considered, so you must generate that much more value to cover it.  You might feel supported by your corporate environment, but keep in mind that you’re the one paying for it.

Another chunk of your income goes to owners and investors.  That’s a lot of mouths to feed.

It isn’t hard to understand why employees pay the most in taxes relative to their income.  After all, who has more control over the tax system?  Business owners and investors or employees?

You only get paid a fraction of the real value you generate.  Your real salary may be more than triple what you’re paid, but most of that money you’ll never see.  It goes straight into other people’s pockets.

What a generous person you are!

5. Way too risky.

Many employees believe getting a job is the safest and most secure way to support themselves.

Morons.

Social conditioning is amazing.  It’s so good it can even make people believe the exact opposite of the truth.

Does putting yourself in a position where someone else can turn off all your income just by saying two words (“You’re fired”) sound like a safe and secure situation to you?  Does having only one income stream honestly sound more secure than having 10?

The idea that a job is the most secure way to generate income is just silly.  You can’t have security if you don’t have control, and employees have the least control of anyone.  If you’re an employee, then your real job title should be professional gambler.

6. Having an evil bovine master.

When you run into an idiot in the entrepreneurial world, you can turn around and head the other way.  When you run into an idiot in the corporate world, you have to turn around and say, “Sorry, boss.”

Did you know that the word boss comes from the Dutch word baas, which historically means master?  Another meaning of the word boss is “a cow or bovine.”  And in many video games, the boss is the evil dude that you have to kill at the end of a level.

So if your boss is really your evil bovine master, then what does that make you?  Nothing but a turd in the herd.

Who’s your daddy?

7. Begging for money.

When you want to increase your income, do you have to sit up and beg your master for more money?  Does it feel good to be thrown some extra Scooby Snacks now and then?

Or are you free to decide how much you get paid without needing anyone’s permission but your own?

If you have a business and one customer says “no” to you, you simply say “next.”

8. An inbred social life.

Many people treat their jobs as their primary social outlet.  They hang out with the same people working in the same field.  Such incestuous relations are social dead ends.  An exciting day includes deep conversations about the company’s switch from Sparkletts to Arrowhead, the delay of Microsoft’s latest operating system, and the unexpected delivery of more Bic pens.  Consider what it would be like to go outside and talk to strangers.  Ooooh… scary!  Better stay inside where it’s safe.

If one of your co-slaves gets sold to another master, do you lose a friend?  If you work in a male-dominated field, does that mean you never get to talk to women above the rank of receptionist?  Why not decide for yourself whom to socialize with instead of letting your master decide for you?  Believe it or not, there are locations on this planet where free people congregate.  Just be wary of those jobless folk — they’re a crazy bunch!

9. Loss of freedom.

It takes a lot of effort to tame a human being into an employee.  The first thing you have to do is break the human’s independent will.  A good way to do this is to give them a weighty policy manual filled with nonsensical rules and regulations.  This leads the new employee to become more obedient, fearing that s/he could be disciplined at any minute for something incomprehensible.  Thus, the employee will likely conclude it’s safest to simply obey the master’s commands without question.  Stir in some office politics for good measure, and we’ve got a freshly minted mind slave.

As part of their obedience training, employees must be taught how to dress, talk, move, and so on.  We can’t very well have employees thinking for themselves, now can we?  That would ruin everything.

God forbid you should put a plant on your desk when it’s against the company policy.  Oh no, it’s the end of the world!  Cindy has a plant on her desk!  Summon the enforcers!  Send Cindy back for another round of sterility training!

Free human beings think such rules and regulations are silly of course.  The only policy they need is:  “Be smart.  Be nice.  Do what you love.  Have fun.”

10. Becoming a coward.

Have you noticed that employed people have an almost endless capacity to whine about problems at their companies?  But they don’t really want solutions – they just want to vent and make excuses why it’s all someone else’s fault.  It’s as if getting a job somehow drains all the free will out of people and turns them into spineless cowards.  If you can’t call your boss a jerk now and then without fear of getting fired, you’re no longer free.  You’ve become your master’s property.

When you work around cowards all day long, don’t you think it’s going to rub off on you?  Of course it will.  It’s only a matter of time before you sacrifice the noblest parts of your humanity on the altar of fear:  first courage… then honesty… then honor and integrity… and finally your independent will.  You sold your humanity for nothing but an illusion.  And now your greatest fear is discovering the truth of what you’ve become.

I don’t care how badly you’ve been beaten down.  It is never too late to regain your courage.  Never!

Still want a job?

If you’re currently a well-conditioned, well-behaved employee, your most likely reaction to the above will be defensiveness.  It’s all part of the conditioning.  But consider that if the above didn’t have a grain of truth to it, you wouldn’t have an emotional reaction at all.  This is only a reminder of what you already know.  You can deny your cage all you want, but the cage is still there.  Perhaps this all happened so gradually that you never noticed it until now… like a lobster enjoying a nice warm bath.

If any of this makes you mad, that’s a step in the right direction.  Anger is a higher level of consciousness than apathy, so it’s a lot better than being numb all the time.  Any emotion — even confusion — is better than apathy.  If you work through your feelings instead of repressing them, you’ll soon emerge on the doorstep of courage.  And when that happens, you’ll have the will to actually do something about your situation and start living like the powerful human being you were meant to be instead of the domesticated pet you’ve been trained to be.

Happily jobless

What’s the alternative to getting a job?  The alternative is to remain happily jobless for life and to generate income through other means.  Realize that you earn income by providing value — not time – so find a way to provide your best value to others, and charge a fair price for it.  One of the simplest and most accessible ways is to start your own business.  Whatever work you’d otherwise do via employment, find a way to provide that same value directly to those who will benefit most from it.  It takes a bit more time to get going, but your freedom is easily worth the initial investment of time and energy.  Then you can buy your own Scooby Snacks for a change.

And of course everything you learn along the way, you can share with others to generate even more value.  So even your mistakes can be monetized.

 This is copied and reposted from http://www.StevePavlina.com  

Meanwhile, on Facebook…

I love that so many of you come and check out the website and my bad for not being so active but there’s plenty of past entries to keep you busy in the meantime 🙂

 

Follow me on Facebook, I update quite often there. I dont always have the time for that either but somedays I write things that help open a lot of people up.  Like today for example:

“Artificial flavors= artificial behavior. Eliminate the fakeness from your life and get to know who you REALLY are. + you would be doing us all a favor by cleaning up your internal toxicity so we don’t have to wallow in your spillage.”

 

“BREAKTHROUGH or BREAKDOWN. Many of you are being challenged in life with situations that you have spent the majority of your life running from. Your old ways of dealing with things isn’t working anymore. People aren’t as tolerant of your behavior and immature ways. You have been running from your authentic self and it is not going to stand for that any more. So breakthrough or breakdown? How are you going to deal with it? Because either way, its going to have to be dealt with. Now is the time.”

“And ladies, I get that in the past women felt surpressed and hurt by the actions of men and the women have done a great job “punishing” them for that these past few decades but as a heads up….times are changing. It is no longer going to be acceptable to use the same old tactics to punish them for what you feel is shortcomings or not meeting your expectations. The threats, cussing them out, taking away from them (possessions you bought, kids, etc), yelling, ignoring, demanding, pouting, crying, and drama filled scenes are no longer working. While you are over there acting out and attempting to make your point with these tactics, the men are leaving and finding greener pastures somewhere else. The men are just walking away. Hence, the reason why you may be single and can’t seem to find a “good man”. You’re not going to until you become a “good woman” first. Use your words. Use compassion.”

“Anybody that blames someone else for how they see themselves is an excuse to not face their own self esteem issues.” Jason Hairston

“You can’t hurt someone else without hurting yourself. So how long are you going to keep self-sabataging?”

 

My thoughts for the day.  Well, I had more, but these are the ones I shared.  Hope this helps with where you are at today.

On day 5 of The Master Cleanse, here’s how I torture myself….

I look for really delicious recipes, and get full of the list of ingredients:

The Speckled Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Pudding

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

15 oz can pumpkin
3/4-1 package silken tofu
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice or equivalent
1/4 cup sweetener (+or-)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt (opt.)
mixed nuts or whipped topping equivalent for garnish

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, in no particular order, and mix together with electric beaters.  If you’d rather, mix all ingredients in a blender.

The pudding will come out with a bit of a speckled appearance from the tofu and pumpkin, but I assure you this is very tasty.  I made it up about a half in hour ago, and if you can find where improvements need to be made, I’d love to hear them.  Since I had no whipped cream replacement readily on hand, I tossed some mixed nuts on top and it was very good.  I hope you enjoy it too !

Serves: 4-6

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Thanksgiving “Meat” Loaf

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

2 egg replacers
(I use 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder + 1 tablespoon corn starch + 4 tablespoons water)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 (12 ounce) box medium-firm silken tofu
1 (1 1/2 ounce) packet vegan dried onion soup mix
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1 teaspoon oil
1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
3/4 cup celery, chopped
2 cups mushrooms, chopped (I use portobello mushrooms)
1 1/2 teaspoons basil
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoon sage
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix egg replacer, soy sauce, tofu, and onion soup mix together in blender.  Add walnuts and blend until smooth. Grease a loaf pan.

2. Heat oil and saute onion, celery, and mushrooms until onions are transparent. Add basil, oregano, and sage while vegetables are frying.

3. Thoroughly mix blender ingredients, cooked vegetables and bread crumbs together in a large bowl.

4. Press into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 75 minutes.  Let cool slightly. Turn loaf out and slice.

To make it stick together better, try lowering the bread crumbs to 3/4 cup and adding one of the following: 1 extra box tofu, 1 cup instant mashed potato flakes, 1 to 1 1/2 cup(s) cooked brown rice or 1 cup burger-style crumbles. You can also cover the top of loaf with ketchup before baking.

This has become a standard dish at my parents’ house when all sorts of eating habits must be catered to.  Even the most obstinate meat eaters love it.  It is also excellent the next day cold on a sandwich with a bit of mustard.

Vegetarian Stuffing

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

6 cups bread, diced
2 tablespoons margarine
1 medium onion, diced
3 stalks celery, sliced
2 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon rosemary
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon sage
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons raisins
1/2 to 3/4 of a red delicious apple, optional
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pecans
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place vegan bread in a 9 x 13 baking pan and place in oven for about 15 minutes, until the vegan bread is well toasted.  Meanwhile, warm the margarine in a saucepan and saute onion, celery and carrots over medium heat until onion is translucent.

2. Remove vegan bread from oven and add onion mixture, herbs, parsley, raisins, optional apple, nuts and salt.  Mix well.  Carefully drizzle the stuffing with vegetable stock and toss gently.

3. Bake, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes. Season with black pepper if desired.

Serves: 6-8

Cashew Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

1/2 cup raw cashews
1 1/2 cups boiling water (best to use starchy pasta-cooking water)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1-3 garlic cloves, to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Place raw cashews (not roasted!) in a food processor and pulse until nuts are very fine. Carefully add in the boiling water; process until smooth.

2. Add the lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and nutritional yeast; process again until smooth.

3. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.

It’s in the blending process that the sauce thickens, which is why using starchy water is your best bet, so it takes a while. If it isn’t thickening enough for you, heat it in a saucepan over a low temperature for a few minutes, and that should do the trick.

Serve over cooked pasta. I like some steamed broccoli and red bell peppers added to mine.

Tamale Pie

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

2 small or 1 large carrot, chopped
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and cracked (or just under 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin)
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted and cracked (or under 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander)
1 jalapeno, diced
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained (or about 1 1/2 cups cooked dried black beans)
12 ounces chunky salsa
2 ounces tempeh, diced, optional
2 cups water
dash salt
1 cup fine yellow corn meal
2 teaspoons chili powder

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Saute carrots in vinegar or whatever you usually use, along with the oregano, cumin, and coriander. Add the jalapeno and the beans, stirring and cooking about 3 min, then add salsa and reduce heat to a simmer.  Brown tempeh, if using.

2. While the bean mixture is simmering, bring water to boil with dash of salt. A little at a time, sprinkle the corn meal into the boiling water, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Continue sprinkling and stirring until you have a thick porridge resembling grits or cream of wheat. Don’t force all the corn meal into the batter if it looks done with less.

3. Remove cornmeal batter from heat and stir in chili powder. The bean mixture should be just about cooked now. If carrots are tender, remove bean mixture from heat. Spread 1/2 the corn meal mixture into the bottom of a large loaf pan or small baking dish.

4. Spread all of the bean mixture (or as much as reaonably fits in your pan) onto the corn batter. Top with remaining 1/2 the batter, kind of like a top and bottom crust. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top corn meal batter is pretty firmly set.

Garnish, if desired, with fresh tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, hot sauce, etc.

Source of recipe: I made this up night before last, and I’m just finishing the leftovers. It was delicious and simple.

Vegetable Samosas

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup nondairy milk (I use soy)
2 small potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon curry paste (I use India Chef Korma sauce)
1 teaspoon ground coriander
salt, to taste
1 1/2 cups green peas
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:

1. To make the dough, place flour and salt in food processor with dough blade. Mix. Add milk.  Mix and pulse until dough forms a ball. Add additional flour if needed.

2. Remove dough and knead for 1 minute. Cover dough tightly and refrigerate.  The dough should be pretty soft. To make the filling, boil potatoes until soft. Lightly mash, leaving some chunks. In a pan with a little oil, saute onions, garlic, ginger, korma, coriander, and salt until onions are soft.

3. Add peas and lemon juice about half way through. Combine potatoes and onion/peas mixture. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before filling pastries. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. To assemble, make 12 (1″) balls from the dough.

4. Flour hands and rolling pin. Get a small bowl of water and a fork.  On a clean floured surface, one at a time, roll the dough out into a 5 or 6″ circle. Put filling in center of circle. (it really will all fit in the 12 samosas if you do it right.). Use your finger to apply water around the edges of the dough to make it sticky.

5. Pull dough together to make crescent shape. Crimp edges firmly with fork.  Place samosa on cookie sheet and bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees F, turn oven to 375 degrees F, turn over, and bake 10 minutes.  Remove from sheet, place on a plate and let them cool.

Serves: 12, Preparation time: 1 hour

Perfect Falafel

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

2 1/2 cups garbanzo beans, soaked
1 cup onion, chopped
3/4 cup parsley leaves
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
3 teaspoons sea salt
2 tablespoons egg replacer (http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7678.0)
2 tablespoons whole meal flour
canola oil, as needed for frying

Directions:

1. Put the garbanzos in a blender and mince until you have a fine crumbly texture.Take out the beans and put the onion and parsley into the food processor. Blend until finely minced (but not puree).

2. Slightly roast the coriander and cumin seeds over a low heat in frying pan (just until they start to smell and brown ever so slightly), then grind them.

3. In a big bowl, place the garbanzos and mix in the spices, the onion with the parsley, and then the egg replacer and flour. Let sit for a while to let flavors blend. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F if keeping patties warm.

4. Make small patties and fry in medium-hot canola oil until brown on both sides (turning over a couple of times). Place on paper towels to let them drain.

5. Put them in oven so that they may finish cooking on the inside (just in case).

These little wonders will never break apart during frying because they have the egg replacer and the flour inside which binds everything together nicely. Also, the inclusion of any oil in any falafel mixture will make the water content and the oil to separate the ingredients and cause trouble, so no worries this time!

Makes: around 35 falafel, Preparation time: 1 hour (or so)

Sloppy Steves

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

1 lb firm tofu, frozen overnight, squeezed dry, and crumbled (you can also do this without
freezing, just squeeze dry and crumble)
1 large onion, chopped
1 large red or green pepper, chopped
2 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
2 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari sauce
1.5 cups ketchup
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar or sucanat or molasses
1 tablespoon vinegar (red or white)
2 tablespoon lemon juice
Your favorite hot sauce to taste
black pepper to taste
buns or bread or rice

Directions:

Crumble tofu into non stick frying pan (or use an oil spray, or a little oil).  Add onion, pepper, and nutritional yeast.  Saute all three until tofu begins to brown (this part takes a while, but you don’t need to brown if you don’t want to).  Add other ingredients, except buns.  Simmer 10 minutes, stirring.

Serve on vegan bread or rice or buns.

Notes: you can add minced or grated carrot, leave out the vegetables, add minced celery, adjust the sweetening, whatever…

Serves: varies

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Yummmmmmmm….10 more days.  Make something and tell me how good it is.  Trust me, you’ll be helping me.

Introducing…

I’d like to introduce a new member to our Organic Bloodline.  Her name is Fuji and she will be contributing to this site to bring you all more knowledge and lend her point of view as she journeys through life. 

Let’s welcome her.  Here is some info on her:

Fuji Love was born in San Diego, California and raised in Orange County. After obtaining a Nursing license and graduating with Honors, she worked in the field as a Treatment, Medication, and Charge Nurse in the North County San Diego area. After 3 years of seeing an endless cycle of medication, poor nutrition and eventually death, she withdrew from nursing to pursue a life of Living.

Being a creator of all things of expression, she writes poetry, paints portraits and nudes, is a square foot gardening enthusiast, dances like no one is watching, and forms wonderful raw food dishes using her business Planet Fuji Foods as an outlet for a Farmer’s Market booth, classes, dinner parties, and packaged foods.

All things of which she uses to nourish, feed, and, enliven the body, mind, and soul.

The time has come…

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn’t doing enough to control his weight.

The Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/t68M7D ) that the Cleveland8-year-old is considered severely obese and at risk for such diseases as diabetes and hypertension.

The case is the first state officials can recall of a child being put in foster care strictly for a weight-related issue.

Lawyers for the mother say the county overreached when authorities took the boy last week. They say the medical problems he is at risk for do not yet pose an imminent danger.

A spokeswoman says the county removed the child because caseworkers saw his mother’s inability to reduce his weight as medical neglect.

One thing I can’t stand is the fact that the government owns people’s children and assumes the right to take them away from their families as they see fit.  HOWEVER, the weight issue and poisoning of kids is getting far too out of hand and someone should be stepping up and doing something about it.  There are children that are constantly sick, being forced pills that the parents themselves dont even really know what is in that pill, and are not being fed proper nutritious foods.  Your kids affect our future! 

If this case is happening then it will be used as an example to happen in lots of other states and perhaps may affect your home.  Please seek out the necessary guidance and knowledge to get yourself and your family healthy and thriving so that you wont be the next family in the headlines.

Do you agree with the state taking away the child?