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Making Kimchi and other fermented foods

Homemade KimchiHomemade Kimchi

Last summer we had the good fortune to visit relatives living in Japan. For ten days, we toured Tokyo and Kyoto together. We visited countless temples, restaurants. Saw amazing sites and ate some of the most amazing cuisine I’ve ever tasted! There are many reasons that Japanese live extraordinarily long healthy lives, not the least of which is the food they eat: Traditional Japanese meals heavy on the vegetables and are naturally gluten and dairy free. Another thing we noticed was a variety of fermented foods are usually present at EVERY meal, especially breakfast.

This ancient tradition seems likely to have come about as a means of preserving the harvest, but as many in modern times are beginning to realize, the bacterial cultures present in fermented foods have many benefits in terms of digestion, immune system health, detoxification and even increased mental clarity.

As soon as we got home, we began incorporating more fermented food into our diets – store-bought saurkraut, kimchi and pickled radishes.

A few months after we got home, we bought our first crock and began fermenting things for ourselves. Kimchi is my favorite because it’s spicy, but a nice bit of saurkraut is great as a side dish or in a sandwich as well.  I like that we can know where things came from, how they were handled and get to participate in this ancient, wise tradition from my heritage.

Traditional Korean kimchi can contain seafood or meat as well, but we decided to keep it simple. This batch is mostly napa cabbage mixed with some carrots, green onions, garlic and hot peppers allowed to ferment under a brine. Since the vegetables are kept completely covered with brine, not in contact with air, the usual mold and other bacteria that can appear on foods is not able to survive the saltiness and lack of oxygen of the brine, allowing lacto-fermentation to commence, which produces that healthy gut-flora bacteria we all need more of in our diets. (something the yogurt industry is trying to leverage as well, but be careful not to eat yogurt which has sugar added – it counteracts the health benefits of the lactobacillus bacteria by promoting unhealthy bacteria in your system instead!)

Now that our crock is empty again, my thoughts are turning to red onions. Who doesn’t love a nice dollop of pickled onions on their burger?

 

 

 

Gluten Free Recipe: Shanghai Cabbage

gluten free recipe: shanghai cabbage

 

Gluten Free Recipe:   Shanghai Cabbage

 

This recipe is a gluten free version of an old Asian noodle dish called “Noodle Mountain.” I guess you could use rice noodles, but we decided to make it even cleaner by eliminating the noodles all together. As with a lot of Asian recipes, it’s also vegan and dairy free!

Serves 2

Prep time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head Napa Cabbage, sliced really thin
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled, sliced really thin
  • 1 bunch Nabuchan Onions or Green Scallions, sliced diagonally 2″
  • 1″ Ginger Root,  peeled and diced
  • 6 Cloves of Fresh Garlic, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup raw, Unsalted Cashews
  • Juice of 1 Fresh Lime
  • 1/8 cup Nama Shoyu or Japanese Soy Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1/8 cup Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1/4 cup Peanut Oil

Recipe

Make the sauce: Combine the Nama Shoyu, Rice Vinegar and Toasted Sesame Oil in a small bowl. Set aside. Juice the lime into another small bowl. Set aside.

Add 1/4 cup peanut oil to a wok over high heat. The pan is ready as soon as a water drop disappears when you flick into the oil. Quickly add the yellow onions and turn down to medium heat. Saute` the onions until they are translucent, and remove from the pan to a plate.

Bring the pan back up to high heat again and add the cabbage, green onions, ginger and garlic to the pan and toss as you would a salad with tongs or two wooden spoons, until all the cabbage is limp, usually about 5 minutes. Add the yellow onions back in along with the sauce and heat through, about 2 more minutes.

Quickly remove the cabbage mixture to two plates, top with the cashews and lime juice – This tastes best when it’s good and hot.

We like to eat it with chopsticks because it forces us to eat slowly.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Cranberry Walnut Kale Salad Recipe

cranberry walnut kale salad

The kale harvest is well underway at Mercy Hill Farm and we’ve got lots of it! It’s available for sale inside our barn and there are SO many ways to enjoy it. Here’s a simple salad I made yesterday for lunch:

Cranberry Walnut Kale Salad Recipe

(makes one large serving or two side servings)

  • 5 or 6 large kale leaves
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries diced
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts coarsely chopped

Massaging Your Kale

(this process makes it much tender and tastier in salads)

To prepare the kale, rinse the leaves

massaging kale vigorously under cold water. Discard the thick main stem and cut the leaves into 1″ pieces. Place the leaves in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with about a teaspoon of salt. Massage the kale in your hands for about 2 minutes, or until the kale looks like wet seaweed. Fill the bowl with water enough to completely cover the kale. Swish it around for a minute and then remove the kale to a plate. Empty and rinse the bowl thoroughly to remove the salt. Repeat the process at least once to ensure the salt is gone from the kale, and then move the kale to a colander to drain any excess water off. Then your kale is ready to eat as a delicious salad green packed with raw nutrients and fiber!

Honey Dijon Dressing:

This simple dressing is my go-to most days.

(makes 5-6 servings)

  • 6 tbsns cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsns dijon
  • 3 tbpn extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp raw honey (2 1/2 tspns sugar for vegan)
  • 1/2 tspn salt and pepper each

Add all ingredients to a small jar, put a lid on it and shake.

If you have not tried eating kale this way, you really owe it to yourself to give it a try.

kale for sale

Vegan Recipe: Tangy Sweet Potato and Pineapple Salad with Avocado

 

It’s springtime in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The snowpiles are melting and giving way to early blooming flowers like crocus and daffodil, a welcome, colorful change.

This was partly the motivation for this salad, that and trying to find a satisfying gluten free, dairy free lunch. It also happens to be vegan and very tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, chopped
  • 1 med. sweet potato, peeled, chopped
  • 2 tbspns finely chopped red onion
  • 1 red and 1 green jalapeño, finely chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 tbsn fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Recipe:

Steam the sweet potato chunks until tender. Then toss all the ingredients together until the lime juice has coated everything.

Serve on a sunny porch with some calypso music playing and think about warmer weather coming real soon!

You might also enjoy this article:

19 Science-backed Health Benefits of Pineapple by Helen Nichols

 

Noodle Mountain

This is a very satisfying gluten free, dairy free, vegan dish full of flavor and zip.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 6oz package rice noodles
  • 1/4c extra light olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 chiles, finely chopped
  • 8- 10 napa cabbage leaves, finely shredded
  • 4oz bean sprouts
  • 1/4c gluten free tamari
  • Juice of two limes
  • 6 scallions, chopped
  • 4oz raw, unsalted cashews, chopped

Directions

  1. Cook the noodles in a large saucepan according to the package. Drain and transfer to a bowl if cold water. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a wok and add garlic, ginger, onions, and chiles. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes until softened. Add the cabbage and bean sprouts and stir briefly.
  3. Drain noodles well and add to wok. Toss gently then add tamari, lime juice, scallion, and cashews. Mix well. Serve immediately. Use chopsticks!


Gluten Free Recipe – Bacon Wrapped Broccoli

Gluten Free Recipe – Bacon Wrapped Broccoli

 

Bacon Wrapped Broccoli

Salads are great – and can really provide long-lasting energy. Especially if you take the time to add some variety and some satisfying proteins along with all those yummy vegetables.

Here’s a very satisfying addition to today’s lunch salad, that is gluten free, dairy free and paleo friendly. Also – you don’t need many of these as they are very rich and very filling.

Ingredients:

  • Broccoli spears
  • Uncured bacon slices, cut in half

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425F

Wrap the bacon around a broccoli spear stem, then pin the end into the stem with a toothpick. Cut the toothpick so that just an 1/8 of the end is visible. Three for each person is plenty. Place them in a glass baking dish on their sides.

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and using a basting brush, pick up some of the bacon fat from the bottom of the pan and brush the broccoli heads. Then return to the oven for another 10 minutes or so, or until the bacon is cooked to the desired doneness. This will keep the broccoli from getting too crispy.

When the bacon is cooked, the broccoli will be too. Drizzle the broccoli heads with the remaining bacon fat, let them cool 5 minutes and serve!

Once the broccoli is in the oven, you have time to make an epic salad to be the main course!

 

 

Gluten Free Recipe – Salade Niçoise

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Recipe – Salade Niçoise

Salade Niçoise

 

Ingredients list:

  • a soft-boiled egg
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes, quartered, slightly seared
  • 10 haricots verts (French green beans), slightly steamed
  • a couple red, orange, and/or yellow baby bell peppers, also slightly seared
  • a couple fingerling potatoes, boiled fork tender then quartered
  • 3 or four slices of cucumber
    1/2 ouce field greens
  • 1/2 ounce baby spinach
  • 1 sardine fillet, packed in oil, drained
  • a teaspoon of capers
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly crushed black peppercorns
  • a pinch of salt

Mix together the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Arrange everything around the sardine fillet, drizzle with the dressing mixture. Voila. A delicious and hearty gluten free, dairy free meal that will fill you up and give you long-lasting energy for quite a while… and fish breath. (cats will love you)

 

 

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Thanksgiving Day Tacos

Turkey Day Tacos

Gluten Free Dairy Free Turkey Day Tacos

(AKA: Thanksgiving Tacos)

Prologue to the Recipe:

Traditions (from “The Fiddler On The Roof”)
“Here in Anatevka, we have traditions for everything.”

“How to sleep.” 

“How to eat.” 

“How to work.” 

“How to wear clothes.”

“For instance, we always keep our heads covered, and always wear a little prayer shawl. This shows our constant devotion to God.”

“You may ask, how did this tradition get started?”

“I’ll tell you.”
“…I don’t know.”
“But it’s a tradition.”

Thanksgiving – The Tradition That Keeps On Giving

Part of the Thanksgiving tradition is to always prepare way more food than any person should ever eat, and then for the week that follows, trying to find creative ways to get junior to eat them . Why? I don’t know…  but it’s a tradition.

This year, instead of just warming over leftovers and slogging through another big hot dish of tradition, today I broke with tradition and went with my craving. Hence:

The Thanksgiving Taco

Just dice up some of your favorite Thanksgiving Day leftovers and spoon them into some taco shells. I jazzed up the cranberry sauce with some cayenne pepper, and I was in taco heaven. Our forefathers (or should I say “antepasados”) would be so proud.

BTW – This is a gluten free, dairy free recipe. With the right shells, it could also be made grain free. For a vegan recipe, you could leave out the turkey, perhaps replace with some tofurky or seitan. Thankfulness is for everyone. Viva el taco!

 

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Recipe: Crustless Salmon Quiche

Crustless Salmon Quiche

 

Several people on Instagram asked for a recipe for this. Traditional quiche has cream, cheese and a flaky crust, but since this is gluten free and dairy free, it’s way easier!

Here’s the world’s easiest gluten free, dairy free (and grain free) recipe for crustless salmon quiche:

  • 1 lb sockeye salmon
  • 1/2 lb green beans
  • 6 farm fresh eggs
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Broil the salmon in the oven, skin side down 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until it flakes in the middle when you poke it with a fork.  Sauté the green beans in a teaspoon of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat until tender.

Mash the salmon into bite size pieces with a fork, and spread it around in the baking dish. Spread the green beans around in the baking dish. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs slightly just to break the yolks and pour them over the salmon and green beans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until the egg is cooked in the middle of the baking dish. Voila.

Some other ideas for this: I could have added onions,  sautéed along with the green beans, or almond milk to make it fluffier, or broccoli instead of green beans… you get the idea.

That’s what I love about quiche, it’s rife with possibilities!

 

 

“Bap Veggies” – Gluten free, Grain Free BiBimBap

Bibimbap is a classic Korean dish we first had at Street, one of our favorite restaurants in Portsmouth NH. The word literally means “mixed rice”. Bibimbap is traditionally served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with spiced vegetables and a thick sauce.

Gluten Free BiBimBapWe decided to eliminate nearly all wheat and most grains, after reading about the benefits of a paleo diet, so here’s our take on BiBimBap. This is a dairy free, grain free, gluten free recipe and could easily be made vegetarian or vegan by eliminating the egg. Karen calls this: “Bap Veggies.” August is a perfect time to make this, since we have an abundance of fresh garden vegetables to harvest right now.

Ingredients:

  • 2 crowns of broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 stalks of kale, stems removed, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • extra light olive oil
  • some gluten free tamari
  • and of course some Sriracha Rooster Sauce!

Heat a few teaspoons of oil over medium heat in a wok or other frying pan. As soon as the oil is hot, add in a the broccoli, stir around occasionally for about 4 -5 minutes. Add in the onions, stir for a few more minutes. Add in the rest of the veggies and cook until they are all slightly tender. Push the veggies to the outer edges of the pan, crack the eggs into the center and shut off the heat. When the eggs are flippable without breaking the yoke, flip them over. Turn the heat back on briefly if necessary to get the egg cooked to desired doneness. Serve by laying the veggies out, egg on top, chop sticks and sauces nearby.

As a variation to this, try adding some mushrooms, bean sprouts, summer squash, or green beans. It’s fun to try different combinations for color and flavor.