"Traditional" in the context of these projects means pre-contact foods. No beef, mutton, goat, chicken, pork, milk, butter, cream, wheat flour (no fry bread), rye, barley, okra, black-eyed peas, or any other "Old World" food that many of us have lovingly incorporated into our diets and tribal cultures. No processed foods (Doritoes, Lays Chips, etc), even if the base is corn or potatoes. No chocolate unless it is unsweetened cacao or sweetened with honey from the Melipona bee, fruit, stevia, camas or agave. Be adventurous and try unfamiliar foods! There are many foods to choose from. My American Indian Health and Diet Project site lists and defines many of them.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The remainder of the peppers. I cut the stems off the red ones, the Kung Paos and Tobasco Seasonings, and put them in the food dehydrator. After they're dry, they'll get ground up in the coffee bean grinder to be used as sprinkles on spaghetti, eggs, pizza, potatoes, etc.
Beans are staples at our house and I cook them in the crock pot at least once a week. Black beans are especially nutritious. This weekend I soaked a bag of black beans overnight then the next day tossed the water (some argue that you should use the water, but I normally just pour it in the compost bin). Put in the crock pot along with 6 chopped tomatoes, a chopped onion, black pepper, and three cups of turkey stock then cook 6 hours on high--or longer if you're at work.
|Peppers make nice props|
The tomatoes turn black. Add some salsa and corn bread. Dinner is ready.
The Black Eyed Pea restaurant has a delicious squash casserole, but it's made with butter, milk and sugar. This is my riff on the dish with indigenous ingredients.
Four small yellow squashes, two zucchinis, 1/2 cup agave syrup, 1/2 chopped sweet onion, 3/4 cup corn meal. Black pepper and hot sauce to taste.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
It did not freeze last night like the weather guy predicted, but it will tonight. I assessed my peppers and tomatoes and still had hundreds on the vines, but they are not quite ready.
|Upside down plants in one the sheds. My Risden mushing sled hangs in there, too. That's my old AZ truck plate.|
I pulled them, shook the dirt from the roots, tied the plants to together and hung them upside down. The green ones should ripen.
|Upside down peppers in the greenhouse.|
Friday, September 28, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Here is a quick dinner made of squash, tomatoes, onions and spices. Cut a spaghetti squash in half and place cut side down on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 about 25 minutes or until it is soft.
In a skillet heated on medium, add sliced zucchini, yellow squash, onion, tomato, salt, black pepper and sage. Cook until tender.
Rake out the insides of the spaghetti squash with a fork into a bowl then top with the skillet ingredients.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Just saute the filling with a bit of vegetable oil until tender, then place inside the halfed (and de-ribbed) peppers, then broil for about ten minutes.
Below is broiled salmon with four different garnishes, from left to rt.: tomatoes, onions and poblano peppers; tomatillo sauce; agave; and red peppers and onions.
|chopped sweet onions|
|saute in skillet until done|
Friday, September 21, 2012
Here are some of the mild peppers I plan to stuff this weekend.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
http://www.aihd.ku.edu/recipes/vegetable_saute.html although I only used what was in my garden plus some garlic powder and an onion from a local farm.
I got out previously-cooked pinto beans from the freezer and thawed them. Here is the recipe: http://www.aihd.ku.edu/recipes/pinto_beans.html
Friday, July 20, 2012
|Squash and rice "hummus"|
Below is another type. I sauteed two zucchines with onions, tomatoes, garlic and 2T of oilve oil.
Below is tabouleh, a Middle Eastern "salad" made of bulghur wheat, with added parsley, rice flour, onion, mint, etc. I bought this in a box as the store. Simply add hot water and olive oil and let it set. After reconstitution it looks like the picture on the left.
|Squash/tabouleh hummus with a Trisket|
Friday, July 6, 2012
|A huge squash|
The hot weather continues. It's been over 100 degrees every day this week. The vegetables are heavily mulched so I don't have to water too much at one time, but it's required every other day.
|Cucumber vines latch on to the fence|
|A late squash plant. I put a twirley from the Dollar Store next to it to deter the rabbits and a funnel so water can reach the roots.|
|This giant squash looks like three fused together|
|A nice pick of peppers|
|Yellow squashes grow next to a watermelon|
|These tomatoes should ripen in a few days|
|Luckily the corn developed tassels before it got hot. It gets a drink every day but still looks stressed|
|A nice little bounty from this morning|
Monday, June 25, 2012
It's about 102 degrees outside. I mulched my gardens in early spring so I only water every three days. Everything has survived this hot month, but it is going to be challenging to keep the plants going if we have another week of 100-plus days.
|I planted way too many squash plants in these raised beds. Now I can't get in there to pick anything.|
|A look under the thick canopy. That little whirly is there to scare off rabbits--when the pants were only an inch high, that is. Now a small rabbit stays under the leaves all day. I feed it scraps and so far it hasn't nibbled on my plants.|
|Cucumber vines have found the ladder.|
|I picked a few things today, inclduing squash, a zucchini, and peppers. This year I planted several types of tomatoes: Manitoba, Alaskan Fancy, Black Pineapple, Cherokee Purple, Chocolate Cherry, Golden Cherry.|
Sunday, June 10, 2012
My daughter Ari created this healthy version of a taco salad yesterday. Instead of using a white tortilla she substituted a tomato tortilla, then baked it in a large bowl instead of deep frying it--like restaurants do. She used vegetable protien crumbles by Morning Star in addition to shredded romaine, peppers, and salsa. She flavored the fake meat with cumin and chili pwder instead of the salty taco seasoning you can buy in packets.