Traditional Foods

"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.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Seed Planting Time

Pepper seeds need to be soaked before planting. Here are some left from last year.
It's that time of year again. Our basement will be a nursery for about six weeks before I put seedlings into the greenhouse prior to planting them into the gardens.

Only the beginning: tomato seeds from Penny's Tomatoes and a variety of packets I picked up from the Kaw Valley seed exchange a few weeks ago. Many more seeds on the way.

Prairie turnips. I also planted a lot outside last year. Hopefully some will sprout. 

Filling up. Shelves by the south window.

Tomatoes by the heater.

More of my gourds and peppers from last year by the east window. I'll add a light in a few weeks.

Vegetable Dinner

We watched the exciting KU-Missouri game yesterday and I needed to get some food cooking before the kids ran off to various activities. I did not want to stand in the kitchen so I found things that could cook without much attention. There was a bag of bag of yellow, orange and red peppers in the fridge drawer that I mixed with garlic cloves, then sauteed with olive oil and black pepper (top)

A bunch of carrots went into another pan with a sweet onion, black pepper, sage and olive oil.

Sweet potatoes with nothing on them. I nuked them for about 6 minutes.

A nice winter radish that has a mild flavor provided crunch. Later we had apples and peanut butter.