Winter Immune Booster

Our favorite immune booster !

My midwife calls them "Jimmy jim jams" so I have adopted this name too.

Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, immune boosting, super tasty and super simple.

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How to make:

  • Crush fresh garlic in a mortar and pestle
  • Squeeze in half a lemon
  • Add a teaspoon of raw or manuka honey
  • Sprinkle with cayenne pepper
  • Pour mixture into squeezed lemon half as a great cup and enjoy

At the first sign of a cold or compromised immune system I have one of these for a few days and a big pot of warm nettle or echinacea tea

:)

Hungry days and nature provides

Living without refridgeration in summer and being 2 hours drive from the nearest town makes food storage and longevity pretty interesting at times. 

We try to go into town once a fortnight. This was no problem at all in winter, though things spoil much faster when it is 46 degrees Celsius most days.

The days just before town are always the trickiest for me. By the end of summer all the nettles have gone to seed and aren't so good anymore, and the chickweed has all died off. 

Luckily blackberries are here to save the day!

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We discovered a MASSIVE blackberry bush along a little dirt road near our place 2 days before our town trip. There were also two kinds of native raspberries just nearby full of berries.

A big basket was filled up with berries and our hands were covered purple - just the way they are meant to be. Fresh wild berries go a long way when you haven't had fruit or sugar for several days!

I made the most delicious, satisfying porridge with pretty minimal ingredients.

  • Sprouted buckwheat
  • Coconut cream
  • Flax, sesame and chia seeds
  • Coconut flakes
  • Sultanas
  • Wild berries

Happy days ! 

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As a depressing end note to the story..

After telling our neighbour (he lives 45min drive away) about how blackberries saved the day and how great they were, he got pretty freaked out that the blackberries were going to get into his river and he would never get it out etc.

A few weeks later all the blackberries along the trail along with a whole bunch of unrelated edible natives and gum trees had all been sprayed with poison and killed...

A valuable lesson learnt in sharing information.. Hopefully some seeds from our harvest will keep the legacy alive :P

Probiotic rich kraut jelly

I am a bit of a nut for ferments and vinegars! It was my #1 pregnancy craving food. Apple cider vinegars, kraut, and kombucha were all I wanted to have the first half of my pregnancy. 

My theory is that my body with all its innate wisdom, was craving the gut healing probiotics and good bacterias to heal after suffering from debilitating Hyperemesis Gravidarum during the first half of my pregnancy.

Recently I found a recipe via nourishingourchildren.org for probiotic jelly and became inspired to make my own take on it.

An ongoing love of kraut + jelly - my childhood favourite, sounds like a pretty delicious idea!

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Ingredients:

-Live saurkraut juice + some extra kraut. I use the bottom 1/4 of the jar

- Organic, grass fed gelatine powder 

-Bush lemons, oranges, grapefruit, or lemons

-Lemon essential oil 

-Filtered water

-Honey to taste

Amounts are flexible depending on how much you want to make, and what brand of gelatine you have. Best to check packet for how much powder you need to add.

I like to use beetroot and red cabbage kraut so the jelly is a deep red colour. Somehow it makes it taste better too :P

Recipe:

1- Heat 4 tablespoons of gelatine powder with 500ml of filtered water, and the juice of 2-3 citrus fruits.

2- Let it cool a little and add half a cup of cool water and a few drops of lemon essential oil.

3-When it has cooled add kraut juice, kraut and honey to taste. Don't have it too warm or it will destroy the probiotics

4-Store in a fridge for a few hours or until jelly becomes solid. 

Enjoy!