The Druids and their Little People… Think Fairies   Leave a comment

The Druids believed in little people and that these little people lived inside the oak trees. I’m not sure they didn’t, I don’t know, I wasn’t there but recently a tiny human was found, so maybe at one time there were little people. The Druids were convinced and probably all of ancient Ireland believed in them. It’s a great legend. Let’s say it’s true, there were little tiny people at one time. If I was a little person, say six inches, I think I’d find a lot to love about a big oak tree. One acorn would be a whole meal. Little people could spend their entire life in the environment of that one oak tree. There would be branches to climb, oak galls to push and play with and there are always little nooks and crannies where a little person could find shelter from the elements. I never believed in fairies, I always knew it was made up but after I read about the discovery of a six-inch humanoid, I’ve had to rethink it. The next time you see an oak, think of the little people (fairies and elves) who may inhabit that tree. Why not? People have grown taller over the years… you just never know.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Acorns-Eatem-How–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973

Eating Acorns… Are They Fattening or Just Delicious?   Leave a comment

They do fatten hogs with acorns but we humans eat them in such small amounts I doubt there’s much to worry about. Nutritionally, acorns are said to be comparable to barley, a grain, so yes there are carbohydrates to digest but I’ve NEVER, EVER worried about gaining weight with acorns. BUT… the Acorn Chocolate Cake and Acorn Cheesecake that I make with the acorns… that’s a different story. Next time you see acorns on the ground, grab a handful, take them home and shell, grind and leach them. Make Acorn Onion Dip or the desserts I just mentioned. Be sure to invite friends to join you, otherwise you may find yourself devouring your acorn dishes all by yourself. They’re THAT good. Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Acorns-Eatem-How–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973

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Wrinkles… What the Doctor Says… Works For Me   Leave a comment

When I was in college, I took a class called the Biology of Aging. It was a wonderful course, with a considerate professor who was constantly reassuring and informing us about what was “normal” for our aging bodies. When it came to studying the integumentary system (skin, hair, nails and various glands located in the skin) Dr. B said, “The worst thing about skin is that it’s so visible and people are judgmental.” Ha! Ya think? But the wise doctor left us with deeper thoughts. He told us that in Eastern Europe they were proud of wrinkles. They tried to look older because that placed them into a higher pecking order. I’ll bet that’s why we often see pictures of an iconic Eastern European woman with a wrinkled suntanned face and a big huge smile. I believe I saw this type of picture during the Winter Olympics hosted by Russia. Obviously, people think differently in other parts of the world.

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Cooking With Acorns… Should I Make Flour First?   Leave a comment

Acorn flour is one of the first things people think of when imagining they are cooking with acorns. Those who make and have dried acorn flour on hand, truly appreciate it but dried acorn flour is not my favorite method. My acorns are always wet. I run my shelled acorns through a blender with water and then leach them. After they are thoroughly leached I cook them in water, for just a few minutes. I let it cool then I freeze it. I suppose one could say that this is flour but it will remind you of cooked cornmeal or cream of wheat cereal. Once thawed and the water is squeezed out, you can make just about anything with it and the nice thing about it is, it’s already cooked. Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Acorns-Eatem-How–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973

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Natural Hair Dyes…   Leave a comment

It would be nice if one could find a plant substance of a pretty color and put it on one’s hair and the hair would accept it and the color would stay put. It just doesn’t happen that way and I keep telling my husband that if I could find one that did, I’d be rich. The problem is, the color doesn’t bond with the hair unless a mordant is added to the plant substance. Mordant derives from the Latin word that means, “to bite.” Long ago, manure and urine were used as mordants, not necessarily on hair but they were used to dye fabric. There is one plant though that’s quite good at adhering to the hair shaft if done correctly and that’s henna but it tends to be orange and not everyone wants orange hair. There is a large selection of natural hair dyes available but they can often be harsh on hair and scalp, perhaps not as much as chemical hair dye but wouldn’t it be nice if we truly had an alternative? Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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Diabetics Eating Acorns… Might Be a Good Idea   Leave a comment

A friend sent me a link the other day. She saw a story about acorns and knew I had to read it. I’m glad she did because it verified a couple of issues. One, when people ask me what acorns taste like, the only thing I can think of is that they remind me a little bit like an olive. As it turns out, acorns have similarities with olives and I encourage you to follow the link to the story to find out what those similarities are. The story also verifies what a Hopi dietician told me, she wanted to give my book to her American Indian clients who had diabetes, because she believed acorns would be beneficial to them. Don’t forget to leave plenty of acorns for the wildlife. Here is the link to the article: http://primaldocs.com/opinion/olives-and-acorns/ And here’s the link to my book: Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Acorns-Eatem-How–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973

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Tasty Salad Greens, Vinegar, Olive Oil, Ancient Romans… What’s Not to Love?   Leave a comment

Today we think we ‘re hot stuff with our ‘spring salad mixes’ and unusual flavors of vinegar, not to mention the latest gourmet salt craze. But… I suspect the ancient Roman salad would surpass ours when it comes to taste. Imagine… ancient olive oil. Long ago, these Mediterranean people were tossing their salad greens with olive oil and vinegar and by the 1300’s, salads had become so trendy, English cooks had over fifty varieties of greens to choose from, including crispy, sweet, bitter and butter lettuces. English housewives were very creative with their salads, sprinkling them with herbs and spices and tossing violets into them. Mouth-wateringly good… what’s for dinner?

Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Acorns-Eatem-How–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973

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