White Flour and White Rice… A Weak Choice

In 1897, a Dutch army surgeon, Christiaan Eijkman, fed chickens and pigeons strictly polished rice. The birds developed a nervous disease resembling beriberi, a disease common in countries that rely on rice as a large part of their diet. Dr. Eijkman then gave the birds a diet of rice bran and they were cured of this disease. Because rice bran holds the vitamins that had been removed from the polished rice, the birds were cured. This is why it’s very important that we eat whole grain products, because white rice and white flour products are lacking in those vitamins.

The industrial revolution brought modern milling procedures and thousands of people in Asia and Africa developed beriberi. Beriberi causes nerve inflammation that results in a loss of muscle tone in the arms and legs, weakness and rigidity. Before rice is milled, it contains bran and germ, which is high in vitamin B1. It’s wise to eat brown rice, whole wheat flour and always chose whole grains over processed.

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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Cooking With Leached Acorns… How Long Do They Need To Cook?

Not very long. It’s about the same amount of time that you would cook raw oats and they don’t need to boil away, just a little simmer for five or ten minutes will do. Be very careful because the acorns like to stick to the pan, so bring the heat up slowly and stir constantly. Remember, the cooking of the acorns comes AFTER they are leached. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to leach the acorns, it’s the shelling that takes a little bit of your time but you can put your feet up and relax while doing it, even listen to music or turn on a movie. Acorns are a wonderful addition to any dish you make, the effort is worth it.

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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

Rhubarb Is One of the Strangest Edible Plants But Healthy For Us

Rhubarb has a most unusual consistency, it’s kind of gooey and stringy but perfumey to the palate and according to my old herbal, is a great tonic. The leaves are poisonous but after removing them the stalks can be cut into one inch pieces and simmered lightly in a few tablespoons of water. Pour the steamed rhubarb into a bowl and add honey to sweeten. This “sauce” can be used as a side dressing for whatever your imagination drums up. Just present the bowl of cold sauce at breakfast and have it with eggs and potatoes or have it as a side dish with dinner alongside brown rice and your favorite protein and salad. Because it’s believed to be an excellent tonic and facilitate the action of intestinal cleaning and to be good for the liver, a bowl of rhubarb sauce at the buffet table is a welcome sight. Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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Poor Jonny’s Infatuation Tacos

1 dozen corn tortillas

2 cups corn sprouts (dried corn kernels that have been soaked and sprouted)

1 small can tomato paste (6 oz)

½ cup peanut butter

½ cup diced yellow onion

½ tsp sweet basil

lettuce

Steam corn sprouts, set aside. Add 1 cup water, diced onion and sweet basil to tomato paste and heat. Add peanut butter to this and stir. Warm tortillas, (lightly steaming them works great, don’t steam but for a minute or the tortillas will stick together). Stuff tortillas with steamed corn sprouts and top with peanut onion mixture and lettuce.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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Creative Recession Cooking

People become creative in the kitchen when they use what they have so in today’s economic climate, there must be a lot of creative cooking going on. It’s said, “true creativity comes with an obstacle”. Today, that obstacle may be a tight grocery budget. Gardens also encourage creativity, eggplant this, eggplant that, eggplant sandwiches and pumpkin this ‘n that. All the recipes we use now were at one time a clever invention by a creative person. Let yourself go!

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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Tired Of Getting Sick?

Are you tired of picking up every bug there is? Those whose occupations bring them into close contact with small children seem to be the most vulnerable. I was a sub-teacher for many years and it was as if I was getting paid to get sick. “Can you come down and get sick today?” seemed the question. The teacher and half the kids were out sick, the other half were coming down with it. But they needed me. One day I realized I wasn’t getting enough vitamin A, so I made an attempt to eat more green and leafy vegetables and yellow ones too. Today I no longer sub-teach but I make sure, I eat a lot of yams. They are tasty without butter if you are calorie conscious and they’re filling. They are not very expensive either. Tell your friends and don’t forget to tell the kids!

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

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Sprouted Wheat Bread is the Staff of Life – NOT white bread

I love crusty French bread but that is absolutely, positively not what the ancients meant when they said bread is the staff of life. They took the wheat berries and soaked them in warm water until they began to sprout then they ground them and shaped them into a loaf and steamed them. You can make this bread too and it will improve your health by leaps and bounds if you eat it instead of white bread. You can also add raisins and nuts to it before steaming it. You could put olives in it, etc. It really is tasty. I used to make it by grinding the sprouted wheat berries in an old meat grinder but now I’ve found if I get the blender going first, then throw the wheat berries into the little hole at the top, it works. But be careful, they come flying back out again; they could hit you in the eye if you weren’t careful. After they’re ground, they will shape into a loaf that you can put on a plate. Don’t try steaming in the oven; I think that may dry them out. Elevate the plate over water in a kettle, then cover it and steam for 5 or 10 minutes. Let it cool then keep it wrapped in plastic. Don’t let it dry out.

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Recession Grocery Shopping – You Can’t Win!

You absolutely can not win if you go grocery shopping, especially if you have a partner. If you spend too much, which you will, especially with prices so high (bread is four dollars in California) or if you don’t come home with anything interesting to eat. My husband went last night and of course spent more than we had agreed on. But he said, “I figure I’ll be in less trouble if I bring you something good to eat”. Smart man. I can remember years ago a very stressful shopping experience. We had this little tiny Subaru hatchback and I had the delightful experience of having only seventeen dollars. My list included a bale of hay, groceries and gas. Whew. But I did it. I shoved that hay into the hatchback, bought the least amount of gas I could and found groceries really cheap at the gas station mini-mart. I always thought those days were behind us but this recession has brought them back again. I am grateful I have all the frugal skills I acquired during lean times. These days… I need them.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

Dangerous Garden Warnings

The garden can be a dangerous place. No kidding! On Sunday I encountered a HUGE snake, slithering amongst the end of summer overgrowth but that said, the mice were beginning to ruin all my tomatoes and cantaloupe. Now I walk gingerly and keep my hands out of those overgrown corners. Earlier in the year the hornets were everywhere but I let them swarm around me while I worked, they never once bothered me and if it hadn’t been for them pollinating, I wouldn’t have had fruit. Now they are gone and the bees have moved in for the second round of flowers but I did get stung and it gives me the chills thinking of it now. Those hornets built a nest under my front porch. In the garden we got along fine but when my hat brushed against their nest, several of them came after me, ouch! As I walk out into the garden now, after having seen that snake, which I’m not sure if it is a rattler or not, I will remember the warning the hornets gave me.  I won’t wait for a warning from the snake as it just might be the “Don’t tread on me” variety.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.

End of Summer – Not the Time to be Apathetic

If you’re a gardener like I am, you may be a tad exhausted after months of soil preparation, weeding, watering and harvesting but the end of summer is not the time to shrug and let the garden go. Keep watering, weeding and if necessary fertilizing. You’ll get a lot more produce that way, which is what you planted it for. Right?

Suellen Ocean is the author of Gold River one of her books for a buck available at Amazon.