Natural Hair Dyes…

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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There Was a Feeling in the Air… Hard Times Were Sure to Come

After I wrote “Acorns and Eat’em,” a how-to cookbook for gathering and preparing acorns, I wanted to share what else I had learned while living in the mountains, far from the grocery store, with a limited budget. Y2K was fast approaching and survivalists were sending me checks for my acorn book. Obviously there was a feeling in the air that hard times were sure to come. I care about people and nutrition so I continued creating unusual recipes from simple, natural, unprocessed ingredients. For example, in “Poor Jonny’s Cookbook”, my recipes teach you the art of making biscuits from scratch with minimal ingredients. Our great-grandparents knew how to survive, we need to follow their example and return to the basics. There’s a little bit of everything in this cookbook, my hope is that when you use this book, you’ll get into the flow of cooking with what you

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Lavender Wash Water… The Romans Did It

During Roman times, lavender was used to perfume bathing water. The Latin word, Lavandula means, “to wash.” The Romans also started the art of topiary, the creative pruning of plants, which they used lavender for, as well as rosemary and juniper. After Rome fell, the art of cultivating gardens fell to Christian monks. In the monasteries, they grew medicinal plants and flowers for religious services, and they studied the genetic characteristics of the plants they bred. Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

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Peppermint is Good Medicine

I always like to have peppermint growing in my garden. I drink it the way others drink soda pop. I usually don’t add anything to sweeten it, because it is fine alone but a touch of honey is nice. In the old herbals peppermint is used for ailments from A – Z, including nausea, vomiting, flu, hysteria, dizziness, fevers, etc. One source even claims it helps insanity. No wonder it’s so popular! I’d be careful about drinking it too soon before bedtime because it appears to be an excellent diuretic and you might make a lot of trips to the bathroom during the night.

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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Gardening: My Cup Runneth Over But it’s A Lot of Work

Summer is over but the garden work has not stopped. Lettuce needs to be washed, beets scrubbed, tomatoes are still hangin’ round, pumpkins need to be made into pies and herbs need to be dried and stored. Never a dull moment in a Gardener’s kitchen. Here’s are some tips. For herbs, stick them in a large paper bag to dry. For tomatoes, pick them green and let them ripen in baskets. Don’t worry if they get wrinkled or a little soft. Don’t leave picked pumpkins lying in the sun and keep an eye on them; they go bad sometimes sooner than one might think. And as for the lettuce, if you’re lucky enough to live in a temperate climate, it will get a little muddy and tattered but will stick around making you feel as if your garden is an extension of your refrigerator.

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Natural Weight Loss? Drink Your Basil Seed Tea?

I had a bumper crop of sweet basil this summer and have been staring at a bowl of the dried herb for over a month. The reason I left it sitting there was because I thought the seeds might be bitter and didn’t know if I should separate them from the leaf before I stored it for my spice cabinet. Today I finally got around to doing a bit of research about the seeds and I see more than one source recommends basil seeds for weight loss. Are you kidding me? And I was going to throw them out? Could it be that simple? I doubt it but you can be sure I’ll save them and see if I enjoy the Thai style of basil seed tea that’s so popular within that culture.

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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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Minestrone Soup… Also Called Italian Vegetable Soup

When I was young my father always took us to the best Italian restaurants. One of my favorite dishes was hot Minestrone soup. The red beans and saute’d onions cooked in fresh tomatoes along with other vegetables and topped with grated Parmesan cheese … well, makes my mouth water just thinking of it. Here are the ingredients that you need to make a great Italian vegetable soup:

dried beans (my favorite are red beans)

olive oil for sauteing herbs and spices: garlic, onions, green and red pepper, celery, parsley, thyme, freshly ground black pepper and a little salt.

Vegetables like cooked potatoes, zucchini, cabbage and of course those fresh tomatoes I mentioned above.

You’ll need to soak and cook your favorite beans, using lots of water. You’ll saute your herbs and spices separately. Drain the beans after they have been cooked, leaving enough liquid for the vegetables to cook in and to have a soupy consistency, being careful not to dilute the flavor with too much water. Throw a huge spoonful of cooked macaroni in with the beans and veggies (one cup each vegetable) and add the herbs and spices. Simmer long enough to cook the vegetables. I suggest you let it cool then put it in the refrigerator overnight, it will be much tastier the next day. After reheating, don’t forget to add the Parmesan cheese on top unless you’re going Vegan.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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Radiation Exposure? Try Some Kelp Salad Dressing

Always keep a shaker of kelp on the table. It’s available at health food stores, buy a little at a time, there are different varieties, some varieties tastier than others. Kelp is loaded with trace minerals and vitamins. Due to kelp’s iodine content, it is reputed to be advantageous in the event of exposure to radiation.

Kelp Salad Dressing

1 cup olive oil

1 Tbs dried kelp

1 Tbs seasoning salt

1 tsp each of: sage, basil, tarragon

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Experimenting With Achiote Entero

I know, I know, it sounds like a hot romance but I’m referring to the spice annatto, of which the official name is achiote entero. I was at the grocers spice rack the other day and a man next to me was looking for annatto. “I’ve been experimenting with it,” he said answering my curious inquiry. “I use it for coloring.” So, not to be out done, I grabbed my own bag of annatto and stared at it for months, the red colored pulpy seeds stared back and I wondered why I bought them. I don’t need coloring in my Mexican food, the chili powder (which probably has annatto) gives it enough color. But I finally succumbed and threw a little, just a pinch, into my soup and was surprised at the little bit of unusual flavor it imparted but disappointed that there were a few hard pieces that were like tiny rocks so watch out. Annatto is a popular addition to Latin dishes and is used by dairy farmers to color butter coming from cows who don’t get enough vitamin A in their winter feed.

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

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