My Garden is Looking Good

When I was much younger I had a green thumb. I was in the garden with my grandmother and mother tending to lettuce, bean, cabbage, sweet peppers, not to mention, I was the one who looked after the flower garden at my house.

Now I am really struggling with my garden. It seems I have lost my green thumb. But I will find it back!

So here’s how things are progressing with my garden~

Before

Here it is now

The sweet pepper trees have all been eaten by snails and I am just left with the onions. But they are growing so nice. Soon I’ll have lots more onions to plant.

Sweet Basil Trees

Before

Here they are now.

I forgot pictures of the chives that I have growing. But the plants are coming along. Soon my green thumb will be back!

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Garlic Lemonade to fight Colds and Flu

I found this recipe here and I am going to try it. I figure if it fights colds and flu, occasionally drinking it will help to prevent them.

Ingredients:

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 quart boiling water

1 tablespoon dried peppermint

1 lemon, juice of

raw honey to taste

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a glass quart canning jar and steep for 30 minutes.

Strain out the garlic and peppermint and add the lemon juice.

Sweeten with honey to taste and sip while warm.

10 Other Uses of Garlic

1 It acts as an anti flatulent, carminative and diaphoretic.

2 It stimulates the kidneys and is diuretic in nature.

3 It is a tonic, giving strength & vitality

4  It is beneficial for eyes & brain.

5 It helps to heal fractured bones (also see comfrey poultices)

6 Half a raw garlic clove a day can increase body activity to dissolve blood clots, thereby preventing heart attacks and strokes.

7A couple of raw garlic cloves daily can bring blood cholesterol levels down in heart patients.

8 It rehabilitates sexual malfunctions.

9 It improves functional activity of heavy smokers.

10 Immune stimulant

Cassava and Almond Butter Pancakes (Gluten, Corn, Soy Free, Vegan)

Ingredients:

½ cup cassava flour

½ cup brown rice flour

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp flax seed meal

2 tbsp almond butter

2 tbsp oil (grape seed)

water

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients together. Add almond butter and oil and stir until incorporated well.  Add water and mix until pancake batter reaches desired consistency. (I added about ½ cup water for this recipe).

Fry pancakes until the begin to turn brown.

Yields 12 pancakes.

Roasted Garlic and Red Lentil Paste

Ingredients:

2 cups red lentils

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp dried oregano

½ tsp roasted geera (optional)

½ tsp turmeric powder

4 cloves garlic diced

2 tbsp oil

Salt to taste

Directions:

Cook lentils until they become a paste.

In a frying pan heat oil and sauté garlic until they lightly begin to turn brown. Add turmeric and stir until turmeric begins to darken. Add oregano, geera and tomato paste and cook until tomato paste turns dark.

Add lentils and ¼ cup water and salt to taste. Cook for 1 minute on low heat.

Serve hot with a slice of lemon or lime on the side.

Lentil Patties (Gluten Free)

I like to make these patties to eat at breakfast and lunch all the time.

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked lentils (with a little water still in the peas)

3 cloves garlic finely diced

1 tsp onion finely diced

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp dried oregano

½ tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp chives finely diced

1 tsp sea salt or salt to taste

¼ cup garbanzo flour

¼ cup split pea flour

Oil for frying

Directions:

In a large bowl (I just use the saucepan I cooked the lentils in) mix the lentils, garlic, onion, tomato paste oregano, turmeric powder and chives together. Add salt to taste.

Add garbanzo and split pea flour and mix well. The batter should be soft but able to be molded. I the batter is too firm add 1 tbsp water at a time until it reaches the desired texture.

Using a spoon, form mixture into small balls and then flatten with hands into a disc shape. Shallow fry in hot oil until golden brown.

Depending on size of spoon used yields 12 patties.

These patties are just served with some rice pasta sauted with some cabbage and onion. Sorry the picture is not the best.