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Holy Basil!

Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, and I were introduce in 2009 by a dear friend. She gifted me a bottle of dried & capped Tulsi in a care package that was put together to soothe me as I mourned the loss of my father and got ready to tie the knot. So I poked around in some of my resources, liked what I saw about this renownd Holy Basil and started a daily ritual.

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basil box

 

As intrigue grew next stop was a book on Adaptogens so I could dive deeper into the fascinating subject. The term adaptogen refers to a variety of herbs or fungi that work synergistically in the body to augment our resistance to stress, anxiety, trauma and exhaustion. They enhance our body’s ability to deal with all of these common life qualities. They recharge our adrenals. Simply, as the name suggests, adaptogens help our body adapt. Some common and easy to find adaptogens are: ashwaganda, astragalus, licorice, reishi, shiitake & maitake mushrooms, aloe vera, chlorella and Tulsi.

The unique chemistry of Tulsi is highly complex. Tulsi leaves contain tons of beneficial compounds known as phyto-chemicals. These compounds possess strong antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, adaptogenic, and immune-enhancing properties that promote general health and support the body’s natural defense against stress and diseases. I grew some of my own this year. Just a small batch just to see how it would fare. I have not always had the best of luck growing basil from seed. This little plant fared just fine outside, so I am going to plant a few more of the seeds inside. I am hopeful for a bigger batch for a spring harvest.

All of this spicy information is here to offer you a diving board for some of your own research and experimentation. A wonderful book on adaptogens is Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston & Steven Maimes.

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Purple potatoes, kohl robbie & how to use them

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Purple potatoes, kohl robbie & how to use them
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freshly harvested purple potatoes

I could not be more excited about these gems. The potato is SO versatile, especially this one, with its medium starch level, offering soups, mashing, baking and salads a great texture.  These are acceptable at every meal.

Purple is by far my favorite color, eating it is a pure pleasure!

These gems will make frequent appearances on our table, considering I have 12#s of them.

Purple potatoes are comparable to the good ol’ russet in nutrition facts, a bit of protein, some fiber, substantial levels of potassium. Potassium plays a crucial role, along with sodium, in regulating our blood pressure. Purple potatoes are super special because of their antioxidant levels. Anthocyanin is a pigment that creates the purple color in the potatoes and also acts as an antioxidant. In this modern world we need to saturate ourselves in antioxidants!

This recipe goes down in the Mustgos category.

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purple potatoes, oyster mushrooms, kohl robbie

Sunday Mustgos

(This served 3 people)

2 t extra virgin coconut oil (or butter)

2 t freshly ground cumin seeds

3 cups of  purple potatoes,washed, not peeled and cut into bit sized pieces

3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely

1/3 cup high quality broth or water

1 kohl robbie bulb, grated – leaves washed & ribboned

1 cup mushrooms (I used oysters), chopped

salt & pepper to taste

Heat oil in saute pan over medium, when melted minced garlic. Stir/saute for about 1 minute, add ground cumin seed. Stir/saute for about 5 minutes until garlic starts to brown and cumin smells amazing. Next add potatoes toss and cover with oil & spices, then add the  chopped mushrooms. Combine flavors and stir/saute for about 2 minutes. Add broth, bring to a quick boil, reduce heat and cover for about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, peel and grate kohl robbie and ribbon the leaves. When potatoes and mushrooms are almost finished add the greens to the top, recover and let them steam for about  minute.

Serve in bowl with grated kohl robbie on top. This is healthy & hearty meal that your whole family will love.

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How do you beat the heat?

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Electrolyte Lemonade

makes a quart

2 lemons, peeled

1 ” fresh ginger (roughly peeled)

1/2 cup fresh herbs, packed

I used a combination of basil, parsley, mint & borage flowers

1/4 t stevia

3 cups water

3 T extra virgin coconut oil

Add everything to a blender. Blend on high for a minute. Strain & enjoy

 

Refreshing

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Cauliflower Ceviche

Your new summer BBQ dish

1 head of cauliflower cut up nice & small

4 limes & 1 lemon, juiced & strained of seeds

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

1/2 onion, diced finely

2 t salt

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Choice pepper, I used a dried cayenne and cut it into small pieces for a nice amount of heat. If you like it spicy go for a fresh habanero. If you want it mild use a half a jalapeno. Start small and add more, this is supposed to be refreshing not blazing.

*Optional*

2 cloves of minced garlic

1/2 cup purslane (a citrusy succulent that is rampant now)

Toss everything together, the longer the flavor meld together the tastier is will be. I did a 8 hour marinade and we ate it with good quality corn chips

ENJOY!

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