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Coconut Milk

1/2 medium Gourd

Spices to Taste – 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, 1 clove, 3 green cardamon, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, salt and pepper. Other spices as you wish.

1/2 large onion

5 carrots

3 potatoes

Water

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Chop up the gourd into medium pieced with the skin on. The skin is an excellent source of nutrients. In a blender mix the coconut milk and cooked gourd until pureed. Continue until all the gourd is ground.

Add to a large pot simmer with spices in a cloth or tea container for about 30 minutes before adding carrots. Simmer another 20 minutes and then add in potatoes.

While the carrots are simmering for 20 minutes, chop the onion and pan fry in oil or butter. After simmering and onions cooked, add to the soup, add in potatoes, simmer for another 30 minutes. When carrots and potatoes are soft, soups is ready.

Eat as you like – with bread or over rice or on its own.

Enjoy!

No. of Potatoes – enough to fill your baking pan.

Olive Oil

Tumeric

Cinnamon

Salt

I used Yukon Gold, but as you can see from the package it only says Yellow Flesh – strange name, more of a description.

They are nice because I don’t peel potatoes thinking the skin gives texture, vitamins and consistency to roasted potatoes.

Kombucha

is a culture which when brewed, added to cooled tea and sugar makes a natural probiotic drink. You may drink it daily on its own or by mixing it with other flavours like coconut milk, coconut water, lime, orange, etc.

It is kinda slimy looking and strange but very good for us and is cheap to make.

Needed to make the ‘brew’

  • one large jar
  • a metal spoon
  • 2 to 3 tea bags
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • cheese cloth or small hand towel
  • elastic
  • a culture of Kombucha.

Instructions

Boil two or three tea bags or the equivalent with about 1/2 cup of sugar. Any time of sugar is good. Regular black tea is best.

Add the Kombucha to the large jar, add in slowly the temped tea, and cover with a cloth and elastic. Leave in a cool, dark place for about 5 to 8 days. The mixture will be clear and the kombucha culture larger, some create babies each time, sometimes not. The baby can make more too or give it away. Having too many is having too many.

Mine

I got my original one off eBay, but many people have them, grow babies. They will just give you one. Make sure it is pure and you trust the source.

If you look closely under the large entity called Kombucha, you can see my baby growing. It took me a couple of times to cultivate it. My first attempt was cut short because when I went on vacation, my mother found it in the fridge and decided it looked horrible, threw it out. I had that feeling she would do that.

Second Attempt

My second attempt is when I got a new culture from my nephew, Ryan. He’d been doing the Kombucha thing for a while, which was perfect for me and how I got my new baby. That is the large Kombucha in the photo here. Grew large, and after a couple of brews, I got a baby.

My first try with Ryan’s baby, I added coconut milk and lime juice….well that didn’t do much but make a cloudy mixture I discarded. I decided to make a pure mixture of only tea and sugar. This turned out much better and now I add flavouring afterwards.

Good For Us

Kombucha culture is good for the digestive system and from what I have read is better than animal probiotics. I do feel better and don’t mind making it each week. I add it to my smoothies.

 

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