“Happy” Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

multiple allergies, plus trying to heal “leaky gut” and reduce possibilities for problems down the road = very challenging at candy season.  hard enough for us adults; try explaining to a 3 year old why she can’t have that cupcake, or those candies, or… and explaining to friends and family why it’s not “oh just a little treat, it won’t matter”.

what to do?

here are some stellar suggestions/recipes for families in similar situations – I’m so going to try some of these!

ohlardy’s home made from scratch non-jello gummy worms

20somethingallergies’ a few really awesome non-candy sweet tooth alternatives

hellyeahitsvegan’s vegan pumpkin cupcakes with coconut oil frosting

homemademommy’s three ingredient maple pecan candies (I’ll try with coconut oil & almonds)

sealemon’s DIY slime (part I) and DIY slime (part II) for a completely food-free fun way to entertain halloween style

and my personal favourite: glow sticks!

Octopus Confit

we’re lucky to have an opportunity to participate in a CSF (community supported fishery) out of Cowichan Bay.   salmon, prawns, shrimp & octopus on offer; we got just salmon & octopus this year.

Giant Pacific Octopus Arm

Giant Pacific Octopus Arm (Photo credit: Michael Bentley)

last year we prepared it confit according to Project Octopus’ instructions, except we used lard that we’d previously used to confit duck. complicated. delicious.

added some crushed cloves of garlic, bay leaves & crushed green peppercorns; it was salty enough from two rounds of previous confit.  we ditched the fat this time; will have to start again next year.

verdict: fabulous.  best octopus any of us have ever eaten (and we’ve all eaten a fair amount of octopus in various preparations).

K’s verdict: “give me the sucker disks!” she ate them like candy.  and the tentacle ends.  this 3 year old loves beef and pork tongues, sashimi (including uni), gizzard goulash, liver paté… we’re lucky to have such an adventuresome palette in such a young kid!

Longan

Fruta LONGAN (Dimocarpus longan Lour)

Fruta LONGAN (Dimocarpus longan Lour) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

K saw a yellow mesh bag of round yellow fruit and wanted that, but was a bit lacking in description to Nan: “I want the yellow thing!”  yeah.  once we calmed everyone down and clued in, longan is what we brought home.

today’s findin’ fridays contribution is one that again isn’t K’s favourite: “too rich”.  fair enough.  I find it floral & perfumy, but I still enjoy a treat of it once in a while (read: few years).  had my fix, good to go for a while now.

fyi – don’t eat the shell or seed.  dunno if it’ll hurt you, but just enjoy the flesh, that’s the nummy part.

Carambola

English: Ripe Carambolas, or starfruit, the fr...

English: Ripe Carambolas, or starfruit, the fruit of Averrhoa carambola tree: vertical, side and cross section profiles. The fruit in cross-section is a five-pointed star, hence its name. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

here’s findin’ fridays again. starfruit or carambola is not favoured by K, but I like it – although this most recent one she ate more of, and said “tastes like pea juice!” there you go… if you ever needed incentive, could you get more than that?

another one with oxalates, and has drug interactions, like grapefruit, wrecking havoc with uptake of certain pharmaceuticals.

LF Nettle Kraut

nettle kraut WIP via Gaia’s Gifts

shredded cabbage + chopped stinging nettle (gloves!) + salt + LF vessel = delicious

who knew?

and we’ve now got a fresh crop of stinging nettles off the plants I’d harvested in spring (again, who knew?), along with cabbages sitting awaiting harvest in the garden… another batch to make!

WOOT for GOOT!!

An Ikea garlic press, with pressed garlic.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

desperate to come up with something to help K with a cold that went straight to her lungs (of course)

we’ve got a wonderful cough tincture (Usnea, Inula & Althea) from our medical herbalist

been working on potent acupressure points thanks to recent shiatsu sessions (when K will let me – she’s been so hyped with this cold that any touching in those points results in instant withdrawal reaction – I could manage some while she slept fitfully)

some herbal brews: mint family (cat nip, spearmint, lemon balm) plus fennel seed, rose hips, calendula, some late season red clover & stinging nettles; fresh grated ginger & turmeric & lemon slices

finally, last night, she was struggling with breathing & fighting a low fever, I found GOOT.  slathered that on her feet, chest & back a couple of times, and she’s almost totally back to normal today.

this is amazing.  this kind of thing (especially once in her lungs) usually takes K a week or more to get over to this point.  one night of the GOOT.  well, let’s see if it’s repeatable… you know it, I know it, we’ll get more opportunities to test it.

Passiflora fruits

sweet grenadilla fruit – source Wikipedia

purple passion fruit – source Wikipedia

another findin’ friday and here we are with two passiflora fruits: grenadilla and passion fruit.  we tried both at the same time, but the definite favourite is the grenadilla (holy crow it’s expensive at almost $2.50 per fruit!).  for each, you scoop out the pulp: seedy, with goo surrounding the seeds, both with the tangy sweet flavour characteristic of passion fruit. K & I each prefer the flavour of the sweeter grenadilla to the typical passion fruit.  and the seeds are bigger and tastier in the grenadilla (maybe not a positive for all). plus, they’re fun to eat (slurp, slurp, crunch).