Thursday, May 26, 2016

How to make Crock Pot Kalua Pig

Kalua pig is a whole pig that is smoked and traditionally cooked in an underground imu. According to this, the history of Kalua Pig goes back to the 1900's. The ancient Hawaiians would dig a huge pit and prepare it for cooking whatever they wanted - usually pigs, chickens, fish, or vegetables. Kalua pig is notably known at luaus.

Over the years, the process of cooking kalua pig has been modernized. It can now be cooked in the oven or it can be cooked in a crock pot - I have done it both ways. Today I decided to up how I cook it in crock pot and let it cook the entire day. I used some ti leaves to help with the cooking process, if you don't have it, heavy duty tin foil will work just as well. Here's what how I did it =

 I have a ti leaf plant from Hawaii growing in a pot in my living room. I cut some of the leaves so I could lay my piece of pork around it. Ti leaves are used often in Hawaiian cooking - it is used in place of tin foil.




To prep the leaves, a paring knife was used to cut out the hard stem in the center.



They were alternated on a piece of tin foil.


This is a two poundish piece of pork, and using my paring knife, I stuck it in the meat and twirled the knife to make a whole.


Several whole garlic cloves were stuffed in each hole.



All stuffed.



Next, the whole pork was salt and peppered - top and bottom. 
This is the back side.


Some Wright's Liquid Smoke was poured over the surface of the pork, letting it drip underneath.



The top of the pork was covered with more ti leaves, then secured close with the foil. 


About a 1/4 cup of water was added to the crock.



Set the pork in . . .


set it to low, put the cover on, and walked away. 



It was taken out about 8 hours later.






Meat comes right off with tongs.


The pork was placed in a medium baking dish and shredded with 2 forks, then set it aside.


Cabbage was sliced and put it in a pot.



Shredded pork along with some of the accumulated pan juices was added to a pot, and cooked it until the cabbage was tender.


I enjoyed mine with some cauliflower rice and potato salad that I had made.


Jim doesn't like his with cabbage, so I kept some of the meat aside for him. Dinner was very tasty and enjoyable, and there is enough left for us both to have a great lunch too.


Happy Cooking!!




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Crock Pot Kalua Pig

Hawaiian style roasted pig cooked in a crock pot. *This could alternatively, be cooked in an oven if no crock pot is handy.

Boneless pork loin or shoulder
Salt/pepper - I use kosher salt
**Up to 2 tablespoons Liquid smoke
Whole garlic cloves
Up to 1/2 cup Water
Sliced cabbage

- Take your pork, and using a paring knife, insert holes throughout the top surface of the pork - can insert holes on the sides too. - Insert 1 garlic clove for each hole made.
- Salt and pepper the entire pork - top and bottom, and place on ti leaf or tin foil. - Add up to 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke - this depends on the size of your pork. Liquid smoke can be over powering, so you don't want to use a lot.  - Wrap up the pork, place up to 1/2 cup of water in the your crock, insert pork and turn crock pot on low. - Let this cook for about 8 hours. - After cooking, place pork back in the crock or roasting pan, and shred with 2 forks. 
- If cooking with cabbage, place sliced cabbage in a pot with pan juices and add shredded pork. Taste for seasoning and add more water if necessary - you don't want the dish to be dry, you want some juices to pour over your rice. 

*If crock pot is not handy, place pork in a shallow roasting pan and place in a preheated 375 degree oven for 3 - 4 hours.
**Two tablespoons is about right for a 5 pound piece of pork.

http://faithepp.blogspot.com/2016/05/how-to-make-crock-pot-kalua-pig.html



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Friday, May 13, 2016

Cashew Butter Teff Cookies

These cookies made with teff flour and cashew butter are soooo good. I have made these once before - and they were delicious, and because they're small, you can have two or three and not feel guilty about it. These cookies are a riff of this recipe I found.



They bake for only 15 minutes, and brown evenly. One batch makes A LOT - so this would be great for bake sales or cookie swaps.


They have just the right amount of sweetness using maple syrup.


They crunch slightly, they don't crumble - they hold together real well.


I doubled up about two cookies to make four bigger ones. I will make some dairy free ice cream this weekend and make ice cream sandwiches for me - yum!


To get started, first you have to make your cashew butter. Of course you can buy cashew butter in the store, but why would you do that when it's so expensive? Plus you don't know how long it's been sitting on the store shelf and in a warehouse before delivery. 


Raw cashews are cheap, especially if you can buy them in bulk. This recipe takes no time to make and you have fresh cashew butter. You can add a sweetener if not using it in a recipe, but for cookies, I like to leave them unsweetened. My recipe makes the perfect amount of cashew butter for these cookies. I followed this recipe to make my cashew butter. I've done this many times with sunflower seeds, and they turned out great.

After making the butter, just follow the recipe to make the cookies - it is that easy. All the ingredients for these cookies can be found at a natural food store or any store that sells dried food in bulk. You could also find these in a regular grocery store. 


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How to Make Cashew Butter
1 1/3 c Raw cashews
2-4 tbs Coconut oil
1-2 tsp of honey - optional if not using in a recipe

- Place cashews in a food processor and turn on. Let process until you see it come together. 
- Add coconut oil 2 tablespoons at a time and continue to process until it comes together. 
 - Use immediately or store in an air tight container in cool place away from the sun. Do not place in refrigerator, they will harden.

 Based on www.tessadomesticdiv.com/2012/09/homemade-sunflower-seed-butter-extra-creamy.html


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Cashew Butter Teff Cookies
Cookies made with cashew butter and teff flour. They are vegan = gluten free, dairy free, egg free and sugar free. Yields 45 small cookies.

1 1/2 c Teff flour
1/2 tsp Sea salt
1/2 c Coconut oil
1/2 c Maple syrup
1 tsp Vanilla
1 c Cashew butter

- Mix together flour and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. 
- Melt the coconut oil in a large bowl. 
- Combine the coconut oil with the remaining ingredients with a mixer. When well blended, add the dry ingredients. 
- Use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon measuring spoon and drop by rounded spoonfuls on a greased baking sheet. They do not spread, so you can put them close together. I used the palm of my hand to flatten, and used a fork to put the iconic tine marks on top . 
- Bake in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. 

Based on http://www.freshbitesdaily.com/teff-peanut-butter-cookies/



These Cookies are great when you just need a little something sweet to cap off a delicious meal. I hope you try my recipe, I'm sure you like these as much as I do.

Happy Baking and thanks for reading!!


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Make Zucchini Chips

These are my zucchini plants - I planted four this year. I am now starting to get zucchinis that I've been patiently waiting for.


One of the things I've decided to make is zucchini chips. I've never tried them before and have several recipes in my Pinterest. I decided to use this beauty - over 15" long.


The trick to making chips of any kind is the size and cutting it. I used my Benriner - worked great. 


This is the thickness I was going for - about 1/8".


I managed to get three trays cut.


To start, I tried this recipe, but not exactly - I was just going to follow her baking time and temperature, but it didn't work out. I didn't bread my zucchini - I just put some granulated garlic and onion in a small bowl with salt and pepper and EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). I brushed all the zucchini on both sides and put it in that really hot oven. Within eight minutes, some of the chips were charring and my oven was smoking - not good. I guess my zucchini was too naked (no coating).


I took off what was charred and lowered the temp to about 225 and put the trays back in the oven for another hours. It came out a darker color and the center was really thin - these were delicate and would break easy. Flavor is really good, almost nutty.
These were about gone after the third day they were baked - they are that good.


I tried again yesterday. This time I sliced it about 1/4" thick - enough for two trays. I preheated my oven to 225. I mixed 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt, 1 teaspoon of onion and garlic granules mixed together, and a few grinds of black pepper. I coated all that in some EVOO and brushed it on each zucchini. I ended up running out of EVOO, so I just dunked my brush in the mix and brushed on what was on the brush.
I put the pans in the not so hot oven and baked it for a total of two and a half hours. I kept checking after the first hour and baked it at 30 minute intervals - two and a half hours did the trick, longer than I thought, but that's what it needed.


Finished chip. Still on the dark side, but it's crisp and really good.



This is how thick/thin they came out.



I had some of the coating left over in the bowl, but that didn't go to waste - I put it in some soup I made for dinner.


So, if you have a huge zucchini, and you know you're going to be home most of the day, plan to make some zucchini chips - they are seriously good. These are great crushed up and used as a topping for popcorn - crushed kale chips are yummy too.

Thanks for reading!


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Water Bottle Holder with a Shorter Strap

This is my new water bottle holder design. The concept is not new - I've made these a lot! It's just the strap that's new. I've been making these for years now.


Here's an earlier design:


Here is a more modern design:


I even designed one with a pocket:


Here's one for a 1 liter bottle (currently for sale at my Etsy shop):


I digress - back to the new one. I designed this one to have shorter and articulated strap so you can drink with ease and not have the strap get in the way.


It's quilted on the inside (like the others), and there is Insul Brite in between the lining and the main fabric to keep your beverage cool.


Rounded bottom, 


and side seam:


I'm all about detail too. I first put the button on with green embroidery floss - didn't like it, too much green.


I ripped it out and attached it with pink embroidery floss - much better, and the knot shows.


Action shot!


I designed this new one because there are many times that I need my water bottle, but just carrying  it by the little hole in the cap wasn't cutting it, plus I don't always need the long straps. This one is compact and ready to go. I really love the articulated strap, it will make carrying water so much easier.

I have custom made these to customers request worldwide - yes, a couple of my holders are even in other countries!

Read more about keeping hydrated and about my water bottle holders. With summer still in full swing, I hope you all are keeping hydrated!  

Thanks for reading . . . and stay thirsty my friends!!

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Herbal Salves


Last Friday, I sliced my finger while cutting a mushroom - I know, a mushroom? Well, if you know me, you know that I hate cuts on my fingers and I cut often. After getting the bleeding to stop, I put on a little bit of my comfrey salve and bandaided it. I had a bandaid, and salve, on till Sunday (changing it, of course) - and by Sunday, the physical cut was still there, but the sensitive pain was gone. I have gone without a bandaid and salve since. 

I make all kinds of salves, this comfrey one, lavender, and calendula. I also make blends.

My most popular is my Healing Salve = has comfrey, slippery elm, calendula, and turmeric. Great for cuts, minor skin irritations - can be used on private body parts.

I have a Baby's salve = has calendula and slippery elm - both safe for babies babies skin (cradle cap, diaper rash, etc.).  This is really good for eczema, rashes, itchy skin and those with sensitive skin.

I can turn any of my salves into lotions too.

The cost of my salves are = $9 for single herbs, and $11 for any of the blends. I use organic extra virgin olive oil for infusing.

I wrote about my salves last year and you can read more about them here. You can see some of my salves at my Etsy shop. If there is something you would like that is not in my shop, please message me - either through my Etsy shop or here and we will talk.

Thanks for reading!



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