Food Obsessed Homesteading

Posted on March 12th, 2017 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Permaculture

It is impossible to homestead in any way without becoming kind of obsessive about food. Though I have always been a self-proclaimed nutrition-geek and chef, my day now revolves around food as never before. First thing in the morning, before I even put on the coffee (now that’s love!) there..
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GF Sourdough Bread with Kombucha Starter

Posted on January 29th, 2017 · Posted in Fabulous Food, Health Should be Fun

Because warm homemade bread is basically love in carbohydrate form. Two of my ‘kitchen’ goals for our little homestead this year were, 1) to keep my kombucha continuously brewing, and 2) to bake bread every week. We are gluten-free as my youngest son has some issues with digesting it and..
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How to Make Tamales – Tico Traditions

Posted on December 27th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food

Tamales are traditional Costa Rican cuisine. While the ingredients are simple, they are time consuming to make. They remind me of my Ukrainian family making perogies, women working together in an assembly line to make hundreds for a special event or holiday. Last Friday we were invited to join a..
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Wandering Herbalist: Costa Rica Fruits

Posted on September 7th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Vitamins Minerals and Herbs (oh my!)

I have a confession to make that usually puzzles my clients and students who know me to be a food “expert”: I don’t usually eat fruit. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s that, for some reason that I have never fully understood, my body just doesn’t seem to..
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Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe

Posted on September 4th, 2016 · Posted in Fabulous Food, Health Should be Fun

Warning: This recipe is not going to be perfect pizza dough. You could never toss it up into the air while singing Italian folk songs. It is, however, fairly tasty and doesn’t fall apart instantly once it’s cooked, which is a step ahead of many gluten-free crust recipes. 4 cups..
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Clueless Attempts at Permaculture: 6 months and Drowning

Posted on September 1st, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Permaculture

Remember last time I wrote one of these and it seemed vaguely optimistic? Forget all that. We are currently in the depths of the rainy season. The good news about this is that, as it pours for hours every day, nothing needs additional watering. Here are the downsides: the soil..
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Wandering Herbalist: Mamon (Rambutan)

Posted on August 1st, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Vitamins Minerals and Herbs (oh my!)

Medicinal plants, fruit: Mamon The fruit stacked high on the table at the market looks almost alien. Spiky, with little barbs radiating outward, bright red and about the size of a ping-pong ball; here in Costa Rica, this fruit is known as mammon, though in Asia it is better known..
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Clueless attempts at Permaculture: 3.5 months

Posted on June 10th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food, Permaculture

The good news is: food is actually growing. The half-dozen pots of lettuce I had planted as we were getting settled are large and we are consistently pilfering leaves for salads. We’ve had our first little crop of radishes and celery, green onions and herbs are in abundance. Almost every..
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The chicken saga

Posted on May 18th, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food

As part of our shift to try to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle I wanted to have animals to help provide more protein for our diets (eggs, milk, cheese). The tricky part is that I have no clue what I’m doing. Perhaps you don’t know this already, but I’m not..
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My clueless attempts at permaculture.

Posted on April 2nd, 2016 · Posted in Costa Rica Ramblings, Fabulous Food

OK, so some of you may have been reading about our renovation process and how we are going about rehabilitating the cabinas we have purchased in the jungle. Part of this whole process however is the idea that we are going to live as self-sufficiently as possible and that means..
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