Category Archives: Food

catnip/dandelion pesto

I had my first spring meal, and it was so, so good. After a winter of eating bland, sad vegetables grown just for the sake of making money, eating spring greens right outside my front door is like coming home.

I made catnip/dandilion pesto. It’s what happens to be growing prolifically on my yard right now. The catnip counters the bitter dandelion. I had on top of oat pasta, vidallia onions and kidney beans. Hmmmm good!!

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Walking on the wild side, going to make sauerkraut!

I grew up in a home where only “safe” food was eaten.  I’m not sure what the deal was with that. Only fresh, mild cheese was acceptable.  Nothing aged, curdled, anything that wasn’t made of cows milk, or, heaven forbid anything fermented, ever passed our lips.  Sour cream, yogurt, goats cheese, sauerkraut, was regarded as disgusting and wrong.

Well, I’m on a mission to change that in my life.  The “safe” standard American diet has done me and ALL my family so wrong.  The changes that I have made so far are immense, and my physical body has been rewarding me.  My brain hasn’t taken note yet, and is continuing on the depression, anxiety, and trauma path.  However, I am determined to keep trying new things, to see if I can rewire my brain.

This afternoon, I am going to attempt to make sauerkraut.  I’ve heard so many stories of people who take one bite, say it’s not good and vow never to try it again.  The exciting thing is that sauerkraut is so amazingly full of great stuff, that their bodies start to crave it, after ONE bite.  So I’m trusting that will happen for me.  I’m actually looking forward to seeing how this will play out.  This Penner is taking another leap into the wild side!!

Right now, I have Hephzibah under my left arm, Samuel is curled up under my right arm, and we are listening to another talk on The Anxiety Summit by Summer Bock.  She is a Master Fermentationist.  I watched a video of her demonstrating how to make sauerkraut. It’s SO easy, and she loves what she does.  Here’s the link for the video. http://www.summerbock.com/ferment-veggies-at-home/ Not sure if it will work, I got it as a bonus from the summit.  She has a workshop for sale on her website for $28.  I would totally buy it if I had the money.  Here is the link to her website.  http://www.summerbock.com/  She talks about rebuilding the gut, cleansing, and has a free ebook on fermentation.

Makings of SauerkrautHere is what’s needed for sauerkraut.  Salt, cabbage and a jar.  I’m not sure I have the best salt for this.  I’m going to get pure sea salt from the health food store in the future.

Impatient HephzibahHepzee is now sitting and glaring at me.  It’s time to get off the computer and go outside.  It’s winter again today, so out will come the gloves and toque.  Then I will get to the sauerkraut.

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Brain Food For Depression and Anxiety

I’ve been listening to The Anxiety Summit hosted by Trudy Scott.  Here’s a recap on one of the talks.

Your Brain On Food: The Science Alchemy Of Yum For Alleviating Anxiety by Rebecca Katz.

List of Brain Food

  1. Lentils.  Very easy to cook up and use.  Packed full of wonderful things for brain health.
  1. Mint.  Good to smell, good to eat and drink.

Dressing for veggies, salads, meat.

Mint, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, salt.

  1. Pepita Seeds- Mini anti-depressants.

Brittle Recipe

Pepita seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, maple syrup.  Press into a pan, bake for 15 minutes.

  1. Cauliflower. Looks like a brain, must be good for our brain.
  1. Sardines. Prozac in a can.

Here is a very simple way to make food taste good.

Acronym FASS.

  1.  Fat – olive oil, avocado, grass fed butter, nuts
  2. Acid – lemon, lime, orange
  3. Sweet – maple syrup, honey, dates
  4. Salty – sea salt

Any recipe can be tweaked by adding some fat, acid, sweetener, or salt.

Here is a link to Rebecca Katz’s website, www.rebeccakatz.com.  She just came out with a new cookbook that sounds interesting called The Healthy Mind Cookbook.

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I love my lentils, pepitas, and mint.  I don’t buy cauliflower because it’s too expensive, and comes from who knows where grown in a mix of chemicals and pesticides.

If all my mint seedlings grow this summer, I will be harvesting bushel baskets full of mint this fall.  Yum, yum.  I’m planting them in an area of my yard where they can take over and grow to their hearts content.

A couple of years ago, my sister started some pumpkins for me that give pepita seeds.  How cool is that?  I know she bought seeds again this year, so I hope she seeded them.

I love listening to talks where I can say, oh, I do that, oh, I eat that!  It’s satisfying.  It’s the acknowledgement I need that I am doing the right thing.  I’m on the right path.

So if you struggle with depression or anxiety, go forth and start chowing down on some brain food.