Cold, Sweet & Hot — Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramelized Pears & Chili Glazed Pecans

To make room for recently purchased chili peppers I used the older ones to make a sweet/hot syrup. I have done this before using Turbinado sugar. This time I used Panela, an unrefined cane sugar which is essentially the same as jaggery of Southern Asia.     The types of chilis used were green and … More Cold, Sweet & Hot — Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramelized Pears & Chili Glazed Pecans


One would think that someone, such as myself, who has for years been making herbal tinctures, fermenting vegetables and fruits, making yogurt etc. would also be into making and consuming kombucha. Sure, I knew a little bit about it but hadn’t given it a second look when I saw it in the stores. Finally, last … More Kombucha

Gluten Strips

For breakfast this morning we tried a recently purchased commercial product marketed as a “Vegan Substitute For Pork Bacon.” It was a far cry from a similar product we actually like quite well, but it was okay. I figured I could create something at least as good. By lunch time I had come up with … More Gluten Strips

Black Bean Nacho Bites

This makes two indulgent meals in a row. Perhaps it balances out with the salad I had yesterday and the salad I better have tomorrow. Each taco bite had a dab of black beans (seasoned with chili powder, cumin and coriander), shredded cheese (Colby/Jack and Mexican melting cheese), sweet onions and pickled jalapeño.     … More Black Bean Nacho Bites

Two Sauces

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale… of two sauces: Green Peppercorn Gravy & Cashew Mustard Sauce.   I had been curious for some time about green peppercorns and finally got ahold of some. I normally reject dented cans. That’s one of the drawbacks of ordering online.   For my first time trying … More Two Sauces