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Heavenly Zucchini Lemon Grass Soup

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESA delicious recipe for all your garden zucchini

2 tsp of vegetable oil (preferably coconut oil)

½ cup of coarsely chopped onion

4 cups of zucchini chunks

½ cup coconut milk

1 cup water

1 lemon grass stalk, rinsed clean or 2 tsp of lemon grass paste

1 tsp curry powder or to taste

¼ tsp nutmeg

Salt to taste

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSaute the onion in the oil in a saucepan at moderate heat until cooked.

Add the zucchini chunks to the saucepan.

Add the coconut milk and the water.

If using a stalk of lemon grass, loosely tie it into a knot and add to the pot or add the lemon grass paste.

Simmer for fifteen minutes or until the zucchini is soft.

Add the curry powder, nutmeg and salt.

Run the soup through a blender until it is thoroughly liquefied.

Reheat and serve

Makes about four cups

Stirring Natural Peanut Butter — The Easy Way

Stir natural peanut butter with one blade in an electric mixer

Keeping it simple and quick.

Stirring natural peanut butter can be a long sloppy mess as the oil on top more easily spills off than blends into the peanut butter.  And it takes a while too.  The job goes more quickly and is more thoroughly blended with a single mixer blade running at low speed.  Pour off some of the oil into a small bowl.  Insert the mixer blade into the peanut butter.  Blend, gradually adding all the oil back into the peanut butter.  Scrape excess peanut butter off the blade and into the jar.

Turmeric Capsules — Make your own daily dose

Filling a gel capsule with turmeric

Turmeric powder can be easily filled into plant or animal gelatin capsules as a dietary supplement

Turmeric is a root from South Asia with a long list of beneficial uses, including as a yellow dye. Turmeric is a good source of curcumin a natural biochemical that scientists have studied for potential medical applications.

Research has shown that Turmeric has proven Antibacterial and Antifungal properties. It has also been shown to have Anti-inflammatory benefits as well.

Preliminary scientific research is also suggesting that Turmeric may yield other health promoting effects as well, such as:

Anti-cancer properties

Anti-neuro-degenerative disease properties such as for: Alzheimer’s disease

Lowering blood cholesterol levels

Anti-atherosclerosis properties that may promote heart health.

To fill a gel capsule with turmeric, fold a small piece of cardboard in half, sprinkle turmeric powder into the cardboard’s fold and slide the turmeric off the cardboard and into the capsule. Or use a small funnel to fill the capsule.  Indian grocery stores are good places to buy turmeric powder in bulk.

A standard dose, according to the NIH, is capsules from 400 milligrams to 3 grams divided over the course of a day. Overuse may lead to side effects including stomach upset, nausea and diarrhea. Turmeric may also cause heartburn in people with ulcers.

Grow Towers of Great Tomatoes

Here’s our advice on growing lots of delicious tomatoes  Watch this video for new tips on  planting, spacing, supporting, pollinating, fertilizing and shading tomato plants.  Click on photo below to watch the video.

Tomato video cover

The plants in early August.

The plants in early August.

Five quarts canned.

Five quarts canned.

August 21st

August 21st

Many more tomatoes will be harvested and canned before the cold weather arrives!

Just before the first frost occurs, collect all the tomatoes at any stage of ripening and leave them in in bowls on a counter or table.  Almost all of then will eventually ripen!

Many green tomatoes will ripen if left out in bowls.

Many green tomatoes will ripen if left out in bowls.

Now look at them a week or so later

Tomatoes ripening 2Refrigerate the ripened tomatoes and make the taste of summer last into winter.

A great way to save water and encourage deep roots

deep wateringThe soil in raised beds can dry out quickly in the summer heat.  Emptied two-liter bottles can be buried deeply, pierced with a needle or hat pin and filled with water to encourage plants to root more deeply.   The slow release watering saves on water as well.

To prepare the bottles, pierce four holes towards the base of the bottle in a vertical line about one half inch apart.  Turn the bottle a quarter turn and repeat the pattern of piercing.  Repeat two more times to end up with four vertical lines of mini holes.  Fill with water and screw on the bottle cap to slow the flow.

The needle can be heated in a candle flame to make piercing easier.

Try it!