Friday, March 11, 2011

Probiotics R' Us

I have been very sick lately.  It seems I have been more sick than healthy since December.  I can't shake it.  I have decided that I am going to start taking tons of probitics to help heal my gut and hopefully start to stregnthen my immune system.  I bought two containers of kefir and I take some a few times a day.  I also have yogurt, sauerkraut, sour pickles (fermented) and something else I can't think of right off....  I am trying to have some fermented food with each meal and sips of kefir in between.

I was told that the kefir grains I have should be ok for making water kefir.  They got lost in the fridge and I was paranoid to use them.  I was told after making and tossing a few batches, they should be fine.   I need to let the chlorine evaporate out of our tap water first and I saved some egg shells to put in it.  I need to remember to always leave water out if I am going to give this a good go.  Water kefir will be a lot cheaper than buying or making dairy kefir.

I need to ask about my kombucha.  I am embarrassed to say that it has been in my fridge since December.  I made it, it brewed for a few days, I put it in the fridge with the scoby, covered it and basically forgot it.  I checked it a month ago and it grew a few babies so I know it's probably doing ok, but I don't know why I am so scared to try kombucha.  Probably because I read it is very detoxifying and if you drink too much with amalgam fillings, it can have a bad effect on the body.  Of course if I made it and only drank small amounts, it shouldn't be so bad.  I will have to think on this.

I still have some OCD driving me crazy.  I hate it.  I don't want to be scared of my food.  Food is essential, healing and a big part of life!  I just wish I could be as scared of junk food as I am of ferments, lol!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Creamed Peas on Toast

I've still been sick.  Getting tired of it!  It's hard to think of good, easy meals that I feel like eating.  Today, I thought of a childhood favourite, creamed peas on toast.  I have made it once as an adult, the way I knew how.  A can of mushy peas heated with some flour to make a sauce.  With some things, you can't go back.  Mainly because what may of tasted great as a kid may not be so good when you're grown up.  Once when I was on a liquid diet for a stomach problem, I pureed a can of peas and it was the best thing I ever consumed!  Of course, hunger was a great seasoning when you have gone days on just clear liquids, lol!

I decided to shake it up a bit.  Of course, I used homemade rustic soaked brown bread for the toast instead of the "classic" white toast.  Adds a lot of body.  But the creamed peas, mmmm!  Today, they stole the show :)

This goes together really fast.  It is something that is good even without the toast!  It is too bad I cannot find my camera is it was a lovely meal in taste and sight :)

Creamed Peas on Toast

3 cups of peas (I used frozen but fresh would be good too!)
1 cup of milk (or more if you like a lot of sauce)
1/3-1/2 cup cream cheese (depending on how rich you want it)
1/2 cup chopped onion (red, spanish or sweet)
1 tsp arrowroot powder (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Put peas and milk in a pot and bring to just below the boiling point.  Turn down the heat and add the cream cheese and onion.  Stir until melted and let simmer for a few minutes.  If there is a lot of liquid, add the arrowroot powder to make a thick creamy sauce.  Season to taste.  Serve ladled on slices of toasted bread.

Note, if you do not like a strong onion flavor, you could either omit the onions or you could sautee them in butter before adding the other ingredients.  I love raw onions and in ours they were just slightly cooked.