- Put raw milk and culture into a jar (use a belgian culture for a really creamy yoghurt)
- Place jar in dehydrator and set temperature to 43C
- Leave for 12 hours
- Place in the fridge for two hours
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Saturday, 25 February 2012
Thursday, 23 February 2012
I'm hoping in not completely heartless and that I'm having some detox symptoms on top of the cold. I haven't been doing the full GAPS intro diet, but we have been eating mostly GAPS friendly recipes. Whilst seeing some improvements in Will, I've been feeling headachey and having hot flushes. These kind of 'die-off' symptoms apparently happen because as the bad bacteria etc... From the gut start to die, your body has to process them and apparently that can make you feel worse before you feel better.
The dr who invented the diet suggests detox baths, with Epsom salts or bicarbonate soda in them, but I've been doing a little research and many GAPS patients sweat by ginger baths if you are feeling coldy/fluey.
Here how it works:
Into a hot bath add a couple of spoons of freshly grated ginger. Sit in the bath for at least twenty minutes. Close to the twenty minute mark, you may find yourself feeling intensely uncomfortable, sweating, heart racing. Breathe through this until the twenty minutes is up. It helps to keep a cold glass of water and a cold washcloth near by to help with the reaction.
With great care in case of dizziness, get out of the bath. A cold shower to finish off is sometimes helpful, but not necessary if you cant handle it. Dry off, then wrap yourself in a blanket and go to sleep - or get on with your day of you have small kids!
Monday, 20 February 2012
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
The more I read about it, the more convicted I feel that we should try it. But it's soooo hard! And antisocial! We'd never be able to have tea at someones house again. We'd never be able to eat for free at school. We'd never go to a restaurant...
I was introduced to the GAPS diet after my son was diagnosed with classical autism. Proponents of the diet claim it cures all manner of illnesses - including autism.
I couldn't believe it, but the more I looked into it, the more cases I found of people claiming to have been cured.
One of the changes we've made over the last year was to start making all of our own bread. This means that I can choose the flour and raising agents used, and whilst Will has refused to eat rye bread or sprouted grain bread, this has actually meant that he cut back massively on the amount of bread he eats.
For more information on how wheat affects autism click here.
Whilst his bread intake has cut back, he seems to have become addicted to nuts; or more specifically honey/dry roasted nuts. Surprise, surprise it turns out the coating contains plenty of wheat. So if he can't get his fix from bread, he's just found an alternative source.
We also made the switch from pasteurised to raw milk a few weeks ago. Chatting it over with my husband, we have seen an improvement in Will's behaviour since we changed, not huge, but definitely less melt downs and a willingness to reason.
But he's really very high functioning, surely the only people who actually do the GAPS diet are people with incredibly bad crohns disease or autism so severe they barely communicate. Is it really worth putting my family through it, when we are coping fine as we are? We won't be able to eat molten chocolate lava cookies!!
But how much better off could we be? Certainly my ME is now well managed, but would I have new energy levels and boosted immune system if I looked after my body more carefully through diet?
So as you can see, I'm still completely torn over this. I don't know what I want to do.
Is there anyone out there soon GAPS with kids/husband who aren't particularly thrilled about the idea?
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Molten chocolate lava cookies.
I got the idea off pinterest.
Here's my recipe:
250g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
170g unsalted butter, melted
200g dark brown soft sugar
100g caster sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
800g chocolate chips (or smashed up chocolate bars, your choice)
1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and grease a muffin tin.
2. Sift together the flour, bicarb and salt; set aside.
3. Cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and caster sugar until well blended.
4. Beat in the vanilla, egg and egg yolk until light and creamy.
5. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended.
6. Stir in 250g of chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon.
7. Blob cookie dough into the muffin trays, making a well shape in the middle of each one, being careful to use only half the mixture.
8. Divide up the leftover chocolate and place it in the wells of the cookie mixture.
9. Seal them in with more cookie dough.
10. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking trays for a few minutes before serving with delicious vanilla over cream.
You can thank me later ;0)
Friday, 10 February 2012
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Monday, 6 February 2012
Saturday, 4 February 2012
Something about Saturday's is different though.
We run a lot of errands in the morning, which is a terrible idea because the shops are super busy and being home educators we could go anytime we want, but I really enjoy the energy of the town on a Saturday morning.
We've made it a weekly ritual to buy lots of fruit and veg on a saturday, the market is so much cheaper than the superstores, and I generally let the kids eat as much as they like as we wander through and all the way home. This usually results in nobody wanting any lunch, which is fine by me.
We put Lila down for a nap, then Will and I set to work preparing the bounty we've just bought. Usually I do the preparing and Will does watching and snacking, but that's okay too.
Today we've chopped and are currently drying three trays of red peppers, one and a half trays of sugared limes and half a tray of lime zest. We're also brining the seeds from the butternut squash we roasted this morning. They'll be ready for drying tomorrow and the butternut squash is going to make a delicious squash and sage risotto for dinner.
I think it's the rhythm of preparing food every Saturday that makes it enjoyable. I love ritual, but wouldn't like to do all this when I'm in a hurry midweek.
This week Matts match has been cancelled too, so he should be home soon, and a chilled afternoon with daddy is something we always look forward to.
I love Saturdays.
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
This cake uses coconut oil (best) but if you don't have any, butter is still much better for you than olive oil.
I also used stoneground whole meal flour, which is better nutritionally, but has quite a different texture to white flour. The subtle coconut flavour makes the texture totally acceptable though.
You need a bit of time to make this cake, but if you've been using sourdough anyway, you've probably become accustomed to this by now.
So, here it is:
1 cup sourdough starter
3/4 cup (preferably raw) milk
1/2 cup (raw) cream
2 cups Stoneground wholemeal Flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
2 large eggs + 1 yolk (freeze the white)
Mix together the starter, milk, cream and flour, then cover and leave in a warm place for 2-3 hours.
Preheat the oven to 180c
Cream together the oil, vanilla, cocoa, salt, eggs and sugar.
Mix in the baking soda then pour into the starter mixture and blend together until smooth.
Pour into a greased baking tin.
Bake for about 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
I covered ours in ganache, but I'm told espresso frosting is also fantastic (think buttercream with a shot of espresso)