Our green kitchen

Our green kitchen focuses on meals that that taste wonderful and can be made quickly but without sacrificing our well-being. Whilst cooking can be so rewarding and bring great pleasure, long hours spent with little improvement in the goodness or flavour is not my idea of fun. I would rather spend the time in the garden growing our organic food.

It is not necessarily about greens, though they do play a huge part, but rather about food that is harvested from our garden with a focus on that which is organic and grown according to the principles that undergird backyard permaculture.

A green bean salad makes a wonderful starter for lunch.

Whilst flavour ranks high on our agenda, we strongly believe that society has been hoodwinked into believing that one need only eat that which we find delicious and pleasing. Many very important foods, like kale for example, have little flavour but rank very highly in our green kitchen; finding ways to include them in our meals is an important to us.

This kale and spinach sauce for example will light-up and tasteless pasta or mashed potato meal.

Eschewing refined carbohydrate is also central to our cooking. You won't find any recipes here using white-rice, cake flour and oodles of sugar; raised blood glucose is the downfall of modern civilisation resulting in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Our understanding is that treating Brother Ass kindly is a sacred trust that we have been given; abused with junk-food and lack of exercise he has a way of turning around and biting us, or giving a painful kick on the shins.

For those being forced through circumstances to go without medical insurance, who wholeheartedly embrace wellness, it may be a profoundly beneficial step. Just as those who have no cover for their automobile will drive more carefully, so you could find yourself choosing a more lifestyle that will carry you through to a strong and alert eighties and nineties.

Remember that 80% of poor health is related to lifestyle, and only 20-percent to our genetic makeup.

Our green kitchen

Our green kitchen is about slow, nutritious food made fast.

Starches

Corn and beans provide a wonderful balance to the diet in many countries. But once those mealies have been refined, they are simply empty calories, a junk food of the highest order, and not fit for human consumption.

A mealie a day provides some thoughts on why over a quarter of the children in South Africa are permanently stunted. An allied page, why were cornflakes invented, was first published in the Witness in June, 2020.

Baking your own bread need not be an irksome and time-consuming business. It takes me less than ten minutes every morning to produce the most delicious loaf in the world; but wait, dough has a mind of its own.

Sourdough deals with many of the issues that bedevil many of us today; there are huge doubts about starches, anti-nutrients and gluten. Despite all of that there is strong research that whole grains are extremely good for us; but they are hard to get it. So we have a mill for grinding corn and wheat; then you have 100% flour.

Still, to my mind, whether better taste or whole grain nutrition is your focus, baking the best bread in South Africa is absolutely worth ten minutes of your time each day. Interestingly there is anecdotal evidence that those with a gluten intolerance can enjoy the 100% wholemeal loaf without a grumbling belly. I would also recommend a probiotic such as kefir.

Part 2 of this series is introduced at ingredients for sourdough bread.


Newsletter

Our newsletter is entitled "create a cyan zone" at your home, preserving both yourself, your family and friends, and Mother Earth for future generations. We promise not to spam you with daily emails promoting various products. You may get an occasional nudge to buy one of my books!

Here are the back issues.

  • Mill your own flour
  • Bake your own sourdough bread
  • Microplastics from our water
  • Alternative types of water storage
  • Wear your clothes out
  • Comfort foods
  • Create a bee-friendly environment
  • Go to bed slightly hungry
  • Keep bees
  • Blue zone folk are religious
  • Reduce plastic waste
  • Family is important
  • What can go in compost?
  • Grow broad beans for longevity
  • Harvest and store sunshine
  • Blue zone exercise
  • Harvest and store your rainwater
  • Create a cyan zone at your home

Pizza and commercial loaves in general bedevil many of our stomachs. In the UK they are celebrating Sourdough September each year to remind us that real bread tastes so good and doesn't give the bloating that we have come to associate with refined starch.

Sourdough bread loaf.

Safe and quick food preparation is dependent on the right tools; here are a few of my favourite kitchen utensils.

And my favourite kitchen appliances features here too.

Legumes

We all need to learn how to cook legumes; they are much cheaper form of protein than meat, give off far less greenhouse gases than cattle and pigs, and require a tenth of the water. Within a few short decades beans, peas and pulses like lentils will be the norm.

Broad beans on toast is a wonderful nutritious dish that can be made in only fifteen minutes, but it is easy to ruin if you insist on shelling the pods and popping them out of the skins. You lose much of the important phytochemicals like L-dopa and the glycemic index shoots up due to the loss of fibre.

Whole foods are chewy but we pay a terrible price if we avoid them; along with a probiotic like kefir they pave the way to the happy tum.

Homemade hummus with lemon pulp is a legume we enjoy almost every day; it takes only five minutes to make once you are in the routine. It has all the amino acids needed making it a good protein for vegans too.

In short enjoy whole foods and you will make a huge step-up to greater wellness.

And then of course for making humus.

Alcohol

Merrylegs perry cider.

Brewing various tipple has been a hobby of mine for at least thirty years; first it was mead, which is quite difficult for various reasons, then a braggart, and more recently I learned to make Merrylegs perry cider. It is so simple.

How is apple cider made is another question I once asked, and found that it was deliciously simple.

Organic kitchen waste

Your organic kitchen waste is a rich source of nutrients. For heaven's sake do not send it out to the trash. First in the hierarchy make sure you dogs get the best of the meaty bones and other scraps.

Compost bins are essential and must be emptied and washed at least twice a week; ours goes to the worm farms, but there are the chickens who will thrive on that old lettuce, watermelon and even rice or bread.

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