Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ginger - trying to grow

 Sustainable Sanctuary Living

I love Ginger, I use it in many different things. Cooking, Ginger Ale, Lotions and such.

Ginger is described here in Wikipedia. This goes into full depth of its description and uses.

My main goal is to sustain ginger, to grow it. I tried last winter but it didn't work for me. I have read about a couple of different ways to grow it and I am going to try one of them here.

January 17th, 2014

This is my just purchased rhizome along with a piece I have been working off of for the last few weeks. I chose a clean shallow dish and added cooled boiled water (to remove chlorine from the tap water) and I let about a third of the ginger rhizome stay above the water. The rhizome I picked was nice and plump and already had a few buds sticking out.

Now we wait.... I will check it every week and take a picture of its progress.

Please add any ideas of knowledge you have about sustaining ginger... this is an experiment for me.
Thanks, Kirsten

This was a bad idea.... the ginger got slimy and I threw it away.

So here we are a year later and I have another ginger rhizome with budding heads. Here is the new project:

 Its as simple as it looks... a pot of dirt... I put the ginger bulb in the dirt and covered it

Added some food....

 and water....

Hopefully it will be a happy plant....

Time will tell...

Here is the first spike, it's been about 12 weeks since I planted the ginger bulb. I will add more as I think about it.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Birth Collective

Helping to make care for the woman and birthing normal again.

Services in Southern Indiana

I have met a lot of wonderful people here who have great things to share. I am adding them here for your convenience:

 Southern Indiana Homesteaders

 Walk In Float Out

on Facebook

 The Birth Collective of Southern Indiana
This is an amazing collection of support people for expectant Mothers.

Kirsten Hughes Photography

Walk In Float Out

Dry Onion Soup Mix

Dry Onion Soup
and The Farm 

I have been a "from scratch" girl since I began cooking. I was raised by my grandparents who lived through the depression and that made an imprint on their daily responses to life.

To the right is a picture of My Grandparents: Mary and Seymour.

The Great Depression era can be divided into two parts. The initial decline lasted from mid-1929 to mid-1931. Around mid-1931, there was a change in people’s expectations about the future of the economy. This fear of reduced future income coupled by the Fed’s deflationary monetary policy resulted in a Mundell–Tobin effect. This further depressed the economy until Roosevelt stepped into office in 1933 and ended the gold standard, thereby ending the deflationary policy.

One of imprints was a "make it yourself" attitude.
In my recent daily living I have come across a lot of recipes requiring Onion Soup Powder. My day to day quest to "live closer to the vine" thought process doesn't let me "buy" this type of product. I would love to tell you this is my Grandmothers recipe but it isn't, I will share some of Grandmas recipes as we go along. I have gone through recipes and adapted them into the following one:

1 cup dried minced onions
6 Tablespoons Chicken Bouillon (the original recipes use beef, feel free to do that)
2 Tablespoons (or 2 wrapped squares) Chicken Tomato Bouillon
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper.

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Making sure all of the bouillon chunks are broken up and incorporated with the other ingredients. Pour into a half pint jar and cover. Makes almost 1 1/2 cups.

The purchased Onion Soup Mix envelopes contains 4 ounces of mix. A slightly heaping Tablespoon of this mix is about one half ounce. I would probably use 7 to 8 Tablespoon to a recipe calling for one envelope.

Most of the recipes I have seen lately are calling for one Tablespoon of the mix, which would leave an open envelope in your cupboard. Aren't you glad you put this in a nice tightly covered jar?

Kirsten Mia

Photos by Kirsten Hughes Photography