Some say it’s the remains of manna from heaven, some say it’s the secret to the abnormal longevity of people from Caucasus mountains, and some praise it for superior nutritional and probiotic qualities. Kefir is the yogurt of the Eastern Europe, except it is better and easier to make. I strongly suspect that it is also … More What the Heck Is Kefir and Why You Should Care
*For those who are wondering how the heck is mayo good for anyone, watch Regular Ordinary Swedish Mealtime videos. You are welcome Ever since I moved to the States, I’ve missed three foods the most. Those are kefir, sauerkraut and decent pickled herring. Good news is that I just recently learned how to make the … More How to Make Kraut and Why It’s Good for You (Almost Like Mayo)
I’m sorry I have been gone for so long. I had to deal with an unexpected move back to the city, leaving my house and my garden behind. This was quite stressful on top of all the holiday stuff. However, the Psychobbyist cannot rest, she just has to pick up a new hobby or two … More I was not kidnapped
As the time of pumpkin everything comes to a close, behold – I bring you pumpkin butter! It is like apple butter but oh so much better because, you know, pumpkin. It is also a great way to use those not-so-delicious carving or decorating pumpkins (not gourds though), that have been sitting on your porch. … More Pumpkin butter? Yes, please!
Are you tired of my canning posts yet? Good, me neither. Our jalapenos produced like crazy this year, and so did tomatoes despite the blight. And we go through a ton of both of those vegetables in our house. Quite often we use those two together, especially in the winter, when the endless pot of chili ™ is … More Spicy Canned Tomatoes
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I started vegetable gardening this year. And with all this surplus produce I managed to grow (despite a constant battle with bugs and diseases) comes a new hobby, canning. I was sort of familiar with water bath canning from my childhood. But I don’t … More Canning Pumpkin and Roasting Seeds
There is a new ritual in my house. The main harvest of tomatoes is canned, so I am dehydrating those that ripen two or three at a time. Every couple of days I slice those tomatoes up very thinly and put them on a dehydrator for 24 hours. It takes about two roma-sized tomatoes or one big … More The Wonders of Tomato Powder