Food is more than something to cure hung pangs, a comfort or a social thing. By food we live or die. By food our bodies supply their need for sugars and roughage, vitamins and minerals, fatty acids and proteins…and so much more! In our home, we view food as our best medicine. What we eat determines how we feel and the quality of life we live. Chronic illness helps keep us on track. We eat simple, nourishing food and try to raise, hunt and forage much of it ourselves.
These recipes are rustic. Some would call them “coarse.” Perhaps they are. Home ground flour instead of pre-ground, bleached and enriched grains, honey instead of white sugar, home-canned berry jam with seeds instead of store-bought jelly. Venison instead of beef, home-canned vegetables instead of tin can goods, homemade cheese and butter instead of packages from the store…yes, it is coarse. But it is also nutritious! And nutrition is what makes our home go ’round! Be sure to check out my free downloadable cookbook for ways to prepare our favorite foods!
I think that what we cook or bake our food in matters! Check it out under my Natural Living Section: Natural & Healthy Cookware Replacements.
Why You Should Mill Your Own Flour-read up on why you should mill your own grains at home, types to choose from and how to find grain berries
Why You Should Roll You Own Oats-rolled oats are a staple in many a country kitchen and having your own roller not only saves a dollar in the long run, but allows you to keep hearty nutrition forefront in the home.
Grow and Mill Your Own Corn-if you can either grow or purchase whole corn kernels and if you own a grain mill, corn flour is a nutritious alternative to pre-ground cornmeal and makes the most delicious natural gravy thickener!
Home Milled Grain Recipes
Rolled Rye Muffins-these are grainy, non-sweetened muffin, suitable for eating with cheese and soup.
Spelt & Rolled Rye Molasses Bread-a wholesome, nutty-flavored, tender yeast bread with all the flavor wanted!
Desem Bread (fermented recipe)-want a mild-tasting sourdough bread recipe? Originally a Flemish recipe, desem is a favorite!
There’s been a rise in the health world. Once again, we are transitioning to fermented food and drink. If you are looking to add gut-healing food back into your diet, consider adding in one of the follow recipes! Note: folks who struggle with candida or need to keep blood sugar levels low should approach the following sweet fermented drinks with caution.
Kombucha: How Healthy is It? -while the health world is going crazy over this drink, take time to consider the details yourself…
Keeping Kombucha Consumption Healthy-kombucha may be a healthy option, particularly if used properly! Learn exactly how to do that here!
Honey-Based Fermented Drinks
How to Make Beet Kvass-a simple, wholesome and earthy fermentation made from beets and water
Blackberry & Ginger Kvass-raw blackberries and (optional) ginger make a delicious carbonated juice drink. A favorite!
Raspberry Kvass -raspberries and honey will give you everything you need for a sweet, carbonated, natural drink!
Ginger Kvass-made from raw ginger and honey, this simple drink will appeal to ginger-lovers and also help settle the stomach.