Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Kitchie adventures: Part 1

Happy hump day!

How is everyone's day going? I'm doing okay. Had to bring the poor kitty away today:( I tried yesterday to get him to the shelter but I hit many road blocks. One, I was driving back and forth on the wrong street FOREVER looking for the place. Little did I know that the street was split up (one on each side of an overpass). I live in this area but I never venture off the main drag. Then by the time I found the accident had just happened and the road was blocked off. Boo! So, kitty had to spend the night at my place...sad! I'm a little paranoid now because I don't know what happened to him/her. I just hope that the kitty wasn't poisoned. I don't want to let Nemo out ever again but he just loves to laze around on the deck and follow me around the garden. Blah! I don't like this situation one bit!

One thing that was fun about being at the shelter was watching the little kittens run around and play. They are just so sweet:) I keep telling Ry that Nemo needs a playmate! I haven't received an answer on that one yet LOL!

Okay ladies and gentlemen it's time to share some kitchie stories. I've decided to split up my stories into multiple posts because I would be blogging all day otherwise.

First up.....wheatgrass!

I've been growing wheatgrass out of my ears! I went with the technique that the guy in my local health food store told me about.

1. soak the hard spring wheat

2. allow the wheat to sprout for a day or two, rinsing twice a day

3. Once you see little tails it's time to boggy!

4. I used the plastic trays that you get flowers in from a nursery with 50/50 peat and organic seedling mix.

5. Really wet the soil mixture in the trays

6. Add the sprouts, enough so you barely see the soil but not too much that they are piled on top of each other

7. Really water the trays with the sprouts (2nd watering for the tray)

8. Wet a piece of newspaper very well and cover the trays with it

9. Place by a window where it gets indirect light

10. Water everyday really well

11. Remove the newspaper once the wheatgrass has pushed the paper up.

12. Juice it, baby! Or you can give it to your furry friend:)

What the heck is this stuff?

Nemo is his own juicer LOL!

This way has worked for me so I'm going to stick with it. I'm sure there are a million other ways to do it too! Google is a good friend:)

Now for my turn to juice!

It took a lot of wheatgrass for me to get a little bit of juice. I do not have a wheatgrass juicer so that's probably why. My juicer I don't think is meant for wheatgrass and veggie/fruit juicing. Oh well, I'm drinking wheatgrass juice and that's all that matters:)

Look at that color! Powerful stuff! I drank just a little bit, probably a 1/2 shot glass worth but I still felt it. I get a strong reaction from wheatgrass. I can literally feel it working in my body and I get full of energy! I should have used a chaser this time I found it more powerful than the commercially grown stuff!

Do you drink wheatgrass juice? Do you grow it yourself? Do you have an actual wheatgrass juicer?

Next I want to share with you what I made with my rejuvelec!

I think I used barley but I totally can't remember. Aimee says she uses quinoa! I'm obsessed with quinoa so I definitely will be giving that a try! If you want to learn more about rejuvelec check out this video.

I blended together 2 cups soaked cashews and a little over a cup of rejuvelec. Here's my cashew/rejuvelec mix after about 30 hours. I'm loving all this use of fermentation lately!

What am I making with this strange concoction? Well, nut cheese of course! I followed Meredith of The Raw Seed as her and her hubby went through the nut cheese process and decided to give their recipe for sour cream and onion cheese/dip a shot. Am I ever glad I did! This recipe rawks!

It seriously tastes like a SAD cheese! The hubby LOVES it and so do I! It is easy to make it just takes time:) I changed a few things. I didn't have any lemons so I used lime juice instead. I changed the proportion of cashews to suite what I had on hand but I think I added to much rejuvelec because it came out with the consistency of cream cheese. Not saying that's a bad thing! I'm just curious about the consistency in the harder cheeses. More experimenting to be done!

Meanwhile, I decided to try out this cheese in some wraps. I made them for the hubby for lunch and I got two thumbs up.

Coconut-oil roasted peppers, cheezy quinoa, on-a-bed-of-kale wrap

2 bell peppers, sliced into strips

1 tbl coconut oil

pinch of salt and pepper

1 cup quinoa, cooked

Sour cream and onion cheese or whatever creamy cheese you have on hand

2-3 kale leaves, de-stemmed and ripped into small pieces

Ezekiel wraps

Place the pepper strips in a glass baking dish or whatever dish/sheets you prefer. add in a tablespoon of coconut oil. Add some salt and pepper if you wish. Cover and place in the oven at 350 degrees. Remove after about 20 minutes. I just waited until they were slightly soft.

Place the kale pieces down the center of the wrap, add the peppers. Then add the cheese. And finally, add the quinoa. This way the cheese "holds onto" the quinoa. Like so...


The final product!! (sorry for the dark photos)

Stay tuned for Part 2!! Chocolate and kombucha!!

Have a great rest of your day everyone. I'm off to see the naturopath this afternoon and I'll tell you guys why I'm visiting and the outcomes soon!

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Lori said...

Mmmmm! I like the wrap you have going on there! The "cheese" sounds great! Rejuv is a little strange to me.. I bought a small thing of it from WF and it was pretty gross.. but I'm one of those people who would drink it anyway, with a smile, because it's good for me.

Oh, and again, Lovin' the transformation!

Kris | said...

Awww poor kitty!! I think Nemo is the cutest kitty I have seen!

We used to have an orange cat named sweet!

I am loving these wraps! You are so freaking creative girl!


Laury@The Fitness Dish said...

Poor Kitty!!! I can't go to a shelter without wanting to adopt THEM ALL!!! Ask my mother, she will tell you, my sister and I brought kittens home every spring, she had a lot of kitties at one brother rescued one from the cold in the dead of winter starving, balding, and shes fat and happy, living at my moms with him, lol...he will take her when he moves, but she raised a bunch of animal loving kids ;-)

I love my wheat grass juice!!! I have a wheat grass juicer, but it makes an absolute mess! So, I just buy it frozen..also, my thumb is NOT green and when I tried growing it, it sprouted up for a few weeks, then it died and forever death, NO idea what I did wrong :(

griffen said...

it looks like you have a lot of good projects coming along. the wheatgrass color from the juice is amazing.

Maggie said...

I have never tried growing wheatgrass and always wanted too! Your post is so encouraging! I really need to grow it because the buying a shot is so insanely expensive that I never do so. Thank you for posting the step by step on how to grow it :D

Melissa said...

Hey Lori - HAHA you are too funny! Now you don't need to drink can make fabulous cheese or cheesecake with it:)Thanks for the transformation love too:)

Hey Kris - Thanks hun for the Nemo love!! It's my first creative venture in a long time LOL! XOXO

Hey Laury - Oh that is so sweet about bringing home all those kittens..and the story about your brothers awesome:)
That sucks about your wheatgrass. All I know is that it needs tons of water and so I water mine everyday?

Hey Griffen - that is just pure plant blood, hey?

Hey Maggie - YAY!! you should totally start growing it. It's so cheap to grow. Your welcome for the directions. I hope it works out for you:)

evergreen said...

Your wheatgrass is looking good! You are so adventurous! I have not tried growing it yet, but did just buy a pound of wheatgrass powder to put into smoothies. Baby steps :)

So glad your cheese turned out so well, and the wrap looks amazing. Hope the ND visit goes well.

HiHoRosie said...

mmm...wrap looks tasty! And Nemo must be loving all that wheatgrass. When we had our kitty we used to buy or grow her wheatgrass. She'd graze all the time. We finally found (ok, hubby found) our handcrank wheatgrass juicer. It does take a lot of grass to get a little bit of juice. I don't care for shots of it so I drink the powdered stuff (love it!). Freshly juiced though it always looks so vibrant and bright!