Homemade ‘Ginger Bug’ Strawberry Soda

So I have to begin this post, by admitting that I do not ever give myself enough credit for my foodie experiments and successes. So that saying, with or without the great hd pictures or sound bytes to prove it, I am going to give myself credit for making a bottle of homemade soda the other day.

My husband cant let it get past me when I do have a success, and this one was pretty darn cool, so of course I have to blog about it.

I did make a bottle of Homemade Soda.

With bubbles. The bubbles actually got thicker the longer we let it sit in the bottle.

No buying of carbonation tabs, which I could have bought. Here;

http://www.northernbrewer.com/fermenters-favorites-fizz-drops-8-oz

No buying fizzy tabs; which honestly are the coolest thing I have found in a long time, link here;

http://store.molecularrecipes.com/texturas-fizzy-by-ferran-adria-300g/

No, I fermented organic ginger.

I Bottled up some grated ginger root that I found at the food bank fed it some sugar, and left it in a really small jar with water.

grated ginger
grated ginger

After 5 days it was ready to use and make soda with.

I loosely used this recipe here for my idea, since I had some fresh Strawberries;

Cultured Strawberry Soda

Here is a picture of my soda and my mini bottle of culture on the first night.

1st night strawberry soda
1st night strawberry soda
mini bottle of 7 day old bug and new jar of 2 day old bug
mini bottle of 7 day old bug and new jar of 2 day old bug

 

Adding some of my ‘ginger bug’ culture at the end of an infusion seemed too easy for me. And making a fruit juice is insanely easy just seeping fresh fruit like tea for a while and maybe adding some sweetener if you want to it. I bottled it up in a old jar with a cork, and we actually prematurely started to enjoy it the night of making it, so got some minimal bubbles but they were inside of it, the next day more bubbles and a louder ‘pop’ of the cork, and the third morning, this morning, it ‘popped’ so loud, that I was actually proud enough of my experiment to try it again and again.

So I have another ginger bug in the making now, and more sodas to come. I am really excited though because for the best and most exciting news is…

MY HUSBAND HATES THE TASTE OF GINGER…

I was the most happiest to hear that my ‘ginger bug’ soda, did not give my husband a bad aftertaste, or any bad taste for that matter of ginger whatsoever, in fact he is asking for me to make more asap. I am so enthused cause the benefits of drinking lacto fermented ginger soda are great for the whole family. And since everyone liked my first bottle, I am sure to start some more, in fact I need to go disinfect some old bottles now for my next batch. My older ginger bug is happy and ready to make another batch of soda for me.

Here are some of the more interesting ‘ginger bug’ recipes I have found lately.

Organic Fermented Ginger Bug Soda Recipe

Fermented Elderberry and Honey Soda

Natural Ginger Ale

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9/12/15 Bacon Burgers with Mustard Chard

For Dinner last night we made bacon burgers. I used a mixture of ground pork and ground beef to make them. Everyone loved eating them, I am sure to make this again sometime. I even made some amazing extra condiments that made my burger farm fresh and yummy.

First I cooked some strips of bacon until it was nice and crispy, then diced it up. I was also defrosting the meat on the counter. Then I took the rest of the bacon and sliced some onion and diced some mushroom and caramelized it with some sugar until the onions were golden brown. I drained it and set it into a dish for a condiment.

I have some finished pictures here of the diced bacon and the onion mix.

diced bacon
diced bacon
caramelized onions with candied bacon and mushrooms
caramelized onions with candied bacon and mushrooms

I also got an idea from an online recipe to make a sort of slaw with the chard I had. I used 1 part vegan mayo to 1 part mustard and a dash of sweet relish in a bowl with diced chard leaves from the food bank. It tasted really good. I had some on one side of my burger with the candied bacon-onion mix on top and it was really good.

I made the burgers by mixing the ground beef, ground pork and diced bacon together. I also added some salt pepper and a dash of marjoram. I cooked them in the skillet with the bacon fat from the onion mix and only had to turn them over once. They were really juicy yummy burgers.

I also made some fries on the side, actually the whole meal was planned around french fries. I asked my son yesterday morning what he wanted to have for dinner and he said “ if you have potatoes I want fries.” At least he loves them homemade. I sliced my mini potatoes from the food bank really thin and fried them golden then covered in salt. I also served some homemade pickles with the meal.

Here are a few pictures of my plate. I even managed to get my husband to take a glamour shot that does the cooking justice.

before I put my burger together
before I put my burger together
glamour shot by my husband
glamour shot by my husband
perfectly cooked burger
perfectly cooked burger
mustard chard, carmelized onion, fresh tomato, bacon burger...
mustard chard, carmelized onion, fresh tomato, bacon burger…

8/30/15 Scratch made peanut butter pie crust

8/30/15

Today I made some homemade peanut butter and baked with some of it. I had a “mystery box” array of things to bake with, and really not enough of anything to figure much out. I have only like ½ cup of white flour so I am saving it for the most important thing that I can think of, which incidentally I have not thought of today, so I still have it. I used my box waffle mix to bake with and I used some of my whole wheat flour, which I have and still have a whole lot of. I had a bag of raw peanuts, not salted. I had some sugar, salt and baking powder. I even had some pudding boxes. Hey I said it was a random mystery box array of things.

I even took a picture of my mystery box items…lol

my ingredients
my ingredients

I decided on two things to make with some homemade peanut butter from the peanuts. Because what do you make with raw peanuts besides fresh peanut butter? I made the peanut butter in two batches.

Here is a picture of me making the second batch.

making peanut butter
making peanut butter

The first batch I measured out 2 cups of fresh peanuts into the blender and added some olive oil to them. I had a hard time with my blender but it me out really creamy from the olive oil. I really wished that I had some honey to add to it, but instead I added some salt and sugar and hoped for the best.

The next batch I pulsed the peanuts in the blender first, then added less oil and the salt and sugar. Then I figured out the best setting to blend it, which was low speed on 8. I have a 10 speed blender. I let it blend on 8 for a few minutes and the motor started whirring and the blender got warm and I could smell the plastic of the motor working too hard, so I turned the blender off. I have never gotten a better homemade peanut butter before though. I joked with my husband “ You know its better for the peanut butter when the blender gets hot and jumps around..right.” lol

Here is a picture of both batches of peanut butter.

batches of peanut butter
batches of peanut butter

I jarred most of the second batch, as it was better and less oily then the first batch. Then took the rest of the peanut butter and decided to bake with it. I decided to make a homemade peanut butter-waffle mix pie crust and chocolate pudding pie.

I added an egg to some of the oily peanut butter then incorporated some salt, sugar and waffle mix with some extra baking powder. It turned out crumbly, but I was able to press it into my larger walled pyrex pie pan. I par baked it until it was golden ready. I cooled it until it was 80 degrees, then I made my pudding mix according to the box directions and poured it into the crust. That is cooling and setting in the fridge now.

Here is a picture of the baked pie crust before the pudding.

before peanut butter pie crust
before peanut butter pie crust
before pudding; pie crust
before pudding; pie crust

I also decided to try and attempt to make some peanut butter whole wheat crackers. I accidentally forgot to add water so they did not turn out. Yet I tried really hard to make them. I will make sure to try better next time I go to make crackers.

Here is some pictures of them.

before crackers
before crackers
crumbled mess of attempting crackers
crumbled mess of attempting crackers

Execution wise and shaping went well, but forgetting the water, made them crumble after baking making them not edible. But the cracker crumble tasted good, the not burnt ones anyways and I plan on making them correctly again soon. I am dissapointed to waste a cup of homemade peanut butter and some flour, but glad that I got the easiest mistake out of the way so I will not ever do it again.

Now we are waiting for the pudding to set on the peanut butter pie and I am planning on another taco dinner. I love Mexican food.

Here is a picture of me putting the pudding into the pie.

smoothing out the pudding
smoothing out the pudding
smoothing out the pudding
smoothing out the pudding

Here are the final pictures of the finished pie and slices;

 

first cut of pie
first cut of pie
cutting first slice out
cutting first slice out
taking first slice out
taking first slice out
cut pie
cut pie
devoured pie
devoured pie

Until next time in the Boho kitchen; sometime you bake good, sometimes you bake bad, but every time you bake your learning.

Crock Pot Beef Stew- Recipe

Crock Pot Beef Stew

1 lb beef stew meat

1 onion diced small

2 carrots chopped small

½ stalk celery chopped

½ stalk celery diced

3-4 small potatoes (red work well) chopped

Garlic (optional)

Paprika

Salt

Pepper

Corn starch

Water

Tomato Paste ½ cup

  • First prep and set aside carrots and potatoes
  • Place diced onion with diced celery with small amount of butter and 2 tbs water into crock pot on high put lid on. if using garlic put it in here, diced well, or as powder or minced is very good, but only 1 table spoon or so. 11062821_668077603304428_8576596098755609455_o
  • While onions-celery are caramelizing, take beef stew meat and thoroughly coat with paprika corn starch salt and pepper to desired taste,..first do the salt and pepper then sprinkle paprika then coat with corn starch.
  • When the onions are done cooking and have soaked up all the water. Place meat into crock pot and add remaining chopped veggies on top, place water over top until it is covered and add tomato paste after it cooks for about 4 hrs on high.. cook stew until meat is tender when tested.

here are some different pictures of beef stew I have made.

cauliflower should only be added in small amounts
cauliflower should only be added in small amounts
larger pieces of meat will have to cook longer
larger pieces of meat will have to cook longer
excellent over rice
excellent over rice

Crock Pot Fun

Slow cooker- Crock Pot favorites to try

My family loves slow cooked food. When I start prepping a meal and its in the crock pot cooking by 11 am, then you know its going to be a great dinner. Here are a few of my favorites to share..

recipe here: