Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blister cure for runners and walkers

Picture it:  Sicily 1941.....You go for an amazing walk and due to ill fitting shoes, or just simply distance, your feet are telling you something.  They are telling you OW!  Just kidding, about the Sicily part and the 1941, but really have you been there?  Have your feet been marred?  Are you needing relief?

I have a cure and it's all you need for some feet feel good.  And, you can obtain the ingredients at your local discount store, or dollar store for just under five bucks.  Sounds good?  Okay lets go.

What you will need:

A silly hat--like this guy, he looks like a weiner!                       
Peppermint mouthwash(not alcohol free!)
Epsom salts
Diaper Rash creme
gel toe covers

Take your silly hat, put it on and go to the dollar store.  This is very important for your feet to recover.  (Okay, it's not.  So, I like seeing people wearing silly hats.  Sue me, I like to laugh)
Buy ingredients, Go home and take off said silly hat.

In large mixing bowl, mix about 1/2 cup salts, a cup of peppermint mouthwash and enough hot water to dissolve the  salt, stirring until dissolved.  Soak feet in solution, easing them in.  It may sting at first, but it's totally worth it.  The salt with cauterize the blistered skin and the mouthwash is safe for soft tissues like your mouth, so you are all good.  Relax and enjoy for up to a half hour.  

When you pull your feet out of the solution, they will be minty and cool.  This feels really good and can be used for tired feet too.  Dry them gently with a towel and then get out the diaper rash creme--stuff with Zinc in it is good.  Smooth it on your foot and gently over the blistered area.  Cover blistered area with gel toe covers and then loose fitting socks.  Do this before you go to bed.

Tomorrow, your blisters should be gone, The fluid will be gone from the blister and your feet will feel almost as good as new.  To be safe, put more diaper rash creme on the blistered area gently and cover with toe covers when you have to leave the house and wear shoes.  Be sure to give the area some air when you return home to allow for proper healing.

In advance, you're welcome!  No more do you have to wait for feet to heal to get back to your walking or running routine.  You are as good as new!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Gluten Free Pizza?  Don't worry, silly Homer.  You can do it.  Here's how

Gluten Free Pizza Dough

1/4 cup cornmeal
2 Cups Instant Oats (gluten free of course, silly Homer)
1 Cup Brown Rice Flour
3/4 Cup Very Hot Water
Dash of Garlic Salt
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp fast acting yeast for bread machines

Pour cornmeal and water into microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave for 2 minutes.  Pour into bread machine.  In a blender, add Oats and pulse until a fine flour is formed.  Add to bread machine, with rice flour, yeast, salt, sugar and using the dough setting start machine.

You may need to add water or extra brown rice flour to get a good consistency.  It should form a play doh like dough.

Spray pizza pan with oil and pat dough into pizza shape.  Pre-bake five minutes in 375 degree oven.  Add the toppings you like and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.  Cooking time may vary depending on the temperature and efficiency of your oven.

I used marinara sauce, provolone cheese, portabello mushrooms, jalepenos, and a few sliced olives.  A person who is not avoiding gluten also enjoyed this pizza!  :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sandalwood Rose Rain Soap

This summer I made rose oil.  I have beautiful roses in my garden.  So many types and kinds, I cut a rose every time I go see my grandmother.  She loves pink roses.  I always bring her a rose to put floating in a bud vase.
As flowers dwindle on the vine, I pick the petals and save them as my futile protest against summer's fading paradise.  These petals I put into a jar and through winter's tyranny, found a solace to last me until spring.

One bar soap grated
two cups water, hot
essential oils

This recipe is barely a recipe at all.  I used a bar of sandalwood soap grated it and added hot water.  I let it sit for a long time and finally it gelled.  Then I added my essential oils and it's heaven.  I make my own essential oils so that makes things gorgeous.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Buffalo Cauliflower won't you come out tonight?

I am the sort of person who usually gets a song stuck in their head.  It could be anything, but usually there are triggers that make me think of a song then it plays ad nauseum.

Buffalo Cauliflower, won't you come out tonight

One large head fresh cauliflower, broken into florets (Save the base of the Cauliflower to make soup)
One cup flour of your choice (I used 2/3 white and 1/3 fine cornmeal)
One cup water
Garlic Powder or other seasonings
Dash of nutritional yeast

Hot Sauce of your choosing or you could do really any kind of sauce you like here: BBQ, Sweet and Sour, Thai Sweet Chile....

Mix flour, water, nutritional yeast, and seasonings to form a batter.  Dip into batter and place in single layer on a baking sheet in preheated 375 degree oven.  Bake 20 minutes, then remove, toss in sauce and replace in oven for an additional 10 minutes.  Hot sauce goes well with a nice ranch dressing for dipping, or what ever you prefer.  It's so easy and so good, but totally filling!

A caveat about white flour, it is nearly nutritionally void. If you happen to have some other fancier healthier flour laying around I suggest you use it instead.  I make this recipe often, and the last time I used regular gluten flour (different and cheaper than vital wheat gluten) and cormeal.  I was very pleased with the results and gluten flour has about 35 grams of protein to offer this recipe when used in the 2/3 C recipe.  I have had some luck using soy flour in recipes that require a roux, but I do not recommend it here: the flavor is quite beany.
My recipes are for anyone, not just veggies, so I try to put it in plain ingredients that anybody could find.  Family and friends tease me incessantly regarding all the weirdo health food stuff I add to recipes. But in my defense, I make treats for people I love.  Why wouldn't I want to use healthy ingredients?    

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Red Lentil, Yellow Lentil


 Lentil experimental!  Lentils are so pretty and they pack the highest protein per calorie punch of any legume, so they are my favorites.  They are rich with isoflavones that fight cancerous tumors and folic acid: an essential nutrient not found in any other plant source.   This soup is so delicious that you will be glad that the weather's awful, because it makes it twice as good.

Red Lentil Yellow Lentil Soup--Vegan, and Low Sodium
One cup each red and yellow lentils, dry
One 28 ounce can of tomatoes, preferably the type with chiles or garlic
One Cup Brown rice, dry
One onion chopped
One cup chopped celery  *see note*
Garlic powdered or fresh
Hot pepper flakes

In a large pot or slow cooker, place the lentils, rice and tomatoes with their tinned liquid.  To make things easy, I usually fill up the empty can with water and pour that into your cooking liquid.  You could use about three cans of water as your lentils and rice will double in size when cooked.  It's important to keep enough water in the soup, so don't throw the can in recycling just yet.  You may need to rehydrate your soup as time passes.

When the lentils and rice seem about halfway cooked (maybe a half hour into cooking), add your celery.  It's dense texture will need more time to soften than the onions.  At this point, a trick to neutralize the acidic nature of the tomatoes is to shake a little baking soda in the top of your pot.  It will fizz up like crazy and you need to stir to incorporate the soup.  This will give your tomatoes a naturally sweet flavor without needed sugar.  

An important thing to remember is that when cooking, the seasonings you add at the beginning will have a mellow taste and then ones added toward the end will be more robust.  Hot peppers added in the beginning make for a smokey flavor, toward the end have a spicier kick.  Fresh garlic added in the beginning of cooking can almost develop a sweet flavor, but added at the end has a sharp taste to it.  I like a lot of garlic, onion and spicy flavor so I add these things in the last 10 minutes of cooking to make the flavors pop.  Conversely, if you like a mellower flavor add the seasonings earlier.  There is no right or wrong, only preference here.  Personally I don't cook with salt anymore.  It's a health measure for me and I don't miss it.  If you like salt, please feel free to add as much as you like.  Same goes for the pepper flakes: only add them to your liking.

*Note* I use the outer celery for sticks and the inner leafy part, I save for soup.  

Monday, January 20, 2014

But can you spike your hair with it?

So, I am awake.  It's four thirty-five AM Eastern Standard Time and I am doing what everyone does at this time of night when they can't sleep: reading vegan recipes.  Okay, so maybe I am alone on that one.  In reading a recipe for vegan pepper jack cheese(!!!!!! Right?) an ingredient caught my eye.  It's called Pomona Pectin.  I've never heard of the stuff, but hey it looks pretty cool.  So, check it out fellow non meaties.....and maybe you can even use it to spike up your hair all punk rock style?  Seems like it would work, I think.


Monday, December 30, 2013

New Year's thinking

After reading the article "Six harsh truths that will make you a better person," by David Wong I began to reevaluate my life.  Assuming what the man totes as truth in the article is true, then I asked myself what is it that I do that makes me special in this world?  After pondering it, I realized that I do a lot of creative and interesting things that enrich my life and fulfill me as well as potentially impress others.  However, that whole impressing people horseshit is totally overrated.  Let's be honest here: if you do something that is noteworthy, more often than not if someone is truly impressed by your actions, they are also personally assassinated for not being so awesome.  So, in the grand scheme of life if what you seek is a pat on the back from someone my vote is not to hold your breath.

If you do something awesomely, often people will do their damnedest to take undue credit for it or even try to stop you from being so awesome.  It is better to go about your interests in whichever way you see fit and not seek any approval from anyone.  Do you actually think that the greatest people in our society went around seeking approval for their efforts?  Einstein, I am certain, was not reliant upon his mother's approval of his theory of relativity.  Nor did Plato wait around for approval to begin thinking and teaching.  They just did it--even if other people laughed at them or rejected them!  Plato's teacher Socrates was sentenced to death for being original!  Imagine what your family would say if you chose to follow someone like that!

The truth is, if you are awesome it's likely that most people won't even understand your awesomeness.  So, don't be a douche and go changing who you are to please people.  Sure, be productive, have interests and passions.  Live life abundantly, but don't ever stop being who you are for the sake of meeting a significant other!  For pete's sake, who the hell likes a yes-man?  So even though, David Wong tried to guilt me into not reacting to his article, I do not care.  I did not have to change who I am to be appreciated or loved, AND I do feel accomplished in the world.  And, if I can do it, anybody can.