Thursday, February 17, 2011

Healthy, Simple Living - and promoting my other blog (one of)

Harvesting our potatoes from the veggie garden.
These are King Edwards and Dutch Creams (Dutch creams make the best mash, with lots of butter)

Seeing as I was all inspired with the garden (when we had a couple of days of sun last week, its raining again now), I thought I would tell you about one of my other blogs - Watering the Seed

Watering the Seed is about Healthy Living, Simple Living, Natural Living, Christian Living.

Due to my own health issues over the last 8 years or so, I have been led down the path of discovering about different foods and techniques for basic health. 

Also about various herbs and healing plants, standing in faith and believing God for healing, how the body works, etc, etc.

I am a trained Remedial Massage therapist, and am currently studying aromatic and herbal medicine. I don't have any great plans to have a career in these areas, I am simply motivated to learn to help my family and friend and myself.

Above:  These are some of the processes that can be going on in my kitchen at any given time.
In one container I have rice soaking in water with some apple cider vinegar - this helps to break down the rice before cooking, making it more easily digestible.

The other container is lentils soaking in the same solution (sometimes I use whey, if I have any). 
I will either cook these after soaking, or drain them and leave them to sprout.
There are very good reasons why you would want to take the time to soak these things like this before eating.

Below:  This is the start of a new sourdough culture I am making, I managed to kill the last one from neglect, but I had been using it for quite some time before that happened.  All it is, is flour and water + the naturally occuring organisms in the wheat and air that cause a fermentation process.

This allows me to make lovely healthy sourdough bread at home, for a fraction of the cost that it is in the shops.

Here it is a few days later - see how it is starting to go bubbly?
It is nearly ready to put into a jar and start using. Brilliant!  Don't you just love God's creation? (As long as we work with it and not against it ;) )

Here are some German Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita) flowers I picked from the garden - I'm going to make a pot of tea with these and some Lemon Balm (Melissa Officianalis).
The Lemon Balm just self seeds all over my garden.

Here are both herbs together in the jug

If any of these topics are of interest to you - hop over and have a peep at Watering the Seed

If not, the crochet and crafty and arty channel will be resumed shortly.



  1. Hi there its a warmish day here in the UK, not quite warm enough though to get digging.

    You have some interesting things going on.
    Yep lemon balm does seed everywhere!
    I do like my herbal teas, and I have tried lemon balm, its meant to be good for thinking!!

  2. Can't wait till spring! Ready to get my hands back in the dirt. I have been thinking a lot about the food we eat and wanting to start feeding my family healthier food. I will definitely check it out. Your coat hanger comment was so funny! I guess they are not just for old ladies any more. Alway happy to hear from you Fi. :)

  3. Gosh those potatoes look delicious, well done!!
    Love Helen

  4. Hello
    How are you? You haven’t been posting for awhile... I've been missing your posts. :)


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