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our best friend, ghee
in honor of nancy’s request: here’s how to make ghee (taught to me by ayurvedic friends fresh back from years-long stay, studying in India).
start off with frozen (this is my method at least, as i never have time to defrost!) UN-SALTED good-quality butter. please remember that the time you invest in making ghee is returned to you a thousand-fold if you get into the habit of using ghee, instead of butter. (ghee is the exact same stuff they serve with lobsters, by the way, “clarified butter.”)
put small saucepan on high flame as you unwrap the quarters of an entire (frozen or not) pound package. by the time you finish this task, it’s time to turn down the heat.
when the melted butter starts to bubble, put heat down to a simmer, making sure you don’t leave the room. EVER!!! if you want to ruin the ghee, then leave. otherwise, use the next 15 minutes (or less sometimes) as a meditation. you have to catch the cooked ghee at precisely the exact moment, otherwise it … well, may not burn, but it can get plenty toasty, and it changes the taste from mellow to something nuttier.
as ghee cooks it make a “popping” noise. when the noise finishes, you know you’re close (anywhere from 10-20 minutes, depending on altitude, humidity, quality of butter). from then on it’s a matter of watching the bottom of the pan, seeing that the milk solids have dropped to the bottom (they appear as … you got it, CRUSTY SHIT!! at the bottom). this is the solid stuff you do not want clogging your veins, ever! when the noise stops, and the color turns a glorious golden brown — but before the crust residue on the bottom burns (it can take on a “burnt umber glow”) then you know your ghee is properly cooked.
pour through a simple tea strainer (ghee washes out easily) into a clean glass jar. allow to cool on your steel, porcelain, wood, or ceramic counter. put top on in a few minutes.
you never have to refrigerate ghee. try to put a tiny bit in your food every day. use on toast, in place of butter (but don’t bake or make cookies with it, it won’t work). the nutritional qualities are magnificent. check out www.ayurveda-foryou.com for more into. lord flea sings the glories of ghee. have made it lovingly for my family for over 15 years!
gotta go! off to a hatha yoga workshop for the entire weekend).
more later. here’s your little visual treat for the day, my beloveds.
in the Light, lord flea
just learning … the pleasures of granola
this blog thing is challenging! yesterday i spent a little time with my efforts, and today i found out i put the “post” in the “page” category, and don’t ask me how that happened? anyway, if you want to see if, i guess you have to click on the sidebar, at the top, where it says, PAGES, and underneath it is “a ship called relation.” meanwhile, i’ll learn, little by little. as we all do. on whatever subject we wish to embrace in our lives.
enhance our life. ahhhhh, that’s always a treat.
for today i’m setting a goal of learning the difference between a “post” and a “page” so i won’t lose my good efforts every again. and you? what goal are you setting today, to have more fun, more meaning in your life here?
a great recipe for granola, per request of marty. so here i share the best i’ve found, not mine, but from eva’s. but beware. when i first started making it i couldn’t stop eating it, and…well, you know. so now i have to put limits on the pleasures of granola. i don’t have to eat a big bowl-ful every single day. yes, the flub has dissolved, and i’m now just enjoying my occasional taste.
Eva’s best granola, ever!
- 6 cups steel cut oats (the pilgrim hat guy’s is okay, “old fashioned”)
- 1/4-1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/4 cups of (each) sesame seeds, flax seeds)
- 2 cups chopped walnuts
- 2 cups sliced almonds (must be sliced, not slivered or chopped)
- 1/2 c. honey (mix with below, and add to grains, seeds & nuts)
- 1/2 c. maple syprup (grade B is best, more nutrition)
- 1/2 c. veggie oil (organic canola, etc. be creative)
- bake at 250 degrees for two hours. no need to even turn, but you feel more “connected” if you do. cool and put in glass jar.
in the Light, lord flea