sunflower

I learned to draw this sunflower today – from youtube video

I call it Kansas sunflower because the junk board I painted is in the shape of dear old Kansas – where I am from 🙂 And it’s the state flower of Kansas ! I wonder if I can find a honey bee – I think it’s Kansas’ state insect and Cottonwood is the state tree. There are probably more – I know mule is the state animal of Missouri. A link to KS state symbols

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kansas sunflower

turmeric & black pepper

from turmeric for health . com

How to Make Turmeric Paste or Golden Paste

Turmeric paste is also popularly known as “GOLDEN PASTE” and the reason is obvious why.

There are so many recipes available to make golden paste. The paste can prove to be super useful for both pets and humans.

What is needed for making golden paste

  • 1/2 cup turmeric powder (125 mls) – Use organic powder. Here are some tips to buy a good one>
  • 1 cup water (250 mls)
  • 1/2 cup water extra, if needed (125 mls)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper (7.5 mls) – We need this as turmeric is absorbed poorly in body. Piperine present in black pepper helps in its absorption. Read more here>
  • 70 ml cold pressed Olive or Coconut oil – Adding fats is another way to increase the absorption of turmeric in body. Chose healthy oils such as virgin coconut to virgin olive oil.

The above list of ingredients and measurements are taken from golden paste recipe by Doug English.

Steps:

It is extremely easy and quick.

Add turmeric to water in a pan. Heat gently along with stirring. Do this till you get a think paste.

This can take anything from 6 to 10 min.

If you feel your paste is watery, add some more turmeric if you feel it has become too think, add some water.

At the end — add the pepper and oil.

Keep stirring to ensure that all ingredients are mixed properly.

Allow it to cool.

One great thing about this paste is you can keep it in a jar and refrigerate it. This will ensure you can make it once and use for a few days.

Opinions vary on how long we can keep the jar, in my opinion 1-2 weeks is okay. Not more that that.

Troubleshooting

If while cooking your mix looks watery – you can add some more turmeric. No issues with that at all.

On the other hand if its too think, add water.

In case you see bubbles in the mix, it means that you have not stirred it enough. But dont worry – do the stirring and after sometime it will be all right.

Note — The texture and “look” of golden paste does not impact its benefits :) So do not worry if it looks a bit wired.

The taste!

I must warn you that you may not like the taste of golden paste (many do not) but do not worry.

It can be taken in various ways such as – added to smoothies, curries, salads etc, just to name a few. Here are some more ideas to take golden paste>

Enjoy the paste and benefits of turmeric!

Daffodil Days

lots of make ahead soup mixes

I started the good ol’ soup diet today – so far so good! – soup, salad and whatever else. more recipes here

The farmersalmanac.com/calendar/gardening says to plant yesterday and today, so I did. I’m hoping following this will be an interesting experiment in my gardening endeavor. It appears to be raining now, after I’ve put in my seed potatoes and radish, turnips, beets, kale, spinach, and carrots. We really need the rain, but the daffodils seem to be doing okay, even though they may be drooping a little.

 

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