Have you noticed how coconut milk is nudging its way onto grocery shelves and making its presence much evident amongst the soy and almond. There used to be one or two brands. Yesterday I encountered eight. The priciest are the simplest without additives. I am using it in various ways and will post a recipe later.
Coconut oil caught my attention quite awhile ago and I do like it for cooking and flavouring cooked vegetables and raw nuts.
As I was getting out the peanuts for a batch of peanut butter (the adventure started back here) I wondered what using some coconut oil along with the olive oil would be like.
Over the years I've sprinkled my haiku here, there, and everywhere. I did not realize, in the last one (Dances More With Someone Watching) that I was taking part in the adventure of photographic haiga until I was thusly alerted (click on Moments) - and motivated to create more! (Click on photos to enlarge text if necessary)
This post is from more than two years ago, when I last had a natural habitat garden. I am ready for one again!
My nature and temperament is more akin to those people who can stop and look at a dandelion, either the first of the year as this one is, or many in a flock later on in the season, and delight in its appearance, its beauty, its 'weedy' reputation and not immediately think of how to eradicate it.
Who do not, automatically, 'clean up' the garden in the autumn but watch it across the cold weather months, the shadows a low-lying sun makes against a wall, the attention given by creatures fur and feathered and human.
And a certain three-year-old who, each time he hops from stone to stone on the path, stops and lifts the 'goldfish' from its home in the birdbath and looks it over carefully, does not need to explain why he is doing this or what he is looking at.
Digging and planting and staking and thinning will, eventually, happen. In the midst of a great deal of strolling and sitting and gazing and snacking and thinking and chatting and knitting and reading .... in the garden.
This playing in the earth has been how I have always gardened and for many years I thought it was because I was lazy, or perhaps scattered rather than focused. But it made sense to me and gave me great contentment.
Then a man came along who was interested in the environment and what was being done with land in the city and how parks and schoolyards could be better utilized for nature - human and otherwise, and how awareness of what could be done was important .... And he saw our 'garden' and said, "Good lord, you are doing it."
Some publicity attracted like-minded individuals and Urban Wilderness Gardeners sprouted and grew. Its mandate was "providing alternatives to manicured lawns." Hill Cottage in the Beaches area of Toronto was the headquarters where the front yard vegetable garden, sun catcher flagstone patio, mini orchard, boardwalk, painted driveway, gazebo, wildflower meadow, became one of many viewable gardens as the concept spread. Kew Beach was the first school to create an urban wilderness garden. Workshops and a newsletter and lobbying for increased awareness of the effects of pesticides and herbicides and seeing how people responded ....
That was more than twenty years ago but the experience accompanies me now when I stop and look at a dandelion....
Number five in the series: suss out the rest here.
I couldn't find coconut flour; I could find unsweetened shredded coconut. Two cups of the coconut got put in my Osterizer which has Chop Grind and Grate buttons and I worked through those .. slowly, carefully ... watchingn to see that the coconut was becoming flour-like and not turning into coconut paste. This resulted in about 1 3/4 cups of coconut fine enough to look like flour. I whirred 1/4 cup or so of quick oats (not instant) in the blender to make up two cups as called for in the following Basic Muffin recipe:
2 cups flour 1 tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 egg 1 cup milk 1/4 c melted butter 1 cup raisins
The dry ingredients got mixed together in a bowl. The egg and milk (soy) and the raisins were liquified in the blender (the raisins thusly processed are the 'sugar'). The blended liquid was added to the dry ingredients with the melted butter, mixed together and 1 cup blueberries (I used frozen) were folded in. Put into twelve large paper liners in muffin pan using an ice cream scoop. Baked at 400 for about 20 minutes.
Fresh from the oven they were fragrant and cake-like (the frozen berries were huge). The one broken open as a sample was .... um .... sampled .... completely.
The rest were frozen. This is what one of those looked like after twenty seconds or so in the toaster oven. It was also delicious.
Boulevards offer us a walking surface other than cement. They are city owned so there is no issue of trespassing on private property.
Walking on earth has benefits, physical, psychological.
There is nature in the city and we are more likely to notice the birds, the insects, the clouds and flowers and wind when we are navigating thusly. Whether on a stroll or on our way to work or going on errands.