Friday, September 19, 2014

Rosemary and Onion Sweet Potato



My intention was to prune my rose bushes back quite a bit
but, when I saw the roses and how they brightened up the patch under the stairs...
I couldn't bring myself to prune


and sure, while I could have picked the roses and bring them into the cottage to enjoy...
I do so like seeing them pretty on the bushes in the yard
after all, with as much as I go outside, it's rather nice to see flowers to greet me...
with their cheerfulness


 so, instead...
I got down and dirty digging up a few sweet potatoes for dinner
yeah, the dirt was wet but, the mud was beside the point
we were going to have sweet potatoes with the meal after some months of none at all

while these are often known as sweet potatoes by many...
here on this island they are usually referred to as sweet yams...
and they carry sporamins (storage proteins) which are key in giving these roots...
an antioxidant property...
which is good for the body in preventing oxidative damage in the cells
the more orange or purple they are, the more antioxidants they have

God thought of that when He put medical properties into foods


once they were cleaned, the sweet potatoes took on a new look
and with a breadfruit from the tree, we eat well


when it comes to potatoes, white or of the yam kind...
I truly like using herbs to rev up the taste...
and, it's a good excuse to add a little herbal medicine to one's food


these sweet yams were peeled and cut into smaller pieces...
then quickly steamed for about 5 minutes just to give them a slight tenderness...
but not soft


while the sweet yams steamed...
a red onion (or any onion) was sliced and sauteed in some butter and olive oil until tender


the sweet yams were cooled and diced into bite size pieces and added to the onions...
and sauteed until they were completely (not mushy) soft; about 10 minutes
once they were done, the rosemary was cut up (I cut mine with kitchen scissors)...
and added to the dish


today, we have a rainy day
that means...


dogs will sleep
and thus, the day has been peaceful


I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep:
for Thou, Lord,
only makest me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8

May your day or night find peacefulness in the grace of God.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pilgrim's Farm Fun Video


When I was hand raising my orphan chick, Pippi...
our dog, Foxie became a bit too fixated on him

that was remedied and Foxie lost interest over time, I'm glad to say

just thought you might enjoy a short video on her fixation of the chick...
and her expressions when I would correct her with my voice...
every time she became too focused on Pippi


Fixation from Jean on Vimeo.

May your day or night find delight in God's grace.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Pleasant Accident by Nature


In the last few days, I have been experimenting aka hopefully learning...
how to make good eats with clabbering raw milk

well, I can't say what exactly happened here...
but, after 3 days of clabbering a half gallon jar of raw milk...
I got what seems to be cheese along with the soft curds of natural sour cream


I understand that cheese can be preserved in olive oil, so I went ahead and did just that...
and this is what you are seeing in the photo above
preserved this way, the cheese does not need to be refrigerated


and this is what my clabbering milk turning into whey, sour cream and cheese looked like...
while I let it sit for a few days to do it's own delicious thing
the cheese floated to the top; the whey in the middle; the sour cream on the bottom



the sour cream is straining into the glass cup to thicken it...
the liquid whey is in a jar to be used for various other things (dogs, chickens, cooking)...
and the cheese is rather a very interesting surprise to me



it came out with a pleasant, mildly tart, cheesy taste...
and a texture between farm cheese and mozarella cheese

now they say cheese just doesn't have much flavor if rennet is not used...
but, I daresay, my milk cultured this cheese all by itself and it's tasty enough for me
all it needs is a little sea salt mixed into it

I'd like to know; was it the warm days of our tropical weather or the thick cream in the milk?
there is no info I could find on this that satisfied my curiosity
but, I have no doubt; this is good

rennet is not readily available here on this island...
and if the warm tropical climate is enough to help out with the culturing of cheese...
from my raw milk simply from standing a few days...
I'll take it



as for the sour cream; it really tastes a lot like creamy yogurt and super good with raw honey
awfully nice as a topping on homemade granola



so, the verdict on all this pleasant accident by nature...?


I'm grateful for the freedom to have a cow and raw milk

thought this short video of a couple who went to pick up their raw milk from a farm was interesting



May your day or night find merciful blessings in the Lord's grace.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sweet Friday


The bougainvillea running along our fence at the front gate...
gives me a sweet pleasure to look at when I walk along it
it stays blooming most times since it started to flower...
and there is nothing like having something blooming in the yard to brighten a day 



the crops down by the river are doing fine...
and we have been harvesting sweet corn which we enjoy in the evening times
we love to roast the corn on it's cob, and while my husband likes his just as it is...
I slather butter and sprinkle sea salt on mine


the corn growing in the garden behind the cottage is growing ears also...
and the honey bees have been busy collecting from the corn flowers



my anise hyssop seems to be struggling a bit...
but, I'm guessing it may be stressed from too much rain
since they are potted, I will be putting them in a drier spot and hand watering for now...
and giving them a little extra feeding to boost them a bit
when a plant is potted, it really does need a bit more attention
someday, I will be planting my anise hyssop into the ground in my future herb garden


but, the butterflies tell me they still find nectar in the blooms of the anise hyssop


the picture of butterflies feeding on the flowers delight me



 I cut back my rose bushes a month ago...
and already they are blooming with new roses



now that our sweet and creamy avocados are ready to take from the trees...


we have been dining quite well on them and adding them to our green salads from the garden
is there anything fresher tasting than that?



every so often, I enjoy a warm cup of vanilla milk sweetened with raw honey


very simple to make, it just takes a cup of milk, about a 1/4 tsp of vanilla...
and the amount of honey to satisfy one's own sweet taste


a nice break from regular tea or coffee to sit and enjoy a preening chicken at the door...
for reading by...
or just to enjoy the new day with


how thankful I am that...

His anger endureth but a moment;
in His favour is life:
weeping may endure for a night,
but joy cometh in the morning.
Psalm 30:5

May your day or night find joy in the Lord's gracious favour.

Monday, August 25, 2014

When the Beach Calls


Sometimes, when I snap pictures...
they often sit somewhere in the computer and do nothing
so, just for fun again, thought I'd put these from our beach excursion with the dogs...
into a little video with some relaxing music

this is a favorite spot to take the dogs because it is quiet and peaceful...
with the beauty of the Lord's natural creation all around
it was early morning and the sun had just risen not long ago when we got there
I hope you get a bit of enjoyment from it



And the work of righteousness shall be peace;
and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.
And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation,
and in sure dwellings,
and in quiet resting places;
Isaiah 32:17-18

May your day or night be quiet and peaceful in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mango Preserves at Pilgrim's Cottage


Making fruit preserves was something I've been wanting to learn to do


and since we've been harvesting more mangoes than we can eat...
and selling what we couldn't eat to the market...
and still have plenty left over...


it seemed the right time to hunker down and be brave

because, you see...
I have never canned preserves in my life before
and in fact, I have never canned anything before...
and it seemed such a daunting task


canning is something that has piqued my interest lately and after watching this...

I just had to figure canning can't be so hard, after all

so, grabbing a lime for the added acidic ingredient for my mango recipe...
since water bath canning can call for it...


I eagerly made my way back up the hill to the cottage with my bucket of fresh picked mangoes 


because this is my first experience at canning...
I won't post the process steps this time

but perhaps, when there is more experience and confidence under my belt...
you can come with me in a later post


I just did 3 pints for my first to get the feel of the task...
and I think it came out all right

as soon as the jars were taken out of the water bath, the lids started to pop shut
I was relieved
heh...at least, that seemed to have gone well enough


and as far as the "daunting" task itself?
it wasn't as nearly so hard as I thought

hopefully, in the next week, as the fun in canning gets into my system...
the shelf in the pantry cupboard will fill up a little more with bona-fide homemade preserves 


Thou hast granted me life and favour,
and Thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.
Job 10:12

May your day or night be sweetly preserved in the grace of the Lord.