Moonscape Chocolate

ChocStrawbs

Home made organic chocolate and home organically grown strawberries.. what an awesome combination of flavors πŸ™‚

There aren’t too many folk around that don’t like chocolate. I know there are some, though I am not one of them. I am not addicted to the stuff, but I do enjoy a lovely sweet treat. But nowadays I will only indulge in my own homemade chocolate.. like the one above. I am actually munching on as I type πŸ™‚

Coconut oil, raw cacao powder and raw honey are my base ingredients and I go on from there. There really is no end to the combinations you could use. I am yet to experiment with using essential oils. Having used nuts, different seeds & driedΒ  berries, I never get tired of the plain chocolate, just like my moonscape one below.

Jaacey’s Moonscape Chocolate

I like to experiment with my creations, as you may have read in my previous posts. I recently created a very nice chocolate treat with a divine coconut centre. The feedback I have received thus far is pretty good.

One comment being..
‘It’s the best you have made so far, I’ll have more of that, thanks’.

Another..
‘Thanks for the chocs, they were awesome!’

I will write more about that one another time, as I feel the need to tweak my recipe a little, but I promise to share it with you.

Another one of my successful chocolate endeavours was this one …

jaacey's choc

A cranberry, hempseed & coconut sugar indulgence. Very nice!

I keep the chocolate in the fridge, but when it is eaten at room temperature it has a very nice chewy texture, not unlike fudge – just delightful.

I recommend that you give it a go, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with your own homemade creations.
It really is so simple to make.. it literally only takes minutes. The longest part of putting it all together is waiting for it to go firm.
I have been know to dunk a banana in it, while the chocolate is still warm, Mmmm … so nice, that is another delightful combining of flavours. But you could use any fruit you like.

Go on give it a go πŸ™‚
There really is no comparison!
You may just end up like me, reluctant to buy any other factory made chocolate again! I do have a few ideas locked away in the grey matter, but I think I will leave the telling of those for another time.

Happy choco-lateering! πŸ˜€

My Cultured Life

What do you get when you cross oolong tea with a scoby ?

Booch!

Who makes their own booch ?

WTF ? .. I hear you all say, what is booch ? … AND.. what is a scoby ?

Booch is a wonderful cultured drink, with loads of probiotic goodness and if you do it right, tons of fizz.. made with tea, sugar & a scoby!
I finally got around to purchasing my booch jar from here and now I have it on tap, YAY!

Booch on tap

Booch on tap

Prior to this I was making my kombucha in small batches, this was of course fine but it soon became apparent that if I had to keep doing it this way, I wouldn’t keep making it. I found it a little fiddly & time consuming. Mainly as I was making it frequently, so when I found my booch jar all was well with the world. With minimal effort I now have this health elixir on tap.

My booch is made with oolong tea & raw sugar, yes all organic of course .. & the most important part, a scoby.
The scoby otherwise known as ‘the mushroom’ or ‘fungus’ is an amazing combination of friendly bacteria and yeasts. Scoby is an acronym for ‘Symbiotic Culture of friendly Bacteria & Yeast.
The scoby feeds on the sugar in the brewed tea, creating a beverage full of health giving properties, such as probiotics, vitamins B & C, enzymes and amino acids.

While I enjoy the flavor of my brewed booch straight from the tap, I also derive much joy from experimenting with other flavors, such as raspberry, lemon and ginger etc.
This is done via a second fermentation process, simply by adding grated ginger, berries and/or lemon juice and the peel to a bottle and leave it to sit on the bench for a couple of days to develop the flavors. Virtually any fruit or flavor can be added at this stage.
Once daily I open the bottle to release the pressure, doing this over the sink of course.. & in a couple of days I have a lovely refreshing, healthy fizzy drink.

Lemon & ginger, second ferment booch.

Lemon & ginger, second ferment booch.

While I was at it, I also did a second ferment with some kefir. I added lemon peel to a jar of freshly strained kefir milk… it’s as simple as that πŸ™‚
Actually to the one below I also added a few drops of orange & turmeric essential oil.

Second ferment kefir milk, lemon flavor.

Second ferment kefir milk, lemon flavor.

I have been making kefir with fresh raw milk for many years now and also soft kefir cheese. Creating yummy dips with it and adding the whey to smoothies and my awesome cultured vege recipes. My venture into the cultured vegetables is a fairly recent one and so far I have had a great run with them all, other than my latest which was a tomato sauce.

I am notorious for not following recipes, I like to add and change things most of the time. It depends on what I have growing in the garden or handy in the cupboard already. Well I didn’t do this with my latest new project, I followed the sauce recipe to the letter .. and I don’t like it. Will go back to the drawing board with that one and try again soon.
One thing I have found with the wonderful world of culturing, there doesn’t seem to be any hard and fast rules. I have always used the whey from kefir cheese and my creations taste good.

Cultured Veges: carrot broccoli & capsicum - red onions & black pepper - tomato salsa.

Cultured Veges: carrot broccoli & capsicum – red onions & black pepper – tomato salsa.

I hope me sharing a little of my journey into producing these fascinating probiotic yummies, has sparked something in you. Here is a couple of interesting places to read about and help whet the appetite for creating your own cultured masterpieces. Enjoy!

I wish you all .. Peace, Love and plenty of Booch Juice πŸ™‚

Cultures For Health
Anne’s Kombucha
Naughty Naturopath Mum

A Gardeners Nightmare

The temp reached 33 degrees today, it was hot.. at least working out in it was. For most of my few hours out there I was able to work in the shade, though I still managed to change the color of my skin rather dramatically. Even after making up my own lovely all natural ingredients & toxic chemical free sunscreen, I forgot to put it on. But in my defense, I had planned to stay out of the sun majority of the time and lucky I did just that or I would be a very sore girl indeed.

Anyway that’s another story, back to the gardening nightmare – couch grass, pronounced ‘koo-ch’.. it is the bane of every gardener’s garden. The roots go on and on seemingly forever & they can grow and spread in complete darkness. Nothing stops it.
I refuse to use chemicals to remove such a pest as it would be a complete waste of time and money. You only line the pockets of the greedy multi-national company’s who make the rotten stuff. It lasts for a couple of weeks and then what ? ..Β  it has to be re done. Waste. Of. Time.
Besides it looks hideous with all this dead brown lifeless mess. Not to mention the damage that is done to the life of the soil from the hideous liquid. I’d much rather look at ‘out of control’ green couch grass any day.. that is, if I wasn’t able-bodied enough to get down & pull it out by hand and with the help of a few tools.

I began my work in a relatively small part of the garden, where the couch grass was invading in amongst my lavender and soapwort. There is a red rose growing in that area also, one that I transplanted a year or 2 ago and also foxgloves. There are daffodil bulbs down amongst the couch roots as well.. a few of those were disturbed in my quest to eradicate the invasive grass. I put them back in the ground of course, as I am expecting a lovely display from the daff’s come next Spring.

As I went on my merry couch grass root hunt I remember changing my thought patterns somewhat. Instead of cursing & grimacing at every stubborn & challenging piece of continuous grass there was, I chose to be delighted with the smell coming from the lavender bushes I was working next to, as I was weeding in and around them. I also took note on how much they had grown in the 12 months since I planted them and that got me thinking of what I will do with all the beautiful fresh new lavender buds next time around.. I want to add them to my fresh juices, among other things.

I was also extremely happy to discover 5 small lemon trees growing, that I hadn’t noticed till I began hacking away at the darned couch grass.
So all in all I had a wonderful productive day. Digging out couch grass will never be a favorite pastime I know, but it pays to look at things from another angle at times.. one with a happy slant. And in changing those negative thoughts about the couch grass to positive ones it was a very pleasant way to spend a few hours out enjoying the golden sunshine.

I also got to witness one of my beautiful apricot water lily's opening up - It was a good day!

I also got to witness one of my beautiful apricot water lily’s opening up – It was a good day!