Saturday, February 25, 2012

Gluten-free Bannocks/ Traditional Scottish Oatcakes

This is a great breakfast food. It is also as traditional as gluten-free can be.

 In order to make it you will have to plan ahead. The night before you need to soak 5 cups of oats in 5 cups of water with 5/8 cup of cider vinegar. The next morning rinse the oats and put in a bowl or mixer.

Add to the oats:

1 cup coconut flour
1 cup coconut sugar or sucanat
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter

Pour this mixture into a sheetcake pan lined with parchment and roll out evenly. Bake on 325 for about 30 minutes or until it is browned on the edges.

Serve with Butter and Grade B maple syrup. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Salt-Has it lost it's savor?

About a year ago I read a book called Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. It was so so interesting. It talked about just how important salt has been to human civilization... not just as a food, preservative, and rock with important minerasl but also as a currency. How different it is from now. We hear a cacophony of voices telling us that salt is unhealthful and something that we want to do away with! I suppose that could be true of the salt you buy in grocery stores, you know that white, iodized stuff. But a sea salt with minerals, that is unprocessed is very good for you.

Still don't believe that salt is necessary and good for you? Just get sick and dehydrated. Do you know what they give you in the hospital for dehydration? A saline (salt) drip. Yep. They re-hydrate you with salt water. Now I know this is simplistic but you get my point. You do need salt to be healthy.

So what is the difference between salt that is good for you and that white salt that is processed with chemicals? Salt that is processed with chemicals and heat not only removes those good minerals that your body needs but it also leaves bitter chemical taste behind. Then because they have depleted any nutrition they have to add Iodine back into the salt. They also add anti-caking agents. Do you really want to be putting this into your body? You are being robbed of the minerals and nutrition that natural sea salt has to offer. Natural sea salt that is produced in traditional ways is the best for your body. It contains mineral that are inherently occuring in nature such as natural iodine, magnesium, iron, and many many others. Your body needs these minerals in order to function properly. If nature has given us such a perfect gift why do we go and try to change it?

We have changed the salt in our house to Real Salt. It was found in an ancient sea bed in the middle of Utah. I feel confident using it because I know that it hasn't been polluted with all the bad things that are in our seas and oceans.

the other salt that I can feel confident recommending is Hymalian Pink. It, like Real Salt, is from an ancient sea bed. Celtic sea salt has been recommended to me also but because of the current polution in our oceans I am uncomfortable eating it myself.

I think the most important thing to remember is that even if you buy your sea salt from the health food store, if it is white and free flowing you have just picked up a processed salt.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Why "New" Old??

Just a little not about why I called the blog "New" Old...

Have you heard the term "It's news to me!"? That is what all this is. It is all new to me. I can vaguely remember one of my grandmas soaking oatmeal overnight before she cooked it in the morning so I know that these things that are new to me are really old and time honored traditional ways of preparing food. My goal is to get back to that healthful way of treating and eating our food. It won't be easy but I feel that it will be well worth the extra time and effort it takes to have a healthier body for myself and healthier kids

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Getting an "Old" Education

Have you ever had a real "light bulb" moment? You know, the kind when you slap your forehead and think, "I've been wrong about this ALL my life!" Well, I've been having those over and over for the past few days. Of course, I have to blog about it. Hopefully, it will help someone else out there to have some of their own "light bulb" moments.

It all started when I read a book that a friend loaned to me called "The Coconut Oil Miracle" What an eye opener. I've been eating the wrong oils!! I thought I was being health conscious. uh... WRONG! How could government agencies and Dr's have it so so wrong?

In the back of the book there is a link to the Weston A. Price Foundation website. I seriously had to pick my jaw up off the floor. I am not just eating the wrong oils... I'm eating the wrong, well, everything. But it all makes so so much sense now.

So all these years I've been struggling with PCOS, Fibromyalgia, Celiac Disease, weight-gain, and severe fatigue. Now I find out that I could have been healing my own body. I need to start right now!! Where can I find grain fed meats? Whole real milk? Chickens and eggs that are soy free and free to run?? The right oils? Yikes it feels too big. SO I will have to take it a step at a time.

Come with me on my journey. I'll be honest. I'll tell you how I'm feeling. I'll tell you how the kids like it. I'll tell you how hubby likes it. I'll share our recipes and I hope you will share your's too!