Recipe // Gluten Free Flat Bread

For any of you who cook or bake gluten free, you know what a challenge it is to find recipes that remind you of all the stuff that isn’t gluten free! Often times, coconut flour is the main ingredient, and then you worry about the dough turning dry.

Our family has tried many, many recipes and discarded them just as many times.

But we finally found this one that doesn’t come out dry, doesn’t break when you try and fold it, and doesn’t taste excessively like “coconut”. We’d like to share it with you too.

This bread is made to be rolled flat and baked in skillet (see photos below). It can be wrapped like a tortilla or eaten with soup. The only thing is that the batter doesn’t hold well in the refrigerator, so you need to cook it all the same day. We haven’t tried freezing it, though, so you could try that.

Shalom,
Mama Bell

Bell Adventures – Pistachio Harvesting

Our family loves to barter and trade. Well, let’s just say Mama Bell LOVES to barter and trade. My family also reaps the benefits. This adventure was no exception.

Monday I got a call from a sister-friend of ours who wanted to know if our family would be interested in harvesting organic pistachios in exchange for harvesting. We would receive 40% of what we gathered. Come on now, you think I had to think about it. Nope, this Mama jumped on board, and said a BIG YES!

I have known Old Pass Assembly for years, even before our family learned about Torah and following the Messiah. I became friends with a beautiful family who spent Shabbat at their congregation for years and always wondered why she called Jesus Yaheshua.  Go figure, right?  We stayed in contact with this family and would visit Old Pass when they had health events at their fellowship hall. One particular time was when Paul Nison had spoken about health and he had just come into Torah after his years of being a raw foodist.  I was intrigued. At the time I was on a 100% raw diet (and currently I am high raw) and didn’t want to miss this one. So I went and history started.

I became friends with many of the congregation and staff including Paul Nison and still to this day. Now full circle as we are following Torah and the Father’s way, our relationship with these beautiful families are so much more meaningful since we “saw the light.”

Back to the phone call. After my excitement mellowed out from saying yes, we planned a day to visit Old Pass and their beautiful homestead farm to begin pistachio harvesting. These folks are on board. Many of them are the older generation so our youngins were able to complete harvesting the entire orchard. We had our work cut out for us! Mama and Papa Bell didn’t do so bad either. Just needed to take a few breaks here and there. The kids did spectacular!

We started early to beat the heat, and harvested until way past noon. Got our dose of Vitamin D, that might last us a few days. We were sure tired after harvesting at least 15 trees! But, it was a GOOD, healthy tuckered out. We all slept very well that night. Being off the internet and no cell phone coverage was an added benefit.

I have to say this farming business (which, mind you, I am no where near), is WORK!  I may have a few trees, three goats, chickens, and live-stock dog, but that is nothing compared to what I have seen families care for. Old Pass is a larger scale farm, and the work that our family did was a great lesson to us. Homesteading is A LOT of work. But look at how you are providing for your family and how you are experiencing the joy of being able to raise your own food. Big scale, small scale is doesn’t matter. Get a passion for this kind of lifestyle – you wont go back!

So there, we harvested our FIRST pick and got two 5-gallon buckets of fresh TRULY RAW organic pistachios! For the second harvest, which we have already committed to come and do again, we will get 60% of the harvest. Not bad for us youngins eh? And the cool thing about this adventure is that, our family will have a memory to look back on. And the fun we had in being together is worth more than gold, well worth more than pistachios. LOL

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These where the buckets we harvested and our 40% worth! NICE!

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Beautiful photo shot….All these lovely pictures where taken by my eldest daughter.who is studying photography

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Tarps had to be placed around the base of the trees, so when we “gently shacked” the branches and leaves of the tree, the nuts would fall on ground being caught on the tarp.

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A process of layers of skin to get thru to enter the “meat of the nut” We ate so many of these. Oh, my they where so good!

 

Raw pistachio ice cream, here we come…

Enjoy the pictures!

Scripture for the Day 1 John 5:1-5

Blessings and favor from Above

 Mama Bell k12929142

 

Raw Persimmon Cookies

Hello Autumn!

For the past few weeks our family has been getting persimmons from our Abundant Harvest boxes. They took a week or so to ripen, and suddenly we had a huge bowl full of really ripe persimmons. I couldn’t find a recipe online with the ingredients that I had in the house. The solution…make my own!

I must admit, these turned out pretty good. My kids loved them so much that there where none left over the next day.


Raw Persimmon Cookies (makes 15-25 cookies)

Ingrediants

  • 4 TBSP Cashew Meal
  • 1 CUPS Almond Flour
  • 1/2 CUPS Flax Seed Meal
  • 1 CUPS shredded coconut
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • 3-5 dates (soaked for 5 minutes and pureed)
  • 4 CUPS Persimmon puree
  • GENEROUS drizzle of raw honey
  • 3 GRATED Apples

Optional:

  • 1/2 CUPS Rolled Oats
  • Cinamon to taste
  • Coconut Oil

Directions

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Pour in the persimmon and date puree and honey. Mix well, and add the grated apples. (batter should be very moist) Shape into cookies and place on dehydrator sheets. Dehydrate at 115 degrees until the insides are no longer wet. (about 12-14 hours)

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Enjoy!

Mama Bell

 


Why don’t you share this with your friends?

Shalom Pod – The Urban Homestead

I was very honored and excited to have Anais Dervaes of the Urban Homestead join me on Shalom Pod this past week.   It was so comfortable to have her share about homesteading and enjoying fellowship in a very relaxing interview.

Hope you will enjoy listening to this sweet time, Anais of The Urban Homestead and I had.


 

Big Berkey

Also for all you “Off the Grid’ folks, consider purchasing a Berkey Water System from Healing Throughout.  Another way to have quality drinking water and to have it on board during those “just in case” times.  We here at Healing Throughout have one that we use faithfully at home and during out outtings.  I would encourage everyone to save up their pennies to have one for their family.

With a purchase of any of the Berkey Systems, you will receive a FREE Sports Berkey as a “Thank You” from Healing Throughout.

Shalom and Hugs,

Mama Bell!

 

 

 

A Raw Dinner

I am on a 30 day Detox with the Juice Lady.  I am excited to be back on track with a raw diet.  I have been told by numbers of family, one being my husband that should go back on a 100% raw diet to aid in my health with my current health issues.  BOY was he right!  Not only am I enjoying this cleanse, I  have to say I am cleansing, BIG TIME!    Not fun, BU T so needed!

Here are some latest pictures of one of our meals we had a few days back…it was incredible and to taste every living bit, my palate was doing a gig!    My photography daughter, took some incredible pictures that don’t do this blog justice. You had to be there to enjoy the flavor.  But, for now, taste and see that the Lord is good!

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First the salad! Trust me, the picture does not do it justice. Although you can do any number of toppings, I chopped up: cucumbers, red onions, mushrooms, beets, carrots, avocados, tomatoes (fresh from our garden), spinach, red leaf lettuce, and ground sunflower and pumpkin seeds. It was ssssoooo good! It would be even more amazing with this dressing, or this creamy ranch.

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Now for the soup. Yummy-ness! It was partly inspired by this recipe. I didn’t have everything that the recipe called for so I improvised.

My version is below:

(serves 2)

1/2 cucumber chopped

2-3 stalks of celery chopped

1/2 small white onion

a pinch of salt

the meat of 2 young coconuts (and just enough water to make it creamy. There will be leftovers for you to drink :)

1 small lemon squeezed

2-3 handfuls of cashew (optional. The cashews do make it more creamy.)

Some peas/chopped red onions (for the toppings)

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender (I used my Vitamix), until smooth.

Enjoy!

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My daughter’s bowl (with added cashews).

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Delicious and enjoy!!!

Home made Tomatoes Canning

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In our first attempt this year to learn and start our adventure on canning, my daughter did pretty welhealingthroughout-canning-tomatoes2l!  I am impressed and blessed!  With the abundance of tomatoes in our garden this year, I needed to do something to preserve them.  For long term storage, canning was the way to go.

I prefer to dehydrate the tomatoes, but I am waiting for the parts for my Excalibur to get here so I can fix it and start dehydrating my raw goodies.. More on that later, so look out blog posts in the coming weeks on raw treats.

So here are some pictures on what we canned in a simple recipe I found online with just tomatoes, sea salt and lemon juice.

Easy and delicious!

 

 

A Raw Italian Dinner

The hot days of summer, here in the high desert make this mama not wanna cook much at all! Actually, I have been on a raw diet kick for a while and really loving it. One of my favorite dishes is zuchunni pasta, and being Italian, it hits the spot!    And when the ingredients come right from your garden or an Abundant Harvest Box, man oh man, the taste is fantastico!  There is just NOTHING like home garden veggies when preparing your meals!  The taste is just so full of live and vitality-no comparison!

As you can see from the vibrant pictures below, there are a few things you need to zuchunni tomatos garlic carrots celery fresh basil sea salt and olive oil!

Mind you, I don’t have a “recipe” and just place everything in a Vtamix blender. Blend till smooth.  Then you take your zuchunni and make your pasta with a Spiral Vegetable Slicer and make some really cool raw noodles.

As for the cashews, grind them up and add them as a raw cheese.

Serve a plate and enjoy every bit of taste.

Enjoy!

 

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Homesteading in the Desert-It Can Be Done!

We have finally put in our garden to begin our homesteading journey.  It is a beautiful site to see all this greenery and life sprout up in front of my eyes..or as I sleep.  I have taken a liking to gardening and when weather permits, and  truly enjoy getting my hands dirty.

My soil is rich with nutrients and the worms are just lovin it!  I am very excited to start this season with a bountiful harvest of local organic produce right in my front yard.  Every bit of life from my garden and an incredible taste of nutrient dense food of how it should be. Once you eat a more local plate of food, your taste buds are so thrilled to enjoy what food was meant to taste like.

Along with gardening, we also host Abundant harvest Organics in our high desert community. Between gardening and this fabulous CSA, I have a table full of organic local produce-farm to table!

Soon to be coming to our homestead is our mini nubian goat.  Hoping to have her set up with her doe here soon and enjoying the benefits of raw milk and home made raw cheese, kefir and yougart. Nothing like farm style food!

Shalom,

Mama Bell

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Olla, Olla…oh Olla where are you now…lalalala

LOCALS ONLY! 

Ollas are here, well as soon as we get an GROUP order in of 25 or more. Healing Throughout is  partnering up with The Urban Homestead to add our high desert order to theirs. Great way to conserve water and keep your garden well hydrated!

Hey folks. Many of you have inquired about other methods of watering, including the use of Ollas to be water wise. Healing Throughout is working with a place in Pasadena to make these available to our group with bulk pricing. IF you are interested in trying this method out and wish to be part of the group purchase, please contact her OFF LINE to discuss. I am choosing to share this information as it is a GREAT way to water your garden in our desert climate. You may get more info by Private messaging her or at http://www.healingthroughout.com/portfolio/clay-pot-olla-2/

Any ? you may have your welcome to email us or just click the link above for more details!

{Healing Throughout} Experiments

This week, the Healing Throughout house has been the breeding ground for experiments (and good deals!) We made this beet kvass and invented a new dressing! And found a great deal for Organic Plantain bananas at our local Alberstons 

 

First things first-Beet Kvass.

I first heard about Beet Kvass by listening to the Healthy Gut Summit

 

Second-Coconut, Cashew Dressing

This is literally one of the best dressings I’ve ever made. It’s creamy, coconut goodness.

The Recipe

One young coconut (meat+milk)

1/2 cup of cashews

sea salt (to taste)

one orange or lemon (squeezed) I prefer oranges.

Olive oil (1/4 cup-ish)

one clove of garlic

a small splash of apple cider vinegar (optional, but it gives the dressing a little bite)

Spices to taste (dill, black pepper, and rosemary are my staples. I mix and match them…some of this and some of that…hence the “experimenting” part.)

Water (depending on the consistency you desire)

Toss all into a Vitamix and blend on high until creamy. Enjoy!

 

And Last-The Deal!

Organic Plantain bananas at our local Alberstons 

I was so blessed to see organic plantains at our local grocery store. If you like to cook with plantains then I would encourage you to ask you local grocery store to carry them.. That is what I did.  A little persistence, goes a long way.

I have used conventional  plantains, but as since non organic produce is highly sprayed, I didn’t want to continue eating them.  I wanted to find the organic plantains and I am so glad I did.

We have done so many creative recipes with plantains, cookies, pancakes and muffins.  My family is just diggin over the taste of plantains in our recipes.

We that is all for now…Be blessed and well

Shalom, Mama Bell

Abundant Herbs

Today was a day filled with getting ready to serve our Abundant Harvest Community, here in the high desert.

With new faces to see and veteran ones to welcome back, the group is surely a blessed site!  It really is a wonderful to see our community getting  healthy.  Just to start with eating produce that is local in our state and fresh is the beginning of good health habit.  The produce from AHO is so good, I am really impressed. After running a community co-op, for several years and putting together our produce boxes, I have to say Abundant Harvest Organic sure has it together!  Well, they have been farming for years and a few years up on this mama!

Here are some of the herbs I brought with me to offer our community right from my garden. What a fragrance these beauties have.  It was a joy to bring them and enjoy the beauty of fresh herbs. I am planning on ordering more seeds to start a herb garden and add to what I already have.

Enjoy your eve,

Hugs Mama Bell

 

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