Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Common remedy of the day.

Natural Vitamin E.
Taking this immune-boosting supplement can help reduce your chanes of getting a cold, according to a year-long US study

Spicy Pie melon Chutney with Ginger

Place in the preserving Pot the following ingredients: -

260 gr White Sugar
200 gr Chopped Onion
100 gr white Sultaners
100 gr thinly sliced Fresh Ginger
1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
¼ Teaspoon White Pepper
½ teaspoon Salt
1 ¾ Cup of Cider Vinegar
Zest of One Lemon
Juice of 1 Lemon
½ Teaspoon Coriander seed powder
½ teaspoon ground Cumin seed
¼ - ½ teaspoon hot chilli paste or a dessert spoon of Sambal Oeleck paste
1/8 teaspoon ground Cardamom
1 teaspoon of mixed Pickling spices
1 Kg. of cubed seeded Pie Melon
bring to boil and let simmer under constant stirring till thickening to desired consistency.
Bottle and seal immediately, keeps for 12 month or longer.
NB. The Chilli paste, Ginger and garlic can be varied according to taste

The start of Pie Melon Lemon and Lime Jam

1 kg Pie Melon seeded and chopped to small pieces
Cover with 1 kg Sugar, when the sugar has melted and taken the juice out of the melon pieces, add the Juice of a large Lemon and the zest of 2 Limes and the juice of 4 limes.
Bring to boil and simmer stirring occasionally for ½ hour
Lift the melon pieces out and process in the blender to a pulp and return to pot.
Simmer, stirring most of the time.
The jam will set very fast. Bottle and seal.

A very delicate flavour but delicious on buttered breakfast toast
My wife Marcella better known as Gemini was very kind to scrape the seeds from the melon as I cut it into 2 inch slices to make it easier to handle.
I then used a potato peeler to take the skin off before chopping it to ¼ inch pieces

The Pie Melons was with complements from Linda and the GB on the farm
Thank you both

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Daily common remedy
Internally – Horseradish can be used for lung and urinary infections. It is also a helpful herbal remedy for arthritis, sciatica and gout. It can be used for general weakness. This herb is a diuretic and can be used to treat edema. It stimulates the digestion. It has been used to remove worms in children. Some people have used horse radish to treat excessive thyroid activity. The oils of the herb are antibiotic.
Externally – Horseradish poultices will increase the circulation around infected wounds. It can also be used to increase the blood flow for rheumatism, bronchitis and pericarditis. It is useful for arthritis, stiffness and neck pain. Horse radish is regenerative and disinfectant. It can be used on blemished, oily skin and to stimulate hair growth.
Other Uses – Horseradish is a popular spicy condiment used for meats and as an inexpensive substitute in wasabi paste. Young fresh leaves can be eaten in salads.

Pork Spare Ribs, or Veal if you dont eat Pork!!

1 Kg Pork Spare Ribs or Veal
1 Medium Onion chopped medium
1 large Clove of Garlic chopped fine or 1 teaspoon minced Garlic
4 cups of Chicken Stock

3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
6 Tablespoon Teriyaki Marinade
6 Tablespoon Tomato Ketchup
6 Tablespoon Honey
1 – 2 Teaspoons Sambal Chilli paste to taste

Brown the Pork ribs in some olive or Peanut Oil
Remove from pot
Remove excess oil fry the Onions and Garlic till clear
Add the Spare Ribs and chicken stock and simmer under cover till tender approx 40 – 50 minutes
Mix the ingredients for sauce and add to pot, simmer for 10 minutes
uncovered before serving
Serve on a bed of steamed Rice