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A Freehold of My Own

Documenting my journey toward being a self sufficient family

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I feel like death. It’s a long story. I’ll tell you all about it eventually, until then, just bear with me here.

Flat Bread

I adore flat bread in pretty much all it’s forms. This version is a combination of techniques I picked up over my years as a professional cook, baker, and pastry cook. I dry “fry” these one at a time on my cast iron skillet, medium low setting(number three in my stove), after pressing them into flat circles with my hand and a plate. A tortilla press would work great since this bread is a mix between roti and tortillas. After frying I brushed them with coconut oil, keeping in a zip lock bag until I’m ready to eat the rest of them; I ate about four or five during the whole process.

Simple Flat Bread

1 cup white flour
1 cup Masa* flour
A few good pinches of sea salt
Boiling water

Combine the flours and salt, add enough boiling water to make a stiff dough. When cool enough to stick your hands in break the dough into balls slightly bigger then golf balls. Preheat your frying pan or skillet, you can coat with some oil or leave dry. Fry each side until golden, brush with oil to keep soft.

*Masa flour is made from corn processed with lime, generally used to make tortillas. I love the flavour and like to mix the grains I use for flour. Use whatever combination or single flour you like

    

Happiness Is A Sharp Knife

I’ve been neglecting my knives for far too long. I let my sharpening stone soak in water for a few days. I only finished one knife tonight, a Victorinox Chef Knife. I don’t have the strength/ability/whatever to get them all done in one go anymore. One is a start though.

  

Prayer Request

For those of you inclined to prayer, any and all energies that can be spared for my Mother would be appreciated. She went for a mammogram yesterday, was called today and was told she needs to go back for more tests and to see a specialist. They have not said if it is cancer of not. I am concerned because she has had pre-cancerous/cancerous cells removed twice already. She is already ill with Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Spinal Stinosis, among a handful of others. She’s 59 years old. I’m trying really hard not to freak out about this. Instead I will pray.

Foraging and Production 

Hello folks! Things are crazy busy this year, making it very hard to keep up with my writing. I’m working on getting more time to write. Summer weather showed up a month early this year, combined with the drought we are experiencing has made for some interesting harvesting. The salmonberries were abundant, I have a large bag of them in the freezer that will be turned into jam. The blackberries are COPIOUS!! I want to bring my son to pick them so time will have to be found for that. Current projects include…

  
I’ve been wanting to make tamales for years now. Maybe months but it feels like years. I haven’t seen corn husks for sale and even if I did I couldn’t buy them in good conscience. I live in a region that produces a lot of corn so I have husks drying in the sun.

  
Hazelnuts! Or Filberts. I’ve recently discovered they are actually two different types of nut but are so similar to be all but interchangeable. I’m going to identify the wild trees I’ve been collecting from this week. I’ve got about a pound of nuts drying in a cardboard box on my patio. No direct sun but will still get all the warmth.

 
My foraging haul for the day: hazelnuts and red clover blossoms. The nuts are for eating, the blossoms for tea.

Mishaps 

So while I was out walking the dogs I’m boarding with my three year old, my spouse tried to be helpful and turned the oven on for me. He failed to notice the big wooden spoon propping the door open, not only is it how Iet air circulate when drying herbs, it’s also a big warning to not turn the oven on. This was the result.

 
I was sad. What cheered me though was the fact I found some giant dandelions while I was out. Didn’t get nearly as much root as I wanted but there are lots of tender leaves! It will be dried and added to the “green powder” I’m making. It’s basically just greens you can eat dried, crumbled, then mixed together. I’m not fond of leafy greens, they usually taste like dirt to me or have the texture of dirt. When I saw a post about making your own green powder for smoothies and such I was overjoyed! 

  

 

After poking over this blog I’ve realized it needs much more then a new theme. I will be updating information as I am able, please be patient!

Urban Foraging – Horsetail and Plantain

Had the chance to get some foraging done the day before yesterday. I found some really healthy looking horsetail(also known as foxtail) and two varieties of plantain. I will be testing it’s medicinal and non-medicinal qualities so there will be a post on scrubbing pots with them!

  • Horsetail, Foxtail: Equisetum
  • Narrow Leaf Plantain: Plantago lanceolata
  • Broadleaf or Greater Plantain: Plantago Major

  

Dandelion Oil Complete!

I finally had the chance to strain my dandelion oil. The picture I took does not do it justice. It has a wee bit of a green tinge from the olive oil but it was also this beautiful golden yellow! I’m really excited about trying it out. I really need to find my beeswax so I can make some salve right off the bat.

  

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