Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nutritious Organic Pumpkin Seeds

Pictured are M-J's Favourite Pumpkin Seeds, by TERRASOUL
They're great freshly-ground and used as a salad-topper.
 "Pepitas", as they are called in Spanish, are delicious when toasted in a pan with a teaspoon of coconut oil and about a half-teaspoon of salt per cup. Stirred frequently with a wooden spoon, my pumpkin seeds were ready after ten minutes in a medium-hot cast-iron pan. 

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc, iron, magnesium, omega-3s, are low in carbs, and three tablespoons of them contain eight grams of protein. Pumpkin seeds have properties that are used in an efficacious treatment for parasites. Storing ground pumpkin seeds in the refrigerator will preserve their freshness.

From George Mateljan's venerable website, "World's Healthiest Foods", here is the first paragraph of, and a link to, his article about Pumpkin Seeds:

Antioxidant Support
While antioxidant nutrients are found in most WHFoods, it's the diversity of antioxidants in pumpkin seeds that makes them unique in their antioxidant support. Pumpkin seeds contain conventional antioxidant vitamins like vitamin E. However, not only do they contain vitamin E, but they contain it in a wide variety of forms. Alpha-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, alpha-tocomonoenol and gamma-tocomonoenol are all forms of vitamin E found in pumpkin seeds. These last two forms have only recently been discovered, and they are a topic of special interest in vitamin E research, since their bioavailability might be greater than some of the other vitamin E forms. Pumpkin seeds also contain conventional mineral antioxidants like zinc and manganese. Phenolic antioxidants are found in pumpkin seeds in a wide variety of forms, including the phenolic acids hydroxybenzoic, caffeic, coumaric, ferulic, sinapic, protocatechuic, vanillic, and syringic acid. Antioxidant phytonutrients like lignans are also found in pumpkin seeds, including the lignans pinoresinol, medioresinol, and lariciresinol.
Interestingly, this diverse mixture of antioxidants in pumpkin seeds may provide them with antioxidant-related properties that are not widely found in food. For example, the pro-oxidant enzyme lipoxygenase (LOX) is known to be inhibited by pumpkin seed extracts, but not due to the presence of any single family of antioxidant nutrients (for example, the phenolic acids described earlier). Instead, the unique diversity of antioxidants in pumpkin seeds is most likely responsible for this effect.

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Classic, Traditional Bubble Bath

Two 36-Ounce Jugs of Mr. Bubble 
Mr. Bubble is a pale pink liquid soap that comes in 36-oz. jugs with plastic labels that are easily removed for a ladylike appearance in the bathroom. I love the scent of this bubble bath soap--it's been around since 1961, almost as long as I have!

M-J's Traditional Pound Cake Recipe, Baked in a Pullman Pan

M-J’s Pound Cake Recipe
2 Sticks of Room-Temperature Butter
2 Cups of Sugar
3 Cups of White or Unbleached White Flour
1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Tablespoon of Vanilla, OR Two Teaspoons of Vanilla and One Teaspoon of Almond Extract
4 Eggs
3/4 Cup of Buttermilk, OR Milk plus One Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
Preheat oven to 350°. Cream the butter and sugar, add vanilla and almond extracts, then beat until fluffy.  Blend in half of the eggs. Gradually add flour and other dry ingredients (I usually combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large measuring cup, & mix it with a fork so it's ready to be incorporated into the batter); add the other two eggs, beating, then gradually add the milk. Beat for three minutes. Pour into a 16" Pullman loaf pan, or two regular meatloaf-pans, and bake for 1.5 hours OR until a thin knife or skewer inserted into the cake’s center comes out clean.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Our All-Purpose Organic Oil

This high-quality coconut oil is rich in lauric acid and medium-chain fatty acids to keep us healthy. The refined version is conveniently light on flavour, which makes it ideal for cooking many dishes and for use in room-temperature salad-dressings. I combine this coconut oil with peanut oil in my deep-fryer, which we use occasionally. Both oils have very high heat-tolerance; coconut oil is the ideal. Even at high temperatures, this versatile Nutiva product has all the health-benefits of that highly-rated brand's unrefined form of coconut oil.
Deep-Frying Gyoza and Tempura in Refined Coconut Oil

Ideal Kitchen & Trash Bags at Best Prices

Genuine Joe kitchen bags are pleasantly scented and very strong. I use twist-ties to close them, or simple knots, which I prefer to the drawstrings. However, if drawstrings are your bag, see this:
We used these tall kitchen bags for years, and the price for 200 is just super.


 I love these thin waste-basket liners. Especially in this neat, white box of 1,000. We use them in the kitchen, office and in the lavatory--they're semi-transparent, and just strong enough. Anything else is too expensive. Chucking-out high-quality plastic bags every couple of days is wasteful. With these sacks, I just tie a knot and toss. I find plenty of other uses for these nice little bags, and having a big supply of them is a sort of luxury.


To wrap it all up, here are my preferred trash-bags. Ultrasacs are strong, and come neatly folded in stacks. If you use two of these bags per week, this box of 100 will last over ten months.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Le Creuset Oval Dutch Oven and Pitcher

Components of a Traditional Kitchen

M-J's Organized Pantry or Kitchen Cupboard Uses Luminarc Glasses with Lids ~Made in France~ to Store Spices, Special Salts, Sugars and Nuts

Luminarc is the oldest brand currently sold by Arc, launched in 1948. Arc International is a French manufacturer and distributor of household goods. The company was established in Arques, Pas-de-Calais, where it is still headquartered, as a glass-making firm under the name Verrerie des Sept Ecluses in 1825.
A set of twelve strong, elegant, simple, traditional French-made drinking glasses can be outfitted with lids for use as storage.

Make Your Own Pasta or Egg Noodles 

Above: a Set of 3 Pasta-Making Attachments for Traditional Kitchenaid Mixers

Perfect Straws for Tervis Tumblers, Thermal Cups and all Drinks

These B&S "Feel Artistic" are the Proper Straws for Any Size Tervis Tumbler--We Use Them Every Day, 500 of Them Last Many Months; These Beautiful Straws Come in So Many Colors, You'll Find Several to Go with Your Treasured Cups, in Each of These (5-per-order) 100-packs, Shown in Photo

Or, you could buy a 100-pack made by another high-rated company:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

M-J's Favourite Brioche Moulds for Classic, Traditional Viennoiseries

I've been baking my brioche in Freshware moulds for seven years. They brown all over in these flexible, non-stick, easily-washed pans. My link is for the pan that creates 12 small brioches, but the company offers a six-hole pan for making  medium-sized brioche buns--they give a choice of small, medium & large. Here is my method for home-made brioche: M-J's Brioche Recipe