Meet Divinia, Herbs, Mushrooms For Medicine, Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar In Livestock, Ruminants Fed on Pasture Only,YCH #42

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CONTACT DIVINIA divinia.featherly@gmail.com

Link to Paul Staments  The Future is Fungi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cwLviP7KaAc

Who needs Obamacare – try the natural Pharmacy

I buy herbs, but want to grow my own.  There are some companies that sell herbs with nothing in them except fillers or something that isn’t even listed.

This one is an overview of some great medicinal mushrooms and info on killing carpenter ants and termites with mushrooms.  Very interesting!

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/science/herbal-supplements-are-often-not-what-they-seem.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuHCtRTC8JY

Apple cider vinegar for livestock Health

http://wickslivestock.com/articles-folk-medicine-for-livestock

Paleo Breakfast muffins

Gene Sollock Videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WZZOiwjXYE

http://intensivegrazing.tamu.edu/publications/sheepandgoats.pdf

http://intensivegrazing.tamu.edu/publications/establishyearroundgrazing.pdf

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What to do with all that venison:

http://honest-food.net/2010/08/15/venison-charcuterie/

Rabbit stew recipe

http://honest-food.net/2012/01/06/greek-rabbit-stew/

How to Become a Really Good Cook, Breeding Rabbits, Figs and Muscadine on the Farm YCH#35

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I would like to share some very easy things you can do to change your everyday meals into awesome meals.  When I was younger I loved making fancy recipes and baked goods.  And my family loved to eat it.  But I really hated the Ho Hum day to day, bargain basement cooking.  Thank God I never found Hamburger Helper!  Even when I was in Nursing School I would drive home and cook dinner for my family.  It was about a 1/2 hr drive, but they would get a meat, a starch, a green and yellow vegetable without fail.   Then I would turn around and go back to school.  In my heart, I knew my children and husband deserved fresh cooked healthy meals.  Over the years I have learned a lot without really realizing it.  So I would like to to share an example of how to take a simple recipe and make it your own.  We have lots of great meat around here and it is very easy to make great food from that.  But what if you just have some canned meat like salmon or mackeral and you want to make a good meal.  Well here are some ideas. I found this website (that promotes canned salmon) with a whole bunch of recipes.  So I will use one I have made a couple of times.  Here is the link for seafood recipes:  http://www.alaskaseafood.org/canned/recipes/recipes.html

Here is the starting recipe:

SPANISH SALMON BAKE

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

1 can (14.75 oz.) or 2 cans (7.5 oz. each) traditional pack Alaska Salmon OR 2 cans or pouches (6 to 7.1 oz. each) skinless, boneless salmon
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil (I use coconut oil)
1/2 cup diced yellow onion (I use a small whole onion)
¼ cup diced red bell pepper (Or 3 jalepenos)
2 cloves fresh minced garlic
1 can (2.5 oz.) sliced black olives, drained (or a big can)
1 cup frozen diced potatoes (better yet a fresh potato)
½ cup diced tomato (or a can of rotel tomatoes YUM)
8 large eggs, beaten well ( I will add a whole bunch of chopped spinach next time)
1 teaspoon dried oregano  (or any spice you like – be creative)
2 Tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro (OR A WHOLE BUNCH MORE OR AN HERB YOU LIKE)
1 teaspoon salt (to taste this was fine)
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 cup white cheese, shredded or crumbled (OR more of whatever cheese you like and more if you like)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Drain and flake salmon. Heat oil in frying pan ( I DIDN’T SAY IN THE PODCAST but I use A CAST IRON PAN,  but what else would I use?) over medium heat. Stir in onion, bell pepper, garlic, olives and potatoes. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, until garlic is brown and potatoes are slightly cooked. Remove from heat; evenly spoon potato mixture into spray-coated 9×13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle on salmon and tomatoes. Blend eggs, oregano, cilantro, salt and pepper; pour over salmon. Bake 10 minutes; sprinkle on cheese. Continue baking 10 to 15 minutes, until cooked through.

Makes 6 to 8 Servings.

Nutrients per serving: 302 calories, 19g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 57% calories from fat, 284mg cholesterol, 24g protein, 9g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 928mg sodium, 284mg calcium and 1.1g omega-3 fatty acids.

I made this and tonight I used a large potato – cubed.  2 would have been better.  I used 2 cans of salmon. (The 14.5 oz cans with skin and bone – it’s good for you) I salted the layers and added extra black pepper.  I used 2 tsp oregano. (next time I’ll nix this)  Any kind of Spanish like spice would be better, like chili powder and cumin. I used a whole onion.  I browned the potatoes, onions and I used 3 jalepenos diced. ( if you remove the pith and seed they are not hot – I promise) I used about 1&3/4 cup grated cheese.  I cheated and use the mexican blend. Oh yes and I used a can of rotel tomatoes instead of 1/2 a tomato.  I browned the onion and potatoes in a cast iron skillet. Then added the garlic.  At the end added the peppers , then olives after turning the heat off.  I just left it in the pan and turned the oven on to 400 degrees.  then I added the eggs and spices on top as per the recipe.  I baked it 15 minutes.  then added the cheese and baked another 15 minutes..  It was so good and filling.  Next time I make it I will add some malabar spinach chopped up – as that is what I have growing now.  It will be a full meal by itself then.  I hope this will help someone in giving them confidence and ideas to take a simple recipe and make it their own.  Cooking is so fun.  You just need a  basic idea and then improve on it by your own tastes. Even Ho Hum everyday cooking can be fun and challenging with a little imagination.  And; people start to think you are a wonderful cook, because you are

                FIGS FRUITING NOW AND HOW TO MAKE NEW PLANTS                                                                                                                

Next lets talk about how to air layer a fig tree using a pop bottle and tape.  Here is a video I just love on it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2c3zTPd3EA  He has a part 3 also, be sure and watch it.  If the link doesn’t work his channel is Emory203.  He just cuts the top and bottom of the bottle.  Then cuts it along the side, adds 1/2 Scott’s garden soil and 1/2 Sott’s topsoil.  then he just waits.  And I love the results.   When ready to plant he had a small tree instead of a little cutting.  A great website for fig information is figsforfun.com  Another with many varieties listed is. http://www.treesofjoy.com/fig-varieties-collection

MUSCADINE AND SCUPPERNONG

Our muscadines are starting to fruit.  The grapes just finished their fruiting. I know 2 varieties we have are Dixieland and Supreme.  We have another unknown variety that was mislabeled from the nursery,  I’ll go into detail about that.

BREEDING RABBITS

You have your housing and feed worked out and are ready to breed here are some tips.  Small breed rabbits can be bred at 5 months, medium size bred at 6 months and large at 8 months.  The good news is there is no cycle for the female.  So you can breed any time.  The male will go sterile in extreme heat however.  Bring the doe to the buck and don’t blink.  It all happens quickly and is rather comical.  Nuff said!  Put her back in 8-10 hrs later  in case she didn’t “catch”.  You can weigh the doe at mating time and again in 2 weeks.  If she gained a pound she is most likely pregnant.  After 10 days you can actually palpate and feet the little ones.  On the 27th day put the nest box in.  Gestation is 28-34 days.  A wire mesh box is fine.  In winter just line it with cardboard.  And provide straw or wood shavings.  Use more in winter and less in summer.  The doe will build her nest with straw and fur she pulls from her body.  Don’t bother the doe for a couple of weeks as she may get scared and kill the young.

Calendula

We have a little info on Calendula and a honey infusion of herbs.  And as always What’s going on around here.

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Raising Meat Rabbits on Forage, Fall Gardening, Repairing and Building Computers YCH#34

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Some ideas for forage for meat production rabbits.

from Rise and Shine

Know you poisonous and edible plants.

http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.echocommunity.org/resource/collection/E66CDFDB-0A0D-4DDE-8AB1-74D9D8C3EDD4/Tropical_Rabbit_Production.pdf

Make sure they get enough protein with foods like alfalfa, comfrey, or sweet potato vine.

http://appenzellfarm.com/apzl/Rabbits.html

Ideas and links for your fall garden.

http://www.thevegetablegarden.info/

My computer graveyard.  Ideas on repairing or building simple system

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL3AM0zIdJU

 

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