Fruit Forward Coleslaw

Cabbage is in season! My parents gave us a giant head of cabbage. I’m not one of those cooks who plans ahead so this is an experimental combining of two slaw recipes using what we have on hand. Partly from Joy of Cooking (mayo, apple cider vinegar, sugar) and partly from Laura Washburn’s Cooking with Apples and Pears (orange juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, sugar, oil, yogurt, cream fraiche/sour cream, pepper). I didn’t want to go with all the sugar from Joy’s version – six times the second recipe – and the second recipe is dairy-rific.

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Fruit Forward Coleslaw

Base
1 lb cabbage chopped
5 carrots grated

Dressing
3/4 cup mayonnaise
4 tbsp orange juice (aprox. 1/2 an orange)
1 tbsp lime juice
1/4 – 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

1. Combine all dressing ingredients. Mix well and set aside. This will allow time for the flavors to infuse.
2. Chop / grate ingredients for base.
3. Pour dressing into base and toss.

Modifications
Sliced apples
Raisins
Lemon or apple cider vinegar in place of lime

Cabbage and carrot quantities are super approximate. It’s basically 1/2 a head of a giant cabbage.

Backyard Transformation

Here are some shots showing the transformation of our backyard over time.

May 2013 – the weeds have started to take over, wah!
      

June 2013 – after weed wacking

 

July 2013 – getting the drip system setup for our freshly planted ice plants, succulents, and sago palms

 

October 2013 – it’s starting to come over the wall!

 

early April 2014 – ice plant has been trimmed back! It’s grown that much!!

 

mid April 2014 – the structure is coming down!

May 2014

 

Raining Down Christmas Spirit

There was an awesome sale on Christmas trees today so we ventured out in the rain to get our tree.

It was a whole event with cider and cookies and 20% off everything!

It started to pour while we were tying down the tree onto the trailer. Then the streets were flooding!

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Somehow the tree wasn’t too wet so we were able to set it up inside after all!

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Mulch Ado About Nothing

We took our trailer to the Miramar Landfill today and got 2 cubic yards of mulch for free. It felt like an adventure cause we had never ventured that far into the dump. We need the mulch for weed control under our fruit trees

Wall Art

We finally hung these! It was a team effort. Holding the latter, handing me things, readjusting.

I’m loving the sense of belonging it gives this super tall wall.

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Off to a Cool Start

We got our new fridge yesterday!! The delivery people arrived at the beginning of the time window and were super pro. The actual purchase on a super duper Labor Day sale 6 weeks ago. I’m soooooo excited about this. Our old fridge has been slowly breaking piece by piece. Nothing too important of course. Plus it froze stuff seemingly at random.

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Sadly, it has been beeping at us since 20 minutes after it was plugged in yesterday. Just enough time for the delivery crew to make their escape! The customer service guy told me its the door open alarm. At least it is keeping things cold and I will be at work unable to hear the beeping. It’s sort of a friendly, yet persistent reminder that its not happy.

Coconut Pancakes at Grandma’s

We’re at grandma’s and decided to make breakfast. I found a general cookbook (old enough to include pressure cooker recipes!) and modified the first pancake recipe to be lactose free.

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The Pancake Recipe
3-6 cups water
3 eggs
2 tsp salt
2 tblsp honey
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 can coconut cream (~6oz)
3 cups flour

Put it all in the blender starting with at least 3 cups of water. This prevents the base from getting clogged with flour. Stir with a scraper and add more water to consistency. Blend to finish mixing.

We then cooked them in a cast iron pan with coconut oil. They came out nice and light, yum! You’d never know the coconut was there. The original recipe called for butter and milk and 6 tblsp sugar.