Archive | July, 2014

Project Cookbook: Lemon Curd Goat Milk Ice Cream

This lemon curd goat milk ice cream is slightly subtle and elegant, but also lick-your-spoon delicious. :: www.nurturedmama.net

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A few weeks ago I posted this photo on Facebook and begged for recipes:

This lemon curd goat milk ice cream is slightly subtle and elegant, but also lick-your-spoon delicious. :: www.nurturedmama.net

Our hens had been very productive during the warm months of May and June and while my health was poor I wasn’t keeping up with their output. I needed egg recipes, stat!

Two suggestions I heard several times were ice cream and lemon curd. Both use 3-4 (or more) eggs each. I did make lemon curd, and we had egg salad for dinner a couple of times (yum, and easy, by the way!) but man, those chickens just keep laying!

Last week I had dinner with a couple of friends, one of whom runs a farm in Northern California. She always brings goodies when she comes to town and had offered to trade me a jar of lemon curd for a jar of her fresh goat milk.

When I was a kid and we lived off the land, we also raised goats.…

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Are You A Good Mother?

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Are you a good mother? What do you believe makes a good mother? What if we all let go of the mythical Good Mother? :: www.nurturedmama.net
Recently, I read a really excellent book of essays called The Good Mother Myth.

In the introduction, the author tackles the idea of what we, as a culture, consider a Good Mother to be. These are the standards we have built up, based on our cultural expectations and media influences, of how a mother should behave with her children and in the world. It is behind the divide over working moms and stay at home moms. Our expectations for single mothers, non-custodial mothers and mothers in same-sex relationships. How we perceive helicopter parenting, Tiger Moms and that mom on her iPhone at the park – our acceptance or outrage is based in these deep-rooted Good Mother standards.

But that collective vision of a Good Mother is mythical. She simply isn’t real – she can’t be. She’s based on picking and choosing from many different sources of influence, and not an actual real person with feelings and emotions and struggles.…

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Project Cookbook: Fruit Sauces from Apples For Jam

Project Cookbook: Fruit sauces from Apples For Jam :: nurturedmama.net

This post is part of the Project Cookbook series, throughout which I cook through all the recipe books in my kitchen to decide which to keep and which to let go. I’m searching for simple, heathy ways to feed my family. You can find the rest of the series here

This week got busy and I only made two of the four test syrups I had planned. My apricot tree came ripe, so I made apricot sauce (as well as many pints of jam) and I also tried a cherry version. I’ll have to try the ollalabery and strawberry sauces another time!

Project Cookbook: Fruit sauces from Apples For Jam :: nurturedmama.net

I tried two difference recipes. The cherry sauce is a recommended variation on a raspberry sauce in the Red chapter, and the apricot sauce I found in the Orange chapter. There is also a thinner cranberry syrup in the Red chapter, which would work well with less pulpy fruits.

All three of the recipes are very simple – water, sugar, and fruit. The apricot sauce included vanilla extract and the raspberry sauce included a bit of lemon juice.

Project Cookbook: Fruit sauces from Apples For Jam :: nurturedmama.net

These are quick and easy and a great way to dress up a simple dessert or incorporate excess summer fruit in a new way.…

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5 Essential Things To Take On Vacation

What's in your suitcase? Make sure you save room for these five essentials for your next vacation. :: www.nurturedmama.net

photo credit: Gabriel White via photopin cc

Welcome to the July 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Vacation

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month participants shared their family-travel tips, challenges, and delights. This  post was chosen to be featured on the Natural Parents Network blog for the Carnival and was originally published there.

Please scroll to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

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I just cleared my inbox of two weeks of old emails that contained a lot of links I thought I wanted to read. After the third vacation-related article that truly didn’t apply to my life, I deleted the rest of them. Then I made a list of the things a Nurtured Mama would take on vacation with her, which I realized was the article I was actually looking for and not finding.

So here you go. Five things you should put in your suitcase this summer:

A Flexible Attitude

A friend asked me recently if my partner and I travel well together. Because we were a few days away from leaving on a trip, I had to pause and think a bit.…

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Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas: Pinned it. Did it.

Pinned It. Did It. Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas recipe review :: nurtured mama.net

 

My dad has a very particular way of eating a grapefruit. First he rolls the fruit around on the counter “to loosen the juices”. Then he slices it in half, crossways, to reveal shiny little triangles of grapefruit flesh. Next, with a paring knife, he carefully goes around each segment, cutting it away from the skin and from the membrane on each side. Then he scoops out and eats the pieces with a spoon (when I was a kid, we used the tiny sugar spoon that came with the cutlery set my parents got for their wedding for this part. Dad scoffs at those specialized toothed grapefruit spoons.). Finally, he uses one hand to squeeze any remaining juice from the now-empty grapefruit hull into a spoon held into the other hand. You don’t want to waste anything when you are eating a grapefruit.

I always think of my dad when I eat a grapefruit and my whole life I have eaten grapefruits exactly this way, also.

Only in this case I’m not eating grapefruits by our particular family method. I’m making margaritas out of them. Margaritas also make me think of my dad, as they are his favorite cocktail. He makes a mean one.…

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Apples For Jam: The Second Month of Project Cookbook

For month two of Project Cookbook I take on Tessa Kiros' book Apples For Jam. :: nurturedmama.net

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For the next month of Project Cookbook I’m going to tackle the Tessa Kiros books. You can see them in the photo above – I have four and they are all thick! They take up half a shelf. I have copies of Apples For Jam, Falling Cloudberries, Twelve, and Venezia. And Kiros has written five others!

Right away I can see why I have four – they are beautiful. The inside cover of Apples for Jam describes it as a “keepsake cookbook.” The photos are luscious and often full page. The text layout is graceful.

However, not every recipe has a photo, and the way the recipes are laid out makes them actually a little hard to cook from. The text is printed in grey in Apples For Jam, and the ingredients are listed right justified above the recipe title. Especially after cooking from Alice Waters’ book all of last month, these subtle things stand out as making it harder than it needs to be.…

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