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Kale Chimichurri

Yep! This is another súper bueno recipe for healing AND it is súper tasty too. Given that we have kale growing out of our ears at the moment I figured I would do a bit of a showcase on all things K-A-L-E. And let me tell you we are going to seduce our taste buds into doing the Flamenco while our bodies bolero into nutritional heaven. Just you wait and “sí”. Get it?! “sí”. Oh life is so much better with a good pun! ;)

So what is Chimichurri?

Put simply it is an Argentinian herb-y, garlicky, spicy, oil based condiment packed with oomph-y, flavour gangst-ahs just waiting to punch you in the mouth. In the nicest and tastiest way :)

Kale Chimichurri

Kale Chimichurri

In Argentina and other South American countries Chimichurri is famously used on barbecued or grilled meats like Churasco. Ole! But in our world we pretty much put Chimichurri on all things savoury… anything BBQed, grilled, baked, raw or steamed like fish, eggs, flatbread, salmon, veggies, pizza, sweet potatoes… you name it! I mean it is the kind of thing that could make a sweaty sock taste good… yep it’s seriously that yummy.

So… get your Chimichurri…. in a hurry my friend. Kale has NEVER tasted sooooo good. And BTW…this is something you will want to make in bulk. Just save it in a clean glass jar, date and store it in the fridge for up to week… if it lasts that long… Puh-leeze!

PS It’s a magical trick you can play on someone that is not so crazy about Kale but crazy about flavour. (Ahem…you know who I’m talking about.)

PSS Always remember…Kale LOVES you… unconditionally.

KALE CHIMICHURRI
[Yield approx 2 cups = 8-10 servings]

Ingredients

  • 1 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped kale

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped oregano

  • 3 cloves garlic , finely chopped or minced

  • 1 TB of red chilli or red bell pepper, deseeded and finely chopped

  • 1 TB of maple syrup

  • 1 tsp fine Himilayan or Celtic sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp of freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)

Instructions

  • Finely chop all ingredients that you need to and place everything together in a bowl.

  • Mix gently to combine. (NOTE: Step away from the kitchen machines! Do not process! No, no, no bueno! This should be full of texture and chunkiness to give you a bit of bite… Your mouth should be humming…”You’ve got that lovin feeling” )

  • Allow to sit for at least 10-15 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse into the oil before using. I always try to make this up in advance and refrigerated for up to a week. This way I always have something tasty (and nutritious!) on hand to elevate a sad and boring last minute meal. Am I right?!

  • Take a spoon and serve it on anything … I mean if your game just grab the spoon and start shoveling it in. No judgement here. ;)

Chi Kiosk in Glenaire, Victoria is Closed for Winter but our B&B is OPEN!

Chi Kiosk in Glenaire, Victoria is Closed for Winter but our B&B is OPEN… BOOK NOW!

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CHI KIOSK is OPEN for SUMMER from Dec 2nd, 2017 - April 2nd, 2018

CHI KIOSK is OPEN for SUMMER from Dec 2nd, 2017- April 2, 2018. We have been busy planting plenty of organic veggies and herbs for you to enjoy in our New Summer Menu! So...if you are traveling the #greatoceanroad in December drop in for a tea, coffee, juice or tasty handmade treat. Locally grown x crafted with love. #findyourchi #foodismedicine #chimedicinalfarm

See you then!

 

 

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A Photo Shoot with a Koala at Chi Medicinal Farm

It seemed like a normal Sunday afternoon. I was in the kitchen preparing dinner for our B&B guests who were soon to arrive when I noticed a grey, furry shadow schlumping across our deck. I walked over to the window to see what it was and low and behold there stood a beautiful Koala bear staring straight up at me. I begged him not to go anywhere, praying he would listen, as I ran to get my camera. To my surprise, when I returned, the Koala was waiting patiently... ready for our photo shoot.

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Surreal, Magical, Spiritual. A blissful experience I will never forget. Thank you Koala Bear ... you little poser. xo Jo Eden Law

 

 

"Tea began as a medicine..."

"Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage." - Okakura KaKuzo, The Book of Tea 1906

Nettle [Urtica dioica] "weed" of treasure

Nettle, Stinging Nettle or urtica dioica is one of our most treasured "weeds" in our garden. It is a herbaceous, perennial plant that has a wide range of medicinal uses that has been used for thousands of years . The "sting" comes from the fine hairs on the plant which act as fine needles that release irritating chemicals such as serotonin, histamine and acetylcholine. Our skin reacts through symptoms of pain, redness, itching, swelling and numbness. Once nettle is cooked, soaked in hot water or dehydrated, the stinging quality is eradicated.

Nettle is super delicious and highly nutritious when cooked or used in a variety of recipes such as teas, pestos, soups, stews, stirfries or smoothies. It is also a common treatment in our herbal apothecary which we use medicinally to alleviate a variety of ailments. The most common uses are for urinary issues, allergies, hayfever and arthritis. It is also available in tablet or capsule form from most health food stores and pharmacies.

Nettle is a safe medicinal herb when used appropriately however as with any medicinal treatments precautions must be taken before use. If you are pregnant or diabetic, you should avoid taking stinging nettle.  If you are taking prescription medications, have a medical history or have further questions we recommend speaking to your healthcare provider to determine whether stinging nettle is right for you.

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2017 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.

 

 

                                                                           Wild nettle in the garden @ Chi Medicinal Farm

                                                                           Wild nettle in the garden @ Chi Medicinal Farm

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Thank the Goddess... of Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa)

Thank the Goddess who created Quinoa (Keen-wah). This amazing ancient grain that has a history of being around for thousands of years and was the staple diet of the Incas has only made it into the culinary mainstream over the last decade. It is another superfood, complete with nine amino acids, naturally high in fibre, high in protein and low G.I. The other amazing property of this pseudo grain is that it is gluten free. Delicious, highly nutritious and perfect for gluten-free warriors!

Thank the Goddess.

 

 

 

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