Homemade Bone Broth And Storage

BONE BROTH
When it comes to healthy food, bone broth is priceless. Best broths are homemade and cooked for 24 hours.
The acquisition of Crock.Pot, resolved the 24 hour slow cooking requirement. But storing in the freezer was a challenge.
That’s when I found these freezer friendly mason jars. Just move the frozen broth to the refrigerator’s general area, the previous day of enjoying it hot.

Homemade Bone Broth And Storage

Mangosteen And Rambuttan

MANGOSTEEN AND RAMBUTTAN
These exotic tropical fruits are embraced wholeheartedly by people in my State, Kerala. That they are almost local seasonal fruits like jackfruit and mango, and all season’s fruits like papaya and pineapple.
Both are covered with unique outer shells which protects them from birds and squirrels. Well almost. But then, nature feeds all.
The delicious flesh covers the seeds. The seeds are sticky when chewed in the mouth, though the cloned varieties of Rambuttan easily peels off and mangosteen leaves four out of the five pods inside, seedless (sometimes).
Both are opened by slightly crushing the outer skin with the thumb side of the palm.
I like eating them just like that, some 20 of them at a time.
Adventurous people have started making ice creams and payasam with them.

Mangosteen And Rambuttan

SUCCULENT SPARE RIBS. SLOW COOKED.

SPARE RIBS, SLOW COOKED TO TENDERNESS. MY BEST.
Yes, it’s my best so far. Slow cooked for 9 hours and grilled for 10 minutes, these ribs just melt in the mouth.
Absolutely delicious, says my wife, the connoisseur. And served with mashed potatoes, flavoured with herbs like Rosemary and Thyme.
The ribs are braised with a mix of plenty of barbecue sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, garlic, pepper, coconut sugar, red pepper powder and some salt.
After 9 hours in Crock.Pot, the ribs are transferred to the dish and braised again with the rest of the sauce mixture and oven grilled for 10 minutes on 220 heat.
Succulent!

SUCCULENT SPARE RIBS. SLOW COOKED.

A SNEAK PEEK

That’s the mighty sun, overpowered by the monsoon rain clouds, making a sneak peek, at sunset.
Everything is fine, the fisherman’s there with his boat, the backwaters serene and I am there in the balcony, ready for the click.

A SNEAK PEEK

Masters Swimming

STRENGTHEN THE SWIMMING ARM
Land swimming without the benefit of water buoyancy has resulted in a minor (luckily) tear in the shoulder structure.
Amazon extended this help in the recovery and strengthening process.
Hoping to hit the water, trained on these devices, for gaining a second or so.

Masters Swimming

What to do with excess fruits!

JUST SOMETHING WITH EXTRA FRUITS
Shelf life of fruits is short and throwing them off is not in my grain.
How to preserve them, the healthy way is a challenge. Preservatives are best avoided.
Here’s what I have done with Pappaya. The red one was yesterday and yellow from a ‘pink lady’ papaya, sometime back.
Mash the fruit and steam/ cook to jam consistency with some cardamom, cloves, cinnamon powder and ginger powder. Another key ingredient is lime juice.
No preservatives, no added sugar.
It stays good in refrigerator. I find it too good with Puttu. Also as jam with butter on toast.

What to do with excess fruits!

A Rare Bird

A EUREKA MOMENT
Did I just click a new bird! I saw this white beauty flying around a few days back and was waiting for a camera moment. And here it is.
I think, I have just discovered a new bird.
A KJ patent.
Isn’t she a beauty!

A Rare Bird

Slow Cooked Lamb Rogan Josh.

Lamb Rogan Josh
Slow cooker makes the most succulent Lamb Rogan Josh. I followed a recipe, the link of which is given here which has the Rogan Josh recipe also.
The 8 hours slow cooking made it very tender and nicely tasty.
I am happy I got my slow cooker.

17 Slow-Cooker Indian Recipes That Are Easier Than Takeout

Slow Cooked Lamb Rogan Josh.

Quinoa for Rice

A HEALTHIER KERALA LUNCH
A typical Kerala lunch is healthy. With the highest per capita consumption of fish, predominant use of meat, variety of vegetable dishes and par boiled rice; it’s already a healthy lunch.
Here it is made even healthier with replacement of the rice with quinoa.
Accompanying are fish curry, beef fry with coconut slices, cabbage thoran, Avial, vazhakka Mezhukkuvaratty with coconut slices and home made curd.

Quinoa for Rice