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Kohlrabi Revisited

I just discovered how good kohlrabi is this summer, but it is a cool weather crop so I couldn’t try to grow any.  They don’t sell the leaves in any stores local to me, but I bought one that looked a little green around the stem end and cut an inch cube out of it to put in water on the window sill.  After a few days it started producing one new leaf like this every day, and as soon as I cut one off and eat it this rhizome grows me another one.  I figure if I had about 10 of these cubes floating in water I would get enough greens to satisfying my daily kohlrabi cravings.

A food blogger who is tracing the background of kohlrabi states that Pliny the Elder may have spoken of it in the first century AD using the name Corinthian turnip.  Pliny was not the most trustworthy of historians as, in my mind at least, he is most notable for having written that moss-backed whales used to make war on sailors by floating in the ocean and pretending to be islands.  He said they would thus lure them to dock their little boats on their backs.  Then the devious whales would plunge to the depths, taking unsuspecting sailors to their watery graves.

Oh, and if you don’t see me around much (or at all) for a few weeks do not suspect that I have gone to the bottom of the sea, or had any other calamity, try to miss me a little and know that I will be back by October if not sooner, hopefully having become eligible for my first Virily payment in the interim.  Wheee!

I would need about 10 of these little cuttings to keep up with my demands.

Well, I won't be able to take any of these camping later this week,  but I want to post a few more pictures before I take off for the wild (which is my term for anywhere that does not have wifi)

This is a white daikon radish, a green daikon radish, and a cute little kohlrabi.  All of these veggies are rich in something called prebiotics which is necessary for vibrant health.  They can be fermented to make them even healthier.

Finally, and these are not vegetables, at least not anymore, but this is a new take on my biscuit bombs which I blogged about HERE, and which I finally got around to making gluten-free.  They are micro -loaves, a little bigger than the kohlrabi leaf shown above.  Portion control and all that.  They taste like something Pliny the Elder might have eaten.  I think.  Anyway I did not put any of my beloved sprouted grain in them, nor any wheat or spelt or rye.  They are strictly Ancient Grains, made with flour of flax, quinoa, amaranth, and that sort of thing.  I expected them to taste like cardboard, but actually they are somewhat tasty.  However, I will put gluten in the next batch as I personally have nothing against gluten.

In the 60's people I used to know thought gluten was healthy, and they made vegan steak fakes out of it, now it is anathema.  Wait long enough and it will become a health food again.  Just wait!

What do you think?

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Written by Ann Hartley

The whiskered cat is a lucet, a mediaeval tool still in use today to hand weave I-cord, which you see coming out of the hole in kitty's head in my profile photo.  I hand carved this lucet a) to see if I could, b) because I needed a lucet, and c) because I didn't see any cute cat lucets for sale online.  I weathered it a bit (is "distressed" the correct term?) because  that seems to be the trend these days, and because it is probably going to get banged up anyway.

I like to camp and as my late husband's motto was "If you have seen one tree, you have seen them all!" and he has been gone ten years now I have gone on a camping frenzy of late.  Love it!  One of my challenges is to find ways to take my interests camping with me.

Cats:  Why do I list cats as an interest but not have one?  Because I am nomadic and even when I am not camping, I have trips to take from my summer residence to the winter one, and then there is spring, and my favorite season fall.  Can't expect cats to put up with all of that moving around.  Not getting up at 5:30 to feed something just because it meows, either.  But I can draw and paint them, carve them in wood, and weave them in tapestry.   That and I am blessed to have friends with cats.  The cats, of course, know I belong to them and those other people are just their caretakers.  Right?

Camping:  I cannot take golf with me camping either, but all of my other interests I can.  I can take a lucet, a small tapestry loom, tools for drawing,  painting, and carving, and live plants if I'm not crossing state lines.  All that and I can still fit in a comfy pillow, fresh sheets, and a double sleeping bag.

This is the first year that I have taken beet kvass and kombucha with me on a camping trip and it worked fine.  My favorite picnic lunch is home-made sprouted grain bread, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, sauerkraut, kvass, and kombucha with nuts and chocolate for dessert.  Of course I take a sub-zero ice chest and when I come out of the forest my first stop is for a double-double cheeseburger with caramelized onions.  Yep.

Plants:  Unlike cats, plants are pretty easy going about the travel.  I just take cuttings, and where legal, of course, transport them with me.  Almost all the plants I like are fast-growing nutritious edibles that come from cuttings or regenerate from scraps, so I am constantly experimenting with and learning about these little green guys.

Fermentation:  Fermentation is not only and age-old and effective way of preserving food for safe consumption, but it adds nutritional value.  So I take diverse kinds of fermented food on trips and it grows along the way and keeps and if it doesn't get eaten right away there will be more of it for later.   I also like to take pictures of and write about different kinds of food that I have fermented, so I won't enumerate them all here.

Weaving and other arts:  There isn't a wholesome art form that I've met that I didn't like, but I have some training in drawing, painting, and fabric arts, and have just recently decided to learn something about woodcarving because I have recently taken an interest in weaving and needed some custom tools, which I've found to be fun and easy to make.  For years I avoided weaving in part because it looked very expensive, but then I discovered repurposed fabric yarn, particularly "tarn" which is twine made from old t-shirts and the like.

Golf:  I read 19th century writer Sarah Cleghorn's prize winning poem "The golf links lie so near the mill / That almost every day / The laboring children can look out / And see the men at play" back when I was a starving college student and resolved never to play golf and ended up living near a luxurious golf course for 30 years without ever playing.  But we grow and change.  When I was a kid the other kids loved to play marbles but I didn't have any, so a 6-year old friend loaned me hers and told me to go play for "keepsies" and win and give hers back and keep the rest.    What if I lose, I asked her.  I was terrified.  She said she was willing to take a chance.  I didn't believe in myself then, but she believed in me.   Pretty soon I had lots of marbles.  The friend who taught me to play golf was in his 90's when I met him and he told me before we even started that if I learned to play I would soon be making money.  He believed in me.  Hey, I don't make a lot, just enough to cover my entry fees, balls, tees,  and a new club every year or two.  But now I love to play golf and as there is a positive correlation between golfing and longevity, I plan to play it for a long time.   I had the best of teachers.

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