Sunday, 25 November 2018

Instant Pot Turkey or Chicken Bone Broth


Whether you’re following SCD, AIP, GAPS, or just a healthy gut diet, you should be doing one thing: making and drinking bone broth regularly. 

Bone broth helps heal leaky gut by restoring the mucosal lining of the intestines. It’s a potent source of glutamine and other essential amino acids. It can help with everything from gut pain, to joint pain, to skin health.
The traditional way to make bone broth is “low and slow.” You start by combining plenty of high-quality bones with water on your stove or in your slow cooker, and then you wait… and wait… and wait a little longer. 

I put my turkey carcass in the Instant Pot to make some bone broth quickly! It was and is delicious! This recipe is for any type of bones.

The Bones-

You can save your bones in a freezer bag until you have enough.  Just put the bones right into the instant pot frozen. You can even add chicken feet if you have them.

The extra stuff-

You can make great tasting bone broth with just bones, water and a little salt. But, I like to add anything I have in the vegetable drawer. Onions, carrots, leeks, celery, garlic, herbs(fresh or dried- rosemary,bay leaf, sage, thyme, chives, parsley.....
 Just about any kitchen scraps you’d normally put in the composter can go in the bone broth instead – onion skins, carrot peels, mushroom stems, celery and carrot tops and ends, and herbs that are about to go bad. I save these up in the freezer all week specifically for making bone broth. 

Add 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar to help the bones break down and 1 teaspoon salt.

Timing-

I use the "soup" button on the instant pot, and set for maximum time 119 minutes. You can also use the "high pressure" button set to 120 minutes. When time is up, allow a slow release.

Straining and storing- 

This is the most important step. Not my favorite, but, don't try to cut corners.....you'll regret.

Skimming the fat off the top is a personal choice. 

I use a glass gravy separator. However, you can spoon the fat off the top.

Once you’ve decided what to do about the fat, it’s time to strain the soup. 

Use a fine mesh strainer or a regular metal colander lined with cheesecloth, to strain the broth. I usually strain into a very large glass measuring cup. That make is easy to portion and pour into mason jars.

 Some people use their bones again( they say it is safe for 3 times), I do not do this. I make a fresh batch each week.

If your bone broth doesn't gel when cooled it is okay, it just means the ratio of water and collagen isn't quite high enough. More bones/chicken feet is necessary.





Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup- Jean George


This Butternut Squash Soup is Jean George's recipe, that I was privileged to observe in a cooking demo, years ago. Ten plus years later, I went to the famous Jean George's in New York, (Trump Hotel Central Park, first floor) and had this very soup!! Ever since then, I’ve fallen in love with Jean George's Butternut Squash Soup. I love the kick of the cayenne pepper!

Friday, 2 November 2018

Flemish Veal Stew




Hello! It's been a while! I took a month and a half break ....something I havent done in over 6 years! During my break, Wee Bear and I went to Nashville and Memphis ....LOVE! then we boarded a newly built paddle boat down the Mississippi River....I highly recommend this trip aboard the Duchess on American cruise line, we had the owners suite, however, all the suites and rooms or lovely on this boat. (not a ship) We met lots of fun people and ended the cruise in New Orleans. After arriving home in Seattle, we had five days to pack up and start our commute to our Winter home in Scottsdale. We took our time visiting family and friends the entire way, also, spending 4 nights in Laguna Beach(one of my favorite places). I'll post a couple photo's below.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Pear, Proscuitto and Brie Tart


This is so easy and and quick to make at the last minute, providing you have the ingredients on hand!

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Rhubarb and Peach Crostata


There is something about the look of this rustic tart that really wins, hands down for me!  To me rustic means unsophisticated, ragged and unpretentious. So often it is so much tastier as the dish is made from the heart with a special ingredient.......LOVE. Where the focus is sharing the love you have for people through the food you make for them, not through what it looks like.  Quote by Cesar Chavez

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Rhubarb and Raspberry Crostata


I love making a galette or crostata! So easy to make, require only a few ingredients and does not require a lot of time.....however, presentation is spectacular! 

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Instant Pot Summer Corn Chowder



This recipe is good for frozen corn, but, if fresh corn is available it is outstanding! I like to support my local farmers and buy at the roadside stand or at our local Farmer's Market.