My little brother was in town last week, so I took him to our local farmer’s market on Saturday. He lives in NYC, so he went a little hog wild at the sight of so much inexpensive produce. Unfortunately, he had to fly home 2 days after the market, so we were left with a lot of unusual produce to consume.
For example, Benny bought a whole bag of garlic scapes, which I have neither seen nor used before. They are pretty little things, but I had no idea what to do with them, so of course I googled it. I found this recipe for Garlic Scape Pesto. I had no pistachios or Parmesan, so I left out the Parmesan completely and subbed walnuts for the pistachios. The resulting pesto was bright green, super peppery, and delicious! At least I thought so. I put some on a cracker and gave it to Tim to try, and he made the most unpleasantly surprised face I have ever seen on an adult. He did NOT like it one bit!
I, on the other hand, have eaten it with every meal this week. I had it on pork chops, hamburgers, hot dogs, and I mixed it with my pork chop/broccoli/mustard green stir fry. I absolutely love it. Go try some!
In other news, I’m trying my hand at continuous brew bone broth. We’ve been soaking Lucent’s food in bone broth so that the food is softer for him and so he gets some extra nutrients. We’re going through the broth pretty fast, so I’m keeping a pot of it going in the crockpot. We’ll see how this turns out.
I also think I killed my water kefir grains again. I see no bubbles, and the kefir smells just like juice – absolutely no kefir-y funkiness going on. I think that the kefir grains were doing so well they were multiplying, and I didn’t account for their increased numbers and ended up starving them to death. I thought it was supposed to be EASY to make water kefir! I think I might order some milk kefir grains instead and try my hand at that. Dairy tends to give me troubles, even fermented dairy like yogurt & kefir. However, I was listening to a recent Chris Kresser podcast about how to eat probiotics if you don’t handle them well, and I learned that you can gradually add them into your diet. I’m going to try to do that with full fat grass-fed yogurt and see how it goes. My stomach as been feeling out of whack for the past few months, and I’m grasping at straws!
So there you have it, go try some garlic scape pesto and mourn for my dead kefir grains!