Healing Broths

I recently read an article on Well+Good about a new trend in New York, bone broths.  “Finally” I said to myself and decided to add my little grain of sand by sharing some information with you.

Broths are one on the most ancient and healing foods you will find.  I am not talking about those you buy at the grocery store, but the ones you make at home.  Broths are ridiculously easy to make and contain a wealth of nutrients.  It is a traditional food that has been removed from our culture by the food industry’s fast everything standards.  I am here to tell you that making this a staple food at your home will not only  improve the flavor of your meals but your health.

Most of the food generally consumed is depleted of vitamins, minerals and nutrients.  These foods are flavor and nutrient lacking, even worse they are depleting.  They literally rob your body of essential nutrients!   When your body is malnourished it can’t protect itself from viruses that are rampant during the cold season.  If you have ever wondered why you or your kids always get sick during the winter, it’s not because of the cold weather but poor nutrition. Broths are a great way to nourish your body.  This season I invite you to build up your reserves and make broths a part of your routine.  Me and the kids have greatly benefited from sipping on them on a regular basis.

Broths can be a nutrient powerhouse!  Bone broths are especially nourishing containing minerals in  forms that can be easily absorbed by the body.  Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, glucosamine and gelatin are just a few of the precious nutrients you can find in a bone broth.    The calcium found in bone broths easily surpasses the one found in milk!  Bone broths gelatin content is excellent for aiding in digestion not to mention it is good for your joints.  Vegetable broths can also be loaded with nutrients like potassium and trace minerals.

Lucas and I enjoy sitting down together for a cup of hot vegetable tea (as he calls it) and look at books.

turn it into a soothing event with beautiful teacups

turn it into a soothing event with beautiful teacups

 

Making broths is simple you just need a pot, water, vinegar and what ever ingredients you are using be bones or vegetables. For bone broths you will want to put the bones (preferably from organic meat, pork or chicken) in the pot, cover with water and add a couple of teaspoons of vinegar.  The vinegar leaches the mineral from the bones.  Let the bones sit on this water-vinegar solution for an hour before heating.  Then bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 6-8 hours.  I usually let my bone broth simmer overnight in a slow cooker at low temperature.  Vegetable broths can be ready faster.

If you do a quick google search you will find numerous and easy recipes.  Here is a bone broth recipe by wellness mama.  And the article “Broth is Beautiful” contains various recipes.

 

I am going to share the recipe we have been using the most, for our daily “vegetable tea”.  It is super easy, don’t be daunted by the list of ingredients, and delicious.  I got this recipe from  Rebecca Katz, The Inner Cook and it truly is a “magic broth”.

Magic Broth recipe

3 unpeeled carrots, cut into thirds
1 unpeeled medium yellow onions, cut into chunks
1 leek, both white and green parts, cut into thirds
1⁄2 bunch celery, including the heart, cut into thirds
3 unpeeled cloves garlic, halved
1/2 bunch fresh flat‐leaf parsley
2 medium red potatoes with skins on, quartered
1 Japanese or regular sweet potatoes with skins on, quartered 1 Garnet yam with skin on, quartered
1 8‐inch strip of kombu ( I have been using a whole Nori sheet)
1 bay leaf
6 black peppercorns
3 whole allspice or juniper berries
1/2 tablespoon sea salt

Rinse all the vegetables.  Put all ingredients in a pot except the salt. Fill the pot  with water, cover, and bring to a boil.

Remove the lid, decrease the heat to low, and simmer a minimum of 2‐3 hours, I simmer mine for 6. If water evaporates and vegetables start surfacing add more water.  Once the broth is ready add salt.  Strain and store.  I use mason jars.  That’s it even an inexperienced cook can handle this recipe.

If Lucas can do it, so can you!

If Lucas can do it, so can you!

Ready to cook!

Ready to cook!

So good luck and, pardon the pun, may the broth be with you!

 

 

Carte de Visite

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Aside from being a Captain I am a photographer.  Photography has been a great passion of mine since I was a child.  When time came to go to college I decided to turn this love for photography into a career.  My studies keep my affair with photography heated and it culminated with a MFA that has influenced my work ever since.  I considered myself lucky to be able to work doing what I loved, but photography had to take a backseat once I had my first child.  When Lucas was born I took a step back and focused on being a mom.  Years later came my second child and my mom career lead me to studies on nutrition and health.  That is how I became a Captain :).   But my love for photography never faded and I have a gazillion pictures of my family to prove it.

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Photography helps keep people together when apart.  In 1854 french photographer André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri patented the carte de visit.   These visiting cards where photographs mounted on cards 2-1/2 by 4 inches.  These small portraits became wildly popular because for the fist time photography was accessible to the masses.  They could be reproduced numerous times (contrary to the daguerreotype ) and they where easy to mail and share.  People would collect them and had special albums for them.  This marked a new era for portraiture and could be considered the beginning of social media.  Today we get to snap a picture and share it with the world in a matter of seconds!  And that is a great privilege if you ask me. 

Recently I decided it was time to create a family portrait.  In the past people always wondered why ( with me  being a photographer) I never sent photo/christmas cards.  Well, honestly my brain was fried from sheer exhaustion.  Sending, let alone taking a picture of my whole family, dealing with wardrobe malfunctions, unwilling subjects and all the drama, was not in my top ten ways to spend the day.  But times are changing and this year I women up and did it.  I orchestrated and successfully photographed my family.  It wasn’t as simple as taking a selfie.  I must say I feel way more comfortable behind the camera.   Trying to be both behind and front was a challenge.  But now I hold in my virtual hands our very own holiday visiting card.

I wanted to share this experience with you to assure you that true passion never extinguishes.  The things you love to do are within your reach.  Sometimes you might have to set them aside to discover new passions.  But the flame in your hearts will always be there.  Life is ever-changing and letting go doesn’t mean it’s the end.  By staying loose and fluid we can enjoy what each moment brings and it might just be what you need to find your way back.

Today I feel inspired, loved and grateful.  For all the loves of my life have made me better.  At this moment I am even more in love than the day I took my first Polaroid.  But most importantly at this moment I have all of you to share it with.

There was a lot of this and then some.  But in the end there was so much more.

There was a lot of this and then some. But in the end there was so much more.

 

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