Tuesday’s Tool’s of the Trade - Food Prep

Sweet summer corn is going off around here these days.  I love to just eat it raw right off the cob or grill up a cob for a tasty snack. When I use raw corn in recipes, like my Mexican Corn Salad, I have to get all the kernals off the cobs. It seems no matter what technique I use I seem to get kernels flying everywhere!  I picked up the OXO Good Grips Corn Stripper and it definitely minimizes the mess but you will still find some stray kernels taking flight. What I like about it though is the majority of the kernels are collected in the container so you can measure the amount you strip as you go along. No matter what you use, raw fresh organic summer corn is tasty on or off the cob!

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I am actually not much of a muffin person but I figured I would try to make muffins a health muffin with my WEDO Banana Flour.  It actually turned out really good! I think next time though I might process the zucchini instead of shredding it. I really like zucchini but JP doesn’t and if it was blended up in the mix he probably wouldn’t have even noticed! ;)

Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins

8-10 muffins

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

1 C banana flour

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp sea salt

1 TBSP Cinnamon

1 tsp Nutmeg

1 TBSP mesquite powder

1/2 C pumpkin seeds (optional)

1/4 C shredded coconut

Wet Ingredients:

2 ½ C shredded zucchini

3 eggs

¼ C hemp oil

½ C coconut nectar

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

2. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Make sure to get out all of the lumps.

3. Mix wet ingredients together in large bowl.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient bowl.

5. Grease muffin tin. I like to use coconut oil.

6. Bake for 20 – 22 minutes. Check with toothpick for doneness. 

7. Eat warm, yum!

Oro Blanco, Mexican Lime, Banana, Cherimoya, Sapote, Meyer Lemon, Fuji Apple, Pineapple Guava, Macadamia Nut Julio digging holes and pulverizing roots! Setting in some trees Solman Pitching in! Solman! Banana and Cherimoya Our own mini orchard

Backyard Landscaping: Fruit Trees - Leucadia, CA

When it came time to get some fruit trees for the yard all I had to do was go talk to Solman at the Leucadia Farmers Market.  A local Leucadia Solman sells fruit trees that grow well along the coast.  I checked out what he had, sampled some fruit, we made a list of viable options and then he came by to check out the space to see what trees would grow best and where. After making our final selections Solman helped us pick the right spots for each tree based on not only sun and better growth but which ones would grow quickest to provide some screening from our back neighbors.  When the day came Solman arrived with Julio to plant the trees. Poor guys had to deal with some leftover thick root from our old trees but they got through it, got them planted and nourished the trees with Fish Phytamin, Mexicrop and some compost tea! Can’t wait to watch them grow!

Tuesday’s Tool’s of the Trade - Surf

I have a confession to make. I went over a year without surfing! Ever since I got injured in July 2012 I’ve had a hard time with surfing.  I was in a lot of pain so my physical confidence was low, and my surfing skills began to seriously digress lending to a slide in my mental confidence and stoke for the surf.  A few months later when the whole toe situation came about and I was forced to get out of the water  I really wasn’t that bummed, but I didn’t think I would be out of the water for so long.  

This past fall I finally found a treatment that began to lesson the pain in my back and recently I felt good enough to slowly get back in the water.  Through all my various treatments for my back I learned that my clumsy pop up, which comprised of me kneeing up with my back leg and swinging my front foot around, was messing up with my pelvis alignment. Although it was awkward and slow I somehow managed to make it work and get into some decent waves, but this technique contributed to imbalances within my muscular skeletal system and contributed to my chronic back pain.  Over the years people had pointed out my inept pop up and suggested I would do much better at surfing if I fixed it before it was too late.  I had tried a few times but had gotten quite discouraged.

For those that read my blog regularly you know that Dan Millman’s Body Mind Mastery has been my guide.  For the past year  I have tried to focus on building a stronger foundation in the things I do and to have more balance in my life. I figured if I could start from the beginning in swimming then why not surfing?

OK so that brings me back to this weeks Tool’s of the Trade! I never learned to surf on a longboard and there is nothing that says I couldn’t learn now!?!  After spending all that time out of the water, now was the time to start “fresh”.  I picked up an 8 Foot BZ Foam Longboard from the Seaside Bizarre and have been going out at a spot I never surf, where I know no one and can be a total wally!  The BZ board is big and floaty so I can cruise and get into small little waves with ease putting all my efforts into  popping up without my knee. It’s soft so if(I mean when) it hits me it doesn’t hurt and if I ding it up I really don’t care! I’m really having a good time on it and my pop up is getting so much better! Your pop up is the foundation for surfing and although I skipped that step when I first learned it doesn’t mean it’s too late to learn it now!  If you are learning to surf I highly recommend getting one of these boards, I only wish I had done it from the beginning!

Dave was a rockstar at the event and put in some serious time and muscle, thank you! Start them young, that's what i like to see! Couldn't have done it without this lady! These girls were so cute and so excited to meet Rob! Ready to get to some serious recycling

Green Team Switchfoot Bro-Am 2014- Encinitas, CA

Wow! I cannot believe how amazing our volunteers were.  We got to meet about 50 of them at the volunteer training.  We had an enthusiastic and impassioned crew of people from all over San Diego county and some who came so far as Valencia, CA and even Chicago!!!  I can’t thank everyone enough for their help the day of the event, things definitely got dirty but our volunteers literally, dug in!  I had a great time working at the event and it was quite the eye opener to see how much food is wasted at an event like this!?!?! Regardless, our hard work diverted 900 lbs of waste to recycling! That’s 3 times the amount that was diverted last year.  Good job and thank you to all our volunteers, everyone from the Rob Machado Foundation, and of course the amazing crew at Solana Center!

PS: I have to admit I was kind of proud to see everyone wearing the shirts and hats I designed.

Backyard Landscaping: Steel - Leucadia, CA

Once I decided that we were going to replace our grass with decomposed granite I needed to find a nice material to divide the different colors we were using as well as add a cool design element.  We had decided on steel but it was actually really hard to find.  Everywhere I called to find steel edging tried to convince me to just use this composite wood type looking material.  They could not persuade me and eventually we found a company online, Sure-Loc, that I was able to order directly from.  JP is the master of steel and he welded us too huge boxes to sit under our kitchen windows to grow berries.  Even before the DG was I was so stoked on how the steel edging looked amazing especially next to JP’s boxes.