GAPS/SCD

Really, Really Tasty Roasted Pork Shoulder

This is adapted from Mark Bittman's recipe. Serves 4-6.

one 3-4 pound bone-in pork roast, such as Boston Butt
2 large garlic cloves, pressed
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. dried rosemary (or use more fresh)
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

About 2 cups of broth (or try white wine)
1 tbsp. butter or ghee

Preheat the oven to 450f. Rub the salt and spices all over the roast, and place in a cast iron Dutch oven.

Roast undisturbed for 15 minutes. Pour 1/2 cup of broth over it, and return to oven. Turn the heat down to 325f.

Dilly Beans, Lacto Fermented

From the recipe by Seth Travins / Hawthorne Valley Farm. These are so tasty!

Equipment
One-quart Mason jar
1- or 2-piece lid

Timeframe: Approximately 14 days

Ingredients
1 1/4 pounds young green beans (beans should be crunchy and not fully formed)
3 to 4 teaspoons non-iodized salt
2 to 4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 to 2 flowering dill heads (can substitute 1 teaspoon dried dill)
1 teaspoon mustard seed
fresh or dried hot pepper to taste
Optional: Other spices to taste-coriander, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger

Method

Spaghetti Squash with Sausage

2 uncooked sausages, crumbled http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/recipes/homemade-sausage
1 medium spaghetti squash, cooked (pierce with a fork several times, bake at 375f for 1.5 hours, flipping the squash halfway through. Then, cut in half, remove seeds and discard, and scrape all the "spaghetti" out).

Brown the sausage, and then add the "spaghetti." Cook, stirring frequently and seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 gallon apple cider, preferably organic and definitely preservative-free

1 gallon jar
cloth to cover the top.

Put the cider into the jar, and cover with the cloth. Set in a cool, dark place for a month or two. The trick to cider vinegar is that it needs oxygen for its fermentation process: you should make sure to stir it well at least once a day, replacing the cloth cover each time to prevent fruit flies from infesting...

Zucchini Pasta

4 medium zucchinis
ghee
salt
pepper

Heat a large cast-iron pan over medium heat. Grate the zucchinis on the largest shredding side of a box grater.

Melt the ghee in the pan, and add the zuchinni. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until most of the excess liquid exudes and evaporates.

Enjoy!

How to Make Ghee

I use a crockpot. Put the butter (up to eight pounds fits in mine) in, cover, and set the temperature setting to "low."

Let the butter melt and simmer for about eight hours; at this point, there will be a sort of foamy "scum" on top (protein, mostly), a lot of butterfat (all the good yellow stuff) in the middle, and the milk solids at the bottom.

Overnight Stew Beef

If you're wondering, "Why on earth did she tag this as a _breakfast_ recipe??", then you're not on the GAPS diet. This is a great way to make an economical "cut" of meat into something tender and good.

2 lbs. stew beef, or 3-4 lbs. short ribs
1/2-3/4 tsp. salt
A good large grind of pepper
2 garlic cloves

Put the beef into a slow cooker on "low." Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and crush the garlic on top. Cover the cooker and go to sleep.

Come back again in the morning, about 12 hours later, and eat with some veggies and ferments. Enjoy!

How I Make Raw Milk Yogurt

I'm not sure if this is the best way to do it, but I've been making yogurt for a while now and haven't gotten sick yet. :) It has a great taste, the long fermentation gets rid of all the lactose, and while it's not as thick as yogurt made from pasteurized milk, I think it's more nutritious. (If you want virtually foolproof, thick and creamy yogurt, heat the milk to 180f and let it cool to 110f before stirring in the starter and beginning the fermentation.)

1/2 gallon fresh whole raw milk, preferably from grassfed Jersey cows

Moroccan Lamb Koftas

These are so good--like little meatball falafels. I adapted this recipe from "The Grassfed Gourmet," which recommended grilling on skewers (I don't have a grill).

Makes four small servings; these are delicious with yogurt http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/recipes/how-i-make-raw-milk-yogurt .

2 large garlic cloves
2 tbsp. fresh cilantro
2 tbsp. fresh parsley
1 tbsp. paprika
3/4 tsp. ground cumin
3/4 tsp. ground coriender
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 pound ground lamb

Kristy's Garlic Cucumber Pickles

6 large garlic cloves, cut into thirds
2 or 3 pin oak leaves or grape leaves
thick sliced pickling cucumbers
sprig of dill

Place the oak leaves in the bottom of the jar, add dill and then layer slices of cucumber with pieces of garlic. Cover with brine (2-3 TBSP Sea salt per quart of water) and let ferment for 4-6 days at room temperature.

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