We Are Growing a Pineapple!

I have seen this posted on Facebook and Pinterest, but never really thought much about it until we decided to try and create a self sustainable lifestyle!  Now the thought of growing our own exotic fruits seems very intriguing! 



So after we made our Chicken and Pineapple BBQ Skewers the other night, we lopped off the top of the pineapple and watched some tutorials to see how to do it. Here are the things I learned that may help you get started: 

  • Pick the pineapple by the best top (we didn’t, but we didn’t know we were going to try and grow the damn thing!)
  • Twist off the top of the pineapple, don’t cut it off
  • Most tutorials say rip off an inch of the leaves, but it is best to take it up until you only have a couple big leaves left
  • Stick it in water until it starts rooting. You will see roots start to establish after 3-5 days
  • Once it has a good root base, stick it on a pot with dirt
  • It can take 1-3 years to grow your first pineapple
  • Who cares how long it takes, they are very pretty House plant in the meantime! 



I will post an update in a week or so and let you know how it’s going! 

Does anyone have any advice? I would love to hear some success stories! 

PB & J Cup – Addicting Gluten Free Snack

Yesterday I made one of my favourite recipes, spiced rhubarb jam (scroll down to find the recipe post). If you have had rhubarb, you know that although there many health benefits, it is a terribly sour fruit.
We are beginning a slow cut back of sugar at my house (we just eliminated wheat, so we don’t want to go to far too fast on this journey and put ourselves in a state of shock) so I reduced the amount of sugar…a lot! Needless to say, eating it alone was sort of painful 😖 

A miracle came out of this though! I put a tablespoon of the jam in a cup with a tablespoon of all natural peanut butter and let me tell you, it was one of the best snacks I have ever had! Not the most calorie friendly, but if you are a fan of PB & J sandwiches and have decided to go gluten free, this may be your favourite snack too! I didn’t even miss the bread!


The key was to heat the jam so that it melts the peanut butter. I  not sure if it would work with normal sweetened peanut butter or overly sweet jam, but the Natural PB and the sourness and spiciness of the rhubarb jam were insanely addicting!

It was so good, I had another PB & J cup for dessert!!!!

Has anyone else ever done this? 

Spiced Rhubarb Jam Recipe

When rhubarb comes in season, I cannot resist making this delicious jam that is so good with so many things! It was perfect on toast, crackers, in oatmeal, yogurt and perfect for canning so you can enjoy on cold winter nights. It is also amazing with cheese, on a pork roast or over ice cream. I do have a recipe for spiced rhubarb bars that are also to die for. Ask me for the recipe if you want it!

So start with some rhubarb, the redder the juicer! We grow it right in our garden so I am always waiting for it to ripen just to make this recipe!



Put rhubarb in a pot with brown sugar, lemon juice and spices. Let sit for 20-30 minutes to start extracting the natural juices out of the rhubarb. There! Now the hardest part is done! Feel free to pour a tea or relax outside with a good book!



Once the rhubarb starts creating liquid, put it in the stove on low for 1-3 hours depending on the total amount of sugar, rhubarb and the temperature of your stove.

You will know when it’s done when you can split the jam with a spoon and it stays like in the picture below:


I just put it in a big jar in my fridge because let’s face it, it doesn’t last long enough to worry about canning it. If you have a large supply of rhubarb and want to do this in a large batch (perfect for Christmas presents!), place it in a boiling bath for 10 minutes after canning and you are good to go! My friends practically knock down my door for a jar of this when I make it. It is like instant popularity!!

If you are new to canning,  check out this great starter canning kit from Amazon that has everything you need to get you started for super cheap! This kit will pay for itself over and over again as you continue to enjoy seasonal treats all year long!

Amazon also has some great deals on mason jars if you are up for the challenge! I am telling you, you will want to make lots of spiced rhubarb jam, especially once your friends start asking you for some every spring!

So there you have it! I wish you could smell it as you read this because that is the thing that will tip you over the edge with the recipe. The sourness of the rhubarb mixed with the sweetness of the brown sugar and all of the spices must be something straight out of heaven!

Try it and let me know what you think 😁

Spiced Rhubarb Jam Recipe – recipe makes 4 x 8 oz jars

That is all! No pectin, no crazy ingredients. Just let cook down on low until it is nice and think (1-3 hours depending on size of rhubarb, amount of sugar and how hot your burner is) and enjoy the amazing aroma in your house!

Bon appetite!

BBQ Chicken Pineapple Skewers

For dinner on our first gluten free day, I thought I would whip up something my husband could not argue with….BBQ!

I picked up some peppers, onions and chicken at the farmers market and pineapple was on sale so as I looked in my fridge, it was a no brainer!

This is a super easy recipe that is perfect for that Summer BBQ or a quick weeknight dinner. Marinade the chicken in the ingredients below and let sit for 4 hours or so in the fridge. I also soak my wooden skewers in water while I marinade the chicken and veggies so they don’t blacken too much. I do like to use the wooden ones as I find they add a nice smokey taste, which I love. I pick my skewers up on Amazon because they are the cheapest and the quality it great. I bought them at the Dollar Store once (and only once) and they burst into flames immediately, even after soaking.

Chef Craft Thin Bamboo Skewers, 300 Piece
$5.00

If you would like to be environmentally responsible, which I always encourage, check out the  stainless steel skewers. Buy once and use over and over!

 

Master Cook 12-in Flat Stainless Steel Barbecue Skewer set of 12
$12.99

Put on skewers with pineapple and any other veggies you have in hand and slap them on the grill for 15-20 minutes. Healthy, delicious and of course gluten free!

 

Chicken Marinade

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp canola oil

1 tsp ground ginger

1 chopped clove of garlic

Pepper to taste

1/4 cup soya sauce (gluten free)

Porch Herbs

Herbs bring so much flavour and depths to many recipes, but sometimes the act of putting on shoes and walking through the yard to pick them from the garden discourages me from using them regularly. 

I can use herbs is pretty much any dish! Basil in a tomato salad, thyme is a slow cooked tomato sauce with tilapia and chives on… well pretty much anything! 


For this reason, I moved my favourite herbs into containers and right onto my porch. Now when I want to add some fresh taste to a recipe, I just walk out my front porch with some scissors and take what I need! 


For the perennial herbs, just cut them back in the fall and plant back in the garden! You can also move the pots to a place out of freezing cold and wind and cover the plants with straw or leaves for the winter! 

Bon appetite!    

First Day Gluten Free

My husband and I have made the decision to start eliminating all poisons and contaminated foods from our diet! This is not a small feat for us as we live a busy, spontaneous lifestyle, we drink, we smoke and we like to make excuses to justify it all! (How’s that for honesty!)

We cannot make all of the changes over night. I am pretty sure we would die from shock 😁 but we can pick one challenge at a time and stick with it!

This week we are eliminating all wheat from our diets. After research on the way it is now processed and contaminated with chemicals, it scares me to put that into my body. I cannot tell you how much I love bread, but I would rather be more alert, healthier and feeling good about myself!

This was our first gluten free meal. We went to the farmers market on Friday morning where I try to do as much of my shopping as possible! We picked up farm fresh eggs, asparagus and potatoes and had one of the best brunches ever!