This is a very nourishing and satisfying cereal, full of protein, iron, B-vitamins and lots of calcium. It is especially good in colder months. It is strengthening and calming.
- 2 parts short grain brown rice
- 2 parts sweet rice
- 1 part whole oats
- ½ part sesame seeds
- 1 to 2 inch piece of kombu seaweed
- Pinch of salt
Each grain and the sesame seeds should be washed separately then spread out upon a cookie sheet to be dried in the oven. The lower the oven temperature, the longer drying will take. A 250 - 300 degree oven is best. (Each grain dries at a different rate so don’t try to wash & dry rice and oats together.)
Once dried, combine ingredients and store in a covered container. To make fresh cereal, pour 1/4 cup of combined ingredients into a coffee grinder that is just used for grains, or food processor, blender or flour mill. Grind to a fine powder. Put in heavy saucepan with 2 cups of water, small piece of kombu and a pinch of salt. Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking to bottom of pot. Cook covered or uncovered. Can add finely ground blanched almonds, and/or cinnamon stick, vanilla, maple syrup, etc. for flavor. It should cook at least 20 minutes to get thick. In cold months try to cook it slower and longer to absorb more fire. The above recipe would yield 22 pots of cereal if you use 2 cups of brown rice, 2 cups sweet rice, 1 cup oats, ½ cup sesame seeds.
Baby's First Food
This cereal is also recommended for pregnant/nursing mothers and weaning babies.
For babies, start with just the short grain brown rice, washed, dried, ground and cooked with kombu - no salt since babies should not ingest salt for at least a year. You might want to make it thinner at first by reducing the amount of grain that is added to the water. Then after a week or so, add the washed & dried sweet rice to brown rice, grind, and again cook with the kombu. Next, add washed & dried whole oats, grind, cook with kombu, and after 4 weeks, add the sesame seeds, grind all, and cook with kombu. Besides gradually adding ingredients, you can gradually make the cereal thicker. There is no need to sweeten this cereal for babies. They love it and find it very satisfying. Be especially sure to use only organic ingredients, keep everything very clean and do not use any salt when cooking for babies.
Creamy Corn Soup
- 1 head of cauliflower, washed and chopped
- 4-5 cloves garlic
- 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
- ½-1 cup cashews (toasted are best)
- 2 packages organic frozen corn, or 2 cups fresh-cooked corn off the cob
Cover bottom of large saucepan with oil. Saute cauliflower and garlic until they begin to caramelize. Toast cashews or leave raw; grind in food processor. Add ½ to 1 cup of water to ground cashews; puree into cashew milk and leave in food processor. Go back to saucepan and add enough water to cover cauliflower when cauliflower has caramelized. Add 1 package, or 1 cup, of corn to saucepan and cook until cauliflower is very tender. Use a slotted spoon to transfer cauliflower pieces, garlic and corn to food processor. Blend with cashew milk until creamy. Return all to saucepan, stir and gently heat. Add remaining corn and season with salt (pepper and white pepper, too, if desired). This soup goes well with tomato bread. Serves 4.