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Wheatgrass is one of those superfoods that all of a sudden we have to consume to stay healthy.

I thought you need 4 stomachs to digest grass, otherwise it’s impossible to derive any nutrition from it.

I’m quite sceptic towards these food fads and at the prospect of wheatgrass simply thought: Now we need to eat grass, what comes next? Bark? Soil? Pebbles?

However, I can’t judge things before trying them myself, so I looked deeper into this wheatgrass craze.

 

Is wheatgrass a health food?

Wikipedia simply dismisses this as “Health claims”:

“Proponents of wheatgrass make many claims for its health properties, ranging from promotion of general well-being to cancer prevention. However, according to the American Cancer Society, “available scientific evidence does not support the idea that wheatgrass or the wheatgrass diet can cure or prevent disease”.[9]

Wheatgrass proponent Charles Schnabel claimed in the 1940s that “fifteen pounds of wheatgrass is equal in overall nutritional value to 350 pounds of ordinary garden vegetables”,[4] a ratio of 1:23.[7] Despite claims of vitamin and mineral content disproportional to other vegetables, the nutrient content of wheatgrass juice is roughly equivalent to that of dark leafy vegetables.“

So you can also just eat a bunch of spinach and be done with your health boost for the day.

 

Is wheatgrass tasty?

Wheatgrass is full of cellulose and thus stringy and fibrous unless you strain it through a cheesecloth which is messy.

In addition wheatgrass tastes as green as it looks, and while I love the smell of freshly cut grass, its not a palatable flavour.

So with wheatgrass you have to find a recipe that actually masks its overpowering grassy taste.

I tried a couple of wheatgrass juice recipes and in the end had to come up with my own: #Wheatgrass #Smoothie

Its very zesty tang might make you pucker, but at least it helps to finish that one wheatgrass portion.

 

Is wheatgrass worth your money?

To my own surprise I liked the wheatgrass smoothie: It filled me up like a sandwich would have, without the sluggishness. It kept me light, as it’s a small portion of already ground up goodness. My sensitive IBS tummy felt good loaded with freshness and energy.

Given that there is no scientific evidence that wheatgrass is more effective than a placebo, I would not waste my money on it.

But if you really believe in the benefits of wheatgrass, why not grow your own: It is so easy, my pet rats get fresh wheatgrass all the time from our rattie garden.

 

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Wheatgrass Smoothie: It tastes as green as it looks!

#Wheatgrass #Smoothie: It tastes as green as it looks!

 

Wheatgrass is actually pretty indigestible for humans. Hence the juicing which should remove all the cellulose. But still, its grassy taste is overpowering.

Preparing wheatgrass is a nightmare if you don’t have a juicer, as you’ll have to strain it through a cheesecloth.

I’m a practical cook, and have no patience for these complicated procedures.

So here a recipe that does not require straining, and results subsequently in a real thick smoothie. 😮

 

#Recipe: Wheatgrass Smoothie

 

Ingredients:

1 portion of wheatgrass

1 chunk of peeled ginger, dice-sized or according to taste

1 peeled & pitted lemon

2 peeled & pitted oranges

1 spoon of honey, if you’ve got a sweet tooth

1 dash of cinnamon, if you want to add a bit of spice

 

Throw all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

 

The ginger alone gives this smoothie a fibrous texture. Together with the cellulose loaden wheatgrass and the pulp of the citrus fruits you might be tempted to chew a little on this one. 😉

 

Bonus Tip: Put the wheatgrass first into the blender, as it’s so flimsy it’ll take ages to stuff it down so it mixes in. Putting the lemon and oranges on top of the wheatgrass will weigh it down.

 

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Need a nut milk bag? A cotton or linen handkerchief can work well to strain liquids.

A cotton or linen handkerchief can work well to strain liquids.

 

Depending on the complexity of your cooking, you might come across the requirement to strain a liquid free from solids.

For making nut milk for example, it is suggested to use a nut milk bag. – Although I found a much simpler method to strain coconut milk:  #HowTo make coconut milk yourself at home. –

A nut milk bag sounds complicated, but all that’s actually required is a cheesecloth.

So a cloth napkin or handkerchief can easily work. 🙂

Bonus Tip: If you treat yourself to buying a new cheesecloth, do yourself a favour and cut it round. That way there won’t be any edges flopping out, which can leak and cause a mess.

 

Am I seeing double? Also Gigi pops up only one ear, the same as Lola.

Am I seeing double? Also Gigi pops up only one ear, the same as Lola.

One of Lola’s unique traits is that she’s got one ear up:
It’s her right ear, and it stands up most of the time, while her left ear is mostly floppy. I guess she’s right eared then?

Fostering Gigi we jokingly referred to her as Lola’s Mini-Me:
Although she’s very different, there are a few characteristics that are so identical with Lola, they make her look like Lola when she was a puppy.

Now that Gigi stays with us we get to see how well she develops.

And every now and then I wonder if I’m seeing double:
Also Gigi has only one ear that pops up, and it’s her right ear, too.

Little Gigi only pops up one ear, and looks ridiculously cute!

Little Gigi only pops up one ear, and looks ridiculously cute!

 

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Illegal Dumping on the corner of Greatmore and York Street.

Illegal Dumping on the corner of Greatmore and York Street.

 

Every Friday, as it’s bin day, I clean up all the rubbish in our neighbourhood.

The more frustrating it is to find someone dumped their waste on the otherwise relatively clean abandoned plot.

It seems empty property in Cape Town attracts crime.

In the meantime the kids have nowhere to play soccer and are forced to kick their ball around next to used pampers and condoms.

Why not kill two birds with one stone and turn neglected areas into much needed green space?

Where children have nowhere but the streets to play, it should be a crime to leave public space to rot.

 

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Hello Gigi, welcome to your new home.

Hello Gigi, welcome to your new home.

 

I never puppy fostered before, and when I venture to do something new, I first ask Google.

 

So when I researched “foster dog” and one of the first posts that came up was “How to Let Go of Your Foster Dog”, I knew I was moving on dangerous grounds. 😉

 

And of course, this tiny handful of puppy managed to cute herself into our hearts.

 

We had been thinking about getting a second dog, so this does not come as a complete surprise.

 

The surprise was more how well she develops and how great she gets on with Lola.

 

Big thanks to Observatory Animal Clinic for giving this cutie a chance! They could see the zest for life in her and helped her survive. 🙂

 

Welcome to your new home, Gigi!

 

#AdoptDontShop

 

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Juice bottles: Cut the head off, drill some holes in the base - for some practical flower pots.

Juice bottles: Cut the head off, drill some holes in the base – for some practical flower pots.

 

The shape of these juice bottles is actually ideal for flower pots:

– The diameter of the bottle is about 10cm, a standard size for flower pots.

– The base is raised into a punt and gives the ideal points to drill drainage holes: As they are raised, it ensures there will always be a bit of water in the very bottom.

– The top bit can be used as a greenhouse roof to protect seedlings from weather and mice.

 

How to make flower pots from soft drink bottles:

With a pair of nail scissors, cut the top bit off.

You’ll have to cut round, that’s why it’s easier with nail scissors. Follow a line on the bottle, it’s hard not to cut skew.

Depending on the length of roots the plants will grow you can keep the bottom bit quite tall or cut it down to a standard size.
Because the plastic is see-through, you can leave a wide rim above the ground level which keeps in all the mess.

Drill drain holes in the base of the bottle.

Hold the drill steady, it’s easy to slip on the plastic. Drill about 5 holes around the centre point of the base.

Depending on the water consumption of the plant you can drill large holes so the earth will drain well or small holes to capture water.
If the plant likes wet feet, you can drill the holes higher up.

Drill ventilation holes in the top bit of the bottle.

Hold the drill even steadier, this is a slanted surface. Drill about 5 evenly spread holes in the shoulder of the bottle.

You can use the remaining  bottle tops as mini greenhouse roofs. They fit very tight into the flower pot and won’t easily come off.
Depending on the humidity preferences of the plant, you can drill large holes for good ventilation or small holes for capturing moisture and heat.

 

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