Friday, October 12, 2018

Florida Cranberry Relish (AKA Jamaican Sorrel Relish)

I was  sent a few calyx. The calyx are the red part of the flower which you use to make the tea and relish.

I never asked how big the plant would get. Started 8 seeds in February. They all came up and as soon as the frost passed I put the seedlings out.

They grew to over 6 feet tall and produced beautiful light pink flowers.  From that I have tons of calyx! 

 Ae-yun ( my friend who owns the Korean store in town) is selling roselle popping pearls tea. It's fantastic.

I made tea but have so many calyx's I looked for a recipe that we might like. Florida cranberry relish fit the bill.


1 1/2 c. orange or apple juice ( used apple)
1 1/3 c. sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
a couple of dashes of ground cloves
24 oz. Florida cranberries (chopped up fine- I used my food processor and pulsed a few times. If not chopped fine relish will be stringy) 
1 c. raisins (golden or ordinary)- used ordinary

1 c. chopped pecans- didn't use


In a saucepan, combine juice, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until sugar is dissolved. Add Florida cranberries and raisins, bring to a boil.

Reduce heat, simmer 3-4 minutes.

Remove from heat. Chill for several hours.

Note: I'm making this recipe for the Live Oak Library. I'll be presenting the program the last Thursday in November. 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Bear released from captivity on a bile farm enjoying simple pleasures.

 This is wonderful!

When I saw bile- a farm?

In some Asian countries they keep the bears on farms to collect the bile for traditional medicines.

Bear bile is sometimes actually used in real medicine. The trick is,  how to do it synthetically, so they don’t need real bears anymore. Some dogs take Ursodial for poor livers, and it is made from chemicals that you normally find in Bear Bile. Hence the name, Ursodial. 

 Ursodial is also used for  rare allergic reactions to Etodolac causing a persons liver to shut down and not break down bilirubin in blood causing extreme itching . Reaction to Etodolac also causes severe vomiting and weight loss can be as much as 30 lbs in a few weeks. Ursodial restores liver function.

 “Urso” in Ursodial is from the Latin Ursa for bear.

Personal note: Love that the above bear is enjoying life, just wish all bears could be as happy. Wish they could come up with a synthetic version.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Deli Chicken


1 roasting chicken ( mine was about 4 pounds)
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons paprika

Extra-virgin olive oil


Remove the giblets from chicken and set aside for another use.

Wash chicken inside and out, drying with paper towels.

Rub chicken with a little olive oil.

Tuck wing tips under.

Mix all the spices together well. Rub all over chicken.

Place on plate and wrap with plastic wrap.

Put in refrigerator for a least four hours and up to 24 hours.

Put chicken into roasting pan and cook at about 325 degrees F.

Chicken is done at 160 degrees F (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours) and no longer 

recipe from FB- Recipe Goldmine

Saturday, September 29, 2018



1 medium-sized eggplant, sliced in half lengthwise
2 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup tahini
1/4 cup water
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/3 cup loosely packed fresh parsley, tough stems removed
2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil

salt and pepper to taste


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

 Place the eggplant slices cut side down on a prepared baking sheet and roast until fork tender. Check eggplant after about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it slightly cool.

Scoop out the eggplant flesh and place in food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until smooth.

 If the mixture is too thick add a little more oil or water. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Injuries that are disproportionately frequent.

In Florida, you are only required to wear eye protection instead of a helmet to legally operate a motorcycle.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Creamy Italian Chicken

I made this in 2005 and on all my paper copies I add a note on what Gabe thought about the recipe.  

All my T&T recipes are in a binder and I'm going to start making them and adding to the blog. Sort of double protection against losing them.

As per note it snowed when I first made this, it was in the 90's today!

Oh, Gabe loves this recipe. He said it's a keeper.


4 boneless chicken breast
1/2 envelope Italian Salad dressing mix
1/2 cup no sodium chicken broth
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese- softened
1 can condensed low sodium cream of chicken soup- undiluted
1 package fresh sliced mushrooms


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Wash and dry chicken and set aside.

3. Coat a 9 x 12 pan with cooking spray

4. Combine salad dressing and broth with and electric mixer. Add cream of chicken, cream cheese and mix well,

5. Add mushrooms to the bottom of the dish.

6. Place chicken on top of the mushrooms and add the cream cheese mixture to the top of the chicken.

7, Bake 45- 60 minutes (depending on the size of the chicken breast) in 350 oven,

8. Serve with mashed potatoes and enjoy.