Plenty of strawberries at Macalla farm!

We rarely have too much strawberries. In past year, strawberries that made it to the house (most of them where eaten straight from the plant by kids and helpers) were turned into Strawberry frozen yoghurt. But this year, thanks to the diligent care of Adriana and our fantastic of helpers, we actually have a very abundant crop of strawberries.

So we’ve turned to jam making with this delicious recipe that combines strawberries with rhubarb.

Strawberry and Rhubarb jam

  • 1 kg strawberry
  • 1 Kg rhubarb stalk, chopped fine
  • 2 Kg sugar

Put the rhubarb stalks and the sugar in a pan and cook until the  rhubarb is tender. Add the strawberries, bring to the boil, and cook for a further 20 mn.  Put in sterilized jars, close immediately.

 

Wild mead

Mead, sometimes referred to as honey wine, may not be a popular fermented drink any longer but it is one of the most ancient ones and it’s very easy to make.  It is made by fermenting honey with water, usually with some flavouring added. Depending on the concentration of honey in the water, and on how the fermentation in managed, mead can be sweet or dry,  still or sparkling. Dry mead will usually be more alcoholic (up to 20%), as all the sugar in the honey is fermented, and if you bottle the brew before the fermentation is completed you will end up with a fizzy drink as the CO² from the fermentation is trapped in the bottle.
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A Taoist approach to mindful breathing

Book review, The Tao of Natural Breathing by Denis Lewis

The great Taoist philosopher Tchang Zu tells us that True man breathes with his heels, while the mass of men breathe with their throats.
Never mind the heels, you’re probably doing OK if you manage to take breath awareness as far down as your perineum, but breathing mostly with your chest, and with very little awareness of what’s really happening, is not a recipe for health and happiness. Read more