Homemade Cheese

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Curds and Whey

A couple of years ago my husband was given a cheese-making kit. This weekend we decided to make an Indian cheese calledpaneer. I was surprised by how easy it was. The kit was pretty basic, containing cheese cloth, citric acid, cheese salt and most importantly, the instructions. We bought a gallon of whole milk and got to it. The most time-consuming part was heating the milk up to 190 degrees without scalding it. After it gets up to temperature, you drizzle in the citric acid and watch the curds separate from the whey. It’s pretty neat to watch the pot go from white milk to yellow-ish whey and chunky curds in a matter of seconds. All that’s left is draining the curds in cheesecloth. We salted the cheese and let it sit with a weight on top for about an hour. The gallon of milk made about a pound or so of cheese. We’ll be freezing some of it and using the rest to make one of my favorite dishes, palak paneer.

 

Organic Hair Color

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I’m not a big fan of coloring my hair, but when gray strands starting making an appearance right above my forehead, it was time to make a move. Thankfully, Richmond is home to Red Salon Organics which carries Organic Color Systems, a completely ammonia-free line of hair color. I was a little nervous to try out this organic line because gray can be tough to cover and organic products are typically not as powerful as their chemical-laden cousins. But my stylist said the gray wouldn’t be a problem so I went for it. The color turned out beautiful. It was like a lush shiny version of my own color. The best part is that you don’t leave the salon smelling like chemicals. The color has a slight licorice smell that I actually kind of like.

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How does your garden grow

Eggplant from last year’s garden

One of the things that I most love about no longer living in the middle of New York City is having a back yard. Specifically so I can have a garden. Last year I hastily planted my 4′ x 4′ raised bed about a month after I had my daughter. I felt lucky to get anything in the ground. Needless to say, my yield was low. I got a nice amount of tomatoes, mostly small, 3 or 4 eggplant, a few jalapeƱos and 1 zucchini.

This year I’ve got a little more time to devote to my garden so I’m hoping that means I get more out of it. I decided to go all in and try my hand at growing plants from seeds. I found a great website called Sprout Robot where you put in your zip code and pick the plants you want to grow and it gives you step-by-step instructions on when and how to plant them. I’ve already got some leeks sprouting and some eggplant and tomatoes planted under my indoor growing lights.

One of the issues I faced last year was overcrowding so I’m doing a little research about how much room each plant needs and hopefully expanding our garden to get the most out of each variety.

New Pinterest Board!

There’s now a Method Wellness board on Pinterest! Click the link below and follow the board for more great tips on natural living a modern world.

http://pinterest.com/tdaudani/method-wellness/

Olive Oil as a Cleanser

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This may sound a little counterintuitive, but I’ve been washing my face with oil. Not an oil wash from a cosmetics company, but olive oil from my kitchen cabinet. And I’ve been pretty pleased with the results.

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