10.30.2006

10.18.2006

Pacific Crest Trail- from Peach Farm













Ananda Marga Lake Hughes Peach Farm















My first WWOOF-ing (World Wide Organization of Organic Farms) experience; thanks Dada, Alex, Ben, Ananta, and Jakub for making it so memorable.

from a journal entry dated October 17,2006--- my last day on the farm

Thus ends my time at the Ananda Marge Lake Hughes Peach Farm. I’m actually sort of sad to leave. But, onwards and upwards to the next adventure! As always, it’s great to be on the road again…

Well, I’ve had my taste of farming now. It definitely had its perks, such as a relatively calm lifestyle and nearly unlimited bounty of peaches and other veggies to be picked and eaten. Nonetheless, it often feels like the same repetitive work, lack of mental challenges, etc.

The most valuable thing this experience gave me, and what I will miss the most, is the people here--- of course everyone on Earth is unique and special… so that’s why I’m WWOOF-ing. I’m experiencing and living a hitherto unknown way of life while expanding my network of friends around the globe, growing my knowledge of the world by knowing the people that fill it. Adverse as I am to the idea of farming as a future way of life for me, at least the door’s open if I need it to be.

“You’re really special,” said Ben, “and alive! I hope you find your path, and keep walking strong. Don’t let any minor setbacks--- like the Fall--- stop you.”

There are times when one wishes to cry, sing, laugh, dance, fly, and run all at the same time. Instead, I hug everyone, wave a last goodbye, walk out of the house and back into my car, then drive out of the gate, stepping on peach farm land one final time to shut the gate on yet another wonderful chapter of my life--- though the gate’s never really shut. And the road’s only just begun.

Recipes

Korvapuusti (pulla)- from Lotta

INGREDIENTS
1 packet yeast
1/4 C warm water
3/4 C warm milk
1 egg (can replace with cream cheese and tofu)
1/4 C butter, melted
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cardamon
1/4 C sugar
3 1/4 - 3 1/2 C flour
walnuts and golden raisins

1) mix warm water and 1 tsp sugar and add yeast. let stand 10 min
2) mix flour, sugar, salt, and cardamon in large bowl
3) add yeast mixture, milk, egg, and butter to flour mix until dough's formed. add walnut and raisins then knead til smooth
4) let rise in warm area of room 1-1.5 hrs
5) punch down dough and cut into 3 equal parts. roll dough into foot-long ropes and braid the 3 ropes together. let risee 40-50 min more
6) preheat oven to 375 degress
7) brush dough with mixture of 1 beaten egg and 2 tsp milk (or just oil), and sprinkle with coarse sugar
8) bake 14-18 min, until golden brown and baked through
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Fruity Nutty ROCKS (vegan granola energy bar cookies)
Ingredients (use vegan versions):
• 3 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce (more for softer cookie, more for softer cookie)
· 3 tablespoon peanut butter (more for harder cookie, less for softer cookie)
• 1 cup raisins
• 1 cup dried chopped dried fruit or nuts
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
• 3/4 cup brown sugar
• 3/4 cup white sugar (or a bit less, depending on the strength of your sweet tooth)
• 1/2 cup wheat germ
• 2 3/4 cup flour
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 2 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 2 cup oatmeal (more for harder cookie, less for softer cookie)

Directions:

Mix the first 4 ingredients together and set aside, covered. This will allow the dried fruit to rehydrate somewhat before baking, so they don't turn into little fruit-flavored rocks.

Cream together the rest of the applesauce and sugars
Add flour, salt, cinnamon and soda to vegan sugar mixture.
Mix well. Blend in raisin- cranberry mixture, oatmeal, and wheat germ (you can add 3/4 C chopped nuts, if you like them).
Dough should be fairly stiff--if it's too wet, add a bit more flour and possibly a pinch of baking powder. Too dry, add water or soy milk

Bake at 350 for approx. 12-15 min, or until they appear fluffy. You might want to make a test batch, then take one out and tear it open to see if it is too doughy inside before you pronounce them done. If they don't seem to be rising, add a pinch more baking powder.

Serves: Approx. 6 Doz.

Preparation time: 30-60 min.
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WHOLESOME BANANA CAKE

INGREDIENTS
>>> dry goodness
- 2 1/3 C flour
- 1 C pecan/walnut halves
- 1 C dried cranberries
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
>>> wet goodness
- 2.5 C sugar
- 1 C mashed ripe banana
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 large eggs (or other binding agent)
- 1 C (1/2 lb) melted butter
- 1 C buttermilk

DIRECTIONS
1. mix the dry goodness
2. mix the wet goodness (lastly butter and buttermilk)
3. mix wet and dry goodnesses
4. bake in 350 degree oven until ready (approx 1 hr)
5. consume the godly deliciousness

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CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

(makes about 2.5 dozen)

INGREDIENTS
- 1/2 C butter
- 1 C sugar
- 1/4 C soft tofu
- 1.5 C flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 C peanut butter
- 3/4 C chocolate chips

cream butter and sugar together.
Add tofu. Blend well.
Combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix it with the sugar mixture.
Add peanut butter then chocolate chips
Bake at 375 degrees for 8-12 minutes

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OATMEAL COOKIES

(makes about 4 dozen)

INGREDIENTS
- 1 C (1/2 lb) butter
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1.5 C firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs (-)
- 1.5 tsp vanilla
- 1.5 C flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 C rolled oats
(optional)
- 1 C raisin (optional)
- 3/4 C chopped walnuts
- 1/4 tsp each: ground allspice, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon

MAKE IT!
1. beat butter and sugars until creamy. Then beat in eggs, then vanilla
2. stir together flour, salt, soda, and optional grounded goodies
3. mix 1 and 2 together, then stir in the other optional goodies
4. drop rounded tablespoons onto pan, spaced about 2 inches apart
5. bake in 375 degree oven about 10-12 minutes, or until cookies have golden edges and soft centers

10.07.2006

return to Westwood





Here are some otherwise homeless photos from the past two weeks: back-to-school rompings, Westwood wanderings, really late nights, reunions of various sorts, gardening, explorations, discoveries, more... and a lot of (though never enough) Jeff.

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