In Psychology Today, complaining, venting and whining are described this way: “Complaining and whining can be distinguished by the nature of the dissatisfaction and by our motivation for expressing it. Complaining involves voicing fair and legitimate dissatisfactions with the goal of attaining a resolution or remedy. When we voice legitimate dissatisfactions but do so without the goal of attaining a resolution we are merely venting. And when the dissatisfactions we voice are trivial or inconsequential and not worthy of special attention, we are whining.” I guess I am slightly complaining in this post about what took place last night. Or, I guess you could consider it venting as it’s over and done with so there is no goal of resolution at this time and to some it could seem like whining since the first part of this post is inconsequential since it was yesterdays issues. Either way, here we go…
It’s been a year since being diagnosed with Lymes Disease and all of the wonderful co-infections that come along with. I am pleased to have come so far in my healing and really have nothing to complain about. That being said, I would very much enjoy getting through a day without a headache. For the last few weeks I have been getting these mild headaches that hit in the afternoons. Most of the time I get through them with a little peppermint oil on the temples and back of the neck, however, last night was very different. I was beginning to wonder if my husband should take me in to urgent care it was so bad. Usually laying down with my eyes closed helps, yet last nights migraine actually got worse as I lied down. Not sure what triggered it other than I was once again on my feet getting things done in the kitchen. It took 2 Aleve (which I hate taking unless absolutely necessary), 1/4 of a melatonin and 2 TBS of liquid Magnesium over an hours time frame before I could lay down and fall asleep without the continual throb that was keeping me wrapped up in the fetal position. Praise God I slept all night and woke up refreshed and surprisingly not tired.
Hence the reason I was unable to share what I accomplished yesterday as far as canning and fermenting. Well, we tried something new and I am excited to taste the end result.
Fermented Fennel, Onion, and Carrots – Taking the fennel and trimming it up, I then placed it in the food processor using the mandoline tool to slice it thinly. Doing the same with the onion and mixing together in a large bowl. I then switched out the food processor tool to the shredder and shredded the carrots. After mixing all together I added sea salt and mixed thoroughly once more. Gathering up some clean sterilized jelly jars I began spooning in the fennel salad mixture pounding each spoonful down into the jar with a wooden mallet. Leaving 1 inch at the top I then added 1 TBS fresh whey and filtered spring water. I will again leave these out for 3-7 days to ferment prior to putting them in the fridge. Burping daily of course. 🙂
The second recipe I made was supposed to be a fennel jelly. I thought maybe I could use the trimmings of the fennel to make a pepper jelly like sauce. Well, after boiling it down all it smelled and tasted like was apple cider vinegar. So, rather than throwing it all out, I went out to the freezer to find something to resurrect the ingredients. Well, it worked. It is really yummy too!
Cranberry, Fennel Chutney Sauce
1 – 1/2 Cups Fennel bulb and fennel trimmings
1 – 1/2 Cups Apple Cider Vinegar
5 to 6 Cups sugar (because I cannot do the sugar, I used birch tree Xylitol. Next time I would likely use only 4 cups as it was quite sweet.)
4 – 5 Cups cranberries, finely chopped
2 small onions, finely chopped
1 tsp. Cinnamon
I boiled down the Fennel, Apple Cider Vinegar and Sugar until it came to a rolling boil for about 5-10 minutes. Then I strained out the liquid and placed it back on the stove adding in the cranberries, onion and cinnamon. I again brought it back to a boil. Turning off the burner I added natural pectin. Unfortunately I hadn’t followed the pectin recipe and it clumped up, so for future I would have kept the fruit and onions in the final product. This time however, because of the pectin clumping, I strained out the fruit pouring it into clean sterilized jars and put them into the hot water bath to seal. Serving it over some cheese with some crushed walnuts will be a yummy winters treat for the family.
Still have to do something with the beets and the cabbage. Maybe today!
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! 1Chronicles 16:11