This week’s Wonderful Wednesday theme is good food.
I am all for good food and good things.
At first, I thought I was going to do some sort of recipe and include all sorts of photos. Remember my cheesy chicken and dumplins? Yes, that is “dumplins” – that’s how they say it ’round these parts.
But, I was writing an article for Lifehack the other day, on how to make apple cider. It’s not published, yet, but I took a lot of photos for the article as I made apple cider.
And, of course, this stuff is out of season. But, I had to drink both these cups after I finished the photo; everybody else in my house was off somewhere else. Dang, homemade apple cider is good. I had added orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Now, I’ve got a craving for hayrides, bonfires and some more cider.
Years ago, I read a book by Michael Pollan called The Botany of Desire. I worked in a bookstore and spent most of my paycheck on books.
But, Pollan went into great detail about our intimate relationship with apples and how they’re integral to US history, and how they’ve shaped the American Landscape. Did you know that people used to make cider and use it to pay rent, and as actual commerce to pay other debts as settlers moved into more western territories?
Apple Cider Vinegar
I’ll admit: apples are part of my everyday life. Every morning, I drink a concoction of apple cider vinegar, molasses, honey and coconut oil. I call it my energy drink.
But more than that, I generally drink apple cider vinegar when I drink water. The taste of vinegar makes me cringe a little, so if I can, I’ll use a little honey or organic stevia to temper the vinegar taste. If I’m feeling pretty good, I’ll put in 2 teaspoons to 8 oz. of water. If I have a headache or other malady, I’ll put in two tablespoons to 8 oz. of water.
Why would I do this to myself?
I am a huge fan of the healing properties of vinegar. I drink it anytime I get a headache, or a stomachache. In fact, last year I got the flu (either that or it was a really bad cold). I was so sick and had a fever and couldn’t even stand up – it was bad. My husby finally made me an apple cider vinegar drink with a little honey and within ten minutes, I felt immense relief.
ACV also helps regulate body metabolism and gives you a natural boost in energy. Plus, if you’re a woman who ever has problems (cramping, heavy bleeding) at that time of the month, this stuff works miracles by reducing those issues greatly!
I use it as a skin tonic and hair conditioner. Yes, I make a 50/50 solution of water to vinegar and use it to condition my hair – it’s incredibly shiny and smooth afterwards. I love the stuff. (Oh, and if you’re wondering, the vinegar smell completely goes away once your hair is dry.) I also use it on my face as a rinse, and then follow up with rosewater and cocoa butter.
Yes, I could keep “Bragg’s” in business, I know. I really need to learn how to make my own apple cider vinegar, actually.
Heck, I’ve been going through the stuff, using it on my dog, Da Vinci. He’s developed an itching allergy and a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water provides immediate relief to his skin. In fact, I use it in my animals’ water to help them repel fleas, and it improves kidney function.
So yes, this stuff is as essential to my kitchen as eggs and flour. No, no one paid me to say all this stuff about ACV: I really do use this stuff that much. In fact, I don’t get ibuprofen or Pepto Bismol from the store anymore: whenever I have an ailment, the first thing I reach for is ACV.
And yes, this is the drink your grandmother always had.
It’s Wonderful Wednesday!
Since we’re having another wonderful Wednesday, let’s hop! And don’t forget to drink your apple cider vinegar, or at least eat an apple.