Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dirt & Dandelions For Breakfast

Tim Ferriss' Edible Dirt 
Apparently, if you are in need of an energy booster you should eat dirt; according to Tim Ferriss edible dirt can zap fatigue when prepared with energy boosters like almond milk, coca powder, and coffee. Below is Tim Ferriss' recipe for edible dirt.

What You'll Need:
2 cups of almonds, raw and unsalted
11 cups water
1/2 cup black rice, uncooked
1/2 cup brewed coffee
1 cup almond milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/3 raisins
1 tsp tamarind concentrate
2-finger pinch salt
3/4 cup pitted black olives
2 tbsp black sesame seeds
2 tbsp tamari
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp red miso

What To Do:
1.Combine the almonds with 6 cups of water in a blender and soak overnight.

2.The next day, turn on the blender and blend the almonds and water for about 3 minutes, until the almonds are pulverized and the almond milk is formed.

3.Line a fine-mesh strainer with cheesecloth, and place it over a mixing bowl. Pour the almond milk through the cheesecloth and squeeze to extract all the milk. You'll have about 1 qt of almond milk. Transfer the almond milk to a jar and refrigerate until ready to use.

4.Place the almond pulp in a mixing bowl and set aside.

5.In a medium saucepan, combine the black rice, coffee, almond milk, 5 cups of water, cocoa powder, raisins, tamarind and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a high simmer for about 1 hour, until the rice is very soft.

6.Add a little water if the rice starts to dry out – you want it to be fairly moist, rather than completely dry, as it would be if you were serving it with dinner.

7.While waiting, preheat the oven to 300°F and line a baking sheet with waxed paper or a reusable silicone mat.

8.When the rice sludge is done on the stove top, transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor. Add olives, sesame seeds, tamari, vinegar and miso and blend until smooth with a few small pieces remaining for texture.

9.Add this mixture to the lonely almond pulp and stir well to incorporate. This will color the pulp dirt-black.

10.Spread the new mixture over the prepared baking sheet, place in the oven and bake for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the dirt is dry with just a bit of moisture remaining like potting soil.

11. Cool on the baking sheet, then transfer to a large vase or a few small vases and garnish with edible flowers. (The dirt can be stored in a jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.)

12. Serve to friends and family and watch them squirm at the thought of eating a vase of dirt and flowers. lol

Also Try

Tim Ferriss' Dandelion Coffee
Another interesting recipe that is said to boost energy is Tim Ferriss' dandelion coffee. This alternative to regular coffee contains dandelion root, a substance often used by competitive wrestlers to help keep weight down. This medicinal herb has also been used for centuries to aid liver function, cure an upset stomach and more. It also increases energy and helps reduce excess water bloat. You can purchase ready-made dandelion powder or capsules at any health food store. Or buy it in chopped form and grind into powder on your own.

What You'll Need:
1-2 tbsp dandelion root powder
1/4 cup water
Coconut milk, to taste
Cardamom, to taste

What To Do:
1. Brew in a regular coffeemaker. Or use a drip method by placing ground dandelion in a coffee filter on top of a cup and pour water over it. 

2. Let steep for the perfect brew. 

3. Because dandelion tastes bitter, you may want to add some sweet and creamy coconut milk. Top with aromatic cardamom.

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