With the holidays –  something for the kids

 

Corn Husk doll  

Corn Husk Doll

Make a Corn Husk Doll taking 1 hour.

How to make corn husks  VIDEO corn husks

 

CRAFT MATERIALS:

  • Dried corn husks or tamale wrappers (available at grocery stores)
  • Twine or string
  • Scissors
  • Pipecleaners
Instructions:
  1. Soak the dried corn husks (approximately 20 per doll) in warm water for about 10 minutes to soften them, then blot them dry. Next, gather twenty 10-inch lengths of twine and tie an overhand knot at one end.

    2. Trim the husks so that they are each about 8 inches long. Then sandwich the knotted twine between 4 or so husks and tightly tie another piece of twine around the bundle just above the overhand knot.

    3. Make the doll’s arms by rolling up a pipe cleaner in a husk (arms into position). Roll up 2 more husks (without pipe cleaners). Then braid the three together and tie the ends with twine.

    4. Take the bundle from Step 2 and peel down the husks (as you would a banana) to create a head and expose the hair. Tightly tie the bundle where the neck should be, then insert the arms.

    5. Braid together 3 rolled husks (without a pipecleaner) for each leg. Then use 2 of the inner husk ends to tie the tops of the legs to the dolls. Trim the remaining husk ends an inch below where the legs are attached.

    6. Snugly wrap a single husk around the doll’s hips, tying the ends together to secure it. Trim the knot tails.

    7. Now it’s time to dress the doll. If making a girl, go right to Step 8. For a boy doll, create leggings by wrapping a single husk around each leg and tightly tying twine around the very top. Then fringe the leggings by making a series of short snips along the outer sides.

    8. For a skirt, sandwich the doll’s body from the hips up with a few husks and secure them to the waist with twine. Then peel down the husks. For a girl doll, leave the skirt long; for a boy doll, trim 2cm from the waist. Finally, drape husks over the shoulders. Crisscross the ends in front and in back of the doll and sash them around the waist with twine.

Psyllium husks: Beautiful on the Inside

Psyllium husks: Beautiful on the Inside

Psyllium husks are one of the best sources of soluble dietary fibre we can eat.

Let’s compare it to oat bran:

100 grams of oat bran = 5 grams of soluble fibre
100 grams of psyllium = more than 70 grams of soluble fibre

Why is it good for us?  Dietary fibre helps prevent diseases like bowl cancer.
People with a regular intake of dietary fibre are leaner and have a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.

What’s in them?
The psyllium husks are full of soluble fibre, have no calories, zero energy, and gluten-free.

How does it work? The soluble part of soluble fibre means that psyllium attracts water in the intestine and slows digestion, helping us feel ‘full’ for longer, reducing sugar and cholesterol absorption.

How to eat it?
The husks should be mixed with liquid or they can become a choking hazard.  You can stir a tablespoon or two into your breakfast cereal milk, or drink stirred into a glass of water or juice, or through a bowl of yogurt.  They’re a beaut addition to a smoothie.

Gluten free diet  –  add to breads: reducing crumbling through their absorption of water in baking.

Harvest Hub has Psyllium Husks in 500g bags in the Cereal & Seed section.

Psyllium Husks in a Blueberry Banana Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chilled milk: soy, regular Country Valley or coconut milk all work well
  • 1 banana
  • 1 punnet of blueberries
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 5-10 ice cubes
  • 1½ tbs of psyllium husks
Instructions
  1. Put in a blender and blitz.
  2. Add honey to sweeten although a ripe banana can be sweetness enough.