Christy - No Brakes and No Kefir

As you probably guessed from the title, I checked on my Coconut Kefir this morning and it did not turn out right :( It still tastes sweet, not the sour tangy flavor of the kind that you buy at the store. I am really bummed - this is my 5th try. If anyone out there is really good at making kefir, let me know the secret!! I think the problem might be that the temperature shifts in my apartment so it does not stay warm enough to ferment the coconut water. The next step may be to consider getting a dehydrator so I can keep the temperature constant.

Here is what it looked like when I opened it

(same as before):


Now on to the no brakes part of the story: My husband and I went up to Big Bear today to spend the day with some friends on their boat. When we were driving home from the lake, we were headed down the mountain on a long, curvy road for about 45 minutes and all of the sudden we lost our brakes! No joke, we were flying down the curvy road with no brakes! Had I been driving, I'm not sure we would have made it but luckily my husband was able to use the emergency brake and lower gears to get us stopped just before the curve. We were shaking. Before long, a really nice officer came to help us to an emergency turn out section where we were safer and we called to tow truck. While we were waiting the officer explained that this kind of thing happens a lot. When drivers ride their brakes on the way down the hill, they eventually overheat and stop working. If you let them cool for a while, they will start working again. Instead of riding the brakes to slow down, you should instead use a lower gear which will slow down the car without the brakes.

We waited for the tow truck for 45 minutes and by the time he got there, we discovered that the officer was right - our brakes were working again!! The tow truck followed us to the bottom of the hill and we drove the rest of the way to Los Angeles. It was a good ending to a scary situation. We were so lucky and feel so grateful.

We were late getting home and there was no time to cook, so we decided to get our favorite pizza and salad for take out. Z Pizza. They use organic ingredients and it always tastes really fresh. We always get the Berkley soy pizza. It has zucchini, onions, mushrooms, peppers, soy burger and soy cheese.

And they have an amazing arugula salad with grilled onions, walnuts and shaved parmesan cheese in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

This was just the right comfort food to settle us from the day!

The lessons of the day: get some advice on making coconut kefir at home and always use the lower gears on your way down a mountain!

Happy 4th of July everyone!