Friday, September 12, 2014

More bamboo projects

Since we have our own bamboo groves. Most of the objects we need for our home are made with it.

Here are a few of the things we have built for our home. To read more, visit my blog about the way were are trying to live as sustainably as possible.

I have a lot of bling which I kept in plastic boxes and it was so hard to find anything. I had these bamboo jewelry trees made out of the scrap bamboo we had from building the deck.

I shopped around for kitchen cupboards and every time I tried to buy from a local hardware store, they were out of stock. I got tired of waiting around so I had the carpenters build them for me from bamboo. They turned out just great!

For the bathroom towel racks, I had them make these as well. The stainless steel racks were pretty expensive since everything has to be imported then shipped to the island.

Bamboo dish rack is holding up quite well!
To the left of my hubby's deck is a broom closet made of bamboo as well as the floor deck and railings.






Thursday, September 11, 2014

Harvesting Sugarcane for Juice for Tubo Delight

Part of our property is planted in sugarcane this year. Tubo Delight, a company that sells sugarcane or tubo juice at the local Robinson's mall helped us plant it, and this is our first harvest. Our juice will soon be at their booth at the mall. It's so sweet, plus it's a very healthy drink.

We used to pay people to clear this part of the land as it was always overgrown with weeds. The canes to plant came from this company and now it's being harvested and making money back instead of laying fallow and going to the weeds!  We have a little less than 1 hectare planted in sugarcane. If you have some land you don't know what to do with, go to Tubo Delight Facebook page and send them a message. They are always looking for more planters or sellers of sugarcane. The stalks need to be at least 1 1/2 inches in circumference

I like to use the sugar cane as BBQ sticks. They don't burn up like the bamboo sticks and when the juice caramelizes, it gives the food on it a great flavor!

You can read about the health benefits of sugarcane or tubo juice here:
http://livewell.jillianmichaels.com/sugarcane-juice-health-benefits-5113.html
This is their second trip to harvest part of our sugar cane. They bring their own crew to harvest the sugarcane.
The next time you see our canes they will be at the Tubo Delight booth at Robinson's mall at the back entrance!

You can make a great desert using sugarcane juice and saba banana or plaintain.
Boil the sugarcane juice till it's thickened and then toss in the bananas till they are cooked and coated with the caramelized juice. You can spice it up with cinnamon, cardamom and other spices to give it a more of a zing too!

Tubo Delight does not leave on the peel so all you get is pure fresh sweet healthy sugarcane juice!