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DIY Kitchen: nutella

2014 August 7
by Rachel Turiel


Teaser. Back to nutella recipe a little later. Stay tuned.

A switch has been flipped in the garden, everything responding to the late-summer force which urges plants to grow higher, fuller, faster. Eating from our yard has become less whimsical novelty, more all mouths on deck, everything is ripening now! (Full organic disclosure: Col spotted and removed an earwig from my sauteed broccoli tonight).


These summer evenings, we’re out till dark-thirty, closing down the river, the neighborhood park, Col and Rose still swinging high into the pinking sky as the teenagers and deer creep in, claiming the next shift.

Front yard swingers:


Back yard:


The rains have come and gone and come again in biblical proportions, lashing down mightily at the earth. Then the sun returns like a warm and encouraging miracle. Dan and I reconvene at the days end, comparing notes: “I was downtown, it was crazy, Smelter Mountain was obscured.”  “I was home, watching hail pile up in the cabbage leaves.” And then we pause, letting a silent prayer of gratitude wash over us, which maybe contains the smallest amount of, “more, please?”


Very naughty chickens.

The evening grosbeaks have returned to our feeders with their babies, all hapless and fuzzy and incessantly hungry.  The parents occasionally pretend to forget about their offspring, until they show up flapping and mouth-gaping and unavoidable. Dan and I watch, amused, feeling a certain kinship. The kids need to be fed, AGAIN? (My new exercise regime is simply feeding children).


Outside, Col pursues cabbage butterflies with a lacrosse stick. He’s created a mausoleum of delicate bodies, small black dots jeweled into papery white wings. I am deeply ambivalent about this. “Thanks!” I tell Col, while a cascade of conflicting emotions nibble at me. The cabbage butterflies lay eggs on plants in the mustard family (broccoli, kale, cabbage, turnips primarily), and the eggs hatch into voracious caterpillars. Which is to say, this life contains many opportunities to ponder complexities.


Rose has sprouted trunk-like legs, learned to do backbends, and is a fount of strong, changeable emotion. (Sometimes she needs help turning the emotional dial, like last weekend when it got set on howlingly bereft because Col wouldn’t tell her what he was howlingly bereft about five minutes earlier. Again, the complexities.) On a neighborhood walk, she jumps in puddles, cartwheels down sidewalks, pledges undying love to decrepit one-eyed cats who thread between her legs. Watching her unbridled enthusiasm is like beholding a classical artwork, the kind that lodges in your heart and tells you something about the indomitable human spirit.

But, nutella:


What Dan and I do after the kids are asleep, the blog-postable stuff, anyway.

I kind of can’t believe I’m posting a recipe for nutella when breakfast is a veggie omelet sponsored entirely by our own yard (earwigs included), and our diet has never been more local. But I’ve adopted this homemade nutella as my go-to snack, packing a 1/2 pint jar of it to the library to keep my energy up while deadlines tap me on the shoulder.

I find this nutella to be delicious, but I have to admit, I’m no longer reliable. Col shared a piece of pumpkin bread with me last weekend and the sugar roared out at me while the pumpkin was a small, pathetic whimper in the background. Which is to say, I’ve lost my American taste buds for sugar. (Rose would like to mention that there are many other American things I’ve lost my taste for, such as fashion). And, I haven’t eaten actual nutella in years. But, I know there’s more of us out there than ever, who’re trying to decrease sugar and increase nutrients. This is for you.


full disclosure: I ususally make triple this recipe and never measure, but I recommend starting small and playing around with ingredients. Maybe add cinnamon? Or sub out the coconut milk for almond milk?

1 cup hazelnuts

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (could sub in 1/2 melted chocolate bar)

2 TBSP coconut oil

1/4 cup coconut milk (or even better, coconut cream on top of refrigerated can OR skip the coconut milk and add shredded coconut)

3 – 6 TBSP honey

1/2 TBSP vanilla


Blend in food processor. Store in fridge. Lasts 1-2 weeks in fridge, but it shouldn’t.

10 Responses leave one →
  1. August 7, 2014

    Hmmm…sounds delicious. And I like that there’s no peeling the skins of the hazelnuts involved. Have you tried it with toasted hazelnuts, though? I think that would be good (or maybe too crunchy)? We often have cabbage white caterpillars in our broccoli (they come out in boiling water, it turns out)–though no earwigs, so far–I’m told (by those brave enough to eat them–and not vegetarian) that they taste just like broccoli, which goes to show you are what you eat. Happy gardening!

  2. Susan S permalink
    August 7, 2014

    Rachel, what lovely pictures! Is your yard/garden usually so green this time of year? It looks like you must have received A LOT of water. Everything looks so lush, but maybe that’s the miracle of organic gardening and careful water catchment? What a gorgeous little haven! Have you read Brad Lancaster’s 3-volume series on Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond? I’m about half-way through volume 1 right now, and I’m just itching to get out there and make some basins, set up a cistern, plant some water-retaining crops. Really good book, with facts, how-to and a truly inspirational story about his mentor, Mr. Phiri, who has a “water farm” in Africa.

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      August 8, 2014

      Susan, part good soil, part the indispensable contribution of the monsoons. We are big rainwater-collectors, and spend many post-monsoonal days ferrying 5-gallon buckets of rainwater from front to back yard.

  3. August 8, 2014

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  4. August 8, 2014

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  5. August 9, 2014

    Sometimes, when you write about Rose, she reminds me of me at her age but thinking that feels like an incredibly conceited thing to think because Rose sounds, frankly, cooler than I ever was (or will ever be).

    • Rachel Turiel permalink*
      August 10, 2014

      Cait, I LOVE thinking of all the grown up Rose’s out there.

      • Rachel Turiel permalink*
        August 10, 2014

        And then I say a little retroactive prayer for all their parents and feel less alone. :)

  6. August 10, 2014

    Rachel, thanks for sharing the nutella recipe. My kids are obsessed (thank you husband) and I have tried to pass off the Justin’s Maple Nut (or something like, but it is so expensive! Your garden is beautiful.

  7. August 13, 2014

    Just curious–how many hens can you have in Durango?

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