I don’t know about you, but for me, the words fruit salad conjure up an image of a sad, not quite cold enough bowl of mushy bananas and unwanted cantaloupe, with a straggling strawberry or two that the pickers left behind. You know, the kind of fruit salad you used to find at every picnic, bbq, and pool party; the one that played second fiddle to the hamburgers and dirt cake. This salad is an entirely different story. Read More
I got a mini muffin tin at the weekend and found some tiny paper cases to fit in it, (i think they are meant for truffles) I love any thing thats miniature i don’t no why i think its the novelty factor of it. I was so excited to make these bite size cupcakes. Just to show you how small they are here is me holding it.Read More
Hey! Aloe vera is my go-to â€˜productâ€™ for so many health, beauty and wellness benefits! I honestly love aloe vera and its so easy to grow and harness the benefits directly from the plant. As you guys probably know by now, I get really excited about finding natural alternatives and solutions to our everyday needs â€“ there is nothing better than being able to create your own wellbeing at home.
10 Ways to use Aloe Vera:
Remember those old lady knickknacks of the late 70s of a flower completely frozen in a globe of lucite? There were a few geriatric abodes I visited during that era, and those stopped-in-their-tracks flowers were always a fascination. So perfect and yet so bizarrely frozen.
You can make your own, a bit more ephemeral, version as another gorgeous use for edible flowers. Encase your posies in ice cubes to chic up late summer cocktails or mocktails. You can use any edible flowers for this project. Read More
Fire Cider is a warm energizing old fashioned herbalists remedy full of warming herbs, roots, vegetables and spices especially good in the Winter time. This tonic is revered by herbalists for its ability to help prevent cold and flu symptoms and/or shorten their duration if they occur.
The apple cider vinegar base is so good for your digestion, helping you create an alkaline environment in your body which is necessary to keep the immune system functioning in tip- top shape. Fire Cider is a powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and spicy circulatory which makes it an easy and pleasant remedy to incorporate into your winter diet and keeping warm on the cold days. Fire Cider Concoction takes a min of a month to mature, so ideally its best to prepare your batch ahead of time before Fall sets in.
Making mulled wine is as easy as pie and, just like pie, it makes your home smell delicious! Also known as Gluhwein in Germany, Vin Chaud in France and Glogg in Sweden, hot booze always goes down well in the cold. These spices (cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, star anise) also have medicinal backgrounds and by making your own you can control the sugar content.
When it comes to alcohol, red wine is said to have the biggest health benefits high in antioxidants, including the super antioxidant Resveratrol, it also has the fewest simple sugars and additives. Of course the quality of the wine is important so go for richer, high quality reds, and seek out organic if you can.Read More
Tis the season to be ‘Pumpkin-Y’ ………. At the moment, I can’t get enough of all the varieties of squashes and chose to make a dessert out of my last batch of pumpkin. It’s a simple recipe with minimal pre-thought (just a few hours prior to serving to marinate the pumpkin with the spices and maple syrup & freeze.)
I peeled, de-seeded and chopped up my pumpkin and meanwhile I added cinnamon and nutmeg into a bowl with ample lashings of my favourite Maple syrup. I then added in the chunks of pumpkin and mixed well together so each piece was well covered.Read More
This weekend I hosted a Vegetarian Cooking Class at The Montreal Art of Living Centre. I was planning to make for dessert a favorite delicacy of mine, homemade dairy free ice cream. Unfortunately as I rushed out of the house to the class, I forgot the 2 dozen bananas prepping in the freezer! Luckily Britt saved the day with her delicious organic apple crisp.
A few people came up to me during the class asking me about the ice cream recipe, so I decided to dedicate a blog post on the subject.
So what is this magical one ingredient that makes the most delicious dairy free ice cream ever?
You wont believe it till you try it, but its bananas! Its so easy, and no ice cream maker needed. No Dairy, no artificial sweeteners or ingredients. All natural. All you need is a food processor or blender. I love the simplicity behind this recipe. All you need to do is freeze a bunch of ripe bananas until solid then whiz them up in your food processor or blender and see them magically transform to ice cream!Read More