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Saturday, 23 November 2013
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
|When I was young and short hair was cute circa 1997|
|hibiscus flower tea|
|'virgin' shiny hair around the crown, then drier coloured hair|
|day one: definitely ginger, but fairly low key|
|day two: flaming orange. I loved it, but sadly it couldn't stay...|
|day three: plenty darker but still with a fiery glow|
|day four: and we've settled down to an even auburn tone.|
You can use indigo or coffee to make it darker, or cassia and chamomile to (very) gradually lighten, but you can't use a commercial dye on top of it. If your hair doesn't fall out it will be burned worse than any bleaching disaster you have ever had.
Make sure you want to commit to healthy hair colouring for life if you go for it!
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
If you are lucky enough to have an orchard with pears this recipe is perfectly frugal for this time of year. If you don't, well, pears aren't too expensive...
Like most of my recipes, this bears little resemblance to it's title, but it was named by a five year old, so.... It's more like a pear omlette, but that doesn't have the same ring to it.
It was inspired by an apple omlette I saw on pinterest, but my daughter is allergic to apple, so a few tweaks later and we have something the whole family can enjoy.
You will need:
4 large eggs
2-3 ripe pears
2 vanilla pods
Slice or chop the pears (I've tried both and they are equally delicious) and fry in some butter with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Whilst that is cooking, throw the eggs, vanilla seeds and bananas into a blender and blend until they are fluffy and foamy. Throw your left over vanilla pods in some vodka.
Add a little more butter and then pour your mixture over the pears.
Cook on low until it's just beginning to set and then flip it (if you are a culinary genius) or grill it (I do the second) to get a nice golden top.
You can slice it like a pie to serve.
My kids like it with honey, I'm all about ice cream.
Enjoy it how you like.
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
Thursday, 3 October 2013
It's more of a broth really, but when I mentioned bone broth to a friend yesterday his response was 'that sounds like something the BFG would eat', so if you are unsure about making bone broths or stock, may I recommend you >click here< for more information.
Doesn't that look great? It's kid friendly too and packed with ingredients that are really good for you, so here goes:
4 cups of chicken broth and any leftover chicken from the pot
4 peeled and chopped carrots
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 onions, chopped
200g shiitake mushrooms
large bunch of corriander
a few leaves of basil
4 tbsp coconut oil
1. Fry the carrots, onions and garlic in the coconut oil.
2. Add the chicken broth and chicken and heat through. Salt and pepper to taste.
3. Stir in chopped mushrooms and fresh herbs at the very last minute, top with avocado and serve.
So why is it so healthy?
The bone broth in itself is full of trace minerals and gelatin which are super helpful and the coconut oil is antibacterial and antiviral (good for the sniffles which are going around).
Garlic and onions both help fight congestion, coughs and colds, which are rife in schools in the autumn term; and also contain lots of vitamin B6 as well as helping regulate blood sugar.
Shiitake mushrooms are among those mushrooms which are considered 'medicinal', having been proven to prevent cardiovascular disease, including atherosclerosis, by preventing adhesions in the blood vessels (good news for me!); they are also full of B vitamins and bio-available iron (plenty of vegetables boast a high iron content, but it's no good if our bodies can't process it!).
Fresh herbs, particularly corriander are know for their chelating properties and avocados are full of healthy fats as well as just being delicious.
So what are you waiting for? Go forth and make soup!
Monday, 30 September 2013
All of these recipes contain a lot of sugar though, except for the soup which has thickening agents we can't have on GAPS. We have tonnes of rosehips in our new orchard and I can't bear to waste them.
The simple answer is Rosehip tea. It's full of antioxidants including vitamins C & E, beta-carotene and lycopene (trust me, these are all good things). With a 'bright' and 'pleasantly tart' flavour, the tea can be drunk warm or cool and sweetened with a little honey.
Rosehips should be collected after the first frost of the year and then dried (either on a sheet of newspaper for a day or two, or in your dehydrator for 4-5 hours. After that you can pulse them in a food processor and then sieve to remove the hairs (by product of making tea:- itching powder!). In an air tight container you can store them for a few months, in the freezer they will last years.
To brew the tea, simply pour boiling water over the dried mix, allow to steep for 15-20 minutes and drink at your leisure.