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Plantes d'Éden

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Blend me now

Posted on 1 January, 2017 at 19:50 Comments comments (3)

Kale, carrots,  apple, H20
Now blend me.
I love my Nutri Ninja for this. It extracts nothing and keeps all the goodness in.
Aaaaah..I feel every cell of my body receiving their nutrition. This year let's have one of these at least once a day

Vegan eggless Tortillas

Posted on 1 January, 2017 at 19:20 Comments comments (0)


A new year and a new meal! I intend to spend less time cooking and more time meditating so see below this meal ready in 20 mins:

Dice garlic, chop an onion:


Peppers and herbs as desired:


Add dry spices to taste eg cumin, curry powder, salt, pepper


Add part boiled potatoes, bean, chickpeas, lentil or whatever you like. Fry for a few mins.


Plate on eggless tortillas. They are expensive or difficult to source so I make my own with gluten free flour, water, pinch of salt and baking powder. Sometimes I mix a quarter quinuoa flour with some ethiopian Teff flour as another gluten free alternative and it is more pliable than regular gluten free flour as it may resemble the ethiopian Ingera sour bread.

Roll....

Et voila, bon appetite!



Being vegan

Posted on 8 April, 2016 at 5:10 Comments comments (1)

It took shear will power for me to attempt being vegan. I had loved the idea of being vegan for years but had no will power whatsoever so though I was vegan in spirit, I crumbled at the site of a rack of lamb. But in my 30's and even late 20s I had started to aquire a spare tire around my mid line. So I decided to give vegan-ism a go.
This is my grocery shopping list for a week eating vegan food (of course the kids and hubby have no interest whatsoever in this lifestyle choice:-))
Lentils -red, split, chickpeas, aubergines (lots), courgettes, vegan cheese, mangoes, apples, banana, sweet potatoes, lettuce, water bottles, celery, onions, tomatoes-fresh, tomatoes-tin, kale, frozen berries, avocado (loads!), raisins, plantain chips (to snack on).
Now I made this yummy vegan mousakka:

Chop onions, carrots, celery and garlic and stir fry in a LITTLE oil.


Add 1-2 cans of chopped tomatoes and lentils. season to taste.This will be your red sauce.


Cut 2 large aubergines in slices, fry for 90 seconds each side and towel dry. Fry some sweet potatoes (slices), mushrooms and courgette slices in oil. 
Layer as you would lasagne and top with vegan cheese. 

Cook in oven till it starts to look scumptious. The kids and hubby gobbled it up withoiut questioning "where's the meat, mummy?"
The final result:


Oils, oils and more oils

Posted on 23 August, 2015 at 10:45 Comments comments (1)

There are so many types of oils, all with different effects. Not all oils are the same. For example some are heavy, some are lighter.

Hair

Oil-based sealant: Soybean oil, grapeseed oil, castor oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil

 Light sealant: Jojoba oil, grapeseed oil

Heavy sealant: Olive oil, shea butter (melted) mixed with any oil

Dry scalp: Jojoba oil, grapeseed oil

Moisturizing or softening oil: Grapeseed oil, safflower oil, castor oil, argan oil

Some are great for skin, some for hair and both. Oils that penetrate the hair shaft are coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil hence are good for keeping dry hair soft and moisturised. They can be left in if you have dry, frizzy hair especially curlier and kinky hair types. For all other hair types it can be used as hair treatments, leaving it for 30 mins to 1 hour and then rinsed off for silky hair.


Skin

Avocado: A lush, rich oil, and one of the most moisturizing; especially perfect for older skin.

Almond: A high protein oil that is lubricating and particularly good for dry skin.

Apricot kernel: Rich, lubricating, soothing and emollient. Great for lip balm.

Cocoa Butter: Water repellent, protective, helpful for dry skin, with some sun blocking qualities.

Grapeseed Oil: One of the least greasy oils that is ideal for protective creams, such as sun screens and blocks, for those with oily skin

Sesame: This oil has natural sunscreen qualities, it is rich and anti-inflammatory.

Jojoba: Technically a liquid wax which will never go rancid, jojoba is a good lubricant for most skin types.

Olive Oil: Olive oil is a slow dryer, and won’t go rancid for a long time. Olive oil is better for younger skin.

Shea Butter: Used frequently in moisturizers as a natural sunscreen, it is also a great emollient and moisturizer. Ideal for older skin.

Wheat Germ Oil: A very nutritious oil rich in vitamin E. The vitamin E provides preservative properties


Our handmade natural Multiseed oil has 16 oils, and the Wild rose oil has 10 oils and rosemary, and sage essential oils. They contain oils such as organic virgin kukui oil. Kukui is something like a super oil.  Kukui nut oil is beneficial to the skin, soothing and softening it without leaving a greasy film. It has been used to treat wounds and burns, and some people feel it is beneficial for the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. The oil is an excellent choice for massage, and offers glide without excess slip. When added to soap formulations, kukui nut oil increases the creaminess of lather and enhances its conditioning abilities.

Other popular uses of kukui nut oil:

Hair and scalp conditioner; bath oil

Relief for sunburned skin; may have slight sunscreen capabilities

Some hospitals and cancer centers in Hawaii are using kukui nut oil to help relieve the pain of burns caused by radiation therapy

Beneficial for dry skin and skin affected by acne

Has been used for stretch marks and cellulite reduction

A healthier you

Posted on 8 August, 2015 at 15:35 Comments comments (0)

 

I am convinced that lifestyle choices that we make today will impact on us tomorrow...what we eat, drink, what we put on our body, how we handle stress, exercise, etc, etc. It seems all common sense right? But its sooooo hard to do! We all have good intentions and sometimes we're 'good' for a little while, but then life takes over, and then we're suddenly not eating 5 a day or a whole week has gone by and you haven’t done a single bit of focused exercise.

My brother told me that his new year's resolution this year was to rest more. Just rest, i.e. be in the bedroom with nooooo distractions, no TV, no nothing. Just silence, maybe a book, and maybe some lavender. I didn’t make a new year's resolution this year (because I was so busy!!!!) but perhaps I will like to be more conscious of my health and well being, and I will like to make better choices. E.g. say you go to get groceries, and you intended to get some carrots and broccoli, but having walked down through the cakes isle you end up yes with your carrots and broccoli, but also some gaddamn chocolates, cakes, fizzy drinks and other pastries. It's a battle indeed!

Hey I'd love to hear from y'all. What healthy lifestyle changes are you making, what bad habits have you successfully given up?

 


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