Tomorrow is Easter and ARE YOU READY?! What have you got planned? A lot of dinners? Chocolate egg hunts? Sleeping in? Well whatever it is you’ll be getting into this weekend, enjoy yourself and be safe.
Best ever cheese ball
I’m not sure how many of you are getting your Christmas on by planning early, but I am one of those types that gets things going sooner than later so I don’t have to deal with ANYTHING in December. This recipe for a cheese ball is easy and delicious. It’s a sweet cheese spread and, in my opinion, pairs well with a buttery cracker like Ritz.
It seems that all over the world folks are suffering from the extreme cold. I’m always looking for new recipes and I found this one. Cold weather hotpot. I’m going to give it a try, and I will report back when I do so…
As spring draws near, it seems as though our tastes all migrate towards the light and pretty. Don’t we all want to try and hurry mother earth along just a tiny bit with our lipstick, clothing, or food choices? I know that as soon as March hits, my kitchen becomes less of a soup-factory, and more often than not, cupcakes, pies and cookies line the counters.
I’d love to share one of my favorite spring treats, cardamom cupcakes with rosewater frosting. Cardamom and Rosewater are a flavour match made in heaven, and cupcakes are the perfect catalyst for such a combo.
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After a solid few weeks of holiday-induced bad habits, I’ve started to feel pretty sluggish and lazy. So sluggish and lazy, that after a long day of work, I just can’t be bothered to do anything more than eat my roommate’s leftover perogies and my go-to snack of smoked oysters and sour cream on Triscuits.
Whenever I feel myself getting into this funk, I know it’s time to turn to my beloved Braun MP80 Juicer.
I inherited this juicer when my parents made the upgrade what I believe is the Holy Grail of juice-extracting machines, THE BREVILLE.
These days, living such fast-paced lives as we do, it can be difficult to get the necessary nutrients from our foods. Nutrients that are important for whole body, as well as hair and skin health. For those of you who aren’t super-fans of those dark leafy greens (rich in iron, zinc, and essential B vitamins) adding a few leaves of kale, a handful of spinach or a few florets of brocoli to a beet/apple/carrot juice is a great way to get your servings of veggies while limiting the ‘yuck factor’.
I picked up a copy of this great book, Juicing For Life, courtesy once more of my brilliant mama, who is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to all things health and wellness.
This book, (which I understand now has a much more chic, updated cover) has pages upon pages of information on how juicing can benefit those with disorders or ailments ranging from Varicose Veins to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Eczema.
I find that within a few days of steady juicing (and easing up on the cheese burgers) there is a noticeable improvement in my skin and hair, as well as my energy levels. Here’s a few of my favorite juices, for you to try at home!
Cherry Lime Fizz
This one is less of a juice, and more of a great, sugar-free alternate to soda. I added the cherries to give it a bit of colour, but feel free to use any fruits you have lying around. Peaches, grapes, lemons, pears, and melons all taste great.
Juice the following, pour it over ice, and top off with sparkling water.
1 lime (depending on your juicer, you may want to cut off most of the peel)
5-10 cherries, pitted
Beauty Spa Express
This is a great mid-day juice, full of B vitamins. The carrot and apple really steal the show.
one handful of spinach
one handful of parsley
1/2 -1 apple, seeded.
Fresh Complexion Express
A great morning juice! Pineapples aren’t exactly in season, but they are a great source of Vitamin C.
2 slices fresh pineapple (with skin)
1/2-1 apple, seeded
Don’t be afraid to add more ginger to this one!
1/4 inch slice ginger root
1/2 apple, seeded
1 small beet
Any of these recipes can be used as a rough guideline, don’t be afraid to experiment! As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, ‘All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.’ Try adding half a lemon and an apple to a particularly heavy vegetable juice, or a beet to lend some depth to a light, fruity juice.
Leave any juice suggestions, or questions you have below, and be sure to stay tuned this week for more posts from the Freshair team!
In case some of you may not know already, I LOVE anything made from scratch. Whether it be a gift, household item, craft, but I’ve always had a soft spot for cooking growing up. I want to share a quick recipe for a warm winter cocktail (seeing as how we’ve just had yet another lovely snowfall here in Winnipeg). A homemade apple cider, with either Bourbon or Pimms #1.
Here’s what you’ll need…
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange (the peal of)
A couple of cloves
1/2 cup of brown sugar (or substitute honey)
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
Either Bourbon or Pimms #1 to add after, whichever is your favorite 😉
Cheesecloth, string, large pot, potato masher, large “serving” spoon, mesh strainer, extra pot or jug with lid.
Cut the apples into quarters and toss them into the pot. You’ll want to add enough water to the pot to just cover the apples. Tie the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and peel of one orange in cheesecloth with a string and toss that in the pot as well. You can now add the brown sugar and nutmeg and let the pot come to a boil over medium heat for one hour, then simmer for an extra two hours. Make sure you stir it every once in a while just to make sure nothing is sticking to the pot.
Once the mixture is done simmering for 2 hours, take it off the heat, remove the cheesecloth and mash whatever you can with the potato masher. Then you can strain the mixture into another pot or jug (with a lid) to keep the juice.
Your apple cider is now done! To enjoy the warm winter cocktail, just take two cups, heat on the stove and add one shot of either Bourbon or Pimms #1. Enjoy!