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IMG_3895 red lentils & butternut curry

This simple recipe is an adaptation from an already quick and easy one, but  the way I cooked it, it is even more super fast and super easy, yet delicious – real comfort food for a cold winter’s day. I was late starting to cook, and I was tired, but it took me no more than 30 minutes to rustle this curry up. It really lifted my spirits when I tucked in. Ingredients: 1 butternut, cut into bite-sized cubes (save the seeds & roast over low heat or in the oven with a little […] Continue reading →

IMG_3890 Aubergines & Pomegranates

I found this delicious Persian inspired recipe in an old magazine and adapted it somewhat. It is easy and quick to rustle up and a great change when brinjals are in season and one has run out of ideas of what to do with them. When I first made the recipe, I did not have enough brinjals, so I just baked some butternut wheels and dressed them with the same sauce and toppings. The result was just as tasty. So play around and use different vegetables. Any left over sauce can be used as salad […] Continue reading →

Nutty millet breakfast cookies I was recently visiting a friend who has a pretty cookbook called Wholegrain Mornings. Not being much of a breakfast eater I didn’t think there’d be much for me in the book until I tasted the breakfast cookies my friend had just made. A wonderful invention… a dessert item healthy enough to eat for breakfast, I was sold! I photographed the recipe in the book but because it’s a blurry picture and I’m awful at sticking to recipes, which is not […] Continue reading →

melondrink

I recently made this wonderfully refreshing drink as a pre-dinner drink on one of the first warm spring evenings of the season. We sat outside and enjoyed the balmy air, even my little ‘almost’ five year old guest Lexi loved it. If you like this drink with a little alcoholic pizzazz, just add a tot of ice cold vodka. Ingredients: 1/4 of a large watermelon, cooled in the fridge for at least 2 hours juice of one lemon grated ginger to taste 1/2 cup of ice cubes optional: a tot of […] Continue reading →

Everyone can learn to be happy – here are the steps you need to take, according to an article on mercola.com. Try them and experience the difference: Make happiness your goal The first step toward greater happiness is to choose it. You need to believe that happiness is possible, and that you deserve it. (Hint: You do. Everyone does!) Research shows that the mere intention to become happier actually makes a big difference.12 Identify what makes you happy If it’s been awhile since […] Continue reading →

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… not that we did not always know it, but it is good to see backed by research! Posted by: Dena Schmidt, staff writer in Exercise News November 28, 2016 7 Comments   109 (NaturalHealth365) Everyone is aware of the benefits of exercise including cardiovascular health, improved physical fitness and emotional well-being.  But, did you know – with the rising concerns about dementia – regular exercise can improve your memory? That’s right!  Just 15 minutes of exercise per day has […] Continue reading →

seed-crackers

These crackers are dead easy to prepare without any equipment and are a great stand-by for those snack attacks. They are delicious on their own, but also go with dips, humus, vegan cheeses,  as an accompaniment to soups or salads, cheeses and even with sweet toppings. They are nutrient dense, providing ample essential fatty acids and are very satisfying – so much better and healthier than plain old potato crisps. Ingredients 200 g sunflower seeds 60 g flax seeds (coarsely crushed in […] Continue reading →

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Recently I received a double delivery of organic beet root in my organic vegetable box by mistake. So I looked for a recipe in which I could use a lot of beet root. I found this one for a beet root soup, which I adapted into a simpler, more healthy version, and the result was delicious – just right for a cold Johannesburg mid-winter day, when – for once – the sun did not come out, making us feel rather uncomfortable. Ingredients: 2 onions 5 medium to large beet root a […] Continue reading →