Saturday, February 28, 2009
I went to the farmers' market yesterday and was surprised to already find some fresh lilac branches. I didn't want to miss the opportunity to make my scented oil, especially since lilac season (at least if you don't grow your own) is short.
When making scented oil, you want to choose an unscented or lightly scented carrier oil that won't mask the scent of the flowers. I tightly packed my flowers in a glass jar and covered them with a blend of sunflower oil, sweet almond oil and extra virgin olive oil.
I will leave the jar in a sunny spot for 6 weeks (at least) and hopefully I'll be blessed with a wonderfully scented oil ;).
I'd like to try this experiment with tuberose flowers too (my florist carries them on a regular basis), they have a strong and somewhat sweet scent and I know that they are used in the perfume industry.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The book chosen for this giveaway is "Herbal Tea Remedies" by Jessica Houdret (I happen to have 2 copies of this book).
The winner will be notified by email on April 30th.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
- Fruits in sugar or syrup: 1 year
- Fruits without added sugar, stewed fruits/compotes & butters: 6 months
- Homemade ice cream: 3 months
- Commercial ice cream: 1 year
- Milk and dairy products: 3 months
- Vegetables: nearly 1 year, except for onions: 3 months
- Bread: 1 or 2 months
- Fresh aromatic herbs: 3 months
- White fish: 6 months
- Fatty fish: 3 months
- Shellfish: 3 months
- Raw meat: 3 to 9 months, depending on thickness
- Cooked meat: 2 to 3 months
- Rabbit, fowl and game: 6 months
- Chicken: 9 months
- Giblets, ground meat and sausages: 1 or 2 months
Monday, February 23, 2009
For 1 serving:
- 1/2 cup tangerine or orange juice / 125 ml de jus de clémentine ou d'orange
- 1/2 banana sliced / 1/2 banane coupée en tranches
- A few pieces of frozen mango / Quelques morceaux de mangue surgelée
- A few pieces of frozen pineapple / Quelques morceaux d'ananas surgelée
Variations: you can substitute the juice with (light) coconut milk or coconut water.
Verser le jus dans le mixer, puis ajouter la banane et les fruits surgelés. Mixer jusqu'à liquefaction puis déguster ;).
Pour varier un peu: on peut remplacer le jus par du lait de coco dilué ou du jus de coco.
Friday, February 20, 2009
I think I started it too early, plus we've had many sudden weather changes and temperature fluctuations...It was just too much for the poor plant to handle!
Maybe I'll try again in a few months from now...
I retrieved 2 decent size potatoes from the container but since the plant didn't reach its flowering stage, I will have to discard them. I can tell from the skin's coloration that they're not fully mature anyway.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
For 1 serving, you'll need:
- 1 apple, peeled and diced
- 1 or 2 tbsp of unsalted raw crunchy almond butter (but I don't really measure)
- About 1 tsp of shredded coconut
- Some raisins
- Dark chocolate chips or raw cacao nibs (I omit these at night because of the caffeine)
Simple, fast and tasty...Enjoy ;)!
Monday, February 09, 2009
This Skin Elixir is a blend of 4 oils, each one representing a season: organic sunflower oil for the Spring (we have fields of fragrant wild sunflowers blooming here during this season), plum kernel oil for the Summer (this one is naturally fragrant), organic sweet almond oil for the Fall and shea nut oil for the Winter (this oil does wonders for dry skin and harsh weather conditions) + a little vitamin E.
Hope you'll enjoy this oil as much as I do ;).
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
My French Romance tea is a blend of organic black tea, organic vanilla rooibos, pesticide-free rose petals and organic orange peel.
J'aime bien commencer la journée en buvant un verre de ce delicieux soothie qui est très nourissant. Il est naturellement sucré donc nul besoin d'ajouter quoique ce soit.
For 1 serving:
- 1/2 cup apple-carrot juice (preferably freshly pressed) / 125 ml de jus pomme-carotte (préférablement fraîchement pressé)
- 1 banana (just ripe) / 1 banane (tout juste mûre)
- 3 baby beet leaves / 3 feuilles de jeunes betteraves
Pour the juice at the bottom of the blender. Slice the banana and the beet greens, then put then in the blender. Blend the mixture until smooth or to your liking and...Enjoy ;).
Verser le jus au fond du blender. Couper la banane en rondelles et les feuilles de betteraves en lanières, puis les mettre dans le blender. Mixer jusqu'a obtention d'une texture liquide ou de votre goût puis...Deguster ;).
Monday, February 02, 2009
The recipes are fairly simple and with few ingredients. To my surprise very few of them contain xanthan gum (which I don't use) or potato/cornstarch (which I try to avoid). The author even suggests using sweet rice flour instead of cornstarch for people who are allergic to corn.
This book contains recipes for yeast breads, quick breads, cakes, cookies, pies and even flour mixes. I just tried the crepe recipe, it was wonderful. These were the best crepes I've had in years, light and airy...Highly recommended!
I also would like to mention "The Birkett Mills Buckwheat Cookbook". Recipes use buckwheat and kasha/toasted buckwheat in their various forms: flour, groats...etc. Not all the recipes are gluten free but I think they can be adapted to a gluten free diet. This booklet contains recipes for appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, side dishes, breads and desserts.
The buckwheat sugar cookies were a hit! I used a blend of buckwheat and kasha flours (though the recipe only mentioned buckwheat flour). The cookies came out very light and tasty (though a little bit sweet for my own taste). I got inspired by this recipe to bake my own GF Lebkuchen next Christmas!
These 2 cookbooks are fairly inexpensive and can be found on Bob's Red Mill website.
Celtic, Faery & Pagan Links
- Celtic Herbs
- Faery Faith Tradition
- Hallow Quest
- Land, See & Sky
- Linda's Fairy Faith Page
- Northern Tradition Shamanism
- RJ Stewart Books
- Sacred Water
- Society of Celtic Shamans
- Spirit of Old (UK)
- The Blessed Thistle
- The Fairy Faith (french & english)
- The Hazel Nut (Back Issues)
- The Preserving Shrine
- World of Froud