Tag Archives: herbs

soothing ginger tea

19 Oct

7178625061_796d8d7f0fAs the temperature changes, look to ginger tea for some warming comfort, and calm.

Ginger is famous for its various beneficial properties which include relieving nausea, dizziness, mucus, flu symptoms, menstrual cramps, migraines, and even helps cure athletes foot when used as a foot soak. Ginger helps calm stress, uplifts mood, and stimulates digestion. What could be better?

Here is an easy way to incorporate ginger into your day. Boil up a quick and soothing ginger tea! All you need is ginger + water, and to make it even more delicious, add a squeeze of lemon and a touch of honey.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2-1 inch of ginger root, sliced thinly (you can keep the skin on)
  • 2-3 cups of water (depending on how strong you like it)
  • honey, as much you like
  • lemon, as much as you like

Directions:

Place sliced ginger into a pot, add water then bring to a boil. Let gently boil for 5-10 minutes. Add honey and lemon, then pour tea into your mugs. You can re-boil the ginger slices for 2-3 more batches of tea.

Photo courtesy of RobotSkirts

homage to herbs

18 Jun

1224527043_e132d2f026Herbs are a delicious and nutritious way to add flavor to lots of dishes. They taste magical in various outlets; omelets, spritzers, on all sorts of meats, seafood, tofu, in ice cream, vegetables, pasta sauce, salad dressings, marinades and rubs, and in creative desserts.

As wonderful as they are as accompaniments to many dishes, have you considered using them to make an herb salad, containing only herbs?  Yes, it can be done, and the results will leave your taste buds as happy as ever!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of the following herbs: parsley, basil, chives, taragon, dill
  • 1/4 cup white wine or cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Wash all herbs in cold water and pat dry. Tear off the leaves and combine in a large bowl. Cut chives into 1/2 inch pieces and add to the rest of the herbs. To make the vinaigrette, mix the mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper together, then slowly whisk in the olive oil until the mixture gets thick. Toss the salad with enough dressing to lightly coat each leaf. It is also fun, and pretty to add edible flowers (like nasturtiums) as a garnish, or serve as is.

Herbs not only taste great, but are also packed with important nutrients. We used the following herbs in our salad:

  • Parsley: Derives its name from the greek word for “rock celery,” parsley is packed with vitamins B, A, C, K, E, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium.
  • Basil: Prized in many cultures as the “holy herb,” basil is a great source of vitamins A + C, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium.
  • Chives: Containing the most vitamin A of all of their allium family members, chives are rich in vitamins K, C, B and minerals such as copper, iron, manganese, zinc and calcium.
  • Tarragon: Used to treat toothaches in Ancient Greece, tarragon is full of vitamins A, B, C, potassium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.
  • Dill: Native to Southern Russia, this fernlike herb is a great source of calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin A.
Photo courtesy of Denise Defreyne

Painting eggs to celebrate the rebirth of Spring

5 Apr

With earlier sunrises and later sunsets, our days are longer and filled with light. Spring is a time to refresh, de-clutter, reboot, clean up, go out, overcome, achieve, strengthen, grow, bloom and inspire.

For longer lasting easter eggs try this method out:

 

1. Place your egg over a bowl and use a pin to poke a hole on opposite ends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Blow through the hole and watch the egg drain into your bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Now it’s time to paint with bright spring colors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use your leftover eggs to make a scramble or an omelette and add some fresh herbs to spruce up the start to your spring season!

Herbs: the secret ingredient

13 Jan

3herb-roasted-potatoes-kfcOne of our favorite ingredients are colorful and delicious herbs.

From cilantro in our pico de gallo to basil in our penne bolognese, and thyme in our meatballs (and in too many other dishes to list!), we can always count on herbs to add extra flavor to our school lunches.

Here is one of our favorite winter recipes, and a perfect side dish! This is a great one to try with kids of any age. Having your children measure out the herbs is a practical way to learn basic math skills, and chopping them up helps teach them knife skills (we love OXO and Zyliss lettuce knives). Also, all of the herbs in this recipe add a soothing aroma to your kitchen space, sure to get your taste buds watering!

Ingredients:

  • 6 large potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F. Over medium heat add olive oil to pan. Place cubed potatoes into a large skillet, add the remaining ingredients. Toss together so that potatoes are evenly coated. Cook for about 30 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown. Garnish with even more chopped fresh herbs.

Photo courtesy of karma free cooking