skin problems……smoothie with amalaki/amla berry

Still reading to many books about food, what can make you confused but also very clear in things and facts about food.
Now I am really seeing the need of vitamin C intake! it is good for a lot of things, first the making of collagen, repairing the wounds you have. Reducing the chance of some cancers, it’s an antioxidant.
I read also many times about the amla berry or amalaki, of course I heared it first at my school, but I forgot it. here are some nice reasons to take amla berry.
Ok… why I want to use it, because my skin has troubles, I have a lot of red spots, I think my pitta has some problems. I am stressed and loose probably a lot of vitamin c.Wake up in the night at vata/pitta time. It looks like my hair is beginning to get thinner and very dry.I have a dry skin and for some days a dry mouth! (and so on) So I read that amalaki is reducing Pitta and vata. So I wanted to try and experiment by myself.  I bought some amalaki powder, the taste is terrible mixed with only water, so I made today a smoothie with it, of course you can change some ingredients to make another smoothie with this super berry. I keep you up to date if it is helping me…

the ingredients for two glasses of amla berry smoothie
2 bananas
1 cup of rice/coconut milk
1-2 teaspoons of raw cacao powder
2 teaspoons (10 ml) of amla powder
Some dried grated coconut for garnish

kitchentools

a foodprocessor or blender

How to make
Just blend everything togehter till it’s smooth and has no lumps! Put in some nice glasses and sprinkle some grated coconut on top

Enjoy

basil lemon water…….

just a short blog post just too share you this delicious tasting water….

Ingredients for 1 litre of basil/lemon water
1 litre of water
8 basil leaves
1/2 of a lemon sliced

Kitchentools
a bottle made from glass

How to make
Hahah now the big job is going to be to get fresh water, put this in the bottle alltogehter with the fresh basil leaves and lemon. Wait like 10 minutes, so the water will get the taste of basil and lemon. Nice for children and for me, when you want a little taste on the water

darkness……avocado chocolate mousse

Really feeling tired this week, I can feel the weather is changing. It’s getting darker and colder. When I wake up I want to stay in bed, but the day will start…. the children has to get breakfast, Kaya has to go to school and so on. But what I really doing more often now is cooking/baking with the children, nice for the darker days, when you have to be more inside the house. Yesterday we made some nice raw desert, chocolate mousse with avocado. Kaya liked to make it and we liked to taste it….

Ingredients avocado chocolate mousse for 2-4 persons
1-1 1/2 avocado
6 dried dates
2 teaspoons of raw cacoa
1-2 teaspoons of water
1 tablespoon of agave syrup
120 gram of (frozen)fruit, I had a mix with raspberries and blueberries, some fruit for garnish

Kitchentools
a food processor
some nice bowls

How to make…….
Get your child and give him/her a spoon, let them scoop out the green of the avocado. In the meanwhile you can weight the fruits and put them in a bowl. So they can put it into the food processor together with the fruits. Get a spoon and put in the food processor the raw cacao and the water and at last the dried dates and agave syrup.
The food processor is ready to be used, your child love to push the  bottom and love the noise it will give after pushing the button. Mix the ingredients very well till it’s smooth. And voila the mousse is ready put them into the bowls and I put the mousse in the fridge for 30 minutes and when I got it out of the fridge for the dessert, I sprinkled on top some grated dried coconut and some fruit.

Enjoy

circus…….cucumber/mint water

I almost can walk on a rope!! I learned walking on a ball, my youngest son mr. Fox is happy with being a horse and run around through the hall where the workshops are being held. We enjoy ourselves at the circus and I must say I think it’s really good for a child, they play, they learn to work together and learn to keep in balance and so on!
I used to juggle in the summer and diabolo, hoolahoop, it wasn’t perfect at all, but I really enjoyed, it makes me relax, something like meditation.
So I must say everybody must go to the circus learn yourself new things enjoy to play and take some fresh water with you when you are thirsty. And I discovered to make water more then water, just by adding some mint leaves or lemonjuice, cucumber. So here is a example of a really good and fresh tasting water.

Ingredients for 1 litre cucumber/mint water
1 liter of water
2/3 twigs of fresh mintleaves
4 thin slices of cucumber

Kitchentools
a bottle of glass

How to make….
A very short preparing time, get the bottle… fill with the water and put in the cucumber and mint leaves. After maybe 15 minutes the taste of cucumber is into the water. I always take the bottle with me so I really don’t know exactly when the taste is like cucumber, I mean in how many time.
That’s all what you have to do, maybe you can put in some lemon slices and I heard also basil in your water is really great also, but this I have to try first. Just try it yourself I am a big fan of this new tasting water

Enjoy

pumpkin again…..pumpkin and sweet potato couscous

Today I ate something delicious, sweet potato I didn’t ate for along time, so it was time to eat again (because it is so sweet and healthy). So I bought some sweet potato, I had some pumpkin. Also some whole-wheat couscous, walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes and carrot from the garden!
Are you drooling already?
Here is the recipe special for you, the children really liked it also and me also 🙂

Ingredients for pumpkin and sweet potato couscous (4 persons)
800 gram of sweet potato cut in thin slices (3 mm)
1 kilogram of organic orange pumpkin, cut in slices like 5 mm (if it’s organic you don’t have to get off the peel!)ingr coucous pumpkin
200 gram of carrot sliced in pieces of 3 mm
375 millilitre of oatcuisine
pepper to taste
5 teaspoons of curry powder (I used madras)
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil (extra virgin)

240 gram of whole-wheat couscous
5-6 sun-dried tomatoes
handful of fresh mintleaves
1-2 tablespoon of walnut-oil
2 hands of crushed walnuts
Celtic seasalt to taste

Kitchentools
2 baking dishes
plates
a knife
a cutting board
a bowl and little bowl
a whisker
kettle for cooking water

Let the drooling begin….

First we make the oven dish, because this will take 45 minutes (in oven) to be ready. So cut all the ingredients like carrot, pumpkin and sweet potato. Grease the baking dishes with some olive oil. When this is done put in all the sliced vegetables (carrot, pupkin and sweet potato) mix it a little by hand. Time to get a little bowl and poor in the oat cuisine and the curry powder and some pepper to taste, mix well. This mixture you poor over the vegetables and by hand I mixed the vegetables with the sauce!
Put the oven on on 180 degrees Celsius and shove in the baking dishes, lets stand there for 45 minutes (It must be al soft, then it’s delicious and ready)

In the meanwhile prepare the couscous, boil some water in the water kettle. Weight the coucous and put into the bowl.
Cut the sun-dried tomatoes in tiny pieces. When the water is boiling you poor the boiled water on top of the couscous, I don’t know how much water I used, but let say the couscous must be under the water and the water must be like 3 centimetres higher as the couscous. Set aside, get ready to crunch the walnuts and cut the mint-leaves. When the couscous is cooled down poor in the walnut oil, salt, mint-leaves and walnuts.

By now the oven dish must be ready also. Get the plates and make an real painting of the plate with the nice smelling vegetables and great looking couscous. Enjoy this meal and you can always change the vegetables, maybe more carrots then pumpkin or almonds instead of walnuts. Be creative

end couscous pumpkin

Enjoy