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

Mint (mentha)

Mint nice for tea, mojito, strong taste and easy to grow. But be aware they take all over the garden if you put them straight in the garden. Maybe you like mint so much just do it..I like also other plants, so in my garden the mint is separated in a big planter

when to put in the garden?
I just bought a plant (you have many kinds of mint, so you can choose the one you like the most and which taste you like) from the garden centre, and put them in a separate planter.
I did this in the spring, but  later or earlier is also ok, but not in the winter when there is frost on the ground ( they survive the winter if you have mint in the garden already but not if you plant them in winter). You can make in the spring and autumn cuttings, just cut a plant to the ground and you put the stem into the ground (very easy). Just wait give a lot of water (keep it wet in the beginning so they can make roots) and it will become a plant how easy this is 🙂 it’s like weed, it will overgrow everything, difficult to get rid of, but easy to take care of!!

ready to use?
You can use the mint when they got leaves, when you cut them low by the ground they will grow on and on! If you let them grow bigger, you have got more leaves just a simple as that.
Mint you can use for tea, for dinners like couscous and experiment with this herb!

vitamins and minerals
vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B6, E, C, B11
minerals: sink, copper, iron, manganese, potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphor, magnesium*

TCM=traditional Chinese Medicine
Mint is considered to have pungent, aromatic and cool properties. It is associated with the Lung and Liver meridians, and is used to expel wind heat, clear the head and eyes, clear up rashes, and remove liver qi stagnation Taken orally, mint is used to treat diarrhea and painful menstruation, promote perspiration and dissipate body heat. It is also taken as a means of stimulating the nervous system**
And it’s nice to know its called Bo He in Chinese ( I like to know)!

*fooddata.nl
**http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/herbcentral/mint.php

Ameland…and the love for tea, (ginger-mint tea with a touch of lavender)

Just back from a great holiday, I went with my boyfriend and kids to one of the Dutch island called Ameland!
I never been to one of the islands before so I was very curious how the people live there and how the weather and nature is. And wow what a great island, so many beautiful nature, the weather was sunny and warm, we cycled a lot through the little hills, went to the beaches,the lighthouse, saw jelly fish, many rabbits and eatable fruits like hip, buckhorn, blackberries (unfortunately we weren’t by car otherwise I wanted to pick the fruits and try to make jam without sugar).
The time there was very relaxing, I really needed this, sometimes you really need the rest, just walking and cycling. So really I can recommend this island.
What also relaxes me is tea and I love tea ( I almost drink it all day), nowadays I am buying tea from Simon Levelt, and they have really nice tea. And they have a lot of organic tea and they say they take care of the working-class and nature (so great job Simon!!)
But looking at my garden and in the kitchen I saw some really ingredients to make some nice tea on my own. So here you get the recipe

Ginger-mint tea with a pinch of lavender (4 cups/ 1 litre)

2 twigs of mint leaves
1/4 of thin sliced lemon
4 thin sliced ginger
5 dried twigs with only the lavender-flowers
water for 4 cups/ 1 litre

kitchentools
Just a kettle
teapot with boulter

Now just make the tea
It’s so easy just get all the ingredients together, cook the water you need for 4 persons, in the meanwhile slice the lemon and ginger, wash the mint and put them all in the teapot together with the lavender. I have a boulter in my teapot so I putted the lavender separated from the other ingredients so I don’t have little pieces in my tea, I don’t like pieces in my tea!
Anyway the water is boiled? Just poor the water in the teapot and let stand for 5 minutes. Now it’s ready for drinking. You need more sweetness? Just put some date syrup in the tea or agave syrup

Enjoy the tea.
I love tea you too?