Farm to Table Dinner Event

End of Summer is on the horizon.  We try to celebrate the season in every way possible before the cold and snow hits the streets.

Campo Di Bella farm and winery hosted a wonderful vegetarian dinner event last night. We had the joy of attending it.  

What a fantastic way to support local farming community and artisans. 

29 guests, 7 courses, and a lot of joy…


Every course was light refreshing and made us taste the summer sunshine!


Zucchini tart or art?? 😍  

Get out there and celebrate the summer!!!

Beat the Flue Naturally

Don’t be skeptical, if I can do it you can do it. So three days ago I woke up at 4:30am sweating, throat, and ears all throbbing, body aching like I ran a marathon. Knew I was in trouble.. had to decide if I was going to medicate or give my body a chance to fight naturally. Decided to give my body a chance.

Here is the regimen that naturally got me to a fully functional state by day 3:

Day 1:
Hydrate – lukewarm herbal teas that soothe the throat. I drank one cup to two every hour. Add lemon slices and spoons of good organic honey. What type of teas you say… ok mint, ginger, camomile, green and mixed teas. I happen to have a big stash of Kusmi teas and kept brewing and drinking. Stay away from the dark, hard, and dehydrating teas.
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Add humidity to the room you are in. I dislike humidifiers most are traps for bacteria and mold. Boiling a pot of water is just fine. Keeps your nasal passages soothed instead of the dry crackling air.

Every hour I did a 5 minute vapor session; throw a towel over your head and breathe in the vapors from boiling water. Adding a drop of organic mint oil is refreshing while relieving your nose and throat. Another amazing oil I used is oregano oil. Yes the vapor regimen will make your nose drip, it’s ok just wipe it. Put 3 drops in water and drink – not for the faint hearted this is strong stuff — but when you are fighting with flue you can surprise yourself with what you can drink.
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Light exercise is good; walk around in your home every couple hours to circulate blood.

Take a power nap – your body heals itself when you sleep. Had one coffee to fight the headache, worked temporarily but not enough.

Ate apples, carrots, salad greens, lentil soup spiked with garlic and paprika. Yes garlic is magical for colds and flue.

Day 2:
Ok started the morning badly; as I could not sleep well from the splitting headache. This is where I cheated with using a homeopathic sinus pressure and headache relieving dissolving tablets – evidence in exhibit A:
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Then I continued to do Day 1 regimen. Added some protein like yogurt, and a robust green smoothie with a strong shot of ginger – zing!!!! Think that alone killed about a whole colony of viruses immediately.

Changed sheets and PJs… call me crazy but esp when sick anything that can keep germs around longer goes… You are wondering about the toothbrush right??? Yes, I keep it under boiling water to disinfect so I don’t keep putting the same viruses in my mouth.

Took two power naps. Ate dark organic chocolate – yes I went through a whole bar in 2 days. Neti pot you say??? If I had one handy I would have used it… it is great for cleansing the sinuses and helping you breathe again. In fact I am buying one this weekend just to have it handy.

Notice in two days I did not eat breads, rice, carbs even though I love them – but somehow my body was telling me to stay away. Another thing to note is I stayed home for two days – did not leave even once. Totally tried to relax and give my body the stress free experience of just taking care of itself. Yes, this means you don’t work or you work little and mostly rest. Work never ends but your health does.

Day 3:
Had to take the homeopathic for headache in the morning again. Strong green smoothie with ginger again. Same tea regimen to keep hydration going all day. Was a normal day, went out, worked, went to grocery store etc.

Our minds and bodies are very powerful. They can heal us with little help from us. Our mindset is also a factor: I kept thinking feeling great despite moments of agony, stuffy nose to degree of only breathing from mouth, cold sweating and joint aches that kept on going.

Result: almost healed, slight nasal drip and sinus pressure but body, ear, throat completely healed. I expect to feel even better tomorrow.

A friend asked me ‘why put yourself through this just take a flue medicine or the flue shot. This is crazy.’ Well I said my body needs to naturally fight diseases to stay strong. I have never had a flue shot and rarely get this sick in any given winter. I believe in the Swedish healthcare motto – let the body rest and heal instead of immediately medicating everything and overusing antibiotics etc. Now remember, we are only talking about flue. I am not suggesting cure any ailment without medicine — that is a whole other story for another time.

Live well, Eat well, Be well !!

Hazelnut Cigars

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Don’t you believe with this simple ingredients you could make very impressive cookies? Very nice recipe you don’t need a lot of confusing ingredients it’s simple but very tasty and I believe the most of the delicious and impressive things are simple.

It’s your turn to try and see how this simple recipe could turn to a very impressive taste when melting in your mouth.

175 gr. unsalted butter

100 ml. sugar

200 ml. finely grounded hazelnuts

300 ml. flour

2 tbs milk

For top

50 gr. chocolate semi sweet or bitter

Preheat oven 175 c

Mix sugar and butter

Add hazelnuts, flour and milk

Roll it to a finger thick long stick

Cut all of them 5 cm long

Put them on parchment papered pans

Bake them 10 min.

Take them from oven and let them cool completely

Melt the chocolate baine-marie style

Dip one side of them to chocolate

Put them on a rack to cool completely until the chocolate is set

I like more chocolate so I dipped both sides in chocolate but normally to make cigars should be one side dipped or if you don’t like chocolate then don’t dip them so do as you like.

Always use your creativity as much as possible then enjoy it!

Profiterol from scratch!

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As like me do you think it’s very hard or impossible to make this delicious filled puffs called profiterol because at Istanbul at Inci Profiterol I ate many times this delicious profiterols and every time I ate them I think they are the best profiterols around the world! but when I ask myself how can I make them or at least is it possible to make them at home? The answer was Oh impossible!

Until I tried to make them from scratch very surprisingly  they were very easy to make and this one is guaranteed recipe. When I was serving this to my family and friends always asking me where I bought them but the truth is I made them at home! even still I can’t believe that I can make them at home from scratch.

So here it’s the recipe for you to try and see!

For Puffs

1 cup water

1/2 cup butter

1/4 tsp salt

1 -1/4 cups flour

4 large eggs at room temperature

For Filling

1- 1/2 cups heavy cream or whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix

For Chocolate

1/2 cup sugar

2 tbs flour

1 tbs full cocoa powder

1 cup milk

Chocolate

Put all ingredients in pan stir occasionally, boil (3-5 min.)until it gets thick.

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Stir all ingredients together until you have thick filling.

Let it set 1 hour in refrigerator or you can prepare it one night before.

The Puffs

preheat oven 200 degrees.

Combine water, butter and salt in medium pan heat until butter melted.

Bring to rolling boil.

Add flour all at once stirring vigorously until smothes out and flows the spoon around pan. (this should take less than 30 seconds)

Remove it from heat cool it 5-10 min. it should be lukewarm.

With mixer beat the eggs one at a time in lukewarm mixture after adding the last egg continue beating 1 minute more.

Take 1 teaspoon full of the dough and drop it on parchment papered pans leave 1 inch between the puffs.

bake them 20 min. when they turn medium golden brown.

Remove them and cut a slit into the sides of puffs.

Return them to oven cook them 5 min. more.

Remove them and let them cool on a rack.

Gently open each puff alone natural fault line.

Fill bottom with 2 teaspoons of filling and replace with the top half.

Put all filled puffs on serving plate pour the chocolate on top put it in refrigerator.

Enjoy with loved ones !

I think it will be your one of the best loved recipe!

Lovers of dark chocolate and coffee here please

I love dark chocolate and coffee. When I’m buying something I always try to choose organic or fair trade, recyclable packaging, products using of good energy. I don’t like to eat GMO or while eating something dirt the planet, harm native people trade or organic growth so because of that and first of all it’s the healthy normal way to shop. I like to choose foods or anything else with this specialty; I still don’t understand why people choose to grow produce that is harmful, bad and chemical anyway. Let’s talk delicous things yes I discovered another delicacy from Oliv & Te Delikatesser it’s dark chocolate with roasted colombian cofee bits and it’s commited to farmers and also it is Kosher. Eat organic, pay for good, stay safe & healthy. Until next share of delicousy.Image

{mini} Peanut Butter Cup Temptations

Wanted share this great recipe I tried with a close friend. It is the easiest two bite desert to make. We followed the exact recipe and turned out perfect.

Here is the recipe to the Peanut Butter Temptation cookies:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/peanut-butter-temptations-ii/

Tip 1: don’t spread the dough, leave it in little balls and put it in the oven
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Tip 2: prep the mini peanut butter cups (I prefer dark chocolate) ahead of time so you can quickly press them into the centers
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Tip 3: wait to cool before removing from the pan
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Tempted? Go ahead and make a batch for yourself, friends, family…Eat well !!

Who Likes Chocolate?

Here you go finally as I promised I’m sharing another organic delicious taste from the Oliv & Te Delikatesser shop in Sweden.

If you have never tried organic chocolate you must; it’s really different from regular chocolate it is very pure and healthy in texture. I love dark chocolate it’s rich with antioxidants and this one had unique combination with ginger & lime which I like it so when I took this picture the box was empty — I ate all of it !! It has a gentle heat of ginger during this cold winter days. So I taste every corner of this single square and now I can recommend to you as well 🙂 I feel little guilty for not taking the picture before eating it all, please forgive me.

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