Author: Elle

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Antioxidants vs Free Radicals

The science is clear: plant-based foods are good for you — the dietary superstars. But what’s all this talk about antioxidants? I think we have all heard claims on how important they are for maintaining youth, vitality, and health and so on. But what does it all mean? WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS? Antioxidants are compounds that […]

Avocado 3-Ways

Avocados. Rather supercados, are just the best thing ever! Not only is this tasty green fruit (yes fruit….a berry to be exact) super versatile, it’s also fabulously healthy and a great anti-aging tool for your skin. With all its nutrients, healthy fat and vitamins it feeds your skin from the inside and out. Avocados contain […]

Sacha Inchi‏ Mega Omega Smoothie, Superfood Highlight: Sacha Inchi

Superfood Highlight: Sacha Inchi Oil

Here’s something you are going to want to add to the list of superfoods worth getting to know – one I recently stumbled across it while browsing through the Hagen Grote online catalogue — a superfood, super oil called Sacha Inchi. Sacha Inchi (known as Inca Peanuts or Inca Nuts), is the seed of a […]

Butter in Coffee? Bulletproof Coffee – a Cultishly-Weird Trend

What’s all this talk about butter in coffee? Yes, butter in coffee. I recently read an article in the Huffington Post that “Bulletproof” coffee, a cultishly-weird following of so-called “Upgraded Coffee” (upgraded in the form of butter being added to your coffee) is all the trend in the United States. Stars such as Ed Sheeran […]

Olives: a Staple of Mediterranean Cuisine

There are mainly two types of olives; black and green olives. The rest are the further varieties of the these two types. Raw olives are incredibly bitter, so once harvested they are cured and then usually preserved in salt or brine. They can be harvested at any stage – the young, immature fruit is green […]

Fresh Dill, Dillweed, Spice Box

Dill – Prized Herb of the Greeks

Fresh, green and feathery. Dill has been a symbol of vitality and prosperity since classical antiquity (ancient Greek and Roman times). It has also had its place in folklore. In the Middle Ages, dill had a reputation of containing magical properties and was used as a powerful ingredient in many enchanting spells concocted by witches […]

Celery – The Sex Boosting Veggie

People triumphantly write about so many things that can positively affect fertility. Well, guess what? Celery is among them—and definitely not for its phallic form. Truth be told, celery actually stimulates the mucus glands, which is key to the production of sex hormones. On top of that, there is also evidence that the smell of […]

10 Cucumber Tips and Tricks

Cucumbers are hugely underrated. Not only do they taste great, but with 95% water content they are amazingly hydrating­­—helping flush away toxins from your body. They also a number of other health benefits and other useful purposes. BENEFITS: • High in vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, […]

Turkey Dinner with Sage Stuffing

Tips for Brining a Turkey: For a super moist flavorful turkey I find a salt brine works wonderfully. I always order a fresh turkey, which works especially well, but surely a frozen and thawed in the refrigerator turkey would work well too. I use a large plastic brining bag (in addition to a couple shopping […]

Lentils – A Guide to Cooking

Not only are lentils an amazing source of protein, but cooking them is super-easy! Unlike beans, lentils don’t need any pre-soaking and have the added advantage of cooking quickly. Low in fat and high in protein, iron and fiber, lentils make a healthy and tasty staple for vegetarian diets. With just one cup, they provide […]

Arabica and Robusta? Spill the Beans

Most of us are familiar with the term “Arabica” found on the pack of espresso sold at the supermarket. Actually this is pretty misleading, since a real espresso consist of a blend of Arabica and Robusta beans. Likewise, there’s this rumor floating around that only Arabica beans are really good coffee beans. That’s not entirely […]

Beluga Lentils and Beets in a Herbs de Provence & Orange Vinaigrette

I love beets, want to eat beets, but how do you keep them interesting? A bowl of boiled beets is blasé…even if you ask yourself how could anything so simple taste sooo yummy? You can’t go wrong with this combo. Roasted beets and delectable beluga lentils in a sweet, tangy fresh hand-squeezed OJ with herbes […]

Coffee Storage: Storing Your Coffee Beans Properly

I don’t know how it is for you, but I have always wondered how I should really store my coffee properly. As I’m not one for run of the mill “plain-vanilla” supermarket or instant varieties of coffee, this is pretty important to me. I buy my coffee directly from my local trusted Italian café, perhaps […]

Parsley Tuna Salad

I’m always on the look out for new ideas for creating that perfect mix of ingredients that really make a salad exciting. My recent obsession with using fresh herbs inspired this one, which is truly tasty. The refreshing combination of fresh flat-leaf parsley, cool mint, red sweet pointed pepper, crunchy celery, red onion, and chunky […]

Baked Pasta with Creamy Peas, Chicken and Prosciutto

Baked Pasta with Creamy Peas, Chicken and Prosciutto

This is an easy, breezy sort of recipe that is cozy and familiar as an old pair of jeans. Classic comfort food full of kid-approved flavors and ingredients, making it perfect for a family meal. I used Gemelli (Italian for “twins”) noodles for this recipe. They are corkscrew-shaped, resembling two thick strands of spaghetti twisted […]

Spicy Mongolian Beef and Shiitake Mushroom Stir-Fry

Craving something spicy and slightly sweet? Despite what the name suggests, Mongolian beef doesn’t actually trace its roots back to Mongolian cuisine. Neither the cooking method or the ingredients have anything to do with the country of Mongolia. The name only implies that it’s “exotic”. I can only say that the picture doesn’t do this […]