All posts filed under: Glossary

3 Recipes for Spinach Smoothies

3 Quick & Easy Spinach Smoothies

Spinach smoothies are a great way to ease into the world of green smoothies. Green smoothies are healthy, full of flavor, and can range from simple to oh-so adventurous, that tastes so very “green”. That’s why spinach is great for newbies jumping on the green smoothie wagon. First of all, it’s easy on pretty much […]

Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding 3-Ways

I love chia seeds. As mini powerhouses packing lots of protein, calcium, antioxidants and omega-3, not only are one of my favorite things to add to overnight oats, but I really love using them to create a delicious chia seed pudding. Chia seeds have this amazing ability to thicken and “gel up”, making them the […]

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 […]

Umami Powered Shiitake Mushrooms

Umami: The Fifth Taste Sensation

Have you ever eaten something totally delicious but have a hard time describing what or why exactly it tastes so good? You may just have had an umami moment. What is umami and why is everyone talking about it? A new taste sensation? The fifth taste element? Iused to think it was because various sensations […]

Crunchy Carob Buckwheat (Kasha) Granola with Raw Cocoa and Almonds

Carob Buckwheat Granola

The first thing you should know about buckwheat is that it’s gluten free. The second thing you should know about it is that roasted buckwheat is called “kasha”. Of course it’s not necessary to roast buckwheat, but doing so brings out its wonderful nutty flavor. Buckwheat in any form is terrific when it’s transformed into […]

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 […]

Raw Maca Powder, Vegan, Organic, Natural Energy Powder

Maca Magic – A Superfood to Embrace

If you haven’t already been introduced to raw maca root powder, you may want to get acquainted. For centuries, maca has been referred to as “the Food of the Gods, Nature’s Viagra, and Peruvian Ginseng”. Grown in the glaciated slopes of the Peruvian Andes, it is the highest growing food plant in the world. WHAT […]

Thyme Tips - Superstar of the Herb Garden

Thyme – Superstar of the Herb Garden

As superstar of the herb garden, thyme is one of the most important herbs in the European kitchen. In the Mediterranean world, thyme was once believed to be a symbol for courage, with Roman soldiers bathing in thyme infused water in the belief that they would gain vitality, strength and courage. It was also believed […]

To Chill or Not to Chill? Storing Fruits and Vegetables: Tips from the Farmer's Market

To Chill or Not to Chill? Storing Fruits and Vegetables: Tips from the Farmer’s Market

I shop regularly, actually daily, but it’s sticky hot this summer in Hamburg and so I’m finding it hard to keep things like tomatoes fresh. Despite the inordinate indoor temperature, there are a few food items that we should avoid exposing to frigid temperatures. Many think, food should be kept well chilled to increase its […]

Superfood Spotlight: Quinoa (Health Benefits, Cooking Tips & More)

Superfood Spotlight: Quinoa (Health Benefits, Cooking Tips & More)

For those of you who aren’t already familiar with quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), get ready to have your mind blown. Originating from the South America Andes, quinoa has been referred to by the Incas as being the “mother of all grains” (though, technically quinoa isn’t a grain at all, but the seed of the Goosefoot plant, […]

Seasonal Spotlight: Chive Buds & Blossoms

Seasonal Spotlight: Chive Buds & Blossoms

Chives with their beautiful purple buds are one of the prettiest things I’ve stumbled across at the farmers’ market lately. And guess what? The entire plant is edible, even when in full bloom with its pale purple flowers! You’re probably familiar with chives and their delicate just-the-right-amount-of onion-without-being-overpowering flavor. But what about their pretty little […]

Ground Sumac Spice

Getting To Know: Ground Sumac Spice

Sumac has long been used as a seasoning in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine (most notably as a key ingredients in za’atar) and there’s good reason that it’s gaining increased popularity and is becoming a welcome addition to any spice cupboard. Just a sprinkle of this Middle Eastern spice instantly improves any dish, making it […]

Uses and Health Benefits of Fresh Sage Herb

Sage – The Holy Herb

In Greek mythology, sage was believed to be a powerful protector and healing agent that was sacred to the gods. It was also commonly believed to strengthen the memory, hence “a sage”, or wise man with a many memories and profound wisdom. Seeking immortality? According to Medieval folklore, all you have to do is take […]

Benefits of Lemon Water

Benefits of Lemon Water

Not only does freshly squeezed lemon juice instantly transform any dish by brightening it up with a delicious tangy essence, but lemons are, believe it or not, incredibly alkaline. This means they help balance your pH levels, which is important for keeping your body healthy and functioning at its best. And when it comes to […]

Hazelnuts - how to toast nuts

Roasted Nuts (So Easy, So Good)

I especially love roasted nuts. And one benefit of roasting them is clear — if you think roasted nuts taste better — then roasting will encourage you to include them in your diet. My kitchen is always stocked with some kind of nuts. With so much variety they literally work with anything and add a […]

Purple Viola Aspargus

Asparagus (Purple, White & Green)

Asparagus has a wonderfully subtle flavor that works well with almost anything—in summer salads or as a perfect side dish for pretty much any meal. When I see all sorts of asparagus start to appear at the farmers market each spring, I really can’t resist buying some and so starts my short stinted asparagus binge. […]

Tarragon Health Benefits and Uses

Tarragon

Although tarragon is originally native to Siberia and western Asia, it is one of the classic herbs found in a French kitchen. The name itself, is derived from the Latin word “dracunculus” which means “little dragon” and also has ties to the French word ‘estragon’ which also means ‘little dragon’. The origins of this name […]

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 […]

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, […]