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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Foods That Are Good For Your Smile‏

Dental care is a very complex theme. Both scientists and dentists have differing opinions, only to confuse us even more. One says we should brush our teeth with a soft “manual” toothbrush, the other says, no, you should definitely use an electric brush. Yes, and fluoride is good, only to told later, actually it is […]

Eggplant: To Salt or Not To Salt?

This has been one of those age old questions that I have really been wanting to know the real answer to. Why do we do it? My first experiences with eggplant (aubergine) involved salt and have done ever since. That’s what I was told needed to be done. But really, is it absolutely necessary? There […]

Gepa Organic raw cane sugar Mascobado

Muscovado – Mascobado – Whole Cane Sugar – Is There a Difference?

For most of us the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word sugar is white granulated sugar. During the first centuries of the sugar industry, cane sugar was made into molasses and rum for shipping overseas. Sugar itself was raw; a light brown in color, and still retained much of its original […]

Nothing Says Fall Like Apple Picking

Nothing Says Fall Like Apple Picking

Here in Germany, nothing says fall like apple picking. Tangy apples are the essence of autumn. When thinking about this beautiful season, we decided to take a drive out to the Old Land (Altes Land), Germany’s largest continuous region of fruit orchards, south-west of Hamburg. And wow are we ever rolling in apples now! We […]

Amazing Health Benefits of Apples

Apples are incredibly delicious, are amazing cooking ingredients and also have many amazing benefits—some of which you may not even be aware! Though, if you want to fully benefit from all an apples health, don’t peel it. Two-thirds of the fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel. Organic apples don’t cost an […]

Sorbet, Granita and Sherbet Differ How? Here’s the Scoop.

So what’s the difference between sorbet, granita and sherbet? Here’s the scoop: Sorbet and Granita Both are technically ices. They are semi-frozen dairy-free treats often served between meals to refresh the palate. Generally, they are thought of as being fruit but can also be made from vegetable purées, juices, champagne, or infused tea and include […]

Why I Drink Tap Water? Tap Water versus Bottled Water

Years ago, I was told by a natural health practitioner that it is advisable to drink tap water over “manufactured” bottled water. Over the years, I have floundered between phases of lugging liters upon liters of water up to my top floor apartment only to eventually give up after having to deal with the endless […]

The Ernie and Bert Principle

The underlying principle of Ernie and Bert is one that applies to love, friendship and career: in any partnership one is always the Ernie and the other, Bert. Though, at some point, we were all once an Ernie. Friendly Ernie with his big round head, large starry eyes full of curiosity, and that so very […]