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Liver Flush Detox Drink with Orange, Lemon, Garlic, Turmeric, Cayenne, Ginger

Ultimate Liver Flush Detox Drink

There are all sorts of things that can leave us feeling in need of a recharge, especially this time of year after weeks of festive indulgence. Guilty! There is no denying it, tis the season for overindulgence! Visits to the Christmas markets for mugs of warm Glühwein and Bratwurst sausages, baked homemade sweets, alcohol-fueled parties, […]

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 […]

6 Principles of Clean Eating & Healthy Living, Market Vegetables, Grains and Fruit

6 Principles of Clean Eating & Healthy Living

Nowadays, with endless information and countless opinions, the concept of clean eating and trying to live healthily can be a little confusing. Here are my top six clean eating principles: 1Minimize or eliminate processed foods from your diet. These are foods that come in boxes, bags, cans or packages with long list of ingredients (such […]

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 […]

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, […]

Antioxidant rich berries, blueberries, strawberries

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 […]

Vegan, Vegetarian, Flexitarian, Pescatarian, and Pollotarian Explained

I recently discovered that there is actually a term for people who follow a vegetarian diet 90% of the time (give or take) – it’s called “flexitarian”. Technically, flexitarian doesn’t actually even fall into any of the many “levels” of vegetarianism, or types of vegetarian diets, but it get an honorable mention — a “very […]

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 […]

Sardines vs. Anchovies

Little Fish: Sardines vs Anchovies

Ever wonder what the difference between a sardine and an anchovy is? Although many people think that sardine is just another name for anchovy, guess what? It’s actually not the case. Anchovies and sardines are two different fish species, from two different fish families. Though, they do share some similar traits — both are small, […]

Benefits of Ginger

Ginger – Simply Good For You

Not only is ginger a versatile spice in the culinary world, it’s also one of the oldest and oh so popular natural remedies around. One I always kept on hand. Ginger has been used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years and is said to help a number of common ailments, whether it be upset […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]