Tea : a love letter

Dear fellow tea enthusiasts, Tea is a ritual, a social etiquette, a healer, a conversation starter, an ice breaker, a pick me up, a put me down (to bed) and just super comforting. There is a tea for every occasion and I’m going to tell you some of my all time favourite flavours and […]

via Tea – a love letter — Holistic Health

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Onion, Olive and Greens Pizza with Romesco Sauce

romesco pizza 90 degThis pizza recipe was inspired by Isa Chandra, who is one of the most talented and skilled vegan chefs. Along with Terry Hope Romero, she wrote what is probably the tome of vegan cooking, Veganomicon (which was published in 2007, with a 10th anniversary edition coming out this September). She has written several other vegan cookbooks as well. Unfortunately, her recipes aren’t free from sugar, oil and salt, and they contain other high fat and processed ingredients. But if you don’t mind making substitutions, I recommend Isa’s cookbooks.

I have altered Isa’s pizza recipe to make it heart-healthy, and although the changes reduce the richness of her pizza, we think the result is still fabulous.

To make Onion, Olive and Greens Pizza with Romesco Sauce, you need to make or buy dough or crusts, caramelize onions, chop a couple of vegetables, and purée a sauce. I have already written about making…

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Vegan Spring Rolls to Celebrate Spring

Spring Rolls Vegan Spring Rolls with Low-Fat Peanut Sauce

My sister-in-law asked me what we’re eating for dinner now that the weather is warming up. Remember that feeling you had in the fall when the scents of chilies and stews welcomed you to dinner and warmed your heart, soul and belly? Does the same food just seem too heavy and lacking in texture to you these days? Isn’t it wonderful that when it begins to warm up and bulbs bloom, leaves unfurl, and buds appear on grey branches we crave all foods colorful and crunchy? Even in this point in time when we can buy almost anything at the grocery store, independent of season?

Lately, my recipe for Vegan Spring Rolls with Low-Fat Peanut Sauce seems to fit the season perfectly, which is not surprising, since people have been enjoying various types of spring rolls in Asia for hundreds of years. I am so…

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Vegetable and Tofu Kebabs with Barbecue Sauce

Kebabs with Barbecue Sauce-2 Vegetable and Tofu Kebabs with Barbecue Sauce

When we first decided to try a vegan diet, we thought, “What are we going to do with our grill?” Wow, were we ignorant! Although we couldn’t imagine we’d barbecue when we weren’t eating meat, now we use our outdoor grill all year long, especially when we can get fresh summer produce.

An easy and tasty way to prepare vegetables for the grill is to thread them onto skewers, which is what we to do to make Vegetable and Tofu Kebabs with Barbecue Sauce. This recipe is super quick and simple if you either make my Date-Sweetened Barbecue Sauce ahead of time or just purchase some barbecue sauce. Since we’ve found that tofu tends to stick to our grill, we cut vegetables into pieces larger than the tofu cubes. That way the vegetables support the tofu, and we don’t leave the tofu behind on the…

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Blackberry Cream

Blackberry Parfait Blackberry Cream

I have childhood memories of picking blackberries with one of my South African grandmothers, who had come to visit during the summer. I was always a willing partner in these outings, as I looked forward to the fresh fruit August offered.

On one occasion, we walked along our town’s streets until we came to the “Mill Ditch,” a narrow waterway winding through our paper mill town with a dirt pathway along it that blackberry bushes threatened to hide. I scampered along in shorts, a top and tennis shoes; and she strolled in a mid-length dress, stockings, and high-heeled shoes.

My grandmother and I picked enthusiastically until we had gathered as many blackberries as we could carry home. I am sure we created a scene as we ambled back the way we had come. Grandmother (and of course someone who had dressed so formally would not have been called anything but) had dirt all over her shoes…

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