Fancy a #jujube . Called the Indian date, it is grown in Australia but very frequently seen as a fruit. I got these from someone who came to my cooking classes and she very lovingly shared these from her orchard! They aren’t sweet like dates but have a lot of vit c. Nearly 83%! I put them, soak them and add to my smoothies!
Last weekend, I was gifted a #jackfruit . The canned version I use to create #vegan “meats” has become a staple of my diet, but the fresh stuff was a totally new adventure. I had a blast learning to dissect it, but also quickly discovered how very little I know about this fruit.
When you cut it open, it’s super sticky and your hands, knife and all exposed surfaces become coated in a glue-like mess. After cutting out the hard core, it’s a chore to separate the ripe, orange flesh from the white fibrous stuff surrounding it. And, inside each piece of edible fruit there’s also a large seed (about the size of a walnut) to remove.
When all that is done, raw jackfruit is bright and delicious. (...Emphasis on the word “RAW”) I had no idea my beloved canned version is totally different (green/unripe), and I tried to cook it. The result: culinary disaster. A sticky, orange goop reminiscent of pumpkin guts.
Later, in a sudden stroke of genius (and serious hate for waste), I managed to turn it into a really yummy spicy jackfruit soup. ...But lesson learned: with new and exotic ingredients, RESEARCH! Haha
Still highly recommend giving it a try! It was fun and eventually, worth the effort. One crucial tip: coat your knife in coconut oil before you begin hacking!
And a big thank you to my awesome sous chef @captainrach for getting your hands dirty (er, sticky) with me!
CHAMOMILE ❁ I always match the setting haha.
Chamomile has saved my life so many times. Whether it be menstrual cramps, or bad headaches, Spanish grandmas always go to chamomile for a cure.
The great thing about grandma's remedies is that they hold some great wisdom. Far before science can confirm it, too!
I like to listen to elders and note what they've go to offer, as they are the true teachers.
Chamomile has been proven to have calming effects on the body. When we have headaches, our vibration is staticky and out of alignment. Chamomile calms the vibe and brings you back into yourself, alleviating headaches.
Similarly, chamomile helps with anxiety due to its calming properties. Some chamomile tea can really go a long way.
Along with relaxing your vibe, chamomile also has calming effects on the womb. It relaxes the muscle and relieves tension. This helps with cramps, big time.
Skin care products are big on chamomile use for its calm and effective relationship with skin.
The anti inflammation properties help with blemishes, eczema, psoriasis, dark under eyes, anti aging, acne, and rashes.
Stomach issues are also treated with chamomile, my grandma would work on any stomach virus with a warm glass of chamomile tea.
Science now says chamomile can help with diarrea and IBS.
Chamomile is anti septic, anti bacterial, anti microbial, and anti inflammatory, making it a super herb to included into your health routine. Plus, it smells really reallly nice.
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Crispy Purple Sweet Potato Wedges with Guacamole by @crumbs.and.caramel 💚 Happy Holidays!⠀
Crispy Purple Sweet Potato Wedges⠀
3-4 medium purple sweet potatoes⠀
2-3 tbsp olive oil⠀
1/2 tsp garlic powder⠀
1/2 tsp salt⠀
1/2 tsp ground black pepper⠀
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Scrub the sweet potatoes. No need to peel them as the skin helps with the crispy exterior. Cut each potato into wedges by cutting it into quarters, and then each quarter into thirds resulting in 12 wedges per potato. Place on baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Dust with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Using your hands or a large wooden spoon, toss to coat evenly and then line the wedges on the pan in such a way that each one is lying flat. If they are piled together, they won't be crispy. Place in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and flip the wedges. Return to the oven for another 10-14 minutes. The inside of each wedge should be fully cooked and tender. ⠀
3 large avocados⠀
1/2 medium shallot, finely chopped⠀
Juice of 1/2 lime⠀
1/2 tsp salt⠀
Other add-ins if desired - chopped cilantro, diced tomatoes, garlic ⠀
Wash, peel and pit the avocados. Place in a medium sized bowl. Mash with a fork. Add the chopped shallot, lime juice and salt (and add-ins if desired). Mix together. Add more salt and/or lime juice to taste. Enjoy!
Chipotle has become wildly popular in recent years. Here we have the Dried Chipotle - “Meco” - variety. This is a smoked jalapeño chile. Compared to other chipotle varieties (such as Morita) the Meco chiles are mature jalapeños that are harvested much later. The flavor holds up a grassy, smoky flavor.
The fragrance of freshly roasted coffee decorates the room! Tamara and Casey grow their own coffee, too! This is my first time seeing coffee in this stage. So amazing! Their organic coffee farm provides them with such delicious coffee. When the coffee is un-roasted, you can actually make caffeinated tea. When drinking this coffee, you don't experience the many down falls that come with conventional coffee. This coffee is free of pesticides and harmful chemicals which are found in most coffee brands. If you choose to drink coffee, please make sure it is organic!
Dried Ancho 🌶 embodies a mild fruit flavor resembling raisins and plums with a hint of tobacco. A primary chile in traditional "mole" which is a sauce or mixture containing chile. The ancho is medium on the heat scale.