Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Walnut Bread with Dry Apricots and Rosemary


4 cups whole wheat flour

2 tbls dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbls brown sugar
1 tbls rosemary chopped
2 tbls olive oil
2 cups water
½ cup dry apricots, chopped
½ cup walnuts, chopped

In a large bowl combine all ingredients except apricots and walnuts. Mix with a wooden spoon, adding water gradually. Mix in chopped apricots and walnuts. Cover dough with plastic wrap and allow to rest at warm place for an hour.
Preheat the oven at 350 F. Roll the dough to a floured surface until covered in flour from each side. Put the dough into a greased and floured loaf pan. Cover with kitchen cloth and let it rise for 15 more minutes at warm place.
Bake at 350 F for 50 minutes.
It’s delicious served warm with butter. You can also slice it, freeze it and toast it for your breakfast.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Beet Sorbet

Did you ever hear about detox ice-cream? If you are crazy about beet like me, you will try to put it in just about everything…that is how I got the idea for making an ice-cream with beet, or more precisely sorbet. I added some other fruits and some honey to sweeten it, so my children always ask for more. I hope you will like it too.
1 beet medium size

2 bananas medium size
1 apple medium size
1 orange
2 tbls honey (optional)

Peel and cube all fruits and smooth them with honey in a food processor. Freeze. Enjoy without guilt.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Green Beans with Almonds and Thyme

1 lb green beans, (fresh or frozen)
2 tbls butter
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp mustard
½ tsp salt
1 tbls chopped fresh thyme
A handful of almonds, coarsely chopped

Cook the green beans in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the beans and transfer them to a large bowl of iced water until they get nice green color. Drain them well.

In the same pot (still hot but dry) melt the butter and mix in garlic, mustard and salt. Add the green beans and toss well adding thyme at the very end. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with toasted almonds. Serve lukewarm. Cooled leftovers make delicious addition to sandwiches.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Detox Ginger-Lemonade

This is a great way to enjoy ginger and its healing properties as often and as simple as possible. You will need several roots of ginger peeled and cut in smaller pieces. Juice the ginger in your juicer and pour the juice in an ice tray. Freeze it. When you wish your ginger drink, melt a cube of iced ginger in water, add some freshly squeezed lemon (or lime) juice and sweeten it with honey to your taste.