Archive for September, 2011




Kale is one of my favorite plants for many reasons. It’s nutritious, and great tasting, especially for the home gardener who can grow choice varieties and harvest the fresh leaves when they are young and tender. Kale is very hardy and can survive through the extremes of both hot and cold weather.

Other popular kale seed varieties include: Red Russian, Siberian, Red Ursa, White Russian, Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch, Konserva, Redbor, Winterbor, Premier, Hanover Salad and Starbor.

Jan’s Kale Salad
This is adapted from my friend Jan’s recipe. And she got it from a friend. No telling where the friend got it, but I’m guessing each person adjusted it a bit.

1 small bunch of kale (lacinato preferred)
1 cup bread crumbs (to make your own, crumble a piece of very dry toast)
1/4 cup sliced almonds (Jan uses pine nuts)
1/4 chopped dried figs
1/2 cup or more crumbled feta cheese

4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons shallot, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


* Wash kale and discard stems. (Toss them in your compost!)
* Cut the kale into thin ribbons (chiffonade). Stack the leaves, roll them into a long tube, then slice into thin strips. If this sounds too fussy for you, just chop it.
* For the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, shallots, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
* In a large bowl, toss kale with dressing to coat. Add the feta, figs, bread crumbs and almonds and toss. Salt and pepper to taste.


Rosemary will grow from seeds but this is not recommended as the success rate is very low. Small cuttings are easy to grow. Put in light, sandy soil where you want your plant to grow or start in small pots and plant out when established.

Rosemary comes from warm Mediterranean areas but adapts well to colder climates. In areas of heavy frost, a cutting potted up and kept in a sheltered spot will insure against total loss of your plant over winter.

Dryness suits rosemary, so well-drained soil and sunshine will be best.

Once established rosemary can be harvested all year round.

Rosemary grows well in patio pots or tubs.

Popular varieties of Rosemary include the following:

* Pink Majorca (trailing)
* Arp Rosemary (upright)
* Tuscan Blue (upright)
* Salem (upright)
* Creeping Rosemary (trailing)
* Santa Barbara (semi-upright)
* White Rosemary (upright)
* Spice Islands (upright)
* Blue Boy (dwarf/trailing)
* Miss Jessup (upright)
* Huntington Carpet (trailing)
* Collingwood (semi-upright)

A great food for all ages

A great food for all ages

Yogurt is a great food for all ages from infancy up. The Hunza people of northern Pakistan are famed for the high number of centenarians amongst them. They use yogurt as a big part of their diet.

Yogurt is a great food for the elderly and almost anyone who has health problems. Yogurt can be incorporated into our diets in a whole host of ways. It makes great desserts of course and yogurt drinks are absolutely delicious and very easy to make at home. You can even make bread and cakes using yogurt.

If you want to get more yogurt into your diet, try making a salad dressing with it or just add a spoonful to your salad when serving.

Animals can benefit from it too. Dogs fed mainly on tinned food will benefit from a little yogurt added to their diets. Real and fermented food is important for them, too.

Types of yogurt and keeping properties

The longer yogurt is kept the higher the amount of lactic acid present. Yogurt keeps very well in a fridge or cool place. Throw it out if it gets too sharp tasting. The liquid which forms on the top can be stirred back in – or used in cooking.

The thicker natural yogurts such as Greek yogurt are produced by straining the yogurt. Low fat yogurt is widespread with the current obsession with all things low fat; full fat yogurt is harder to find but is absolutely delicious at around 10% fat. If your diet is otherwise rational you do not need to fear full-fat yogurt!

Probiotic yogurt
There are new strains of yogurt coming onto the market, incorporating “probiotics” such as L. rhamnosus GR-1. This particular culture is anti-allergenic, that is it reduces people’s susceptibility to allergens. A recent study at the University of Western Ontario showed that yogurt containing this particular probiotic could remain active for upto a month.

More of these new cultures are likely to become available in supermarkets and health food stores in the near future.

Yogurt will normally keep for a week or two in the fridge. Use by dates on bought yogurts tend to be conservative, for obvious reasons.

world smallest swim suit

Poisonous plant

This plant is very common in our houses, gardens, parks and offices.

The plant (Dumb Cane) is dangerous, so, please take care!

The leaf of this plant causes itching if its sap (milk) touches your skin.

One of my friends almost lost her daughter who put a piece of the leaf of this plant in her mouth and her tongue swelled to the point of suffocation.

Touching your eyes after touching the plant can cause partial or permanent blindness.

The Campus Pot Connection

The Campus Pot Connection

Foods to Avoid Hairloss

Foods to Avoid Hairloss

Everyone wants to have healthy hair. Your diet plays an important role not only in keeping up your general health but also in improving the health of your hair. Foods loaded with chemicals, with no nutritional value or energetically altered are of no value to your body. In fact such foods will have bad effects on your hair. Here is a list of foods to be avoided for healthy hair:

Monosodium Glutamate is a chemical found to be dangerous. It causes weight gain, increases appetite and also causes various kinds of health problems. So avoid foods that contain this chemical.
Aspartame is also a toxin that makes you gain weight, increases hunger and causes medical problems like PMS and migraines. So avoid foods that contain this chemical.
Never use hydrogenated oil or partially hydrogenated oil in cooking. Never eat foods with these oils, as they are trans fats. Trans fats can cause heart disease, weight gain and other medical problems like hair loss.
Avoid sugar that is processed, as it becomes a refined white powder. All the natural content in it will be taken out. Sugar will have many chemicals that are used for growing sugarcane. So it should be necessarily avoided.
Never eat foods that claim to be “Natural” or “Artificial Flavor”. This means that these foods contain chemicals and are grown with chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
Be careful while using spices. They may look to be very healthy. But many of them are really are not healthy as you think. Companies that make them use many chemicals and put them in food products. But at the end they label it as a spice. In reality, you are getting more salt, oregano, pepper and the likes in these foods.
Avoid foods that use artificial color. If any food has dye in it, its better to stay away from it. A dye is nothing but a chemical poison.
Avoid palm oil because it is unhealthy oil and can also cause various physical problems.
Avoid foods that contain dextrose, fructose and sucrose. These are chemically made sweeteners and not good for your health at all.
Avoid foods that contain Sucrulose and Splenda.It is man-made, unnatural and artificial. It can cause problems like increase in appetite, depression and allergies that can further lead to hair loss.
Avoid enriched bleached white flour because it has no fiber and no nutritional value. And, it is highly refined too. Instead take organic wheat flour. Also you can take other organic flours like rye, millet, etc.
Avoid taking soy protein isolate, which can be found in protein shakes and also in protein or food bars. Hexane, which is a petroleum solvent like gasoline, will be used in its refining process. So it is always better to avoid this.

Be a vegan, to save the world

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