Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from January, 2016

Vegetarian Pastelón - Ripe Plantain Lasagna

Each year I look forward to Thanksgiving day. One reason of course is the spirit of being thankful for everything that we have, good health, family, friends, peaceful life - everything that we often take for granted till it is taken away from us. Another reason is that I look forward to cooking the TG day menu. This time again we picked the theme of 'food from around the world' - a dish from each continent. I picked Australian lamb stew and Moroccan anise bread to go with the stew. From Asia I picked Udon noodles made with homemade almond-butter Sriracha sauce, and French green beans salad from Europe. My husband did a big project making hard apple cider and sparkling apple cider with farm fresh apples. I then made a pumpkin no-cheese cheesecake which took care of North America.

Now I was left with South America. I toyed with different dishes, but nothing really caught my attention. Then came the idea of making something with plantain. My guests were all going to be Mallus and …

Homemade Body Butter - New & Improved

Body butter is something I had been keen on making for a while and my initial trial came out well, but I was not happy with the consistency as it melted a lil during warmer weather. So here is an improved version and I am very happy with the result, have test marketed it with a few close friends and have their Thumbs-up as well.
I started off with my usual set of preferred ingredients. As always my hubby would start with Coconut oil, which is an all-purpose item for him and is the only cosmetic on his desk :-). Problem with coconut oil is that it liquefies at warmer temperatures, so wanted something that can neutralize it and beeswax was the perfect foil, besides the fact that it has great medicinal properties. Then I selected the rest of the ingredients for their skin nourishing properties. Finally I added a tinge of rose essential oil for a mild fragrance. The result is a very pleasing body butter made with simple ingredients that is wonderful for your skin and suitable for all weath…