Breath in! That rousing scent, which is e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e (even where no water is visible), is that of healing minerals permeating the air! In unscientific terms, New Zealand is the result of volcanic activity. Hence, the region teams with gurgling springs from where steam plumes and billows. Some are pleasingly warm to soak one’s body in, others are hot enough to cook in.
During the late 1800s, officials saw tourism money in those spas. They erected buildings, planted gardens, smoothed out sports greens, and more — all with the intent of creating a resort destination.
Here’s the historic district built in the late 1800s/early 1900s, which still attracts busloads of visitors…
How do you make staying healthy easy? Focusing on what’s good to eat (rather than what isn’t) helps me. So does collecting wholesome recipes that are simple and delicious.
My husband welcomes challenges, nutritious cooking included. Here’s a favorite dish he’s come with that family and guests love…
Veggie Black-Eyed Peas Appetizer
1 medium onion
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 head garlic
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 1/2 cups black-eyed peas
1 cup dried maitake mushrooms
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
4 cups water
1/2 cup white rice
salt and pepper to taste
Coarsely chop onion.
In a medium sized pot, sauté in coconut oil until golden.
Coarsely dice zucchini.
Add zucchini to onions and sauté another five minutes on medium heat.
Add garlic to the pot with turmeric and sauté two minutes.
Add black-eyed peas, mushrooms, walnuts, rice, cheese, and water. Bring to boil.
Lower heat to medium and simmer for half an hour.
Once fully cooked, coarsely grind with an immersion blender (which is a little easier to control) or mixer. Tip: if mixture overcooks and becomes too dry to blend, add water 1/4 cup at a time until it can be emulsified without becoming watery.
Spoon into large bowl.
Garnish with Olives.
Serve with crackers.
Serves 8-10 people.
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If you were hanging out in the Kitchen’s Garden Lounge of Comments yesterday you would have read that a piglet was lost in that first cold night. I found him dead on Poppy’s side of their quarters. Being the Lady Pig Farmer is not always easy. All our focus these first few days is keeping the babies safe and well fed. This task feels mutually exclusive at times.
Most of the week, fellow blogger Roijoyeux blogs on heroic people bullied for being gay or bisexual. Sundays he reserves to torture us with photos and recipes from his latest mouthwatering healthy/delicious yummy. Another awesomeness about his site is that if you don’t read French, he’s installed a google translate widget…
Pour mon cher ami Tauche et son mari, je réalise presque chaque semaine des gâteaux à la fois sains et gourmands et j’ai décidé de vous faire profiter, joyeux visiteurs, de mes plus belles réussites…
Cette semaine, j’ai eu envie de tester la recette de muffins aux pépites de chocolat inscrite au dos des paquets de pépites de chocolat “Vahiné”, en l’adaptant pour mes amis; Tauche souhaitait un gâteau à la banane, il me restait un sachet de noisettes en poudre, voici donc les :
Ingrédients : (pour 9 muffins de diamètre 6 cm)
125 g de farine de riz + 50 g de farine de sarrasin + 75 g de poudre de noisettes (au lieu de 250 g de farine)
1/2 c à c bicarbonate (au lieu de 1 sachet de levure chimique)