“Detoxify Your Body with Detoxifying Mint Tea”


#AceFoodNews says need to detoxify after all that #ChristmasFayre then maybe this simple blending of “Herbal Tea” maybe just the ticket #chef-tips

Courtesy of: Heidi Swanson at: 101 Cookbooks

heidi101_101ymlplogo.jpg Blending your own herbal tea is a revelation. Once you start, it’s hard to go back to tea bags. This way, you’re able to shape your blends to be as simple or complex as you like. You control the flavour profile and ingredients entirely, it’s great. I liken it to making your own soup versus buying canned soup, and tend to bounce around from one blend to another. For a stretch it was this turmeric tea, lately it has been this detox-y ginger mint blend. The tea is green-tasting from mint and coriander, and fennel-sweet. The layered peppery-ness comes from black peppercorns and freshly muddled ginger, and with all sorts of beneficial goodness in it – lemon, cumin, the fresh ginger – it just feels good going down. You can pre-blend the dry ingredients and keep the in a small jar on the counter, making it easy to brew a cup. This pot made the drive to Big Sur with me. I poured it in a thermos, slipped it in my weekend bag, and sipped my way down the coast where we did some Christmas hiking (and surprise whale watching!). …

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Chef’s Tip of the Day – Removing Skins From Tomatoes


With the fact that skins of certain tomatoes are exceptionally tough for the elderly to eat a simple tip is as follows:

English: Super Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes

English: Super Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Use a knife to mark the top of your tomatoes with a small cross.

2. Boil up a kettle of water.

3. Pour boiling water over the tomatoes and leave to stand for a few minutes.

4. Cool the pan with cold water and be careful not to burn yourself.

5.  You can then peel the skin off from the end with the cross easily.