Sunday, December 6, 2009
The Magic Teaspoon
The The Magic Teaspoon by Victoria Zak is simply amazing! I love this book. If you are interested in natural healing through herbs and spices this is for you! Zak offers a run down of all the herbs and spices and their magic. She states, "At home in a coastal Mediterranean cottage, a young mother keeps her child's fever at bay with a simple spoonful of thyme."
She offers over 100 recipes for health-boosting meals and snacks, the sugar lover's survival guide, the top-notch teas for healing, *The All-Naturals* chart revealing the best herbs and spices to choose for specific health issues and much more.
Did you know that Basil is the King of the Herbs. It helps antibodies to fight infections and disease. It helps to increase oxygen to the brain and strengthens the nervous system to fight headaches and depression. Cinnamon is an Earthy Treasure, it helps fight bacterial infections, fungal, viral, and yeast infections and it helps reduce high blood pressure.
With all herbs and spices at our fingertips, we can make Magic in our kitchens. As she states, *Some Enchanted Evening in Your Kitchen,* " Take a minute to feel the texture of a fresh or dried herb or spice in your fingers. Inhale its fragrance, taste a bit on your tongue, and think of the journey the herb or spice has taken to come to your table. Each herb or spice represents the bounty of nature in lands far and near, the care it took to grow and harvest them in season, and the global cooperation it takes to bring each special taste, color, and fragrance to your table-to make a little magic in your kitchen."
Green Tea Sunrise
This recipe helps fight off cancer, anti-aging and heart smart.
4 bags green tea
1 teaspoon dried coriander
2 teaspoons dried fennel
Juice of 1/2 orange
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Optional: 1 teaspoon honey or 2 drops of stevia
Boil 3 cups of water in a small saucepan. When it reaches a boil, turn off heat, add green tea bags, and let them steep for 5-8 minutes. Add coriander and fennel, and let the tea sit for another minute. Transfer to a tall pitcher (About 2 quarts), add orange and lemon juice, fill the pitcher with water and ice, and chill.
What a fabulous book and one I will cherish and use daily.