Also known as Myrtle pepper, Jamaica pepper or newspice, allspice is a large, brown peppercorn from the West Indian allspice tree. Contrary to the commonly mistaken belief that allspice is a mixture of ground spices, it is actually a single dried fruit, given that name by the English who thought the taste resembled a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper. You can buy it ground, or whole, and grind it fresh yourself. It is commonly used in sweet and savory dishes along with similar aromatic spices like cinnamon and cloves. It is used frequently in Caribbean cuisine in jerk seasoning, as well as curry powders and mole sauces, pickles, marinades, mulled drinks and Christmas pudding. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
(Re-featured - Angele Stokes Amazing Courage and Spirit For Positive Change – Posted in 2007)
They say that fiber is a big key to a healthy diet, and it’s true, fiber is very important.However, sometimes it’s the lack of fiber that helps cleanse and flush out the toxins and access fat. And I’m not talking about a fast food diet of white bread and coke. Rather it is a unique nutritional approach that is similar to a fast accept that you are giving your body all the same calories and nutrition it needs, just minus the fiber. Angela Stokes calls it a Juice Feast Diet, and she has just come off of doing the diet for 92 days. For the past 3 months, Angela has not consumed a single piece of solid food or fiber. Her diet consisted of 1500 calories a day of vegetable and fruit juices, water, coconut water and some oils. Angela Stokes, prior to going on this juice diet, had been on an all raw diet for several years. Before she went on the raw diet she weighed 279 lbs. After going on the diet she got down to 138lbs. She lost 18 lbs. after the 92 days.
Here is a video blog of Angela on the day she broke her 92 day juice fast explaining what her amazing experience and transformation was like and what is like to eat a piece of solid food again after so long.
I fell in love a few years ago with a new all natural liquid sweetener from the exotic agave plant – the same plant that is processed into tequila. This sweetener is a golden amber color like honey with a similar taste, yet it is subtler, smoother, and doesn’t overwhelm the palate like honey or sugar. And unlike honey it is low on the glycemic index, safe for diabetics and soluble in cold drinks. Which is probably why agave nectar is the new it ingredient showing up everywhere from smoothie and juice bars to hip cocktail bars. It’s paired with gin at the Orbit Room in San Francisco, with grapefruit vodka at Sonoma County’s Cyrus Restaurant, and stirred into the Margarita’s at Manhattan’s Employees Only. Even Coca~Cola has jumped on the scene and released a new energy drink called, Full Throttle Blue Demon in Blue Agave flavor. It’s surprisingly questionable if it has actual agave in it however. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Quickly whip up some creamy sweet cashew milk. I prefer using the cashew butter method as it is so fast and I don’t need to soak cashews or strain anything. Although you can get it even smoother by straining it, if you want. Most recipes for nut milks use a little less nuts, although I like mine creamier and more like a whole milk then skim. If you prefer it lighter and lower fat, just reduce the cashews some.
Originally found in the wood toolshed, this handy tool was adapted for use in the kitchen. I guess someone noticed how well it grated and shaved down the wood and figured it would work just as well for limes and nuts. And it does.
Made of stainless-steel, this razor-sharp rasp is the perfect essential tool in any G Kitchen. It makes zesting citrus, nuts, garlic, ginger and many other foods fun and easy. Many recipes in GreenChefs and in recipe books will call for you to zest something. This is the tool you need for that. All you do is grate it up and down on the blades quickly and then scrape off the goods on the other side of the blade. $14.95 at the Microplane Gourmet Rasp Graters is a good deal. It has a solid feel and is well made.
If this type of grader doesn’t do it for you, there is also a few other styles you might like.
They sell these at my Whole Foods, of course right smack in front of every cash register as you check out to tempt you to splurge. I’ve tried the Raw Cherry Cashew, the Raw Granola Bar, the Raw Lemon Fig and the Holistic Chocolate Chip. I can’t wait to try all the flavors. The Holistic Chocolate Chip is not a raw one. There is quite a bit of natural sea salt in it, which makes it surprisingly good and unique.
This healthy treat is very versatile with different ingredients and measurements. Play around with it. You may prefer to try other butters with it like cashew or macadamia nut. Or leave out the coconut if you don’t like the subtle coconut flavor. However I find the addition of the coconut butter to make it far lighter and creamier.
I thought it would be good to talk about the FBI because they talk about us. They don’t like to be talked about. They don’t even like the fact that you’re listening to them being talked about. They are very sensitive people. If you look into the history of the FBI and Martin Luther King-which now has become notorious in that totally notorious history of the FBI- the FBI attempted to neutralize, perhaps kill him, perhaps get him to commit suicide, certainly to destroy him as a leader of black people in the United States.
And if you follow the progression of that treatment of King, it starts, not even with the Montgomery Bus Boycott; it starts when King begins to criticize the FBI. You see, then suddenly Hoover’s ears, all four of them, perk up. And he says, okay, we have to start working on King.
I was interested in this especially because I was reading the Church Committee report. In 1975, the Senate Select Committee investigated the CIA and the FBI and issued voluminous reports and pointed out at what point the FBI became interested in King. In 1961-62 after the Montgomery Bus Boycott, after the sit-ins, after the Freedom Rides of ’61, there was an outbreak of mass demonstrations in a very little, very Southern, almost slave town of southern Georgia called Albany. There had been nothing like this in that town. A quiet, apparently passive town, everybody happy, of course. And then suddenly the black people rose up and a good part of the black population of Albany ended up in jail. There were not enough jails for all who demonstrated. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Green Tea has been hailed as the holy grail superfood –- getting credit for everything from making you slim, gorgeous, smart, relaxed and cancer free. So, what’s the bad news? Well, aside from concerns over the fluoride and caffeine in teas, what good are all the antioxidants if they’re never even absorbed?
Recent studies have shown that most of the free-radical fighting catechins in green tea — the ones credited for most of these wondrous effects — never even make it to your bloodstream. In fact, only 20% of the antioxidant catechins survive after digestion because they’re unstable in non-acidic environments.
I’m starting to see bamboo everywhere now! I bought a pair of stylish black bamboo dress pants at Max Studio. I bought 100% bamboo sheets at Bed, Bath and Beyond which I love. Online I bought some bamboo and organic cotton towels (not the greatest), and even a bamboo sports bra. Now I see that West Elm not only has bamboo throws and blankets but 3 different sets and styles of bamboo serving bowls and trays, and they’re beautiful! We bought their white bamboo serving bowls and tray for the GreenChefs kitchen and they look so clean, natural and modern. They are slightly rustic, yet simple and subtle, and really let the food and colors stand out on them. Just something to make the kitchen a little more G!