I remember going strawberry picking with my dad, sister and my brother when we were young in New Zealand. It was always a real treat when my dad said to us that we could eat as many as we like while picking the strawberries at the strawberry farm. The most beautiful part for me now is the smell. The smell of strawberries always takes me back to my childhood. It always has a refreshing spring smell and look. Besides these qualities, strawberries have the following benefits:
*Strawberries are bright shiny red heart shaped fruits with a sweet fragrance. There are over 600 varieties of strawberries that belong to the genus Fragaria and family Rosaceae that vary in size, flavor, color and shape.
*The cultivated varieties are large while the wild varieties are generally smaller in size. Wild strawberries have a more intense flavor than cultivated varieties.
*They are soft, plump and succulent with a sweetish sour taste. Ripe strawberries give out a very sweet aroma.
*The size varies from 2 cm to 5 cm in length. Color varies from bright red to deep pink, to deep orange depending on the variety. Shape varies from large heart shaped to elongated and pointy to small roundish to oval shapes.
Some have are sweeter while others are more sour, but overall they are more sour than sweet.
*The bright red shiny outer skin has numerous yellow specks on it, which are actually the seeds, and strawberry is actually a cluster of these tiny fruits. And the edible ‘fruit’ part of strawberry is a false fruit, meaning it is not grown from the ovaries like the other fruits, but the fleshy part that holds the ovaries.
If you love design in your life, you just might fall in love with this simple high tech water kettle.
Vessel the company who makes this kettle, which they are calling ONE, made a design and function choice to skip the standard steam whistle on most stove top kettles and go with a visual indicator. This is the interesting part. The visual indicator is just freaking hot. Images appear to bleed into the white surface as it heats up. Images like Space Invader Ships, Hello Kitty, and others.
But they didn’t stop there, the kettle also cuts out the middle man. You can go directly from the stove to the table and to the cup. Detail photos after the jump.
Tea aficionados know that the best cup of tea comes from the full steep of fine loose tea. However, loose tea doesn’t offer the convenience of a quick single serving cup like the tea bags. Now you have the freedom to choose any of your favorite loose-leaf teas without a complicated ritual and having to brew a whole pot. The Teastick is the modern infuser for tea junkies – with it’s sleek “scoop-slide-steep” functionality, and pure 304L stainless steel design. So no more drippy, messy tea bags with dioxin containing bleach, glue adhesives and staples – and no more bulky egg-shaped strainers that always seem to fall apart.
The long straight shape of the Teastick spreads the tea out to make sure it comes into contact with the largest surface area of water, and can be gently swirled and stirred for the optimum infusion. The Teastick, brought to you by Gamil Design, is a scooper, measuring spoon, and infuser all in one – insuring you get the perfect cuppa every time.
It may seem as though I have fallen off the face of the Earth – well, at least in cyberspace that is. The truth is, I’ve been busy having babies – yes – and not one but TWO babies! Which as some men and women know, takes a lot of a person’s ‘spare’ time and energy. But, I’m back, and back with a vengeance.
My latest endeavor is this pregnancy blog I started. It’s all about modern “G” baby products as well as optimal nutrition for pregnant woman, new moms (and dads too), and babies alike! It’s full of raw vegan recipes, daily menu ideas, lunchbox ideas and pregnancy foods.
Milk is for calves. Soy is for losers. So, what’s the alternative? Hemp.
Hemp is the oldest food known to mankind, but only lately has it been receiving massive buzz as the next must-incorporate-into-your-diet super food. The reasons are clear. With its nutty creamy taste, hemp has a lot going for it. It’s got all ten essential amino acids, it’s a great source of protein, it has good fats in the form of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and it has naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
The crazy thing is, all of our hemp is currently imported from Europe and Canada, as the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that bans hemp production. Something to do with its fun-time relative, marijuana.
Chipotle Chili [chee-POT-tleh] is the famous jalapeno of Capsicum annum, smoke-dried to bring out the distinctive smoky and biting flavor characteristic of a lot of Mexican and Tex Mex cuisine. Chipotle is moderately hot between 5,000 to 10,000 Scoville Units and has been described as having a complex smoky sweet flavor with subtle molasses undertones. Smoked for several days in sealed chambers, the chipotles dry up like prunes. The smoke drying turns the chilies from bright green to dark brown and shriveled up, taking about 10 lbs of jalapenos to make one pound of chipotle. It is speculated that the Aztecs smoked the chilies for long term storage as drying the chilies was a difficult process due to the thick flesh.
Chipotles can add a spicy and smoky flare to soups, sauces, salsas, dips, guacamole, dressings, marinades, and even some deserts.
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
I use a lot of citrus. I use it in everything from my energized water to my daily dressing to my summer ginger limeade. If a good amount of your diet is raw friendly, chances are you use a lot of citrus too.
Back-in-the-day I would squeeze lemons/limes by hand and I can’t tell you how much time that would take. Then one day my mom gave me a simple tool to make my life easier – a lemon juicer (I was 19 when I started eating raw). Most of the lemon juicers that I’ve had have been plastic (from Ikea), but I’m on the look-out for a good metal one or wooden one. There are all sorts of complex citrus juicers you can get, but from my experience a simple one will do just fine – especially if you already have a juicer.
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
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.
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!
It doesn’t take a green thumb to get green — and sprouts are the living proof. If you can take care of a goldfish, you can easily take care of sprouts: they require about 2 minutes a day in terms of maintenance, all in the convenience of your own kitchen. No dirt and no bugs, just beautiful jars and baskets brimming with micro-veggies, bringing your kitchen (and your diet) alive. No patience is required, either — which is a good thing, if you’re like me — as you can go from seed to harvest in just a matter of days. I like to start a new batch a few times a week, to ensure that I always have fresh sprouts to enjoy in salads, wraps, breads and snacks.
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Sprouts are baby plants and vegetables. In many ways, the sprout stage of a plant is its nutritional prime. An incredibly nutrient dense food, sprouts boast copious amounts of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, antioxidants, and even protein. The process of germination dramatically improves the nutritional profile of the dormant seed — multiplying the seed’s nutrition benefit anywhere from 300 to 1,200 percent! And many sprouts reign nutritionally supreme when compared to their corresponding adult plants, too. As listed in Sprouts: The Miracle Food by Steve Meyerowitz, 100 mg of radish sprouts contain almost twice the calcium, and thirty-nine times the Vitamin A of an equal amount of mature radish. Sprouts are condensed nutrition at its finest.