Iced Teas to Please!

I have many guilty pleasures, but none more so than sitting on the deck with Kale, whiling away the time with a stack of magazines soaking up the warmth of the sun on our faces.  Since we live in Raincouver, sunshine is always welcome, as is a delicious iced tea to wet our whistles and to stay hydrated.  In fact I decided to make two different teas with you today: Pineapple Mojito Iced Iea and Hibiscus Ginger Iced Tea.

Ice Tea by Kake2Kale.com

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Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

“There’s a party goin’ on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you…”

Celebration” by Kool & The Gang is the perfect song to celebrate our one year anniversary of Kake2Kale!  Well, it is the perfect song for any celebration.  It came out in 1980, the year that our family moved out to the West Coast and the rest, as they say, is history.  This song was part of the soundtrack of my life as I acclimatized to a new city, school and friends.

Kale Lime Cake by Kake2Kale

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The Ginger Bomb

Who knew cola could be a medicinal drink? When I had the sniffles or a sore throat as a child, I was given a hot drink of cola, boiled with ginger and lemon.  And, by gosh, after drinking this delicious concoction I seemed to feel better.  Once in a while, I order this drink, which is still served at Hong Kong style cafes, and let it transport me back to my childhood.

Now, instead of hot cola, my husband and I make a hot drink with ginger when we feel under the weather.  “Shall I make you the concoction?” offered by my wonderful husband is music to my ears when my nose is runny and my chest is congested.  After a cup or two of this drink, the congestion loosens up and I am able to expel the, ahem..mucous.  Since this drink does such a good job of chasing away those nasty symptoms I am calling it the Ginger Bomb!

Ginger Drink 2 Kake2kale

Ginger is a rock star in the superfood realm, it might not look very pretty with its knobby physique, but it is packed with medicinal and therapeautic properties.  You may think of it as a root, but in fact is the subterranean stem of the plant, called a rhizome, from which roots and shoots extend from.  It has been used in China for thousands of years, and spread to many other cultures via the Silk Road.

It is full of antioxidants like zingerones and gingerols, as well as having antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic, and antiseptic properties.  Ginger may also be just as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in helping with pain relief.  Studies have found a significant decrease in pain from muscle soreness in women athletes, and a reduction in migraine headaches and even in menstrual cramps.  It is also well known to be effective in reducing nausea and upset stomachs.  It is also great for coughs because it helps drain the lungs of mucuous, which is why it is in our concoction!

Ginger is usually sold in pretty large chunks, so when I can’t use it up fast enough, I put it in the freezer, and just grate what I need.

Naturally, you can enjoy my Ginger Bomb concoction even if you don’t have a cold or the sniffles!  It’s a cozy and healthy drink anytime of year.

Other Superfoods in the recipe:
Pineapple – Contains Vitamin C, bromelain which is a digestive enzyme.
Lemon – Contains Vitamin C and lots of phytochemicals.
Honey – May help in treating seasonal allergies if you take a daily dose of honey made from your local area.  It fights infections, in particular manuka honey, which is made from the tea tree plant.

Ginger Drink Kake2kale

The Ginger Bomb serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 5 slices ginger*
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 T. honey
  • 2 T. lemon juice

Directions:

  • Put ginger slices into a pot of water and bring to a boil for 10 minutes.
  • Add pineapple juice and heat through for about 2 minutes.
  • Then add honey and lemon juice. Serve immediately while hot.

*You may save the ginger slices to be used for another bomb.

Eat well and stay healthy!  {Kake}

No Grumble Blueberry Crumble

There is a delightful part in my favourite childhood book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, when a naughty, gum chewing girl, Violet Beauregard gets her just desserts (pun intended).  While at the factory, she deliberately pops an experimental piece of gum into her mouth after being warned against it.  As she chews this piece of gum it takes her through a three-course meal ending with blueberry pie, then she turns  into one humongous blueberry and has to be juiced to bring her back down to size.  Not only was Roald Dahl a wildly imaginative storyteller, but his views on child rearing were tucked in there as well.  After that, I am sure Miss Beauregard never put anything in her mouth that she wasn’t supposed to have.

The only blueberry issue I came across is really a non-blueberry one.  I will explain.  Once, when I was eating a store bought blueberry muffin, I discovered while reading the list of ingredients that no blueberries were in it at all.  That was a big head-scratcher.  Later, I realized there were more examples of this in the frozen food aisle when you pulled out a box of ubiquitous frozen blueberry waffles processed by one of the big industrialized food companies.  There were no real blueberries.  So what are these impostor blueberries made of?  It turns out, some are simply artificial colouring chemicals, hydrogenated oils and liquid sugars, ewwww!!!  All the more reason to read labels when grocery shopping.

With blueberries in season (at least in our part of the world), I’m taking advantage of eating REAL, fresh blueberries and making a variety of dishes.  A blueberry crumble tops the list.  I call my version the No Grumble Blueberry Crumble because it is super easy….after all, no one wants to be slaving in the kitchen when it is gorgeous outside.  As a bonus, I’ve also included my Blueberry Waffle recipe at the bottom, so keep reading!

Blueberry Ginger Crumb Cake kake2kale

No Grumble Blueberry Crumble serves 8

Superfoods in the recipe are:
Blueberries – This little berry has a high amount of antioxidants.  They contain anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper (a very effective immune builder and anti-bacterial), selenium, zinc, and iron
Oats – Oats is a good source of fibre, and oat bran helps to lower cholesterol.
Ginger – Anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, antiseptic.
Cinnamon – Diets rich in cinnamon can help counter the effects of a high-fat meal on your body.  This spice may also balance blood sugar levels and can also help fight bacterial and fungal infections.

Filling:

  • 4 cups blueberries
  • ¼ cup gluten free flour
  • 2 t. sugar
  • 1 T. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Combine all of the above and place into greased 9” x 9” baking dish.

Topping:

  • ½ cup butter melted
  • ½ gluten free flour
  • 1 ½ cups gluten free oat flakes
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • 2 t. grated ginger
  • ¼ t. salt

Combine the topping ingredients and spoon over the filling.  Bake for 30-40 minutes until the topping is golden brown.

My bonus recipe – Blueberry Waffle recipe makes 6-4″ waffles

They really aren’t complicated.  It takes me about 15 minutes from the time I start putting the ingredients together to eating the first waffle.  And if you don’t have a waffle iron, just make pancakes.  Here is a bonus recipe from my Fanny Farmer cookbook that has been engraved in my brain after probably making it hundreds of times over the years.

  • 1 cup flour (can be Gluten Free)
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk (can be dairy free)
  • 1 egg
  • *1 T oil or melted butter

Directions:

  • Whisk the dry ingredients together.  Then in another bowl beat the egg with the milk, and then add to the dry ingredients.  Stir the oil into the wet ingredients.
  • Combine until ingredients are just mixed, lumps are fine.  Then cook waffles according to your waffle iron instructions.

*If making pancakes, then omit the oil.  Spoon batter into preheated non-stick pan, or griddle and flip once when you see bubbles.  Try not to flip more than once, otherwise they will not be fluffy.
Add whatever you like, of course blueberries, but consider sliced bananas, chopped nuts, and/or chocolate chips.

Eat healthy, live great! – {Kake}

Mimrosa Cocktail & White Chocolate Waffle

Beware the rose…water!

I was in a Mediterranean café the other day and saw on the shelf a bottle labeled rose water.  I was feeling a little thirsty and decided to try it. After purchasing it, I unscrewed the cap and took a swig…BIG MISTAKE! It was waaaaay too strong, way, way too strong. I tried diluting it with water and still, it was not drinkable. Once home still burping roses, I did some research, and it was confirmed, rose “water” is not for drinking straight out of the bottle. It is to be used sparingly in drinks and desserts. So {Kale} and I made the most delightful and refreshing cocktail with it, which I’ve called the Mimrosa.

My Mom used to have a perfume that smelled of roses and it always made me feel uplifted when I inhaled the scent.  Every living thing has a vibrational energy, and rose essential oil has an extremely high frequency.  A healthy person has a MHz of between 62-6, someone with a cold or flu around 58 MHz, and rose oil has 320 MHz.  So it would be reasonable to say that when I was inhaling Mom’s rose perfume I was elevating my life force.  So here’s to uplifting our spirits with a rose cocktail!!

I have paired my Mimrosa with a white chocolate waffle for a light brunch or an elegant dessert.

Benefits of some of the ingredients include:

Rose – Uplifts your mood.
Strawberries – Vitamins C, good for skin, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory if eaten 3 times a week.
Organic Butter -Ideally, butter from grass fed cows has high amounts of vitamins A and E as well as vitamin K2 which is imperative if you are taking calcium supplements, as without K2, the calcium will go into the arteries, causing atherosclerosis.  K2 is not easy to come by, the vitamin K in leafy greens are K1, which helps with blood clotting.  It also has CLA which has been studied to help with reducing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass, it may also benefit heart health.  Grass fed butter also contains butyrate, which is an anti-inflammatory fatty acid.  Organic butter will have lower chemical toxins, since toxins are fat soluble they get stored in fat,  but grass fed will have higher nutrients.  Check out Time magazine`s latest cover story – Eat Butter – in their June 23, 2014 issue.
Spelt flour – Compared to wheat, it has more nutrients such as protein and minerals.  Though spelt does have gluten, some people who cannot tolerate gluten can still eat spelt without negative reactions.  Unless you have celiac disease then you cannot have spelt. Spelt is an ancient grain that has not been engineered for high yield as wheat has, so that may also have something to do with the increase intolerance of wheat in the western world.
Honey – Contains flavonoids and antioxidants, is anti-bacterial (I put it on cuts instead of polysporin), can help soothe ulcers, coughs.

Mimrosa Cocktail and white chocolate waffle Kake2Kale.com

Mimrosa serves 4

  • 6 ounces gin
  • 16 ounces tonic water
  • 16 Tonic water ice cubes
  • 1 t. Rose water

Directions:
Combine the above ingredients in a pitcher and serve in tall glasses. The the Tonic water ice cubes should be made at least 4 hours ahead, and you can add a raspberry in them like I did, or a mint leaf.

Mimrosa Cocktail and white chocolate waffle 2 Kake2Kale.com

White Chocolate Waffles makes 16 – 4 inch waffles

  • 5 T. unsalted organic butter
  • 1 1/2 cups spelt flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 2 T. sugar
  • zest of one large lemon
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • honey

Directions:

  • Preheat waffle iron.  Preheat oven to 200F to keep cooked waffles warm.
  • Melt the butter, set aside.  Whisk the dry ingredients and lemon zest together.
  • In another bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together, then pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.  Fold in white chocolate chips and the melted butter.
  • If needed, spray the grids of waffle iron with non-stick spray.
  • Prepare the waffles according to your waffle iron’s manufacturer.  Mine is a big square divided into four grids, so I spoon a blob of batter onto each quadrant.  Once the steam coming from the sides of the iron diminishes I check on the waffles.  When golden, remove to a warm oven until until ready to be eaten.
  • Serve with the strawberries, and layer as I did like a waffle sandwich, drizzled with honey over top.  You can definitely serve it with vanilla yogurt for brunch, or ice cream if it is a dessert.

Eat healthy, live great! {Kake}