Spice Jars~Holiday Gifts

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE!

How about giving you friends and family a spice jar this holiday season?
  I had a few people over for dinner the other night and they were raving about the shredded Mexican chicken I had prepared. I surprised them all when I gave each one a jar of ‘holiday’ spices. When I fill my spice gift jars, I add enough spice for two meals.
This dry mix of spices will add a unique zing to any chicken dish. Most of these spices you will have in your own cupboard. Try the suggested chili powders for this mix. My spice blend has just the right amount of heat and flavor to make all your guests ask for the ‘secret’ recipe.  In fact you can give them a jar of spices as a gift this holiday season! If you are able to prepare your own fresh ground cumin adds a great dimension to the dish. Fresh is always more fragrant and the taste is sensational. Do you want great flavor without adding a lot of heat? This would be a good mix. THE REAL GIFT IS THE RECIPE!

Combine the spices in the Mexican Chicken recipe and package.  This is the perfect hostess or other gift to give along with the printed recipe!

Combine the spices in the Mexican Chicken recipe and package. This is the perfect hostess or other gift to give along with the printed recipe!

INGREDIENTS
2 teaspoons ground cumin (grind you own in a mortar and pestle )
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon powdered red chili ~ i.e. Ancho, chile de arbol, New Mexican Chile.
Dash of Cayenne pepper ~ or ~  to taste
1 teaspoon salt  ( use Kosher,  sea salt or Himalayan pink salt )
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

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Mexican Shredded Chicken ( recipe inside ), Chocolate Chili Truffles ( in box )

I like giving my friends and neighbors little treats this time of year, spreading happiness and good wishes.
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didyouknow2DID YOU KNOW? Spices not only  excite your taste buds but are composed of an impressive list of phyto-nutrients, essential oils, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are essential for overall wellness. Spices have been part part of our food ever since the spice trade began and when salt was a form of currency. Today we value healing spices even more. Thanks to the Arab and European explorers, whose contributions in spreading them from their place of origin to the rest of the planet has immensely broaden their use and popularity all over the world!

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Mortar & Pestle, Garlic Powder, Cumin, Cayenne, Salt, Pepper &  Ancho Chili Powder

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GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE SYMPOSIUM
At the recent symposium at George Brown College, the speakers were an esteemed group including amongst others a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Michael Moss, an endocrinologist who is a professor at Harvard medical school, Dr. David Ludwig, and a cardiologist, epidemiologist from Tufts, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian.

Dr. David Ludwig and Chef Eva at George Brown Symposium

Michael Moss’s book “Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” and Dr. David Ludwig‘s book “Always Hungry?: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently” have both been on the New York Times best selling list. Their information was compelling.
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Dr. Ludwig’s decades of ground breaking but little known research has culminated in his evidence based approach to obesity. He targets the root cause of obesity. Insulin is stimulated by the processed carbohydrates in our diet – not just added sugar, but also processed carbs like bread, white rice, pasta, potato products, cookies, crackers, and “fat-free” snacks and desserts. That’s why he recommends a higher fat diet, which is the fastest way to lower insulin levels and jump-start weight loss. Recent systematic reviews confirm that, contrary to what we’ve been told for 40 years, high fat diets are more effective than low fat diets for weight loss. And the types of fat we emphasize – those present in nuts, olive oil, avocado, fish, and dark chocolate – are especially good for the heart. But you don’t have to eliminate all carbohydrates to get these benefits.

george-brown-balancedLAST FIVE(5)  MONTHS
I have been on a high fat diet for the past 5 months and I have never felt better. I have more mental clarity and am never hungry as he states in his book. And I get to put butter or Béarnaise  on my vegetables! Fat is good for your brain. I’m a happy gal!
Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy of the department of Nutrigenomics at the University of Toronto discussed that there were genomes that identified individuals who’s blood pressure is affected by salt intake, who’s health is adversely affected by coffee, etc. We don’t all have to give these up as they do not affect us. Genetic testing is available for individuals who wish to find out their personal results. Interesting….

MY CONTRIBUTION
I explained to Dr. Ludwig how my food blog is attempting to give people delicious tasty food that is healthy and give information on nutrients and their affect on their bodies in order to encourage them to eat these foods. He liked my title “Simply Splendid food”

Dr. David Ludwig Book Signing

Dr. David Ludwig’s book “Always Hungry?: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently”  is a welcome addition to my culinary library!

Your Foodie Tip

The easiest way to peel a tomato is to cut an “X” on the end, place it in boiling water or whatever water you may have boiling on the stove like stock, soup, pasta water. After a minute or two drop it in ice water and it will peel very easily. The procedure is the same for peaches, nectarines and the like.

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didyouknowDid You Know?
If you drop your lemon into boiling water for a minute or two and then roll it on your counter, you will get more juice out of it?   I watched one of our most famous Italian chefs in the city do this.  Of course he had lots of pots boiling at any given time.  You then roll it on the counter, cut it and juice it.
lemon_boiingIn addition, if you use one of those new juicers that you just press, cut the end off the lemon and you will find it’s easier to juice and again you will get more juice. If you have too many lemons, you can grate and freeze the rind and then juice the lemons and freeze the juice.

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About Sweet Potatoes

didyouknowDID YOU KNOW: Our little sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A,  vitamin C, manganese.  Sweet potatoes are also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, and iron. They are high in antioxidants and come in many colours.

One  small sweet potatoes has three grams of dietary fiber, four grams of sugar , 8,500 micro-grams of beta-carotene, 14000 international unit of vitamin A and eighty-six calories.

HEALTHY BENEFITS
It helps to keep your liver healthy and helps to to avoid diabetes. Sweet potatoes help to stabilize blood sugar levels and help to lower insulin resistance.
We should just eat more of them and more often. I have provided you with two recipes for Sweet potatoes salad that you can enjoy in the summer with your grilled meats. You can enjoy this sweetness  all year round with your meals.
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RECIPES
flameanimationThe first sweet potatoes recipe (click here) is on the savory side and quite mild. The second recipe (click here) has some HEAT. You can add as much heat as you wish.

Enjoy these recipes, either mild or hot. Above all eat healthy sweet potatoes!
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The Side Effects of Drinking Alkaline Water

This is really informative! Thanks “Miss Alkaline” for keeping us in the loop!

The Basic Life

what are the side effects of drinking alkaline water

What will you feel like when you drink alkaline water?

From my personal experience, my body needed some time to adjust when I first tried drinking alkaline water on a regular basis. I remember I would drink a large glass before bed and my stomach would gurgle and I’d feel very lethargic. Then after a few days, my system became accustomed to it, and I began to notice the following:

Relief from acid reflux

I’ve suffered from acid reflux for years. It became so uncomfortable, I went to see a doctor. I had an endoscopy and she discovered I had a hiatal hernia and an ulcer. I took PPI’s to allow the ulcer to heal, but the hernia still allowed stomach enzymes and acid into my oesophageus so I had to continue the medication.

Now that I drink alkaline water between meals, my GERD has all but disappeared, and only acts up when…

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