Posts by bridget

Make your own Olive Oil Soap

Olive Oil Soap   Ingredients:   700g Palm Kernel Oil 200g Olive Oil 100g Coconut Oil 140g Caustic Soda   Heat Palm kernel, Olive and Coconut Oils slowly to melt together and cool until 45 °C. In a separate container, add caustic soda to 320 tap water. Be careful not to allow mixture to contact…

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Herb Medicinal Directory

http://Herb Medicinal Directory Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) has been used since ancient times. A remedy for eye ailments, leaves of this help stop bleeding and heal wounds. Chinese medicine often used Agrimony to treat menstrual difficulties, skin conditions, cough, sore throat, and diarrhea and incontinence     Aloe Ferox/Aloe Vera Intensely bitter, purgative herb that controls…

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Decoction + how to make

DECOCTIONS: This method is used for the more woody herbs/roots. Important to use a stainless steel or an enamel saucepan. The herb material is covered with cool water, brought to the boil then simmered ON THE STOVE for 15 to 60 minutes depending on the type of material.  Usually 1 part herb to 5 parts water. …

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Vinegar infusion + how to make

HERB INFUSED VINEGARS:   Steeping herbs in vinegar is a wonderfully easy way to make flavourful dressings and gifts for fine food loving friends.   With a herbal vinegar, it is not that important which culinary herb you decide upon, as they all are very tasty when infused in a vinegar.  Many people think making…

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Tincture + how to make

TINCTURES: A wide mouthed glass jar or bottle is filled loosely with your chosen chopped herb material and is then filled to the top with alcohol (pure or Witblitz as long as it is more than 43% proof).  The bottle is placed in a cool, dark spot, preferably use a dark brown bottle, and shaken every day…

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Infusion + how to make

INFUSIONS: An infusion is exactly as if you are making a cup of tea! A thumb sprig of herb material is placed in a cup of boiled water and left to steep for five minutes.  Honey can be added and then sipped liked a tea. There are many herbs that can be taken on a…

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Tamarillo relish with deep fried Brie

Tamarillo Relish with deep fried Brie Top of Form Add “Deep- Bottom of Form Ingredients For the deep-fried Brie 150g/5½oz Brie, cut into 3 wedges 1 egg, beaten 75g/2½oz fresh breadcrumbs vegetable oil for deep frying For the tamarillo relish 1 tamarillo, insides only 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 25g/1oz sugar 25ml/1fl oz red wine Preparation method To make the deep-fried Brie, dip…

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Making mustard

Making Mustard First, you need cold liquid. What gives mustard its bite is a chemical inside the seeds reacting with cool or cold liquid. You also need to break the seeds to get at the fiery chemical — it’s like cutting an onion. Heat damages this reaction, however, so to make a hot mustard use cold water, and…

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Hummus a la Jamie

Hummus a la Jamie 1 can chickpeas 1 teaspoon cumin seed, pounded 2 small dried red chilies, crumbled 1 garlic clove, peeled and pounded to a paste 1 lemon, juice of salt & fresh ground pepper extra virgin olive oil   DIRECTIONS This is so simple to make. Really it’s all about personal taste – the way…

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