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I’m a big fan of some crunch in my basket lettuce salads – so here’s an easy method of toasting seeds. I’ve seen bags of ‘salad topping’ in the supermarket, but it’s so easy (and cheap!) to make your own at home.
It’s worthwhile to check out where you can buy seeds in bulk if you use them frequently – they’re not expensive, but you can save some cash if you stock up at somewhere like Moore Wilson’s, Toops or Gilmours.
To make your own salad seed mix, brush a roasting pan with some olive oil and tip in a about 4 cups of seeds. You can make as much or as little as you like, but I enjoy having a good store on hand to keep me going! I like to use pumpkin, sunflower, linseed (also known as flax seed) and sesame seeds in my mix. Mix them around and roast in the oven at around 180 degrees. About half an hour in the oven will have them nicely crisped – just stir them from time to time.
For extra flavour, add a few splashes of soy sauce or tamari sauce towards the end and mix it around. Once it has cooled, store the mixture in an airtight container.
As well as adding some savoury crunch to salads, it’s a great way to get some protein into your food. I also like to use this topping for pasta bakes and other miscellaneous meals – it’s very versatile. It’s also good by itself, although I sometimes melt some honey and stir in the seeds for a snack.
Just make sure you check your teeth after eating – seeds LOVE to stick in your teeth to add some, uh, mystery to your smile…
Here’s another Frocks on Bikes event that shouldn’t be missed:
You can celebrate summer, promote taking the lycra out of cycling and normalising it as a means of transportation, enjoy a leisure bike ride to Island Bay, fall in or out of/ be in/ stay in love with your cycling partner, and even be in two win prizes – ALL IN AN AFTERNOON!
All the info and chance to register is available on frocksonbikes.org.
Okay so this is a bit more girly – but it was fun making it….
I definitely fall into the category of New Zealander who has OBVIOUSLY descended from a Scottish background. Fair, pale, glowing and ghostly have all been words used to describe my complexion. Sick of being constantly asked if I was, uh…sick, I realised blusher really helps. But I hate spending money on make up, and wanted to make my own – without having to pinch my cheeks constantly.
So – Ms Josephine Fairley stepped forward with a solution. (Okay, well she wrote a few books about natural skin care – we haven’t actually met or communicated in any way, shape or form.) She also has a column that I stole this from at http://www.wealdentimes.co.uk/health&beauty/beauty/wt84_beauty_own-cosmetics.asp
Beetroot and Glycerine Cheek and Lip Tint
45g raw beetroot, grated
3 tablespoons vegetable glycerine
Put beetroot and glycerine in the top of a bain marie (double boiler). Heat gently for 15 minutes, cool, then strain into a small jug. Pour into a sealable container. Shake before use, then apply a dab on to your cheeks, blending well. Try smooshing it on your lips, too (it tastes delicious!).
I like to brag about my luck with this, because I just happened to be growing my own beetroot this summer – so it’s my home made, home grown beauty product. I got vegetable glycerine from Homestead Health in Wellington, but it is readily available at health shops and most chemists. I just asked at the counter and they poured me a bottle – I think it was $6 for 200ml, enough to make this several times over – not that I think I’ll need to, as a little goes a long way.
As a big fan of summer salads, I’ve been enjoying my own salad greens grown literally on the door step!
Although I am lucky enough to have access to some garden space, there’s nothing better than popping out the front door to grab some lettuce or herbs to throw into a meal. I found some old cane baskets at the recycling centre and have simply lined them with newspaper, filled in with potting mix and some lettuce! With a flourish, I present you basket grown greens…
Of course, this isn’t limited to your salad greens – I’ve also got a few baskets of mint, chives, lavender, rosemary and even had some broad beans take off. The baskets make for a cute, cottage-like appearance – but you can of course use garden pots and other random containers to spice up your stoop. So give it a try – all they need is some sun, water and eating!
by Libby Callander
A new year, and how lovely it can be to have a fresh start! I won’t harp on about New Year resolutions – I’m just enthused about the symbolism we can take from a new beginning and look at what change we want in our lives.
Summer has been an interesting mix of vacations, activities and roundabout weather. I found this awesome letterbox in Paekakariki (whilst making the most of a beautiful sunny day to have a picnic) and thought ‘What a great idea!’. This is just a neat example of a creative way of dealing with unwanted waste…plus I’m always a sucker for the mere mention of a cup of tea!
And I suppose I should quickly introduce myself – I’m Libby, the newbie intern helping out with World Sweet World for awhile as part of my ‘funemployment’. I’ll be casting random blogs into this internet ocean about all things makeable, edible, crafty and environmentally aware. You may have seen a few of my tips about natural house cleaning, so I’m sure there will be a few more that slip in here as well. Keep an eye out – and feel free to share ideas!