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Minestrone

Note
MinestroneThis recipe calls for cooked pea beans or garbanzo beans (chickpeas). If you use chickpeas, begin soaking them 3 ½ hours before you make the soup. After 2 soaking hours, cook them in boiling water for about 1 ½ hours – until comfortably chewable. If you use pea beans, you needn’t soak them, but give them 1 ½ – 2 hours to cook. In either case, if you cook the beans in plenty of water, save the extra water to use as stock for the soup. You’ll have a fuller-flavoured, higher-proteined minestrone.

1½ cups cooked pea or garbanzo beans (¾ cup raw)
½ cup dry pasta
1 cup fresh chopped tomatoes
Parmesan cheese
3 tbs Olive oil
1 cup chopped Onion
4 – 5 cloves crushed Garlic
1 cup minced Celery
1 cup cubed Carrot
1 cup cubed Eggplant or Zucchini
1 cup chopped Green Pepper
2 tsp Salt
¼ tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Oregano
½ cup fresh chopped Parsley
1 tsp Basil
2 cups Tomato Puree
3½ cups water or stock
3 tbs dry Red Wine

4 – 6 servings 

  • In a soup kettle, sauté garlic and onions in olive oil until they are soft and translucent.
  • Add 1tsp salt, carrot, celery and eggplant. (if you use zucchini, add it with the green pepper)
  • Mix well
  • Add oregano, black pepper and basil
  • Cover and cook over low heat 5 – 8 minutes
  • Add green pepper, stock, puree, cooked beans and wine.
  • Cover and simmer for 15 minutes
  • Add tomatoes and remaining salt.
  • Keep at lowest heat until 10 minutes before you plan to serve
  • Then heat the soup to a boil, add pasta and boil gently until pasta is tender
  • Serve immediately, topped with parsley and parmesan
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Miang Kham

Miang kham (or “mieng kham”, miang kam, miang kum, Thai: เมี่ยงคำ, IPA: [mîəŋ kʰam]) is a traditional snack from Thailand and Laos (Lao: ໝ້ຽງ Lao pronunciation: [mȉaːŋ]).

In Thailand, it is often sold in the street, the ingredients separately wrapped in small plastic bag. In Laos and Thailand, the preparation is particularly popular at festivals and is usually prepared on-site and sold ready-made to attendees.

Miang KhumMieng Kham is a great, easy to make appetizer or snack. It’s fun to eat and healthy too! This is an excellent dish to serve at a party.

Little bowl a of salted peanuts;
roasted dried onions;
finely chopped fresh lemon pieces;
sliced lemongrass;
fresh grated ginger;
roasted coconut;
allow 2 crisp lettuce leaves to serve as “cones”.
Have ready also small bowl of Agave syrup per person.

Teaspoon a little of each condiment into lettuce, fold and eat.
Makes an amazing starter to a veg., curry. Dee- lish- ous.

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7th Birthday Photos

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Our 7th Birthday was a roaring Success!  Thanks to You that made this possible.  Here are a few selected photos, for a full view of all photos, please view our Facebook Group

Opening Ceremony  This takes place before every Holistic Fayre.  This helps bring the positive vibe you always feel upon entering the hall

Opening Ceremony
This takes place before every Holistic Fayre. This helps bring the positive vibe you always feel upon entering the hall

Candle of love, harmony and friendship has been burning for 7 years.

Candle of love, harmony and friendship has been burning for 7 years.

Mariechen blowing bubbles

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3 of our Best Psychic Alison, Phyl and Mariechen

3 of our Best Psychic
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Michelle offers mini-hand manicures and a Whisper of Fragrance

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Colourful Belly Dancers, who all offer Belly Dancing lessons

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Carrot Juice

Top 10 Benefits of Carrot Juice

  1. Carrot juice contains less calories and is very beneficial for weight loss.
  2. The functioning and health of liver and digestive tract improves by the intake of carrot juice.
  3. Carrot juice contains Vitamin E which helps in preventing cancer.
  4. Aches and pains associated with aging lessen with the intake of carrot juice.
  5. Vitamin A present in carrot juice improves eye-sight and helps in bone disorders, osteoporosis etc.
  6. It contains potassium which helps against cholesterol.
  7. Carrot juice is extremely beneficial for the liver as it reduces fat and bile in the liver.
  8. The juice revitalizes and tones the skin.
  9. Carrot juice is very rich in beta-carotene which is an antioxidant and it prevents cell degeneration. The aging process is also slowed down.
  10. Carrots contain beta-carotene which is converted into Vitamin A by our body. This natural vitamin A is very good for our body.

Fasting for Good Health

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Have you ever experienced a feeling of lowness and lethargy for no apparent reason? Well, it could be that your body is working hard by itself to get rid of toxins and thus the feeling of nastiness.

Fasting has long been associated with religious rituals, diets, and political protests. Now new evidence demonstrates that routine periodic fasting is also good for your health, and your heart.

When a healthy body reaches an overload of toxins from the pollutants in the air we breathe, the chemicals in the food we eat, the poisons in household cleaning products, etc, etc, it tries to eliminate these toxins and symptoms may also include headaches, and depression.

By fasting we can help our bodies to get rid of these toxic matters faster and more effectively. The lesser the degree of toxic overload, the better our digestive tract will work, and the stronger our immune system will be. A fast will give our organs a well deserved rest.

Fasting during an illness can speed up recovery as the body can use all its energy to eliminate toxins. After all, when an animal is sick, it does not eat because nature knows it is better to use body energy to get rid of the germs than wasting it on the digestive system.

Since the bulk of the toxins in your body are stored in your fat reserves, the longer you fast on water only, the more fat you’ll burn and the more toxins you’ll eliminate from your system.

Put another way, your body does not experience significant detoxification during the first 12-24 hours of a water-only fast.

During any fast it is of utmost importance to prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water. Water only fast is not recommended as a water only fast release toxins too quickly, which will result in headaches and malice. Rather follow a live-juice diet (1 part water to 3 parts homemade juice) as it helps to remove toxins but also provides nutrition. Use Spirulina while on a fast as it is high in protein, vitamins and minerals (this is a must if hypoglycaemic). Before a water/juice fast, eat raw fruit and vegetable for two days as this will prepare the body for the ‘shock’. Then do a three day water and live juice fast, but remember to drink also extra water. Follow this then with a two day raw fruit and vegetable diet, rather have small portions more frequently.

ImageA three day fast (with diluted live juices) will help the body to get rid of toxins and purify the blood. A five day fast will heal and rebuild the immune system and a ten day fast can prevent some illnesses to become a major problem.

During a fast, as toxins are released from the body, you may experience headaches, dizziness, fatigue, skin eruptions etc.

Never fast longer than 3 days without the guidance of your health care practitioner and any person with chronic health problem should consult their doctor first. Never fast when pregnant or lactating.
While fasting, avoid strenuous exercises.

Health Researchers are reporting that fasting not only lowers one’s risk of coronary artery disease and diabetes, but also causes significant changes in a person’s blood cholesterol levels. Both diabetes and elevated cholesterol are known risk factors for coronary heart disease.