Wednesday, August 26, 2009

WiLd?

Can you believe these are wild flowers around here? We first spotted these Sweet Peas on an afternoon walk around the neighborhood. There was hundreds of the delicate blooms cozied up on the side of the road.

Just yesterday, while we were on a bike ride, we saw a lot more lining a trail on the outskirts of town. Both places were unkept and the Sweet Peas seemed to take over. It is rather beautiful and I only wish I could pick them all!

I was thinking they would look nice in this and then given to a friend or neighbor as a nice gesture. They would definitely brighten my day!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Yummy Hummus

RECIPE COMING SOON!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Need a healthy, crunchy snack?

I was reading 'Self" magazine last month and came across a recipe for Roasted Chickpeas by Zooey Daschanel. From looking at the recipe, I knew I would want more cumin. So I doubled the cumin and added some Lavender Pepper. I must admit that it needed even more spice. I will make them again and triple or quadruple the cumin. If you like things a little more mild, then I would stick to doubling the cumin.

Chickpeas a.k.a. Garbanzos beans "are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other beans. In addition to lowering cholesterol, garbanzos' high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. When combined with whole grains such as rice, garbanzos provide virtually fat-free high quality protein. But this is far from all garbanzos have to offer. Garbanzos are an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum, an integral component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, which is responsible for detoxifying sulfites. Sulfites are a type of preservative commonly added to prepared foods like delicatessen salads and salad bars. Persons who are sensitive to sulfites in these foods may experience rapid heartbeat, headache or disorientation if sulfites are unwittingly consumed. If you have ever reacted to sulfites, it may be because your molybdenum stores are insufficient to detoxify them (courtesy of http://www.whfoods.com)".

Friday, August 21, 2009

Savory Lavender

The Annual Lavender Festival has come and gone. We had just moved into our house when the festival weekend was right around the corner, but we were able to enjoy some of it with family. We visited Cedar Brook Lavender Farm, where we found the most amazing pepper blend...Lavender Pepper.

Normally, I don't think I would even be attracted to using Lavender in cooking. I think I just looked at it as being too perfumy and not appetizing. My opinion changed after smelling the Lavender Pepper. The Lavender is strong enough to smell, but has a subtle taste when blended with all the other spices.

My husband likes it on almost anything savory. I've used it on chicken, potatoes, noodles, vegetables...in place of pepper. It is the perfect blend for us! It is only 6.99 for a 2.4 oz jar, a little bit goes a long way (especially with freshly ground herbs and spices) and can be purchased online.