Sunflowers for optimal health!

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I don’t know about you, but I have all these so called great ideas in my head regarding my next adventure with food.  On a number of occasions I have purchased products to make something and I usually end up throwing out the item because it’s well out of date, I’m sure it happens to others, it’s annoying/ wasteful to say the least!  

Well, after having our evening meal my husband and I like to have a cuppa and a biscuit, sounds real boring, it’s not when you have a nice fire roaring, rain bucketing down outside  and looking at a good movie , relaxing with the person you most admire in your life.  At this time, I have a cup of sage tea as it controls my hot flushes. I don’t know of anyone else that takes it but it does the trick for me.  My husband has a sweet tooth and I’m the opposite, I love my solid “real” foods but sometimes I concur  with his love of these tantalizing biscuits, chocolates sausages and chips etc.  However, I pay the price for my weaknesses, they profoundly affect my  sleep pattern. The next day, I invariably wake up with a headache and my whole system seem out of sync. It takes me one or two days to feel myself again.

So quite recently while looking in the food cupboard I spotted a bag of sunflower seeds, yes, why not, I’ll try to make sunflower butter from them so I can have it on crackers with my cuppa instead of these tantalizing biscuits.  These seeds are full of micro-nutrients  such as Vitamin E, copper, B Vitamins like thiamine, phosphorus, selenium and also provide you with fatty acid in the form of Linoleic acid, which I’m apparently lacking as I have under-active thyroid.,  I have been taking Eltroxin for this condition on a daily basis for a number of years and I was told I’ll be on it for life! But maybe not, as the micro-nutrient selenium supports the thyroid, who really knows?, there is always hope!

 

Now to the recipe!!!!

 

Step one :

 

Put 200g of sunflower seeds into a grinder, (all of this packet) and grind for five to ten minutes depending on the speed of your machine.

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From Lidl

 

 

Step two:

Two to three tablespoons of pure olive oil as I want a smooth texture.  Next time making it  I’ll blend the seeds longer, perhaps then I won’t need so much oil.

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Next time, less!

 

Step three:

Add two teaspoons of honey, it adds to the taste.

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Today’s choice

 

Step four:

Add half a teaspoon of cacao powder to improve colour, ( optional).

 

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Love chocolate !

Step five:

Add a teaspoon of sea salt, according to taste.

 

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Sea salt, d best.

 

 

Et Voila ! Put it into a plastic/glass container, leave to cool down, then cover it and finally into the refrigerator.

 

 

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Appearance!

 

 

Finally, success!, as I have it with crackers instead of indulging in those tantalising biscuits. It’s a great way to get these kind of seeds into your diet as it can be difficult to include them in your daily routine. Just nearly finished it and I’ll be making more of it soon..  Later on I’ll let you know if I change anything in this recipe.  Not too happy with the colour maybe someone out there might be able to help me out with its appearance.

 

 The proof is in the eating !

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Delicious !!!!

 

Would love to hear your comments and suggestions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Solas, the light of life !

 

Today felt like the first real summer’s day this year, there was a real air of excitement  from everyone on Dollymount Strand as my husband and I walked along with the water ebbing in and out between our feet. Our dog Solly was running frantically in the water, hard to get her attention as she kept her nose close to the water, don’t really know what she’s trying to catch ! However, one thing I know is this little black adorable Cocker Spaniel has  cancer and has been on chemotherapy tablets called Masivet for the last three years.  To see her run on the beach today, so full of life, it is hard to believe that she has a mast cell tumor on her left side of her small body, and about two weeks ago we got the dreaded news that the cancer had gone into her liver.  She is still on steroids, just on four a day now, so for the moment no more getting up in the middle of the night to let her out to wee because of all the medication she was taking, making her thirsty and hungry.

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You might be wondering why I have this on my blog but I’m hoping someone out there might be able to suggest a home remedy for Solly.  I give her a teaspoon of kefir with her dry food in the morning and it has stopped her ears from getting red and itchy.  Later in the day I give her chicken with ground turmeric.

The leader of our pack is our daughter Buzz, who is away In London working but comes home nearly every six weeks.  She’s  great for Solly, every time bring her a small soft toy to play with and sometimes by the time Buzz is going away again she has chewed it into pieces.  So, as one of her carers I’d love to know if there was  something else I could do for our special little sweetheart. Our son Casper is also away working In New Zealand but is doing work in Europe from the middle of May and hopes to spend some time with us all later on in his stay.  Another reason to help Solly stay well until then and perhaps longer!

Kombucha photos as promised!

Step 1.

Either purchase a “SCOBY” online or create it yourself (buying a glass bottle from your supermarket to store it in). That’s what I did to create  one.

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Step 2.

After leaving your fermenting tea liquid for 7 days or more, depending on your taste, pour into jug/jugs. Always remember to keep a cup or two of your liquid for the “SCOBY”, so as to keep it feeding and alive, and you can repeat the process later.

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Step 3.

Now it is ready for the second stage. Here you can add about a half a cup of fruit juice, apple, pear or strawberries etc. I’m only a beginner at making this, but so far my preference is strawberry juice. Then pour the fermented tea into a glass bottle, filling it nearly to the brim.  Give it a few minutes to settle and then secure the top on.

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Step 4.

Now leave it on your counter for four days. You might have to leave it longer, it all depends on your taste.  Perhaps I have left something important out, if so, please let me know as I’m just a novice at this and also blogging!

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Step 5.

Enjoy the process and then relax in the evening with a glass of Kombucha.

Why not give it a go!

 

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