Pomegranates have had many uses since the ancient Greeks discovered them. The pomegranate has been a celebrity among fruits.
Ancient Egyptians included pomegranates in their tombs to ensure a safe passage to the next world. The Chinese gave wedding gifts with images of pomegranates to promote fertility, and Italian artist Sandro Botticelli made the fruit famous in his work, Madonna of the Pomegranate.
Today, pomegranates are celebrated for their health benefits – much like my previous post on Chia seeds, pomegranates are very high in antioxidants which help fuel your body!
Here is a delicious recipe from The Marlborough Express
The tang of the fruit balances the richness of the mascarpone and cream.
3 Tbsp icing sugar
½ tsp vanilla paste
¾ cup cream
200g sponge cake or lady fingers
1 cup pomegranate juice or cranberry and pomegranate drink
½ cup pomegranate seeds
Whisk the mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla paste. Whip the cream until thick. Fold into the mascarpone mixture. Chill.
Cut the sponge into thick fingers. Dip quickly into the pomegranate juice or drink.
Place in a serving bowl or individual bowls.
Top with a little of the mascarpone. Add more sponge and more mascarpone. Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Serve topped with the pomegranate seeds. Serves six to eight.
You can make so many things out of this superfood – cakes, scones, salads, dressings, smoothies, main course and much more.
Chia – Salvia hispanica – originally from the Central Mexican Valleys and Guatemala formed part of the staple diet of the Aztecs
What are Chia Seeds?
The ‘black’ variety of Chia naturally contains a combination of black, and white seeds. The ‘white’ Chia variety was formed by specially selecting white seeds from the black variety. The Chia Company grows dedicated paddocks of black and white seed.
Aside from the obvious colour difference, the seed itself is virtually the same in all of its properties – size, taste and smell, with the exception of a few minor seasonal nutritional differences, check out The Chia Co website here
While many of Chia’s health benefits are still being discovered we do know that it has some very unique properties:
4x more antioxidants than blueberry
5x more calcium than milk
3x more iron than spinach
15x more magnesium than broccoli
Loads of vitamins & minerals
20% high quality protein
18 amino acids
Omega-3 and Omega-6
This certaintly does sound like a superfood. The best thing of all, it has a nutty taste to it so it can be used in baking, cooking, added to smoothies and sprinkled on your morning cereal – an easy way to add powerful antioxidants and fibre to your meals!
It has so many benefits – check them out here
It can help weight loss, a source of high quality protein, energizing, high source of antioxidants, more iron than spinach and lots more.
Check out this website for some easy recipes and watch the video below on how to cook with Chia seeds
Dr Joanna McMillan:
Happy Eating xx
But do thy worst to steal thyself away,
For term of life thou art assured mine,
And life no longer than thy love will stay,
For it depends upon that love of thine.
Then need I not to fear the worst of wrongs,
When in the least of them my life hath end.
I see a better state to me belongs
Than that which on thy humour doth depend;
Thou canst not vex me with inconstant mind,
Since that my life on thy revolt doth lie.
O, what a happy title do I find,
Happy to have thy love, happy to die!
But what’s so blessed-fair that fears no blot?
Thou mayst be false, and yet I know it not.
- William Shakespeare
We have all been there. You have something on the tip of your tongue, or tip of your finger before it hits the keyboard and start furiously typing … but then it disappears. Its gone. Nowhere to be found…This can be scary…and lonely.
I am in this deep, dark, never ending pit at the moment … but it can be broken.
So … what is writers block?
It is very common, so don’t worry. You are NOT alone.
Here are some tips to curve the ‘block’
- Change your scene and take a break
I don’t mean move to the other side of the world or anything drastic like that (unless you wish), I just mean visit a new cafe for inspiration or go for a drive to an area you don’t know so well, you will be surprised how much it helps
- Listen to music
Turn the volume up and let your hair down and dance around like a pop star – go on you know you want to
- Read your favorite book
Inspire yourself by reading one of your favorite authors chapters, its very refreshing and will inspire you
I want to know what you use to break your ‘writers block’
Happy Writing x
Some of you would have seen my recent Wellbeing 101 lifestyle change.
Here is a quick update on my lunch break on the first few days.
I woke up with a newly found energy, even though I hadn’t started taking my wellbeing tonic (or liquid therapy as I call it).
I guess your mind really plays a part in how you feel.
I started the day with a healthy protein filled breakfast (Skye would be proud) which consisted of two eggs poached on bread rolls (I had run out of sliced bread) with a large glass of water with 7mls of my wellbeing tonic drizzled in. Not too sure how to put this nicely – but – I almost threw up when I took a large drink of the wellbeing tonic. I am usually good with these sorts of things - but this was on a whole new level. I take a few more gulps before tipping it down the sink – Skye had warned me and told me to mix it was juice or water, of course I had run out of fresh juice. Learnings – do not drink it mixed with water – licorice root tastes bad.
I hadn’t made it to the supermarket that day so I didn’t take it that evening either. I did however take the magnesium powder mixed in a glass of water that morning (Ultra Muscle Eze Energy) and it tasted fine. :)
Overall, my first day was a bit of a disaster with the wellbeing tonic but I did feel very energised with the magnesium powder. Yay!
I ended the day with a nice fruit platter, brought from the Asian Supermarket for $2.50. Bargain!
Starting the day with energy is fantastic, even after just one day of taking the magnesium powder (Ultra Muscle Eze Energy) I felt and still feel fantastic. I got straight out of bed and felt refreshed after a good sleep, the first time I have felt like that for years. Lately I have been feeling slow in the mornings.
I would recommend the energy boosting powder to anyone who is feeling tired all the time even though you get enough sleep – you could be lacking magnesium (although I am no health expert). Another post to come soon about the benefits of magnesium – will keep you posted (mind the pun:)).
This morning I mixed the wellbeing tonic with a glass of apple juice and the wellbeing tonic tasted fine – thank goodness for that. After one full day of taking the wellbeing tonic I don’t feel much different but it normally takes a 10 – 14 days until your body flushes out all the toxins etc. I know when I am drinking the wellbeing tonic its doing good though, which makes me feel better anyway .
Here’s my healthy lunch from today
$5 for a homemade lunch which consisted of 1 x avocado sliced, 1 x red capsicum and 1 x spring water can of tuna – simple – easy & healthy.
Keep you posted in a few days
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice-
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.
Written by Mary Oliver - Pulitzer Prize-winning writer
My favorite line: and there was a new voice
This is the dedication on the first page of Charlotte Scanlon-Gambill’s book In her Shoes
I dedicate this book to the true heroes of the Faith. Those who have not just lived life from their own vantage point but have stepped into the shoes of others and made a difference to another’s world.
To you who have loved the unlovely, embraced the unwanted, remembered the forgotten and included the lonely: you are amazing. Your reward is truly stored up in heaven but whilst you are here on earth I salute you for your strength, tenacity and selfless love. It is breathtaking.
The world is all the richer because of who you are and all you do I pray that as you refresh others you yourself will be refreshed. I pray you will feel the kiss of heaven all over your life in increasing measure.
WOW what an amazing women. I purchased her Identity book also while at Sistas Conference (post to come) this weekend just been. I am in the progress of reading In her Shoes and man what an amazing, thought provoking and awakening book.
Will fill you in on the book once I have finished it – I can tell just from the opening dedication, this will be a book I read more than once! Read a sample chapter here.
Check out the YouTube video below of her speaking – amazing talented women!
I discovered La Cigale French Market this weekend – Yes I know, where have I been? . I love going to weekend markets, the vast sea of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit is amazing. I picked up a large fancy lettuce, basil, huge peppers, asparagus and strawberries all for $12.
While I was at La Cigale, Mel and I purchased some french pastries – cinnamon brioche and almond crossaints with coffee – Bliss on a Sunday morning. French flags were everywhere so it felt as though you were in France . There is a wine cellar also which sells expensive bottles of French & European wine from $10 per bottle – wine heaven.
Ham and cheese crossaints fresh from the oven, brioches, whoppie pies (post to come), cheesecakes, bread rolls, cheese, olives …. a feast for the eyes!
When I got home from the market I decided to make basil chicken for dinner – yum
Basil and Lemongrass Chicken
1 large bunch of basil
1 teaspoon of lemongrass
1 large pepper
4 stalks of spring onion
1/2 a brocolli
5 storks of asparagus
1 bunch of bok choy
5 boneless chicken thighs
Rice to serve
1/2 teaspoon of garlic
Wash and chop up the spring onion and bell peppers into thin slices. Heat wok on the stovetop with a tablespoon of olives oil. When the pan is hot place in the chicken thighs and brown the bottom side for 8 minutes, turn over and brown the other side.
Place the lemongrass, washed basil, garlic and a tablespoon of water into a blender. Blend until all ingredients have been reduced to a green liquid. Pour the basil reduction over the chicken and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. Serve with the steamed green veges and a portion of white rice.