brazil nuts

 

7 Healthy Foods That Can Be Harmful

Apparently, bitter almonds contain small amounts of cyanide – but don’t worry, even though our supermarkets do like to sell us all kinds of poisons and chemicals in disguise, the almonds we’re used to are sweet almonds and they’re completely safe.  Have a look at this post about some common health foods that when consumed too frequently or in too high a quantity, can be surprisingly harmful to us.

 

Lucas and Cruz running in the paddock

 

Spray Free Streets

We love taking Cruz for a walk off the lead in Auckland. There are some great spots for a good romp.  A couple of weeks ago we noticed he was getting a bad rash under his belly where he has less fur. We know it’s not from his diet as we have already sorted that out, so what caused this mysterious outbreak?  As it turns out, it’s Auckland City Council spraying weeds and path edges causing the grass …

 

mulled wine in a white mug

 

Mulled Wine

This is one of my favourite not-so-healthy winter drinks.  Wendyl’s Mulled Wine 1 bottle strong, cheap red wine (a Merlot is good) 6 cloves 1 stick cinnamon 1 vanilla pod 2 star anise pods Peel of one orange 1⁄4 tsp ground nutmeg 2 bay leaves (preferably fresh) Put all the ingredients in a pot and bring to the boil. Turn the heat to low and let simmer with the lid on for 10 minutes. Be …

 

crochet or macrame

 

Love Crochet

Here’s something for all you crochet people out there to admire. This lovely Piha Shawl was made for me by Alia Bland who designs crochet patterns for a living. Have a look at her website here www.thelittlebee.co.nz. I follow her on Instagram and fell in love with this shawl pattern but as I’m a knitter, not a crochet woman, I asked her if I could pay her to make one for me, and here it is. …

 

seed bomb

 

Seed Bomb

I love this idea because it aims to take urban land covered in weeds and serving no purpose at all and cover them in wild flowers.  It’s well worth going to http://www.guerrillagardening.org/, where I got this recipe, to see some of their projects. Meanwhile, why not take a look around you to see if there’s some land near you that could be better utilised? Here’s a great recipe for a seed bomb which can be safely …