Tomato And Zucchini Relish

This year my garden has yielded an excellent crop of tomatoes and zucchini; so excellent that they’re still coming and I’m busy inventing new ways to use them. One of my favourite condiments is tomato relish, especially when it’s homemade! This is my version with the addition of zucchini which blends into the relish perfectly and bulks it out without …

 

 

DIY Natural Calamine Lotion

Have you ever looked at the ingredients in a bottle of calamine lotion? Depending on which brand you choose they can contain iron oxide, ferric oxide, fragrance, and phenol which has been banned in many countries for its organ system toxicity and bioaccumulation. Yuk, surely there’s natural version. I went through some old recipe books and our archives and found …

 

cut apples on timber board, apple cider vinegar

 

14 Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar

   Apple cider vinegar has been used in tonics and remedies to aid in overall good health, weight loss, reducing cholesterol, lowering blood sugar levels (see my previous post ‘apple cider vinegar really does work‘) and warding off a cold. Taking a tablespoon diluted in water each morning helps get the digestion system going and I find myself feeling more energised …

 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar Really Does Work

The potential health benefits of drinking ACV have recently been investigated in a study for the program “Trust Me I’m A Doctor”. Volunteers drank two tablespoons of ACV in 200ml of water twice a day before meals, and the results were startling; a 13% reduction in total cholesterol and a large reduction in triglycerides.  Participants also reported a reduction in sugar cravings, …

 

yellow beans on bamboo mat

 

Spicy Dill Pickled Beans

We’ve posted many different fruit preserving recipes in this newsletter over the years, but with the low-sugar trend emerging (and considering that beans are now in plentiful supply) perhaps it’s time for a vegetable preservation recipe.  I found a few recipes for classic cucumber pickles, but just loved the simplicity of this one for beans.  Enjoy as a healthy snack or add to …