Sesame…ses-a-you!!

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Sesame

Wow, it really is a magical plant. Until I started researching for this blog, I hadn’t actually seen a sesame plant. They are beautiful and to harvest them must take an enormous amount of resources as the seeds come from such tiny pods!

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Just look how small they are in this persons hand.

I absolutely love the taste of sesame oil. I have been doing oil pulling with sesame oil for a few months now, and really,my teeth have never looked whiter. there are many many articles on the web about oil pulling, but the benefits for me, have been a fresher, cleaner feeling on my teeth and they are much whiter. I also use a tongue scraper first thing in the morning as well. Both of these are Ayurvedic methods.

read about the benefits of oil pulling here

I use sesame seeds in cooking and I use the oil as well in salads. the taste is nutty and yummy and truly one of my favourites.

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here’s a favourite recipe using sesame oil:

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Overloaded on food these holidays? maybe you could try this…

Lets face it…for some reason, we always seem to make holidays revolve around food!!

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If you’re anything like me, you LOVE to cook. I love the satisfaction I get from creating a meal from scratch. I love watching my family and friends enjoying a great meal.

Becoming a vegan in 2014 and turning away from the traditional holiday fare, was really a fun challenge for me. So many of my friends would ask me, well what do you eat? My answer: plants! Always kinda leaves people a bit lost for words. Usually the next questions are…but don’t you miss turkey? and ham? and chicken? and pork?  And honestly, I have to say I didn’t miss it one little bit. Around our festive table out of a table of seven, we had 2 vegans, a vegetarian and 4 carnivores.

The table wasn’t laden with traditional Xmas fare, instead we had BBQ. One of the vegans brought amazing BBQ tofu veggie skewers, I brought my infamous vegan “quiche” and we had potato salad greek style, just oil and lemon, parsley and potato. we had a gorgeous green salad, chock full of seasonal veggies and nuts.

The carnivores BBQ’d up their lamb and sausages and really seemed to enjoy it.

What I really found interesting was after the meal was over, the meat eaters were all complaing about how “stuffed” they were. how they couldn’t move…whilst the three veggo’s were quite happy and ready for some yummy vegan fruit mince tarts I’d made…more for us!!

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here’s a link on becoming a vegan you may find helpful if you’re thinking about it.

I’m off to the beach now…with a yummy mango and some big fat cherries!

veganspiel# try being a vegan for a week or a month..you won’t believe how great you feel and how your perspective on food will change. Be adventurous!!

5 minute breakfast deliciousness

5 Minute Tofu Scramble

This is my go to “Im in a hurry and need to eat a protein brekkie and want something fast” go to.

It’s so easy it literally takes 5 minutes

Start by putting a piece of your favourite toast on to cook,

Roughly chop, half an onion or half a small bulb of fennel,  smash  a couple of garlic bulbs and throw them in a fry pan with a glug of olive oil.

as that’s cooking roughly chop a tomato and chuck that in.

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grab your favourite tofu, I like the soft tofu for this scramble and really, it doesnt matter, whatever type you have on hand, throw it in.

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slice a quarter of a lemon and squeeze it over the tofu scramble.

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go outside and pick some mint and parsley, chop it and throw it in the pan.

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spread your toast with olive oil or nuttelex or leave it and serve your yummy 5 minute tofu

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salt and pepper to taste.

literally 5 minutes to deliciousness.