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Thursday, January 22, 2015


When you plan winter meals, do the cooking in the afternoons and it will warm-up the kitchen and the aromas will float out the windows, welcoming the hungry family home. Nothing like home cooking, soups, a stew ,a quiche and casseroles, fresh bread and large platters of pasta.

Keep a supply of winter pastas, grains, lentils, oats, barley, wheat, rice, couscous, quinoa and burghul.
Soups can be made for a day or two at a time. Use family time to share the peeling of vegetables, cutting and creating pots of soup. When you teach a kid to make soup, they can use their skills when they go camping, hiking and simply for fun.
Use fresh herbs and delicate spices. Cool soups before you put them in the fridge. If you freeze them, label properly, names and date,. .

1 1/2 cup of lentils. I use mainly brown, and some orange thrown in too.
3 potatoes and 3 sweet potatoes.2 diced onions and 2 cloves garlic.
I cup of diced pumpkin and 1 whole peeled turnip that you remove at the end.
1 teaspoon of curry powder, salt and pepper. 1 Tablespoon of dried onions.

Rinse the lentils and drain.
Sautee the onions and garlic in 2 teaspoons olive oil on a low flame. Place everything in a large saucepan with all the vegetables that are peeled and diced. Bring to the boil on a medium flame and let it simmer for a minute or two and then turn the flame lower and let it cook for forty minutes. Cool and blend it all.
Serve it with a few tablespoons of chopped parsley or chives, a few peas or diced carrots sprinkled with a few sunflower seeds on the .top ,When you add the fresh vegetables at the end, they give the dish energy Try it and you will see it is delicious..


Wash and dice all the vegetables you have. Carrots, beans, pumpkin, potatoes, onions, garlic, leaves of parsley, fennel, a little cabbage, broccoli, spring onions and celery. Add three tablespoons barley, green split peas and rice. I put in some salt , pepper and a little paprika. There is a product made from vegetables, called MARMITE and this is a good flavor for soups. Use a teaspoon to a pot. I use dark miso and find it very tasty. When you use a stick of Kombu, remove it before the end. I like KOMBU, as it gives a balance to the soup.

Cook this with water on a medium flame until it boils. Lower and cook for 40 minutes. Cool and blend, leaving some vegetables whole in the plate of soup when you serve it. You can sprinkle a teaspoon of grated Parmesan cheese on the soup. A few chopped chives, sprigs of parsley and for parave meals, cut up squares of toast.

3 Cups of diced pumpkin, 4 diced potatoes, 2 onions, cut up into small pieces.
Sautee the onions in two teaspoon of olive oil. Place the onions, diced potatoes and pumpkin into 7 cups of water and bring to the boil.. Cook for 15 minutes and check that the vegetables are soft.. cool and blend them.
Add I cup yogurt, a pinch of curry powder and a teaspoon of grated ginger, or half a teaspoon of chives, parsley, some sunflower seeds and chunks of wholesome breads with herbed butters.

Winter meals are the best served with softer lights, colorful cloths, pretty serviettes and pots of herbs as centre. pieces of the table setting.

Serve the soups with little extras like gated cheese in a bowl, cut up squares of toast, herbed croutons and a few cut up boiled potatoes.
I make herbed croutons from left over breads. Just mix olive oil and oregano, basil and salt and pepper. Fry lightly in a pan and serve as a snack. Cooked chick peas, sprinkled with salt are another snack with soups.

Winter night are time to relax, just to sit a little longer, reflect, think and dream. Let the night be gentle, listen to music, read and take time to curl up and just be.

Love and light Rona

    We all have days in winter when we feel down and under the weather.  First thing is stop and think  what you have been doing, eating, how is your sleep and exercise.  If you feel stuffy, full of mucous  blocked and choking early in the morning with blocked passages, stop dairy foods for a day or two.  Drink more water.  You forget in winter that the body still needs water.  Have teas like Chamomile  Sunrider Fortune Delight, the cinnamon  flavor or lemon, drink  Green Tea, boiling water with a few slices of lemon, mint leaves and honey.
For sore throats and bronchial passages that hurt, have grated ginger, or two ginger cubes in boiling water . You buy these ginger'candies' sugared or unsugared at the health stores. Just  drop two into a cup of boiling water at night, cover with  a saucer. Drink this is the morning, as you begin the day You will be amazed that after a few days the mouth and throat feel clean and fresh.  For prevention of flu have a basket on onions in the kitchen area the whole winter. They send colds out the window. Old wives tale?   It works.

Make light meals in the evening, steamed vegetables, a light omelette  a salad and natural dressing of lemon and olive oil.  Skip  fancy sauces and rich foods. You can have a bowl of oatmeal cooked in water or milk, with cinnamon and a few raisins,   flax seeds and bran. Excellent for the system
Soup is a good evening meal with wholewheat toast, or  brown rice in it.
Eat slowly and with a sense of mindfulness   If you eat at the table, sitting in a comfortable position, the food tastes good and you feel like you have had a meal. TV eating does not give meal satisfaction.. It only lasts until the next food advertisement and then you eat more..
Eat an orange and another citrus fruit daily in winter. Eating the fruit is important  Drinking orange juice is good, but drink it slowly. Let it start 'digestion' in the mouth.

Have bedtime drinks that are caffeine free. Skip the coffee and strong  tannin in teas. Have hot milk, or soy milk  and water, with a dash of cinnamon., Delicious and good. Have the juice of  half a grapefruit in a glass of boiling water wit a dash of honey  Great TV time drink in a tall glass.   Make a treat  Boil water in a pot, about two cups per person, add a few slices of Oranges , grated apple and the peels, two cloves, cinnamon 
and honey.  Strain  Drink hot, lovely apple cider. If you wish you can add a tea bag when it is  ready..

Make sure kids drink water when they brush their  teeth in the morning and evening. It does not have to be a large quantity, but it is healthy for the bowels and general well being.

Make sure sleep areas are well ventilated during the day and keep the kiddies in a bed that the sheets are tucked in., When the duvet slips off, they are often uncovered....

Be happy, be well and have a cosy winter Love and light Rona..

Mushrooms are one of my favorite treats. They are a culinary delight and have good food value. They are so easy to prepare and look fabulous cooked or raw. You can use them in stews, grill, steam, bake and fry them Mushrooms add flavor to soups, vegetable quiches, vegetable dishes and are terrific pickled and marinated.

Buy mushrooms from reliable sources. Wash carefully. Do not stand in water. This spoils the flavor. Just rinse and wipe with a wet cloth. If you do not use them immediately, sprinkle them with a little lemon juice. If the stalks are stringy and tough, just remove them and use the stalks for a soup base.
Today we are able to buy all kinds of mushrooms and you will have fun choosing a portabella for a grill, button mushrooms to marinate or bake, exotic mushrooms for delicate cooking and raw ones that are safe to eat.

The dried mushrooms are a boon and you will enjoy having them at home for unexpected meals. We have a company here Tekoa Mushroom Farm, that has amazing mushrooms and it is a pleasure to go into a supermarket and see the variety we can choose from daily.


4 oz button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced.
1/2 oz walnuts .pulverized in the blender.
Half a teaspoon of chopped red pepper.
One small chopped onion.
Fry onion until brown in one tablespoon olive oil
Add mushrooms, walnuts, red pepper, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1 tsp sherry.
Fry gently for 7 minutes Remove to wooden board.
Chop until creamed. Add chili powder. Chill and serve on toast.

1 LB Mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic
Half a cup olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped parsley and half a teaspoon mixed herbs.

Place the washed and drained mushrooms in a deep bowl.
Heat the oil gradually and add all the ingredients. Mix well. Pour over the mushrooms and cover.
Refrigerate. When I have mixed it all gently, I place it in a jar and close it carefully. This is a good addition to a meal and excellent to use as a base for a salad.


1 lb Mushrooms. Wash and slice. Boil for three minutes in a little salted water.
Strain and cool. Take 4 Tablespoons of olive oil, 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice, 4 crushed garlic, half a teaspoon black pepper, quarter teaspoon salt, and mix all well. Add to mushrooms. Marinate 48 hours. Serve on buttered rye bread. This will keep fresh for 8 days in the fridge.


I like to bake mushrooms in the oven. Take two cups of washed and sliced mushrooms. Place them is a dish suitable for baking in the ovenץ
ןTake two chopped onions, three cloves of crushed garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and two teaspoons of lemon juice and pour over the mushrooms. Add one cup of boiling water. Put the lid on and bake in a medium oven for twenty minutes, remove the lid and grill for five minutes.. The liquid will keep the mushrooms moist. To serve, chop chives and sprinkle over the mushroom with two teaspoons of pine nuts.
This dish can be served on rice, a baked potato or on quinoa. This is an excellent filling for omelets and with a tofu dish.


1 lb mushrooms
1/4 cup of butter or olive oil.
3/4 cup of bread crumbs. Here I use crushed corn flakes.
1 tablespoon grated onion.
1/2 cup cream or 1 cup of thick yogurt.
Salt and pepper

Wash, drain and slice the mushrooms. Sauté in butter or olive oil until soft. Add crumbs and and seasoning. Simmer until browned. Place in buttered shallow dish and pour the cream or yogurt on top. Sprinkle a sprig of thyme. Pour a little milk on top and bake at 350 f for 20 minutes. Serve this over a pasta or cooked mashed pumpkin. Enjoy.


This is a spicy dish and a great one to serve with chutney, cut up banana sprinkled with lemon juice, raisins and coconut of the side.

3 cups of fresh washed and drained mushrooms. If large, slice them.
2 medium size onions.
3 medium size tomatoes.
1 yellow pepper.
6 small potatoes. 2 sweet potatoes.
1 tablespoon lemon juice.
1 dessertspoon curry powder.
Salt to taste.
1 teaspoon of grated ginger. If you do not have fresh ginger, soak the crystallized type in a little water and chop into little pieces
1 small chili. This is optional.

Wash, drain and cut up the mushrooms. Wash and peel the potatoes and sweet potatoes into cubes. Heat olive oil in a saucepan and fry the onions, ginger and yellow pepper that is chopped up. Allow to sizzle for a minute and then add the mushrooms, potatoes and chopped tomatoes. Mix well. Let it all cook on medium heat for twenty minutes. Check if potatoes' are soft. Add curry powder and lemon juice and simmer for 10 minutes more. Pour in half a cup of peas or cut up green onions. Stir through…and serve piping hot with rice.

Have a great time being creative in the world of food delights. Do not worry if there are mushrooms left over,. Just chop or place in blender and use as a spread.
Let all good things mushroom in your life.
Love and light. RONA

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Winter , colds and  chills.
We all have sniffles, sore throats and runny noses in Winter. The rooms are cold, the car is heated, the streets are icy and we are trying to keep warm.   When we visit the Doctors we are given many antibiotics and we need to realize they help but also  cause other problems.   Just try home remedies and use them daily.

Ginger, lemons, onions, honey, cinnamon, salt,  , garlic , natural fruits and healthy drinks should be part of the winter  foods in the home. You need good fruits and vegetables daily, the  products in SEASON. You must drink water even if you are not  as thirsty as we feel in summer.
Avoid over eating, heavy meals and too much dairy and fried, heavily spiced foods.

Begin the day with boiled water with a slice of lemon and a dash of honey . Drink green tea or herb teas. The  Sunrider teas with cinnamon, lemon and peach are good.  Have  ginger , freshly grated or a ginger dried cubes  in your tea or boiling water. Clears the throat and helps you feel warm immediately  I like ginger with a cup of tea, a few mint leaves and cinnamon.  You can use ginger if stir fry foods too.  Honey, cinnamon and hot milk are good replacements for caffeine and you  can use half milk and half boiling water. Great night time drink.  Nana tea, that is mint with boiling water and honey is a great evening tea. Also apple cider tea. Make green tea, add a cinnamon stick, two dried apple slices and a few cloves. Great to serve to guests You can use commercial but natural apple cider and jazz it up with  apples and and  two  cups of water
 Onion Tea  Cut two slices of onions into boiling water . Let it stand a few hours and sip  two tablespoons  every few hours  Clears the runny nose like a miracle.  I also like an onion near the computer, in the bedroom and kitchen .. Even a basket full naturally clears the air

Gargle a sore throat with salt water, but if it is burning, use the juice of a mandarin.. It is a  great tonic .
 Use garlic in soup, with onions, lots of greens and a little curry to make a warming soup. Use barley, lentils, split peas and dry beans that have been soaked overnight. Chickpeas are good too.
Have fresh salads with dressings of honey, natural olive oil, lemon and spices. Use herbs like parsley  mint, basil, oregano, geranium. lemon  leaves as natural flavoring.
 Natural oats can be cooked for a good breakfast or evening meal. great for kids with honey and cinnamon, or a dab of butter and raisins. Good for old folks too Easily digested at night.

Yogurt is a very good food. Use it at night Helps  you to have good sleep I love it in easy things like
TZATZIKI   250ml yogurt, two  grated cucumbers.,1-2 cloves garlic, 1/2 lemon salt and pepper to taste.   mix all and serve in a small soup bowl with a few mint leaves, hot pittas or wholewheat toast and enjoy.

YOGURT , walnuts and honey.
 Use this as a breakfast Mix one cup yogurt with two tablespoons  chopped walnuts and a teaspoon of honey  For a fuller meal add two tablespoons of muesli.   Great meal.

Yogurt for breakfast, chopped fruits in season and a dash of cinnamon.

Yogurt Cake 300 ml self raising flour, 3ml bicarb of soda, 125ml butter, 250 ml yogurt 3 eggs, teaspoon lemon juice,a  little grated lemon peel,.
Mix self raising flour and bicarb. In second bowl cream butter and sugar, beat in yogurt and eggs  yolks, one at a time.Add lemon juice and the zest  of the lemon peel.  Beat the egg whites  and add with flour and bicarb of soda. Pour in a greased baking dish and bake 180c for 45 minutes.  Cool and decorate with icing sugar mixed with cinnamon.  Delicious the egg whites.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

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