CURRIED POTATO, CAULIFLOWER AND BROCCOLI SALAD (V+, V, NF, GrF, GF)

'You will run and try to hide
but I will never turn away 
I know you 
are tired and broken
I know you 
are fallen and feeling held down
so you raise another glass to fall apart
I know you
are tired and broken' 
 SUMERA

Isn't family a wonderfuly funny thing? I mean has it ever crossed your mind that we don't get to choose our mother or father or our sons or daughters? And we certainly don't get to choose our brothers or sisters. Yet that bond we establish with these special people is incredible. No matter what happens, no matters what c**p you go through together, at the very end of the day, they are there for you, just like you are there for them. Always. No questions asked.

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My sister Sumera and I are, well - how shall I put it? - total and complete, polar opposites. Sure, the 7 year age gap means we were never likely to be into the same stuff, but I dare say, it was always more than that. Whereas I was a planner, she was pretty impulsive. I loved social situations but she was more introverted. When we were growing up I easily adapted to the rules of academic settings. In contrast Sumera was super clever, but too free-spirited and creative to even have the desire to thrive in school. In short, I was the quintessential first-born, whereas Sumera lived up to the stereo-type of being the middle child. Needless to say, our different temperaments meant that we often clashed; though there was never a shadow of doubt in either one of our minds or hearts that we deeply, deeply cared for each other. 

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Photo by: Joost Vandebrug

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CINNAMON:

Without a shadow of a doubt, cinnamon is my most favourite spice in the whole wide world! It smells amazing and exotic, yet so familiar and comforting too. It reminds me of childhood and I connect its smell and taste to being spoiled by my mother on a Sunday morning. It is warming and nurturing and…well I could gush about cinnamon for the next half an hour, but I’ll spare you ;) .
The good news is that – apart from being super duper yummy – it’s also really good for you. And, more importantly it’s so easy to use and really versatile. So what makes cinnamon so healthy and why should you use it?

1. Cinnamon has a gently warming effect throughout the body and is a great way to fight off colds, fevers and flu during the chilly winter months. When my son is unwell I often put cinnamon in his tea and I promise you, this stuff works wonders. Because it has such an attractive taste, it’s relatively easy to slip this into your child’s diet and despite its healing qualities, your child won’t feel like they are being given ‘medicine’. Instead, it’s more like a treat.

2. Cinnamon can protect against candida yeast infection. Using cinnamon in your food is something I highly recommend for those of you who are taking antibiotics and who may consequently be more susceptible to candida yeast infection.

3. I have found reference on the internet that cinnamon is a good way to control blood sugar levels and hence very popular with type 2 diabetics. I have not read any specific research around this myself, but please do share your thoughts on this point. I’d be keen to hear if anyone has personal or professional experience of cinnamon’s use in this capacity.

4. Cinnamon has strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. This is one of the reasons it’s great at fighting candida yeast infections. But because of this quality, cinnamon can also be used to fight other fungal and bacterial infections such as tummy bugs and flu, to name but a few.

5. Both in the Ayurvedic tradition as well as in Chinese medicine, cinnamon is viewed as a powerful medicine. It is used to treat cold and indigestion, menstrual discomfort and bloating. I am not an expert in either of these two fields, but have read numerous reference of cinnamon’s use within these traditions. Please do share your experience and knowledge if you practice Ayurveda and/or Chinese medicine.

6. I’m pretty obsessed about good dental hygiene, hence my general dislike of (too much) sugar! So, I was really pleased to discover that cinnamon has been found to fight tooth decay and gum disease, again because of its anti-bacterial properties mentioned earlier. Cool huh?!

Here some recipes where I use cinnamon.
Enjoy and thanks for reading!

FLUE FIGHTING WINTER JUICE: 5 WAYS (V+, R, P, GF, NT, ChF, GrF)

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! It's sooooo good to be back. I really, really, really missed writing, creating recipes and taking pictures for the blog. And I missed being part of the blogging community :). But the 3 weeks off did me well and I can't think of a better month than January to start blogging again! I know lots of people think the first month of the year is too dark, too gloomy and too depressing but you know what? I am rather fond of January. That's because the beginning of the year to me means a chance to make a fresh start and to be a better, healthier and happier me :).

Like many of you, I tend to make a wish list of things I want to accomplish and achieve . (I don't like using the term New Year's resolutions as it kinda implies that it'll all fall to pieces before Jan is even over ;). Whereas wish list is more positive, more attainable and less conspicuous, don't you think?). I always post my New Year's wish list on my personal facebook page because the scrutiny of family and friends, as well as their support and encouragement, makes me work harder at completing all items on my list.

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