Healing

Thank the Goddess... of Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa)

Thank the Goddess who created Quinoa (Keen-wah). This amazing ancient grain that has a history of being around for thousands of years and was the staple diet of the Incas has only made it into the culinary mainstream over the last decade. It is another superfood, complete with nine amino acids, naturally high in fibre, high in protein and low G.I. The other amazing property of this pseudo grain is that it is gluten free. Delicious, highly nutritious and perfect for gluten-free warriors!

Thank the Goddess.

 

 

 

Lemon Balm : Melissa Officinalis

An ancient herb used in apothecaries all over the world, Lemon Balm or Melissa Officinalis derives from Melisso-phyllon which is a Greek term meaning "bee leaf". When in bloom you will find nature's little pollinators surrounding this plant with wild abandonment. Oh, For the love of bees!

Lemon Balm belongs to the mint family and is a fast growing perennial. It self sows easily and doesn't take much fuss. It may be harvested anytime however the flavour increases right before it begins to flower and if your snip the flowers back you will get another delicious crop.

Lemon Balm has a host of medicinal uses, some of the more common treatments include anxiety, depression, nervous disorders, heartache, upset stomach, as well as having key constituents that help combat viral and bacterial infections. It also has properties that may effect the thyroid gland therefore if you have an issue with your thyroid, you should seek Dr approval before indulging in this herb.

Lemon Balm is a tasty, lemon flavoured herb that may be used as a tisane or added to your cooking, salads, soups and more. You may find that if you add it to your bath it might help to dispell negativity and calm your spirit. 

xJo

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2016 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.
 

Paneer

Paneer is one of the most beloved cheeses in our repertoire. Paneer has been made for centuries however the origin of this particular cheese is questionable. The word paneer is of Persian descent however it is well known and loved throughout South Asia under various guises.

It is a simple, versatile cheese that you can make and eat within a couple hours which compliments almost any Indian or Pakistani dish. It is a soft and crumbly cheese, reminiscent of haloumi but without the squeak or rubbery texture. All you need is milk, yoghurt, lemons, and salt. Try to use a biodynamic, probiotic, pot set yoghurt if possible. Paired with some amazing recipes you know it is doing both your body and tastebuds a favour.

Paneer Recipe:

  • Bring 3 cups of full cream milk to the boil. Continue to boil for 5 mins to reduce and slightly thicken.
  • Add 1 cup of full cream greek yoghurt.  Stir to combine.
  • Add juice of 1/2 fresh lemon.
  • Stir until the mixture "splits" into curds and whey.
  • Drain into a double muslin lined colander over a bowl to separate the curds from the whey. Save the whey.
  • Gather the muslin up around the curds and twist the top to gently squeeze the whey out.
  • Hang the muslin wrapped curds over a bowl in the sink to continue to "dry". You should do this for at least 20-30 mins, the longer you drain the curds the more firm it will be.
  • After it is finished "drying" place the ball on a cookie sheet and place a board or weighted object over the ball to flatten and form a disc. Let this form for 30 mins.
  • The paneer should now be set and resemble a firm, flat disc.
  • Serve with your favourite meal, snack or refridgerate for a yummy, nutritious snack.

Note: Keep the whey (in the fridge) to use in place of water in your recipes, use it in your juices or use it to cook your rice, beans or potatoes, etc. It will add extra nutrients and flavour.

xJo

 

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2016 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.