Dandelion honey and bees secret

I like a meadow covered with golden flowers and golden wreaths on my head. I like to blow my dandelions sometimes and  I love when wishes come true. What about locking some of this magic in a jar ?

It’s a bit enigmatic: wishes coming true, the gold and the jar, but I promise that everything will be explained – just keep reading.

I wish I could say that this is a secret recipe for the gummiberry juice, because as you know ”Magic and Mystery,
Are part of their history,
Along with the secret,
Of gummiberry juice. ”

Undoubtedly,  the recipe for gummiberry juice would be something big and I promise you that one day I will share this secret with you -work in progress.

In the meantime, I would like to tell you about another, equally wonderful, secret recipe. It’s the most carefully guarded by the bees recipe for honey from dandelions.

This is a real magic potion with lots of benefits for your health :

  • Lots of vitamins A, C and D, which boost our immunity, help to fight cough and support our bones
  • Vitamins B – necessary for nervous system and supporting the liver in removing toxins from our bodies
  • Potassium, magnesium, iron and silicon – supporting your immunity and digestive system
  • Multiple tannin with their anti-inflamatory antipruritic and  germicidal properties which are particularly useful in fighting throat infections
  • Flavonoids slowing ageing processs and decreasing the risk of cancer and circulatory system illnesses
  • Triterpene – helping to lower cholesterol levels and showing painkilling, antiviral, antimycotic and detoxificating properties
  • Aspargine – supporting our thinking processes
  • Inulin – protecting intestines from infections, lowering sugar levels in your blood, supporting your immune system
  • Silisic acid – accelerating wound healing and improving the look of the skin
  • Polifenol – antiarteriosclerotic agent, improving the metabolism, fighting the fever and rheumatism

No wonder it’s called a liquid gold !

I have to admit, I’ve adjusted this recipe a bit to make it easier. Bees have hundreds of years of tradition and all infrastructure created only for honey production. We are not able to compete with them.

We can make our “honey” of dandelion flowers in an easier way, though.

 

                                        Recipe for dandelion honey

 Ingredients:   

500 gr of flower petals
1 liter of water
Juice of 2 lemons
800 gr of sugar

Recipe:

Making honey this way is really not difficult.
You only need flower petals, water, lemons and sugar.

Remember to leave the petals spread on some paper for a while. This will give the ants and meadow spiders a chance to escape and avoid bathing.
When every living creature is safely out, put flower petals in a pot, add water and cook for 20 minutes.                        Leave it for the night.
Strain the dandelion petals.
Pour into the pot dandelion brew along with sugar and 2 lemon juice
Cook it slowly on a low fire for an hour or until the syrup becomes thick.

To check if the syrup is thick enough, take a little of it on a teaspoon and pour it onto a flat plate. It should get thick in a few minutes.

Enjoy your sweet honey from golden flowers ☺

 

 

 

 

Let me know if in your country you also have a dandelion and blowing them away makes wishes come true.

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Birch juice

 

Long time ago, when our Sun was God, people also worshipped the common birch. The white tree was celebrated as a symbol of life, wisdom, and fertility.

Nowadays, thanks to advanced laboratory methods, we know that the magical properties of birch undeniably exist and we were right about its healing power.
Village healers and shamans never needed such evidence. Their knowledge of plants, potions, and ointments was based on experience of many generations.
The properties of birch tree can help with numerous diseases, heal the damages of the internal organs, deal with general weakness and tiredness of the body as well as grievous, difficult to heal wounds and eczema. Birch was used as a remedy for ailments of the soul such as anxiety or melancholy. During the Second World War, the Russian orphans had a chance to experience the life-giving powers of the tree; they were given the rich in nutritious glucose and fructose juice as a substitute for mother’s milk. The main property of birch juice is a general boost of body’s immunity by stimulation of its immune system. Juice, in addition to the groundwater collected by roots, also contains valuable nutrients such as simple sugars, high energy compounds, organic acids, alcohols, mineral salts, vitamins, and probiotics. Thanks to the content of all these ingredients the juice purifies the blood, immunizes, improves metabolism, it has beneficial effects on the kidneys and liver as well as the complexion and hair.

The easiest way to get juice at any time of the year is to buy it in the store. If we want to get the juice by ourselves, we can do it only in the early spring. For this purpose, you can cut the birch twig and drill a hole in the tree. Then insert the tube to the hole and put its end to a bottle hanged below.
One litre of juice can be taken from one tree, and the hole made in it must be then secured with a wooden bung and a garden ointment.
The fresh juice needs to be consumed pretty quickly, usually fermentation starts within 2 or 3 days. This can be prevented by preserving the juice with sugar, pasteurizing, mixing with alcohol, or freezing. However, birch leaves are easy to store, and can be simply collected and consumed in the form of teas. The leaves show a diuretic and saluretic effect and can help in diseases with metabolic disorders, young acne or rheumatism. Externally, they are used for hair loss and psoriasis. Often picked in spring and summer, birch whisks have long been used in Russian banya and Finnish saunas.

Nowadays, it is known that methyl salicylate, which protects against colds and skin diseases, is released during the burning process of birch twigs. Knowing this fact, can you, Dear reader, make a connection between a birch twigs and our all too familiar subconscious image of a witch flying on a broom? Perhaps now, with a proof provided by modern science, it is clear that the hidden messages in old children stories hide in plain sight the secret, magical ingredient of health and beauty power, used by witches and alchemists all over the world to pro-long their life and beauty. After all what makes a witch’s broom fly?

 

 

 

Cheers

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Tour of Edinburgh

This was not my first visit to Edinburgh, but only this time I found a moment to explore the city
If you like mountains and sea there you can find both. And here are some of my pictures from my last visit, two weeks ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you a sea or mountain person ?

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Peace, love and the Wonder Woman

I do not know how it is possible that I did not know this lady before. Of course I knew she existed, but I never checked who she is and what her story is. My mistake, because it’s really a beautiful story about a very brave woman.
The inspiration for creating this character was the wife and lover of the author, psychology professor William Moulton Marston. Allegedly they were very strong, liberated and independent women. Interesting that he needed them both since each was so great.
But who was the Wonder Woman and why she was so naive, brave and uncompromising ? Maybe because of her mother made her from clay and prayed to Zeus to bring her alive. Cute, crazy but not original.
Diana, her mother – the queen and the entire Amazon tribe they had a seemingly happy and carefree life on a mysterious island – Temiscira created for them by Zeus. Here the days filled the martial arts training, because they were created for that purpose and enjoying the beauty of paradise island. But nothing lasts forever and one day a man appeared on the island and he told them about the ongoing war in the world. Of course it has destroyed the harmony of the island. The Amazons did not want to interfere in the affairs of human wars, only Diana eagerly expressed her desire to save the world; arm in arm with a stranger.
Steve was not quite the type of hero, but he was trying to do something, because as his father told him ‘’If something bad happens in the world, you can do nothing or do something’’
For her, it was enough to save the world and fall in love with him, by the way he was the first man she had ever seen. Also the senseless cruelty of the First World War was the first cruelty she had ever seen. While living on a paradise island she believed that people are naturally good and she should always help them. World of war showed her, that everyone is both good and evil and people have to make choices. Wonder Woman accepts it and fights for their defense even though she still hears that they do not deserve it.
When she sees that her man leaves her on the battlefield she starts to lose strengths, but then words that were lost in the explosion come to her and she sees his sacrifice. Then her power returns and it allows her to overcome all the evil of the world. The banal and beautiful summary of the film are words, which Wonder Woman declares in the decisive battle with Ares ” It’s about what you believe in and I believe in love. Only love can save world. ”

 

 

What do you believe in ?
Did you like the movie ?

 

 

 

 

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Homemade body scrub

Maybe it’s weird but I do not like to buy cosmetics. Buying shampoo or shower gel is just a necessity for me, I do not find this a nice pleasure 😉 I usually do online shopping here or here.

Sometimes, however  I like to make my own soap, shampoo, or very simple body scrub.
I like to invent new recipes, but I usually use what i currently have in the kitchen.

 

I take some :

brewed coffee grounds

cinnamon

oil

grated ginger and citrus peel

salt

I put everything in a bowl and mix.
You do not need proportions and recipes. Be creative. If you want to have more creamy and consistent texture you have to add teaspoon of shower gel.

Have a nice bath 🙂
I am curious what cosmetic brands are you using ?

Are you doing your own products?

 

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Grilled vegetables with coca-cola

I am not an expert on BBQ. In fact, I do not even know how to light a fire under the grill, or more precisely I just did not try. Luckily I know a lot of people who like to play with fire. Meanwhile I hide in the kitchen and prepare something for the grate. Seasonal vegetables and good company is always a great recipe for a summer evening.
Soy sausages and vegeburgers are also okey.

 

 

Ingredients :
1/2 cans of classic Coca-Cola
6 tablespoons ketchup or tomato concentrate
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1-2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon of hot pepper
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon of pepper
3 cloves of garlic
courgette
20 mushrooms
3 peppers
1 onion
And whatever you like
Recipe :
First you have to do marinade. For that, put coca-cola and spices into a large lockable food box.
Chop the vegetables, except mushrooms and put everything in a container with prepared marinade.
Shake the vegetable container and leave everything for 2-3 hours.

 

Bon Appetit and have fun 🙂
Do you like barbecue ?
What is your favorite BBQ dish ?

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Vegetable balls

Today I would like to offer you a very delicious and filling dinner dish.
I do not know whether these balls taste like meatballs, but  is it important if they are so delicious. Bon Appetit 🙂

 

Ingredients :
Vegetable balls:

180 grams of tofu
190 grams of cooked millet (glass)
½ glass bread crumbs
1 tablespoon of yeast flakes
2 teaspoons of crisp mustard
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
½ teaspoon of hot pepper
1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary and thyme
salt, pepper
Rapeseed oil for frying

Sauce :

Can of cut tomatoes
onion
pepper
2 garlic cloves
¼ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon thyme
¼ teaspoon of basil
¼ teaspoon of paprika
salt, pepper
Rapeseed oil for frying

Spagetti pack

 

Recipe :
Sauce :

Pour the oil over the pan and add the onion cubes.
Fry for a few minutes, then add chopped diced pepper and fry for a few more minutes.
Add can of tomatoes, spices and squeezed garlic.
Stew all about 20 – 30 minutes.

Vegetables balls :
In a saucepan boil a glass of water, add millet and cook for 15 minutes on low heat, occasionally stir the mash.
Tofu cut into cubes and toss together with the other ingredients into the blender dish. Mix until finely ground, try and season with salt and pepper. From the mass to make small balls.
They should be the size of a walnut.
Fry the balls in the pan and then place it on a paper towel. Cook the spaghetti and add it to the saucepan with the sauce.

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Dandelion flowers in dough

I like to experiment with wild food. Forest, meadow and even yard lawn are full of edible plants. Today I would like to persuade you to try the dandelion.

Ingredients :

dandelion flowers

2 glasses of rapeseed oil

glass of beer

glass of flour

half a teaspoon of salt

teaspoon baking powder

 

Recipe :

1. Mix well flour, powder, salt and beer

2. In a saucepan boil the oil

3. Fry in deep fat for approx a minute

Bon Appetit 🙂


Do you like wild food?

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Corn chowder

Ingredients :

2 corn cobs
1 small cauliflower
1/2 leek
Several dried tomatoes with oil
2 laurel leaves
1 allspice
¼ teaspoon chili
¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika
A few tablespoons of tomato oil
1/2 bunch of spring onions
1 liter of almond milk
1 glass of vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
Salt and black pepper

Recipe:

Cut off the seeds of corn, dried tomatoes chopped in cubes, cauliflower cut into small rubles,
leek cut into slices. Heat a few tablespoons of dried tomato oil on the bottom of a large pot.
Add chopped vegetables and all spices, except the nutmeg nut. Stir in oil for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Pour the milk into the vegetables and cook on low heat for about 15 – 20 minutes until the cauliflower is soft. Pour the broth and a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, add salt and black pepper to taste and chopped spring onions. Stir thoroughly.

 

Bon Appetit 🙂

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