Tip of the week

Bananas

Bananas are very good for you, they contain potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, C and B 6.

I really love bananas they are probably my favourite fruit. We have lots of bananas in Tenerife, If you put them in the fridge they will keep longer. If you have got more than you can eat, you can take the skin off cover in foil and put in freezer, they make good healthy ice lollies, they have a really creamy taste similar to milk lollies.

You can use banana skin for warts and verrucas, cut a piece of skin to cover the wart or verruca the cover with tape and leave overnight, repeat every night till gone, I do not know how it works but it does.

Last of all you can cook with bananas, I found this great pancake recipe on the internet it is sugar free, gluten free and dairy free.( http://www.huffingtonpost.com), I have altered the recipe a bit because I am allergic to nuts and the recipe had used almond flour which I substitued for maize flour. I really like banana loaf but find it hard to get a good wheat free recipe, but these pancakes are a very good substitute.

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2 ripe mashed banana

1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup coconut milk

2 eggs

1/2 cup oat flour

1/2 cup maize flour

1 1/4 tsp. baking powder

pinch of salt

1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

2 tsp. ground seeds (pumpkin,sesame, sunflower)

coconut oil for frying

Method:

1. Combine all wet ingredients ( banana,coconut milk,eggs,vanilla) with a whisk.

2. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients ,oat flour, baking powder ,salt, cinnamon,  nutmeg, mixed seeds, maize flour.

3. Add dry ingredients to wet, mix till smooth, it should be quite wet a dropping consistency

4. Leave to stand for about a min, it will thicken, if you feel it is too thick add a little more coconut milk or water.

5. Put a little coconut oil  onto griddle or frying pan.

6. Drop a dsp. of mixture onto griddle, the pancakes are ready when brown on both sides and cooked through.

I found these pancakes easy to make and delicious. You can have them for breakfast as I did with toasted coconut and sweet soya sauce ,or maple syrup, the options are endless.

Tip of the Week

Herb Salt.

I used to buy herb salt, but now I make my own it is very easy and you can control the amount of salt.
You need a pepper mill, which I half fill with peppercorns, use whatever ones you prefer I quite like the mixed ones, then I add rock salt about a teaspoon, then the dried herbs, I like to use ones I have dried myself, basil, oregano, rosemary, parsley, thyme, or whatever is at hand.
Give the pepper mill a shake and you are off. I find the flavour is much richer than the bought ones and it is cheaper too.

Tip of the week

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Echinacea

Echinacea is a flowering herb part of the daisy family.
It is used mainly to ward off infections like cold and flu, but does work for any time you are just not feeling up to the mark.
I find it very helpful. I work in a UK owned bar, we have a lot of customers who have come over from the UK and they usually bring the infections with them, I take start taking Echinacea before I start work , and this usually keeps me cold and flu free so that I can do my job.
You can now buy Echinacea almost anywhere and it comes in tablet, liquid and even tea form.

Tip of the week

EYE MAKE UP REMOVER

Put equal amounts of distilled witch hazel and extra virgin olive oil in a dark bottle and shake until mixed.
Put a little on to a cotton pad and use to take your eye shadow and mascara off. As easy as that.
This works really well and feels refreshing.

Witch hazel has been used for years, and is really good at cleansing the skin.
Olive oil does not clog the pores like other oils.
Especially good for people with allergies, gentle and natural on the skin.

I have tried many different types of cleanser, water based , oil based, wipes, milks, and I find this works the best for me. Try it and let me know how you get on.

Tip of the week

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CLEANING JEWELLERY

1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon washing up liquid
1 piece of tin foil
1 cup of boiling water

Method

Line a bowl with the tin foil.
Mix together salt, baking soda,washing up liquid add boiling water, stir together then pour into bowl.
Pop in your gold or silver jewellery that needs cleaning. Works well on rings with stones ie. engagement or eternity rings.
Leave for 2 to 3 hours.
Take out and rinse with warm water, leave to dry.
Your jewellery should be sparkling.

Tip of the Week

HOUSEHOLD TIPS

Using store cupboard ingredients.

1.Cleaning burnt on food off of pans.
Leave to soak in a mixture of vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, for a few hours and you should be able to wipe clean.

2.Prevent avocados from turning black.
If you only want to use half the avocado, dip the other half in lemon juice and cover tightly in foil, put in fridge until needed should last 2 to 3 days.

3.Clean and sterilize your chopping board.
Rub with a half a lemon, this will dispel any leftover odours.

4.Clean tea stains on mugs.
Put salt on to moist cloth and rub inside of mug.

5.Cleaning brass candle sticks or ornaments.
Use tomato ketchup, put on damp cloth and rub gently, then rise off with clean water.

6.Cleaning the fridge.
Salt and soda water will clean and freshen the inside of your fridge, and because this mixture is naturally nonabrasive, it is safe to use on easily scratch-able surfaces like the inside of the fridge.

7.Natural Air Freshener.
You can make your own natural and inexpensive air freshener with table salt and oranges or lemons.Cut an orange or lemon in half,remove the pulp,and fill the peel with salt. It provides a pleasant, aromatic scent.

8.Clean lime scale off of taps.
Use vinegar. If you can remove taps soak in vinegar overnight then wash with clean water, if you cannot remove heads,like shower head fill a plastic bag with vinegar and tie around tap leave overnight.Taps should be left gleaming.

Tip of the week

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil has been the most popular essential oil for centuries. I remember my gran using dried lavender in bags in her linen drawers, I have dried lavender and used it in potpourri.

The essential oil has many uses

Skin – sunburn, bruises, insect bites, cuts.
circulation – muscle aches and pains.
nervous system – stress headache, insomnia.

You can put a few drops on a handkerchief or a piece of kitchen roll and slip it into you pillowcase for a relaxing nights sleep.

Lavender oil is one of the essential oils that you can put directly onto your skin. Very effective for minor burns.

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I actually love pumpkin,sunflower and sesame seeds, but until I became allergic to nuts I had never tried them.

PUMPKIN SEEDS
Contain omega 3.
High in many minerals, especially zinc.
Excellent for the immune system, reproductive system,wound healing, skin health and brain function.
Contains good levels of vitamin B and E.

SUNFLOWER SEEDS
Contain omega 6.
Antioxidant properties.
Good levels of vitamin E..
Contain Selenium which controls cell damage.

SESAME SEEDS
Contain omega 6.
High in B vitamins,for healthy nerves.
Good levels of calcium.
Contains sesamin to help reduce the amount of serum and liver cholesterol.

If you are not fond of seeds a good way to use them is to grind them, and you can add them to soups,curries,pasta etc, you won´t even notice they are there but you will get all the benefits.
When I bake I add them to the flour, when making cakes or biscuits.
They are also good as a snack toasted, not unlike nuts.

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I first came into contact with Aloe Vera when I was holidaying in Tenerife about 20 years ago, we were on a Island Tour Trip and I had got a bit red with the sun, sometimes I suffer from prickly heat. There was a man selling Aloe Vera gel, he cut a piece of leave off an Aloe Vera plant, and rubbed the juice that came out of the plant on my shoulder it was so cooling. I bought some Aloe Vera gel and used it on my holiday as an after sun.No more prickly heat.
It is best to use the purist Aloe Vera you can find. There are many uses for Aloe Vera, I use it for rashes of any sort, bites, dry skin, thrush, mouth ulcers.
If you have a plant you can cut a piece of leave off and rub this on the affected area. It is really good if you keep it in the fridge
If you suffer from prickly heat as I did, use sun cream that is mostly Aloe Vera.I do not have a problem in the sun now as long as I keep putting the cream on.
In Tenerife Aloe Vera is easy to purchase, and one of the other Aloe Vera products I like is the muscle gel, which is like a natural form of deep heat without all the chemicals, and it works really well.