Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

mermaid’s delight: recipe for kelp body scrub

April 17, 2011

I love creating new ways to pamper myself and others. Today I came up with a body scrub that I’m feeling really good about. I’m so excited about it that I couldn’t wait to share the recipe with you. So, for my CSB members, SPOILER ALERT! This is going to be in your share this week. This product will also be available on my just-launched Etsy shop very soon.

Mermaid’s Delight Body Scrub

Makes about 4 ounces, or 2 to 3 applications

• one 6 inch strip of kelp, will end up to be 1 1/2 tablespoons ground
(a great place to get this is through Maine Seaweed)

• 3 tablespoons fine sea salt (I like Lima brand)

• 1 teaspoon avocado oil (you could also use olive oil)

• 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)

• 6 drops grapefruit essential oil (optional)

Cut the kelp into small strips (about 3 inch by 2 inch). Toast in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the kelp starts to get slightly browned around the edges, place in a seed grinder or blender. Grind into a course powder. Place in bowl and mix in sea salt. Add avocado oil, castile soap, and grapefruit essential oil. Mix well. Place in a 4 ounce jar.

To use, scrub on body, starting from the feet up. You will notice the mixture will start to get slippery (this is the part I love). If you can, leave the scrub on for 5 or 10 minutes.

A few notes of caution:

• It’s probably best not to use this scrub immediately after shaving or if you have any sensitive cuts

• The floor of the shower/tub will get slippery from the oil and the kelp’s mucilaginous nature, so be sure to take care not to slip and clean the floor when you’re through

• Use of this product may transform you into a mermaid, or maybe even a sea otter


riffing on an already improvised recipe

March 30, 2010

Waking up to the pitter-patter of raindrops on my window, slowly getting out of bed, looking out to see the dark day – I knew this was a day for muffins.

What kind of muffins was the question. Looking in the fridge and cupboards, I saw I had the makings of something interesting. I did a quick search and found something close to what I wanted to make. Something with beets, apples, olive oil, and maple syrup. Something dairy- and egg-free, which is something I haven’t yet dared to attempt.

I found a recipe that was an improvised version of another recipe, and I improvised on that using local and/or organic ingredients. I like to try new things in the kitchen with whatever I have available, and I’m usually pretty lucky with the results. Here’s the recipe I concocted, based on this one here.

Improvised beet-apple-orange muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
    (I used 1/2 cup spelt & 1 cup half white bread flour, both organic Farmer Ground Flour from NY State)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of mace
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup hemp milk
    (you could use almond or soy)
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 cup shredded apple
  • 1 cup roasted shredded beets
  • juice of half an orange
  • cashew pieces

Mix dry ingredients, except for sugar. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients plus sugar. Combine dry and wet ingredients, just coating the dry ones (don’t overmix). Fill a greased or lined muffin tin. Drop some cashew pieces on top for some extra flavor and crunch.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes (my oven took 20 minutes).

Enjoy your pink, healthful & delicious treat!


blueberries are in!

July 6, 2009

I don’t usually think of summer as a time to bake. In fact, if you can’t take the heat of the oven and end up offsetting it with air conditioning, summer baking can be a pretty wasteful endeavor. But blueberries are in season and I had the craving for a good, healthful blueberry muffin. It doesn’t hurt our energy bill that we don’t have an air conditioner in this part of the apartment — and I don’t mind sweating a bit.

I like to experiment in the kitchen, especially when it comes to baking. I’m often not satisfied with a recipe as is, and like to doctor it up or combine two or three recipes. When I was a bit younger, I was apprehensive about messing with a baking recipe. I was always told it was like chemistry, one misstep and it blows up in your face — or at the very least it won’t taste like it should. Somewhere along the way I dropped this notion and decided to take a risk. I’ve found that, for the most part, a little adaptation isn’t a bad thing, and it often turns out in your favor.

Case in point: the spelt almond blueberry/cranberry muffins I made this afternoon. Here’s my recipe, adapted from Healthy Green Lifestyle and Bob’s Red Mill:

Dry stuff:
2 1/4 cups organic spelt flour
1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
1 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups almond pulp (leftover from making almond milk – sans sweeteners or vanilla)

Wet stuff:
3 organic, free-range eggs
1/4 cup local buckwheat honey
1 1/4 cup almond milk (see above)
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
8 tablespoons (4 ounces) local pastured butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 3/4 cups local blueberries
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. [NB – I usually do this about 3/4 of the way into prepping the ingredients so as not to waste too much gas (or electricity, depending on your oven)].

Combine dry ingredients, stirring in almond pulp last.

In a separate mixing bowl, whip eggs. Whip in honey, almond milk, and vanilla. Then add the slightly cooled melted butter, being careful not to cook the eggs.

Gently mix dry and wet ingredients. Do not over stir. The mix should be lumpy.

Fold in blueberries and cranberries. Blueberries and cranberries can be dusted with flour prior to folding into the mix.

Spoon mix into a greased or lined 12-cup muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Cool and enjoy!

A couple of notes:

  • If you like a sweeter muffin, use 1 1/4 cups sugar plus honey, or substitute with 3/4 organic brown sugar
  • This recipe can also be made with 1 tablespoon oil instead of butter