Here is something I indulge in without any guilt whatsoever. I have a
sweet tooth and love sweet treats, but I also know that sugar,
especially the refined version, is really bad for health. A piece of
fruit may satisfy sugar craving, but is not always what I want. I created these delicious pralines that can be
made any time of the year, but especially when the Holiday Season comes. They
make a perfect gift for Christmas and are very easy and
fun to make. If you have children, they would love to do the work for
recipe makes 34 delicious pralines. They are vegan, gluten-free, and
suited for people who follow raw food or paleo diet. No sugar added. Ingredients:
2 cups dried, non-sulfured seedless apricots
1/2 cup raw cacao
2 Tbsp virgin coconut oil (melted in water bath)
1 1/2 cups coconut flour (you can also use almond flour)
washed and cleaned apricots in a medium large bowl. Add enough purified
or spring water to cover the apricots set aside. Allow to macerate over
Strain apricots but do not discard the liquid. It can be added to smoothies.
apricots in a food processor and mash using the S blade. Process until
you receive a smooth paste. Add melted coconut oil and mix again. To
melt coconut oil fill a medium large bowl with hot water. Put the
measured amount of coconut oil into a small bowl. Place the small bowl
in a bowl of hot water and allow it to sit there until coconut oil
turned into liquid.
make the dough you can use the food processor, I prefer to do it the
old way - by hand in a large bowl. I use large spatula. It is quite a
fun and a good exercise, but it takes a bit of time.
you decide to follow me in the exercise, transfer apricot paste into a
large bowl add spices, salt, raw cacao and mix well with a wooden spoon.
Gradually add coconut flour and mix well. You should be able to make a
dough that is firm, but sticky enough to form small round pralines.
make the pralines portion out a chunk of dough (about 1 Tbsp) and roll
it to shape between your palms. Set each praline aside.
four small plates with garnish ingredients. I leave the proportions to
you. Divide the amount of pralines you formed out of the dough into four
groups and give them the final touch rolling them in garnish
ingredients. Shape pralines back to shape if necessary. Ready!
can place the ready pralines in individual candy paper cups and box
them or leave them on a platter for everyone to enjoy right away.
candy never lasts long when I am around so I have no need for
refrigeration, but I suggest that you keep your pralines in the fridge if
you want to preserve their goodness. You probably can dehydrate them in
your dehydrator on the lowest possible temperature, but this will, most
probably, alter the texture a bit. If you have time and means you can also dip this confections in a chocolate ganache and decorate them as they cool off. Experiment.
And whatever you decide to do, enjoy it!
First it was global cooling (1970s), then global warming (mid-1990s and on), now, probably out of pure embarrassment, it is simply the climate change. The heated debate brings skeptics, climate change deniers, fanatics and the hypocrites to, or near, each climate conference. And while the skeptics are being ridiculed;the deniers threatened with imprisonment; the fanatics ready to damp their cars and ride on bikes in cold and snow; the hypocrites are not in the slightestashamed to travel in private jets from one corner of the Earth to another. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is chilling indeed.
The current conference is under way in Paris where delegates of 195 countries responsible for negotiating a climate agreement are working together to pass a binding document that will put an end to, or at least slow down, the change of climate on planet Earth. The treaty may, or may not, include a plan to extinguish the Sun whose activity is in great part responsible for the irregular weather patterns and climate formation on Earth.
Forgive me my sarcasm, but climate change is a big and very lucrative business, and much of what is going on, is happeningin the "dark," behind closed doors. One can only speculate on who is really involved here and who will profit the most.
The climate is visibly changing and the powers to be decided that we will have to pay for it. Emphasis on "we" not them. I wish that someone told me why the same group of actors suppresses the research on free energy that was originally initiated by Nicola Tesla. The climate change dogma does not tolerate dissent of any kind. It preaches that climate change is anthropogenic or man-made. It also preaches that the changes are irreversible, butcan be slowed down by restricting human activities that caused them. No matter that climate changes are cyclical. No matter that some serious causes of climate change come fromnature. The natural causes of climate change include changes in Earth's
orbit and in the amount of energy emittedby the Sun. Furthermore, volcanic eruptions are also considered to causevariationsin climate. The eco-fascists, however, do not even bother to take these factors into consideration. The wild nature only spoils the rigid models developed in laboratory setting. Such narrative supports a sinister political agenda of a certain group of people and cannot be changed. Scientistswho propagate the "global cooling, global warming, climate change" theory want us to believe that recent changes in climate cannot be explained by nature
alone. They claim that most of the warming
since the mid-1900s is caused by human activity, most notably by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas. This human activity contributes to the greenhouse effect whereas heat is "trapped" by gases such as carbon dioxide. A drastic reduction in the consumption of fossil fuels would consequently lead to cooling and stabilization of climate. At least in theory, as postulated by these same scientists. That plants need carbon dioxide for their growth and development is not often considered in these equations. The systematic destructionof the jungles in Indonesia and Brazil and the deforestation of other regions is an industrial factor often overlooked in the debates as if the one thing had nothing to do with the other.
True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon
the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to
rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so
wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and
within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may
be, without wishing for what he has not. - Seneca
Wishing everyone a happy and meaningful Thanksgiving! - Dominique Allmon
Tonight is a moment of pain, of tears, of mourning, but Paris is still here.
Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
Once again our hearts go out to Paris as the French President Francois Hollande declares a state of emergency
across the country after a series of terrorist attacks that rocked Paris,
killing at least 129 and wounding more than 400 people on November 13, 2015. Things must change in Europe before it's too late...
"Mere words cannot express what it means to be a part of the most amazing and elite fraternity in the Universe." - Sgt. James W. Allmon, USMC
"I love the Corps for those intangible possessions that
cannot be issued: pride, honor, integrity, and being able to carry on the
traditions for generations of warriors past." - Cpl. Jeff Sornig, USMC, in Navy Times, November
For the last 240 years US Marine Corps was and continues to be a brotherhood of a very special brand of men, and relatively recently, women. They are the few, the brave. As Gen. William Thornson of the US. Army once said, There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion. The Marines are the first to go and the last to leave. Their courage and bravery is legendary. And they are never "ex", not even "former" Marines. A Marine is a Marine for life. He only wears a different uniform when not in active duty anymore. But only the Marines know why.
Pink October! By the end of the first week, at the latest, everybody must have noticed that we are celebrating the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink ribbons, pink ribbon marathons, pink ribbon rallies, pink ribbon merchandise everywhere you go.
Breast cancer is a cancer that affects the breast tissues. It usually
forms in the ducts that carry milk to the nipples and in the glands
that make milk (lobules). This life-threatening disease affects mostly
women, but also more and more men. Breast cancer is the most prevalent
cancer in the world. It is a deadly disease that claims countless lives every year and yet, till this day there is no efficient cure for it. The currently offered therapy leaves breast cancer survivors scarred for life - if not physically than at least mentally. Breast cancer diagnosis comes as a shock even to those who have a breast cancer history in their families. To many people breast cancer certainly seems like a death
sentence. And yet, breast cancer, like many other cancers, is a symptom
of wrong choices we make daily. Breast cancer can be prevented! Prevention means a
conscious, drastic change of a lifestyle - a step that more and more people are willing to
importance of early detection of breast cancer cannot be underestimated. It takes only a few minutes a day to perform self-examination. Physical activity, stress control and healthy
nutrition are absolutely vital in prevention of any disease and cancer is no exception. Research shows that many foods and nutrients have very high anti-tumor potential. By adding them to your daily nutritional plan you may be able to increase your survival chances. The anti breast-cancer diet should include high doses of:
omega-3 fatty acids
power foods such as pomegranate and raspberries
cruciferous vegetables rich in the cancer fighting indole-3-carbinole
curcumin found in Indian curry (turmeric)
flax rich in lingans
medicinal mushrooms such as shiitake and maitake
Currently even Cannabis is considered to be a potential cure for many cancers, including the breast cancer. Although by federal law possession of cannabis (marijuana) is illegal in the United States, a growing number of states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to legalize its use for medical purposes. Research shows that cannabinoids (compounds of Cannabis) activate specific receptors throughout the body to produce healing effects, especially in the nervous system and in the immune system. The FDA does not approve Cannabis as a treatment for cancer or any other medical condition. However, commercially available cannabinoids, such as nabilone, are approved for the treatment of cancer-related side effects. Advanced breast cancer does not respond well to therapy. This fact makes prevention more important than ever. Knowledge may save lives. By Dominique Allmon Dominique Allmon@2015
* This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.
Things never go the way you expect them to. That's both the joy and
frustration in life. I'm finding as I get older that I don't mind,
though. It's the surprises that tickle me the most, the things you don't
see coming. - Michael Stuhlbarg
After our visit to the annual Roswell Farmers' Market only a week ago my husband and I were tempted to attend as vendors. We only had a couple of days to decide what we wanted to offer to visitors and I came up with a few recipes for muffins and cakes. We baked the goods in our kitchen and brought them to the market last Saturday. The response was much better than I expected. A real success, to be true.
In this post I am sharing with you my, now famous, Spicy Bacon Cheddar Muffins recipe. Since more and more people are becoming sensitive to gluten, I used a high quality gluten-free baking mix. You can use regular flour to bake them, but remember to adjust the amounts of ingredients and add baking powder.
In a frying pan fry bacon slices until crispy. Remove from pan and allow to cool on a sheet of kitchen paper. Once bacon slices cooled off crush them with a wooden spoon into a small chunks. Set aside.
Transfer the baking mix into a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, milk and melted butter. Using balloon whisk mix the ingredients until you obtained a smooth, flowing batter. Add crushed bacon, shredded cheese, and spices. Mix well. The batter should be slightly flowing, but not too thick and not too thin.
Depending on the type of your baking pan you may want to use paper cupcake liners or melted butter to prevent the muffins from sticking to the pan. Prepare your baking pan accordingly and fill each cup about 2/3 with the batter.
Place the baking pan in the preheated oven and bake for 18 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven. Using a pastry brush spread the beaten egg over the muffins. Sprinkle some hot pepper flakes and place the baking pan in the oven for another 2-3 minutes.
Insert a toothpick to test whether muffins are fully baked. When toothpick comes out completely dry, your muffins are ready.
Remove the muffins from the baking pan and place them on a cooling pastry rack. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.