Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rhubarb & Plum Compote

6-7 rhubarbs,peel,cut into ca 2 cm chunks
3-4 plums,stoned,quartered
150-200 g sugar
Place the plums into pan & cover with water,bring it to boil until cooked.
Add sugar & rhubarbs.
Bring it back to boil for 1-2 min.
Spoon the compote into the jars & close air tight.
Store in the cool place.
Ideal on the ice cream or with pancakes,yumm..

Monday, April 25, 2011

Dandelion Syrup

250 dandelion flowers
1 l water
500 g sugar
1-2 lemons
Pull the green bits off the dandelion heads.
Place the dandelions into the big pot along with lemon juice & water.
Let it simmer gently,covered for about 1 h.
Remove from the heat & leave to sit for 24 h.
Drain the dandelion syrup mixture,add the sugar & simmer on low heat until syrupy.
Pour the syrup into the clean jar when still hot,seal tightly.
Store in the refigerator.

The syrup is very lovely,I use it instead of honey.
Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc.
In traditional medicine, dandelion roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems.
Dandelion leaves produce a diuretic effect while the roots act as an antiviral agent, appetite stimulant, digestive aid, and may help promote gastrointestinal health. Dandelion flower has antioxidant properties. Dandelion may also help improve the immune system.

Dandelion is one of the best herbs to support a spring cleansing diet. It acts on both the liver and the kidneys, helping to 'purify ' the blood and flush out the uric acid crystals that accumulate in the tissues from eating a diet too rich in animal proteins.


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