Posts Tagged ‘cloves’

Gingered Pumpkin Caramels

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

With the fall season upon us, and many jack-o-lanterns being readied for Halloween, there are many tasty and innovative recipes for the pumpkin flesh. These wonderful Gingered Pumpkin Caramels are a tasty alternative to the traditional Halloween Kisses to hand out to your neighbourhood ‘trick or treaters’. For more pumpkin recipes, both cosmetic and cooking [...]

Home-made Pumpkin Pie Spice

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

It is that time of year again when pumpkin pies abound. This is a traditional pumpkin-pie/muffin spice mixture with slight variations allowing for spice taste preferences. For a lighter hint of mix, use the first amounts, and for a more spicier version, use the second amounts listed. For best results, use freshly ground spices. Please [...]

ELDERBERRY SYRUP FOR COLDS & CONSTIPATION

Friday, February 27th, 2009

European herbalists have long recommended this syrup to be taken for both colds and constipation.
In a very large stock pot, simmer 1 gallon of fully ripened elderberries in ½ cup of water until soft.
Strain the berries, saving all the liquid. (You can puree the berries in a strainer, and then add the pureed pulp, if [...]

Folk Medicinal Spices–common cures and remedies

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Common and everyday spices are well known to have healing effects and have been used in this way by virtually all of mankind at one time or another, from ancient times to present day. (see the spice history chart in betweenclosefriends.com for more information)

As we come full circle and begin turning away from the fast-food [...]

Common and Popular Spices and Their Everyday Uses

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Listed here are a few of the most common spices used in folk medicine along with easy suggested uses for them in your everyday cooking. (Please go to the ‘Miscellaneous Natural Remedies’ category of betweenclosefriends.com and click on ‘Folk Medicinal Spices‘ for the common cures and remedies pertaining to use of these spices)

ALLSPICE [...]

How to Make a Wonderfully Fragrant Spice Potpourri

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

For a very festive touch, package this fragrant mood-enhancing Christmas Spice Potpourri in small gold net bags or in small white boxes tied with a good cord and a tag explaining its ingredients: From the Middle East– the birth of great religions– the aroma of Frankincense represents life, and Myrrh is a symbol of suffering: [...]

Hot Chocolate Syrup Mix

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

This Hot Chocolate Syrup Mix has just a hint of spiciness, and is especially satisfying after a day out in the cold winter weather served in a steaming mug and topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. You can double this recipe if your family really enjoys their hot chocolate, otherwise the basic recipe [...]

Delicious Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Mix

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

For this cold weather, nothing beats a steaming mug of hot chocolate, topped with a mound of fluffy white whipped cream, with chocolate sprinkles. (If you are going to go to the trouble of making your own hot chocolate, why not go all the way, with all the trimmings for a complete soothing comfort drink!) [...]

How to Make a Perfect Spa Beverage

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

The benefits of both the ginger as a digestive aid and general all-over tonic, combined with the relaxing effects of the chamomile and the anti-inflamatory qualities of cinnamon, it is no wonder that sipping Chef Michel Stroot’s creation of this Spa Chamomile Drink has become somewhat of a popular pastime at the [...]

More Holiday Mixes to Make for Gift Giving and Your Own Delicious Use

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Mix This delicious Hot Chocolate mix is so simple to make, you will want to make extra for your own enjoyment! The following ingredients will make up 3 cups of dry mix, and is easily doubled or tripled.

1 c pure cocoa
1¼ c sugar
1 c skim milk (or soy milk for [...]