Posts Tagged ‘Recipes’
Sunday, November 27th, 2011
I’m often asked if the traditional drink of Honey and Lemon really does any good if you have a sore throat.
I have often use it and consider it to give great relief, in fact I wouldn’t be without it. Honey contains a variety of enzymes, proteins and has strong anti-bacterial properties which have been widely known since….well almost before time.
To say it actually cures a sore throat would probably be just a touch too inaccurate but it will help greatly and will do no harm. However, it is recommended that honey not be fed to infants under the age of one year. This is due to the potential for honey to carry C. botulinum spores which may be harmful to the undeveloped immune systems of infants.
Honey is considered to be one of the best natural remedies for sore throats, coughs and general cold symptoms. Honey has long been used in various natural sore throat remedies. Even today many commercial preparations for sore throats and coughs are still primarily based on honey. For a simple and natural remedy to a cold or sore throat, take one teaspoon of honey twice a day until cured. If your cold or sore throat persists for longer than 5 days, I recommend you contact your doctor.
Another recipe that I have heard used by several people with some success, although I have never used it myself, is made as follows:
3 tbls of lemon Juice.
4 tbls of Ground Ginger. (Some recommend using fresh root ginger, mashed)
3 tsps of Honey.
2 tsps of Salt.
1 Pint of boiling water.
Put the boiling water in a measuring jug, add all the other ingredients and stir thoroughly until all is dissolved. Allow to cool slightly and drink by sipping slowly.
This recipe is also reportedly good for the relief of the symptoms of: Headaches, Migraine, Toothache and Earache etc. Although as I have mentioned, I have not used it myself. I would be most interested to hear from anyone who has used it and what effects were experienced.
Saturday, December 12th, 2009
Ingredients and Method:
8 oz. Beeswax, ½ oz. Carnauba wax, 6 fl ozs. Pure Turpentine ( adjust turpentine, more or less, for a firmer or softer polish).
Mix the wax’s together and melt in a double boiler. Also, bring the turpentine to a similar temperature in the same way. Make sure all of the Carnauba wax is melted, as it takes a higher temperature to melt than Beeswax. Once melted, mix both the wax and the turpentine together in a large pan. Allow to cool just slightly and then pour into polish tins. To avoid cracking allow to cool slowly, do not rush.
All ingredients are HIGHLY FLAMMABLE, never allow any contact with naked flames, never leave unattended, always work in a well ventilated room.
Thursday, December 10th, 2009
Ingredients and Method:
300 g Wholemeal Strong Bread Flour
60 g Margarine or Butter
115 g Brown Sugar
150 g Raisins
150 g Honey
2 Eggs (medium)
75 mls Milk
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Mixed Spice
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
For the Topping:
30 g Brown Sugar
¼ tsp Cinnamon
30 g Candied Mixed Peel
Pre-heat the oven to (350°F, 180°C, Gas 4). This recipe takes about 1 hour to bake.
Heat the Margarine in a pan, stir in the Honey and Sugar, when well mixed allow to cool.
Stir in the Flour, Salt, Baking Powder, Bicarbonate of Soda, Mixed Spice, Cinnamon and Raisins.
Mix the Eggs and Milk together, add to the other ingredients and mix well until smooth.
Pour into a greased loaf tin and sprinkle the top with the Brown Sugar, Cinnamon and Chopped Mixed Peel.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes. Turn the oven down to (300°F, 150°C, Gas 2) and continue baking for a further 30 minutes. When finished allow to cool for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire tray to cool fully.
If you can wait that long!