Guava Juice

Recipe and photo courtesy Mhai Yoga Retreat

As a great source of vitamins and flavour, who wouldn’t want to make guava a part of their breakfast ritual? Guava is low in calories and full of Vitamin C.

Feel instantly rejuvenated with this Mhai Yoga Retreat specialty.

Dabble Does Havana

Photo courtesy Mhai Yoga Retreat

 

INGREDIENTS
6 guavas, seeds removed
1 pc of ginger
1 lemon
1 tsp of honey

DIRECTIONS
Mix all ingredients in a blender for 40 seconds and enjoy.

Natasha’s Challenge: Raw Juice Guru

 

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Raw Juice Guru
3324 Dundas Street West
Toronto
1-800-831-9028
www.rawjuiceguru.com

Juice Feasting Detox: 3-day cleanse, 8 juices each day.

DAY 1
Breakfast: Chard, dandelion, cilantro, lemon, celery, cucumber, pear. Mid-morning: Coconut water, pineapple. Booster: Wheatgrass, orange. Lunch: Spinach, romaine, lemon, carrot, apple, pear. Afternoon: Watermelon, grapefruit. Booster: Wheatgrass, orange. Dinner: Spinach, romaine, lemon, carrot, apple, pear.
Evening: Chard, dandelion, cilantro, lemon, celery, cucumber, pear.

DAY 2
Breakfast: Pea sprouts, celery, spinach. Romaine, lemon, apple. Mid-morning: Pomegranate, lemon, filtered water, cayenne pepper
Booster: Chlorophyll. Lunch: Cranberry, parsley. Cilantro, lemon, celery, cucumber, carrot, beet. Afternoon: Watermelon. Booster: Aloe vera. Dinner: Dandelion, celery, carrot, apple, kale, lemon. Evening: Pea sprouts, celery, spinach. Romaine, lemon, apple.

DAY 3
Breakfast: Kale, parsley, chard, romaine, lemon cucumber apple. Mid-morning: Celery, cucumber, aloe vera, apple. Booster: Wheatgrass, pineapple. Lunch: Celery, dandelion, lemon, collard, apple. Afternoon: Grapefruit, ginger. Booster: Chlorophyll. Dinner: Beet, celery, carrot, lemon, cucumber. Evening: Kale, parsley, chard, romaine, lemon cucumber apple.

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Meet Natasha

Natasha’s Goal: Overall wellness and a fresh start by cleaning out the system.

Why Natasha Loved It: The juices are delivered to your door every morning, along with notes about the cleanse and good heath in general.

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Kathy’s Challenge: Sanna’s Farmacia

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Sanna’s Farmacia
2096 Queen Street East
Toronto
647-341-3276
www.sannasfarmacia.com

Detox: 3-day detox, 3 juices and 2 meals a day.

Juices: Start each day with 1 litre of lemon water and a powerful antioxidant shot.

DAY1

Breakfast: Pineapple blended with a nutrient-rich superfood mixture. Mid-morning: Juiced apple with powerful greens. Lunch: mixed green salad with balsamic vinegar (no oil) with probiotic blend. Afternoon: ginger mixed with fruits and herbs. Dinner: veggies with lemon and sea salt (no oil).

DAY 2

Breakfast: Pulpy fruits such as banana, mango, papaya, pineapple, peach, melon, orange. Mid-morning: Juiced pear medley with veggies and turmeric. Lunch: Veggies with pulpy fruits with probiotic blend. Afternoon: Celery and garlic with traditional herbs. Dinner: veggies/salad with lemon and sea salt

Evening: Apple cider vinegar with veggies and juiced apple.

DAY 3

Breakfast: Various herbs combined with goji berries and fruits. Mid-morning: Beets with other veggies. Lunch: salad with pulpy fruits, lemon and probiotic blend. Afternoon: Ginger & lemon with herbs & hemp oil. Dinner: Veggies with hemp oil/ apple cider vinegar.

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Meet Kathy

Kathy’s Goal: To remove toxins from the body and feel more energized.

Why Kathy Recommends It: A personalized meal plan is created for you. On the third day, you will feel energized, happy and healthy.

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A Taste of Café de Olla

Mexico

Mexican Coffee
Warm, sweet and spicy, a steaming cup of Café de Olla is a perfect kick start to your day. Traditionally prepared in a clay pot (the Olla), I prefer to serve this spiced coffee in a big cappuccino bowl. Café de Olla (cah-FAY day OY-ah) is sweetened with little cones of rich, dark unrefined sugar called piloncillo which give a delicious burnt-sugar taste to the coffee, and are easily found in Mexican grocers or online at www.mexgrocer.com.

INGREDIENTS:
4 cups water
1/2 cup grated piloncillo (or dark brown sugar)
4 cinnamon sticks
2/3 cup coarse ground dark roast coffee
3 cloves
1/4 tsp anise seed (optional)

Special Equipment:
Fine sieve
Cheesecloth or French press for filtering

INSTRUCTIONS:
Place water, sugar, cinnamon and cloves in heavy bottomed pan. Stir over a medium high heat until sugar is dissolved, and bring to a boil.

Stir in coffee and remove from heat. Allow to steep for about 5 minutes.

Strain through fine sieve or cheesecloth or pour into French press and push plunger down to filter. Pour into mugs and serve. Sprinkle with anise seed if desired.

Note: This is quite a sweet coffee, so reduce the amount of sugar if you usually drink your coffee unsweetened.

Serve with: Churros or pan dulce (Mexican sweet rolls).

Wolf of Wall Street: Million Dollar Martini

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In honour of the 86th Academy Awards, we’re serving the perfect recipe for an Oscar-themed party. Enjoy a Wolf of Wallstreet Million Dollar Martini  from the comfort of your own home.

Wolf of Wall Street: Million Dollar Martini
2 oz. Iceberg Vodka
1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
Green olives

Shake well with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with green olives (green for money of course!).

The Oscars telecast begins Sunday, March 2 at 7 p.m. We’re routing for you Leo!

Old Time Jamaican Lemonade

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Recipe courtesy Cook Like a Jamaican

Jamaican Lemonade Recipe
The Jamaican lemonade that I knew as a child is better described as limeade because we used limes instead of lemons. This recipe was created to taste like the “lemonade” I remember. We used wet sugar, which has a strong molasses flavour. To duplicate that flavour I added a few tablespoons of molasses. You may find this drink quite sweet, but that’s because you’re supposed to pour it over ice, which dilutes the flavour. If you prefer it less sweet, simply use less sugar.

Tip: slice 1 lime or lemon and put it in the jug with the lemonade for a beautiful presentation. This recipe also makes a wonderful mix for cocktails. Add some rum to a jug to make a quick punch.

Ingredients
8 cups cold water
8 juicy limes (you may need 1 or 2 more)
1 juicy lemon
2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp molasses

Directions
1. Juice enough limes and 1 lemon to make 1 cup of juice
2. Add brown sugar, juice and molasses to the water and stir until all the sugar has dissolved
3. Pour in a jug and refrigerate

Serves 8

Snowshoe Hot Toddy

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Recipe by Dee Brun

The Dabble gang know exactly how to throw the perfect snowshoe party. And a cool party needs a warm drink.

Ingredients

1 oz white creme de cacao
1 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
4 oz hot chocolate
1 can whipped cream
Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

In a thermos, add creme de cacao, raspberry liqueur and hot chocolate. Shake well, pour into a glass and top with whipped cream. Add sprinkles for a festive touch.

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Harvest Icebreaker

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Time to welcome autumn and warm up the spirits with a spicy hot cider drink.

Harvest Icebreaker
Ice
1 oz. vodka
4 to 5 oz. apple cider
Ground cinnamon
Sugar
1 apple
Caramel apple dipping sauce
Fill a shaker with ice. Add vodka and apple cider. Add a few shakes of ground cinnamon. Strain into a microwave-safe container. Microwave until hot, but not boiling (about 30 seconds).Rim a coffee mug or other hot beverage glass with sugar. Transfer warm beverage to rimmed glass.Garnish with a second dash of cinnamon and an apple slice that has been coated with caramel apple dipping sauce.Top with whipped cream if desired.

For more drink recipes, visit: Iceberg Vodka

White Citrus Sangria

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Labour Day weekend marks the end of summer. Whether you’re spending time relaxing at home or having a big end-of-summer party, these cocktails made with Lipton Iced Tea will be sure to keep you and your guests cool and refreshed! What will you be doing this long weekend?

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hoursIngredients:
1 bottle Lipton ® diet green tea with citrus
1-3/4 cups white grape juice or white wine
1/4 cup orange juice
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, slicedDirections:
Combine Lipton ® 100% Natural Diet Green Tea with Citrus and juices in large pitcher. Stir in fruit. Chill at least 2 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses.
4 servings

A Taste of Maria Theresia (Austrian Coffee)

Austria

Austrian Coffee

No doubt Austrian empress Maria Theresia swooned over this creamy orange-scented coffee named in her honour. Whether you are writing the next Great American novel, reading Kafka on your iPad or simply watching the world go by, a steaming cup of Maria Theresia is appropriately indulgent and certain to take the chill off crisp, spring days.

Not an orange fan? Substitute rum for the Cointreau to make a Fiaker.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 tsp powdered sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

boiling water to warm glass

3 shots freshly brewed espresso

2 tsp sugar

3 tbsp Cointreau or rum

1 orange, zested

1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, grated

Special Equipment:

Fine sieve

Cheesecloth or French press for filtering

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Whip cream with powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Cover and chill. 

Fill glass with boiling water and allow to stand for about 1 minute. Discard water. Place liqueur and sugar into bottom of serving glass and stir.

Pour espresso over liqueur and top with a generous swirl of freshly whipped cream. Garnish with orange peel and grated chocolate.

Note: Brewed espresso can be substituted with 3 ounces strong dark coffee.

Serve with: A generous square of your favourite dark chocolate.

 

Austria is well known for its Sachertorte and Strudel, but next time you visit this dessert lover’s country be sure to try the Marillenknoedel. These delicate dumplings are made by wrapping sweet, ripe apricots in soft lemon and vanilla dough before coating them in crunchy, buttery breadcrumbs and dusting with powdered sugar. Try one and we promise you will forget you ever came for the chocolate cake.

A Taste of Kah’wah (Turkish Coffee)

Turkey

Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee (or Kah’wah) is thick, intense and all about the foamy layer that sits atop its rich, chocolate coloured depths. Made in long-handled pots originally designed to brew coffee over the hot desert sand, the hint of cardamom brings a suggestion of the Middle East to this bold brew. Since Turkish coffee is not filtered, be careful not to drink the grounds in the bottom of your cup, which are traditionally turned out into a saucer and used to tell fortunes.

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup water

1 tbsp medium roast coffee, extra fine grind

1/8 tsp ground cardamom or 1 cardamom pod

1-2 tbsp sugar to taste

Special Equipment

Turkish coffee pot (a cezve or ibrik)

Demitasse cups to serve

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine all ingredients in Turkish coffee pot or a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved.

Watching carefully to avoid boiling over, bring coffee to a simmer over medium heat. Remove pan from heat when surface is covered with foam.

Using a large spoon, scoop up foam and divide between serving cups. Place coffee back on heat and reheat until surface is covered with foam again. Repeat this process for a third time to create more foam.

Pour remaining coffee slowly into cups to avoid breaking foam, and leave grounds in pan. Let coffee sit for one minute until grounds settle. Discard cardamom pod if using. Serve at once.

Serve with: A little pillow of Turkish delight and a tall glass of water.

Ask your barista to grind beans for Turkish coffee.

Sindulgence: Cocoa Chanel

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Take your time when you sip this deeply satisfying dark chocolate treat. Aim for cocoa that is 70% or higher and feel free to languish in your enjoyment of this indulgence. I’ve given you two versions—guilt-free mixed with buttermilk or pure decadence made with half and half. Only you’ll know which version you’re serving.

INGREDIENTS:
2-3 oz dark chocolate
4-6 oz half and half cream or buttermilk

INSTRUCTIONS:
Use the microwave to melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Melt in 20-30 second increments until very soft and then use a whisk to stir. In a separate bowl, warm your choice of liquid—either buttermilk or half and half—for 30 seconds. Then blend the chocolate and liquid together, pouring an ounce at a time and whisking to blend.