Parc Lafontaine, Montreal.
3/4 c old fashioned oats (pulverized in a food processor)
3/4 c macadamia and cashew nut-butter (or a nut-butter of your choice)
1/4 c cocoa
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp amaretto
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c chopped dried cherries
1/4 mini chocolate chips
Mix together and form into truffles. Store in the fridge.
Damiana Joy+Love Liqueur
I brought this to a winter party a few years ago. People found this drink both intriguing and fun. Damiana is quite aromatic due to volatile oils. The flavour of damiana can be subdued or enhanced with other foods associated with joy and warmth; cardamom, almond, vanilla, cherry, cinnamon and chocolate. In terms of medicinal properties, one of my favourite summaries is from Rosemary Gladstar. In her Family Herbal she states, “…it is completely restorative; it restores exhausted nerves, exhausted dreams and exhausted spirit.” Though there is a folk history of use as an aphrodisiac, herbalists generally qualify this herb as a mild anti-depressant, particularly useful in what David Winston calls a stagnant depression. The volatile oils act as carminatives that aid in digestion.
1/2 c damiana tincture
1/2 c amaretto
1/4 c chocolate sauce (I made my own from unsweetened chocolate, water, maple syrup, sugar and vanilla)
rosewater and vanilla to taste
Pour together and store in the fridge. Could it be any easier? Enjoy a small shot when desired.
These photos were taken during the LAB Series which runs on Thursdays between 3-6pm. Next week, February 21st, Tammy Schmidt will continue in a similar vein demonstrating herbs used to lighten our spirits in the dark of winter. We hope you are able to join us!
Fleurbain is at 460 St Catherine West, Unit 917, Montreal.
This summer I have been all about the mini-vacation. My vacations have included extremely short visits to Maine, New York, Vermont, Ottawa and of course, rural Quebec. The advantages to the mini-vaca include both minimal cost and time commitment. If you have a general idea on where you are going and you have a somewhat natural sense of direction/ability to read a map to get where you are going, the mini-vaca can be extremely energizing.
Do you have photos from your 2012 mini-vacation? Please send them our way, we would love to see them. Our email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some trés amateur photos from my shortest and cheapest vacation yet; the three hour tour.
I arrived at my destination by bicycle. :)
Join me at Fleurbain for the LAB Series.
On August 30th and 31st we are all about Lemon balm, otherwise known as Melissa officinalis.
What you might like to know about this herb ahead of time:
* is a great tasting herb, so lemony, but it is actually a part of the mint family.
* improves mood, and helps with the less glamorous moments of irritability and forgetfulness.
* can work to relieve stress headaches, heartache, aids digestion, helps you sleep and diminishes seasonal depression.
* is a famous antiviral that is effective against cold sores and shingles.
* can be used by folks of all ages.
* and to top it off, it is a beautiful perennial in Quebec!
At Fleurbain I will share with you the winning, synergistic combinations of lemon balm with other herbs. We will discuss who should not be taking it in large quantities. And we will experiment with a plethora of recipes used for refreshment and cosmetic purposes.
There are three opportunities to come to the Lemon balm LAB. Preregistration is appreciated.
Please send me an email at: email@example.com.
Thursday, August 30th 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. or 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 31st 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $20.00 This includes notes, recipes and delicious samples.
nettle, hibiscus, rose and cinnamon
Combine 2 tablespoons nettles (Urtica dioica), 2 tablespoons hibiscus, 1 tablespoon rose petals and half a cinnamon stick in a teapot.
Pour boiling water over the herbs, put the lid on and let it steep at least 10 minutes. This jewel-toned tea tastes divine if you allow it to cool over an hour or more.
Replenish the teapot with room temperature water as required and enjoy this refreshing beverage throughout the day.