My two pantry apothecary essentials for winter are honey fermented garlic and elderberry syrup. Garlic is great for knocking bacterial infections on the head, you just have to put up with the garlic breath! …
I have left a fair amount of rubber on the road in my time due to a true foragers eye. I drive my family insane by screeching to a halt next to a fertile roadside crop of something wonderful like elder, rosehips and most recently hawthorn. This find was the perfect opportunity to make a stash of Hawthorn and Apple Fruit Leathers – a great staple for your pantry through the winter months….
There is a worrying trend across wellness oriented food blogs and magazines to offer endless “healthy” and natural sweet treats. You have seen the pictures choking Instagram and Pinterest feeds – raw vegan paleo caramel slice, cacao peanut butter cups, raw cashew cream “cheesecake”. It appears that this is what all the healthy bods are eating … or at least dreaming about!
Starting your day with maple toasted granola, popping a few cacao balls at work then scoffing a slice or two of raw caramel slice after dinner is not going to put you on the path to good health in the long run. When transitioning from a high sugar diet to a low sugar one these substitutions are great, they move you from the empty calories of refined cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup to more nutrient-dense foods, they also allow time for your palate to evolve. Including them in significant quantities in your day to day diet long-term will simply keep feeding you sugar….