Month: November 2014

Bircher Muesli – Super Food Recipe

Bircher Muesli – Super Food Recipe

 

Bircher Muesli is a super food because it includes a series of great and nutritious food ingredients and is easy to prepare.

Ingredients:
200g rolled oats
300ml milk
1 yoghurt natural or with berries
2 tbsp runny honey
Juice of ½ a lemon
2 large apples, grated
Depending on availability: blueberries, strawberries, cranberris and/or raspberries
1 banana cut in half length wise and then in small slices
a cup of toasted almond splitters

Direction:
1. In a mixing bowl, add the oats and pour over the milk and yoghurt and mix.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and fold in the apples and banana and berries.
3. Serve in bowls, top with some toasted almonds and drizzled with a little honey.

Optional: Other fruits, cut in small slices or grated, that are in season such as mangoes, papaya, oranges, mandarines, grapes, melon, peaches, pears, apricots,  plums, kiwi etc etc etc may be added depending on season and availability.

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Hydroponic Gardening: How to Avoid Nutrient Deficiencies in Your Plants

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Perhaps there is nothing worse to a hydroponic grower than to step in his garden and see yellow, curled edges, and burnt tips on plan leaves. These are the signs that the plants aren’t getting the right amount of nutrients they require for survival.

Nutrient deficiency in hydroponic plants could strike even when the hydroponic nutrients solution is well balanced. This is because some other factors are preventing sufficient absorption.

It’s a good thing there are some measures that a gardener could take to ensure that the plants won’t suffer from hydroponic nutrients deficiency.

1. Monitor pH Levels
There are many factors that could cause the nutrient solution to fall beyond the ideal range of 5.6. Often, if a hydroponic nutrients solutions is not monitored for too long, it could begin to drift outside of the said range, because it will get too dense in raw nutrients. Sometimes, it could become too alkaline or too acidic when you add new nutrients or transfer the plants to a new medium.

PH levels change rapidly. So it is important to check them every day. The longer the hydroponic nutrients solution spends outside the ideal range, the higher the chance that your plants will suffer. To make necessary adjustments to the pH levels of the solution, use a pharmaceutical-grade pH adjustment product.

2. Keep Temperature Levels Stable

The temperature of the hydroponic nutrients solution must be relatively cool, somewhere between 66 to 71 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important to be particularly aware of this if you reside in an unusually cold or warm part of the world. In order to prevent nutrient deficiency, take additional steps and insulate your garden against the elements outside it. Also, you should avoid placing the reservoir directly on the ground, as the floor could be very cool. And such temperature can affect the temperature of your reservoir.

3. Keep an Eye on Phosphorus
Phosphorus is one of the most vital nutrients in a hydroponic nutrients solution. But it is very easy to have excessive phosphorus in a solution, which could result in deficiency in other essential nutrients like iron.

In general, the key to avoiding nutrient deficiency is keeping accurate measurements. If you can regularly and accurately measure the pH levels, conductivity, and temperature of your hydroponic nutrients solution, the chances of encountering less ideal condition will be surprisingly low. And ultimately, you will prevent nutrient deficiency in your plants.

To get healthy, highly disease- and insect-resistant plants, look for the best hydroponic nutrients. Visit CX Hydroponics by checking out the given links: http://www.cxhydroponics.net/.

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Zucchini with Tomato and Onion Stew

Zucchini with Tomato and Onion Stew


This is basically like a Provencal Ratatouille just without the green peppers and eggplants (aubergines) not that I don’t like those just did no have em handy, so you see a light variation of menus is always possible just using what you have at home.

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Basic ingredients one Tomato, some Zucchinis and one onion.

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Chop the Tomato, Zucchinis and Onion  in small pieces
(smaller or bigger as you like)

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 Heat up some butter or olive oil in a pot and add all the ingredients.
You may add some mixed herbs and or garlic to flavor this dish.
Add a little salt and pepper.
Cook and stir for about 5 to 7 minutes.

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Serve the zucchini stew with some meat for a healthy dish.
As desert I would recommend an apple tart or fruit salad.

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