Global Meetup @ Marrakech Gourmet

gettin down moroccan style

gettin down moroccan style

so for those of you who subscribe you know I’ve been planning this for a while

here are links to the restaurant and reviews

http://www.marrakechgourmetomaha.com/

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/248/1524154/restaurant/Midtown-Crossing-Blackstone/Marrakech-Restaurant-Omaha

April 13, 2013 @ 5pm

Prizes for best  ethnic costume, Most places traveled, most languages  spoken

see you soon

Ciao

 

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Wanderland Wednesday- Whole Foods and No Name Nutrition

So looking to buy some oils for massage? Got to Whole Foods in Regency or No Name Nutrition for a good selection.  Some of the best oils for massage are natural plant-based oils.  These oils can be effortlessly be smoothed over the body and easily absorbed into the skin.  The best carrier or base oils are :booils-550x366

Adding Essential Oils can make the massage more therapeutic..

The important thing to remember in making your body oils is that you don’t want it to be overpowering. In fact, too much essential oil (depending on type), and you could irritate the skin.

In a 1-cup carrier oil recipe you need up to 50 drops of essential oil equals 1/2 tsp almost exactly.

Here are some essential oils and what they can do for your mood.

  • Vanilla: Aphrodisiac, balances mood, reduces stress, relaxes
  • Ylang-ylang: Antidepressant, relaxant, aphrodisiac, reduces anger
  • Lavender: Reduces stress, invigorates, relaxes, eases tension
  • Rose: Elevates mood, aphrodisiac, calms, purifies
  • Sweet orange: Sedative, relaxant, relieves anxiety
  • Peppermint: Invigorates, energizes, stimulates, awakens the mind, eases nausea
  • Lemongrass: Stimulates, antidepressant, deodorant
  • Grapefruit: Calms the psyche, relaxes, energizes
  • Frankincense: Reduces anxiety and tension, encourages a meditative mind and inner peace
  • Bergamot: Eases depression, stimulates, encourages mental clarity

I will whip up a recipe for you later on this month.. be on the look out!!!

MMM- Mayan Mocha Madness

imagesCA360FNG imagesCAM7ZUC7 imagesCARLT4YGCocoa was an important commodity in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Montezuma II, emperor of the Aztecs, dined, he took no other beverage than chocolate, served in a golden goblet (oh you fancy huh). Flavored with vanilla or other spices, his chocolate was whipped into a froth that dissolved in the mouth (but was very bitter).   It is reported that no fewer than 50 portions each day may have been consumed by Montezuma II, and 2000 more by the nobles of his court.

In honor of the Mayan Calendar Flop make yourself something sweet to drink.  How about an MMM – Mayan Mocha Madness—

INGREDIENTS:

1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup boiling water
ground chiles to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Aztec Chocolate: Grate the unsweetened chocolate into a bowl and cover it with a little of the boiling water. Mash the mixture into a paste. Add the rest of the water and vanilla and beat with an electric mixer until frothy. Add the pepper and chilies to liven up the drink.

The chocolate will not totally dissolve and will have a grittiness to it. For a more authentic drink let the mixture cool and then beat until frothy and drink.

Spanish Chocolate: Follow the directions for the Aztec Chocolate omitting the pepper and chilies and add 3 teaspoons of sugar, plus a dash of cinnamon.

 

and if you really feel like being lazy, just go to Whole Foods and pick up   Allegro Mayan Spice drinking Chocolate, some coconut milk , head home , boil it in a lil pot and relax.  viva cacao!!