Monthly Archives: August 2013

New recipe – Runner beans stew

Very much in season and extremely easy to grow – Runner Beans.

runner beans

Runner beans need to be topped and tailed and may also need stringing before use. They should be sliced lengthways before cooking and plunged into boiling salted water and cooked until al dente. Runner beans are used in salads (young can be eaten raw) as well as added to stews, casseroles, soups and broths. They are also served as a vegetable side dish or mixed with other beans. Flavours and ingredients that go well with runner beans include tomatoes, garlic, lemon juice and chillies.

One of most popular runner beans recipes can be found in Your Instinct‘s Recipes section under:

Runner beans stew

Runner beans are a good source of Vitamins A and C and folic acid. 

What is your favourite recipe including runner beans?

Best Speech You Will Ever Hear – Gary Yourofsky TheAnimalHolocaust

Gary Yourofsky’s entire inspirational speech on animal rights and veganism held at Georgia Tech in summer of 2010. Listen to this amazing speaker who will blow away the myths, fill your mind with interesting facts, and help you make ethical choices for a healthy heart and soul. His charismatic preachy style is one of a kind – a must-see for anyone who cares about nonhuman animals or wishes to make the world a better place.

The Top 10 Teas for Your Herbal Medicine Cabinet

herbal teasWhen you’re sick, little is more comforting than holding a steaming mug of fragrant tea in both hands, warming your face with the hot steam. Somehow, no matter how rotten you felt before, you instantly feel just a tiny bit better.

Whether you are lucky enough to grow your own tea herbs, you purchase loose teas or you use tea bags, your cabinet is not complete without the following ingredients. These teas are delicious and beneficial, with many different healing qualities. Considering that we most often turn to herbal teas for healing purposes, it’s especially important to purchase or grow organic herbs for this purpose. If your leaves are bathed in pesticide and then you add them to boiling water, instead of healing goodness, you are steeping toxins. Continue reading

BPA dangers in tinned food

tinsCanned foods are convenient; they are cheap, and they can last a really long time. They are great if you are stocking up for a breakdown of the system as we know it or the zombie apocalypse. However, many tinned goods carry a dangerous secret, Bisphenol-A (BPA). While it isn’t much of a secret anymore, the U.S. government would have you think there’s nothing to worry about, ‘nothing to see here’. While other governments have labelled this chemical compound a ‘toxic substance’, the FDA simply says they ‘need more research’. Continue reading