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Spag Bol Recipe (Spaghetti Bolognese)

20 Apr

I think I was Italian in my past life. I have an obsession with anything Italian and that includes the food!

Last night, I thought I would step into my Italian mama persona and cook my husband and me some Spag Bol (to those of you who aren’t Aussie and don’t feel the need to abbreviate EVERYTHING, it is short for Spaghetti Bolognese).

I’ll confess, in the past, after work, late at night, couldn’t be bothered, (and rightly so) I would turn to my beloved jar of Dolmio to do the job for me….. but it’s just not the same.

This recipe is relatively simple to prepare. The only thing that takes time is the simmering, which is why I prefer to whip up a batch on the weekend and refrigerate/freeze for mid-week consumption (and it always seems to taste better the next day!) Alternatively, you can use the bolognese to make a delicious lasagne. Just add a b├ęchamel sauce and some lasagne sheets and you’re good to go! I also like to use as many organic products in my meals as I can, so I try to buy organic variations of the mince and vegetables.

Now, I’m sure this recipe is probably far removed from the traditional Italian dish, but it’s what really makes my husband’s and my taste buds go wild! You can experiment with different amounts and flavours to suit your own tastes.

Bon apetito!

SPAG BOL RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

1.4kg lean beef mince

1 cup red wine

2 onions, chopped

3 medium carrots, grated

5 cloves garlic

1 kg tomatoes, chopped

1 large tin (800g) chopped tomatoes

3 tablespoons tomato paste

Salt & pepper, balsamic vinegar, bay leaves & dried oregano to taste

METHOD:

1. Add a little olive oil to a large saucepan and cook mince over med-high heat until browned.

2. Stir in wine and cook for a couple of minutes.

3. Add onion, carrots and garlic and stir for 4-5 minutes.

4. Stir in the fresh tomatoes and tinned tomatoes, along with the tomato paste. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low.

5. Add salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, bay leaves and dried oregano to taste.

6. Simmer on low heat for at least an hour. Two hours would be even better if you have time!

7. Serve with pasta, shaved parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.

Get as many vegies into you as you can!!!!

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Update: The day after my apple cider vinegar blitz! (Take that, cold!!!)

20 Apr

Sooooo, a quick update on my sinus-y infection.

I went to bed last night after having four doses of my ‘Magic Potion’ (my ACV drink) yesterday, with the last one taken just before I hopped under the covers. My husband said that I sounded really congested, but I reminded him that I had been taking the Magic Potion and that it might ‘knock it’ before the weekend (which is in three days).

Well……

I awoke this morning and sniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifffffffffffffffff! I can smell! The congestion has cleared by about 95% and I feel fabulous! I was also getting a really sore throat last night, and that has vanished also.

Yesterday, I had a full blown infection (excuse the pun) in my schnoz. Today, I am free to take olfactory advantage of my nose to literally smell the roses.

Magic Potion? You be the judge!

Apple Cider Vinegar – My Magic Potion

19 Apr

A few year ago, I had been suffering from continuous colds and went surfing on the web for a cure. I am a huge fan of anything natural and apple cider vinegar kept popping up in the results.

According to the research I did, it is much better to ingest the most natural form of apple cider vinegar (organic, unpasturised and unfiltered ) with the ‘mother’. I know. A weird term but it actually refers simply to the web-like particles in the fluid that are living enzymes and provide essential nutrients and other goodies. So if you see ‘floaties’ in your apple cider vinegar – that’s a GOOD thing!!

The goodies found in ACV actually help to combat the common cold, aid digestion and stimulate circulation, amongst many other benefits. I also find that my complexion improves and I have more of a ‘glow’ (again, probably due to the boosted circulation).

Ideally, ACV should be taken daily to boost/maintain the immune system. I had kind of forgotten all about it as we had left Australia for the UK two months ago, but have recently been trying to shake a cold. It seems to have turned into what seems to be a bit of a sinus infection. So, off I trotted today to the lovely little health food store near my house and picked me up a bottle o’ goodness!

I like to make a drink which my husband and I call our little ‘Magic Potion’, using 1-2 tablespoons ACV, 1/2 – 1 tablespoon honey, a dash of boiling water to stir through the honey (before adding the cold water) and ACV and fill the rest up with cold water. If I’m sick, I drink up to four of these per day. Ideally, I like to drink one per day if I’m not. Just make sure you rinse your mouth out with fresh water after drinking, as the acid apparently eat away at tooth enamel if you leave it sitting on your teeth.

I’d love to know if anyone else has had the same benefits from ACV. After my first dose an hour ago, I can already feel my congestion starting to ease. Oh, how I love my Magic Potion!