Recipe Week: Coconut Curry Kelp Noodles

This flavourful  raw, vegan dish can be prepared in less than 10  minutes.  The longer you let the sauce sit on the kelp boodles the softer the noodles will become.  Alternatively you can dip the noodles in hot water for a few minutes (for a not so raw dish) or let them sit in salt water overnight to soften them up.

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Ingredients

Rinse off kelp noodles and place in bowl.  Add remaining ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.  Start the blender off on low until all the cashews are ground up then switch to high.  You may have to add more coconut water to get a smooth consistency.

Poor sauce on noodles.  Sprinkle some crushed cashews and shredded coconut on top.  Add your favourite veggies (red pepper, cauliflower, broccoli),  garnish with cilantro and a slice of lime and serve.

Yummy.  Enjoy 🙂

 

Beautifying with a Blue Moon Hair Cut

Woman and blue moon.People have been fascinated with the mysteries of the moon and its effects on the earth’s behavior for thousands of years. The cycles of the moon have served as guidance and structure to the earth for centuries, too- which is why farmers have been using the cycles as a reference for planting and harvesting crops. Similarly, the lunar cycle can yield desired results with your hair on when to cut it for maximum health.

The Lunar Hair Chart provides the best dates to cut your hair based on the full moon in the month.  A full moon represents the height of the lunar cycle and possesses the most power and illumination. This chart is your hair’s guide to achieving hair cuts that will promote growth, strength, thickness, root work and beauty.

The month of July is the answer to your hair prayers, as it contains two full moons, meaning the second full moon of the month is a blue moon. This happens, well– every “once in a blue moon.” Blue moons only take place every few years, making this the best opportunity for beautifying hair with a blue moon hair cut .

July’s Lunar Hair Goals

Growth was the lunar hair goal for the first full moon in July. With the blue moon coming up, beautifying is the next goal for cutting your locks July 30-31. Take advantage of this rare opportunity, and cut your hair for maximum health and appearance. As a result, your hair will have a more balanced texture, boosted shine and a beautified presence.

The beautify goal takes time for perfection, just as any masterpiece does. For those who have already achieved healthy hair and are looking to take it to the next level, this is the ideal lunar hair goal for you.  These summer months are the perfect opportunity to show off your best self and your best hair. To garner the full benefits of your beautiful hair, remember to embrace your inner beauty as well!

Tips for Attaining and Maintaining Beautiful Hair

1.  TRY NOT TO WASH YOUR HAIR EVERY DAY:

Washing your hair everyday can dry it out and weigh it down from too much product. If your hair gets oily easily and requires a wash every day, use a more lightweight shampooMorrocco Method’s Heavenly Essence Shampoo is perfect for enhancing your hair’s beauty during this lunar cycle.

2. USE A GOOD CONDITIONER:

Using the right conditioner for your hair ensures the right amount of moisture and softness, while making it easier to brush and detangle after a wash. Make sure you only apply to ends and mid-lengths of your hair. The Pearl Creme Rinse conditions without weighing down your hair for full shine and body.

3. BRUSH WET HAIR GENTLY:

Wet hair is easier to damage than dry hair, since it’s more elastic and fragile. Since wet hair is more likely to break, it’s best to stay away from harsh brushes. You can minimize breakage by brushing gently with a soft bristle brush.

4.  AVOID USING HEATED TOOLS:

Try to use hot tools on your hair as sparingly as possible. Using heat on your hair causes split heat-damage2ends and breakage. Letting your hair air dry is the best possible way to avoid damage; however, if you must blow dry your hair, do so on a lower heat setting, and not too close to your hair. Also, make sure you apply a heat protection hair product.

A better alternative to using the blow dryer on wet hair is using a second towel for drying. This will eliminate 50% more moisture the second time around.

5. BE CAREFUL WHEN TYING HAIR UP:

Tying your hair up tightly can cause breakage, whether it’s wet or dry. Never use elastic bands when tying your hair up. Elastic bands on your hair will cause a glue effect, and result in breakage and tearing of the hair. Instead, MM suggests using seamless hair ties, strips during the day, and cloth for bedtime. When putting your hair up, try constructing loose buns and ponytails. Also, alternate the way you tie your hair so the same strands of hair are not stressed.

Let Morrocco Method’s Lunar Hair Chart be your best guide for reaching your hair goals! Get the most beautifying benefits from your hair cut during July’s next full moon! 

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Imagine eating something old. Really old. Like, more than 800 million years old.

Imagine eating something old. Really old. Like, more than 800 million years old.

Sound impossible?

Maybe unappetizing?

Next time you sprinkle a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt on your dinner, you’ll actually be seasoning your food with a truly ancient spice.

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

These beautiful pink salt crystals are mined from the great Salt Range of the Himalayas, an area that geologists estimate could be 800 million years old. You could be eating a salt crystal that was actually formed in the Precambrian era — around the same time the first multi-celled life began (we’re talking little tiny organisms that were the first sign of life on this planet).

In all senses of the word, this salt is a truly old spice.

It’s a pretty interesting blast from the very distant past, and a unique experience to eat something so pure and untouched for millions of years.

The Source

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The Khewra Salt Mine is located just north of Pind Dadan Khan, a district of Punjab in Pakistan. It’s the world’s oldest salt mine (and still the second largest). It is world famous, annually attracting 250,000 tourists, who come to see the unearthing of huge bricks of this unique pink salt.

Geologists believe that the Great Salt Range was formed when tectonic plate movements formed a mountain range that trapped a shallow inland sea, which was slowly dehydrated and buried deep in the earth, forming thick, mineral-rich sea salt deposits.

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For millions of years the Salt Range went untouched as animal and human species developed all around it. The rock salt wasn’t discovered until around 300 BCE, when local peoples encountered the salty outcroppings in the hills called salt seams. In 326 BCE, Alexander of Macedonia and his men on horseback discovered the salt while camping in the region before battle. The men were tipped off by their horses, who licked the salty rock deposits. This discovery lead to the revelation of the great Salt Range to the Greeks. For many years following, local tribes mined the surface outcroppings and traded the salt with neighboring regions.

In 1849, when the British arrived in the region, the use of the salt mine changed dramatically.

A British mining engineer named Dr. Warth helped design and build a tunnel into the salt range, allowing better access to the salt deposits. His “pillar and chamber” mining method — still in use today — called for the excavation of 50% of the salt, while the remaining 50% was left as structural support for the mine.

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Now the mine tunnels about 730 meters into the mountain, and the underground mine covers about 43 square miles! It is estimated that the total amount of salt still remaining in the region is somewhere between 80-600 million tons.

Unlike many other mining operations, the Khewra Salt Mine represents something deeply sacred – a connection to worlds long past.

Rather than mass exploitation of the prized commodity it produces, it garners great respect from those that both visit and work the mine. Its sacred healing power is left untouched as the crystalline pink salt from the mine reaches the hands of consumers unprocessed and unrefined. Salt rocks from the mine are also carved into sculptures and used to create healing rock salt lamps.

Sea Salt vs Himalayan Pink Salt.  Why does this matter to you?

At this point you might be thinking, ‘great, but it’s just salt and salt is bad for my health…’ right?

The story behind pure Pink Himalayan Sea Salt matters because the source and purity of this unique salt are the reason why its flavor is rich and more complex, and its effects on the body more positively nourishing.

Here’s why:

MINERAL RICH

Table salt, or straight sodium chloride, is the most commonly consumed salt.

It is mostly mass-produced and undergoes several processes that strip the salt crystals of natural minerals, while adding “supplements” like iodine. Typical table salts also have chemicals added to prevent clumping.

The Pink Himalayan Sea Salt we source from the Khewra Salt Mine, on the other hand, is rich with minerals that have been undisturbed in the salt deposit for millions of years — and we keep it that way. Not only does this salt contain a multitude of minerals like essential electrolytes that are necessary for the healthy function of the human body, is also un-tampered-with.

We bring the salt straight from the Himalayan mountains to you – no processing required – so all the natural minerals are left in tact and no “de-clumping” toxins are added!

TOXIN-FREE

Because this salt comes from such an ancient salt deposit, it’s been unexposed to toxic pollution from the air and water and is therefore some of the purest salt on earth.

Many other sea salts, on the other hand, are mined from salt beds by our oceans, which are unfortunately highly polluted. This results in the risk of toxic contamination that is hard to avoid when mining salt from exposed areas.

Knowing that this salt comes from a source that pre-dates man-made pollution though, we can be sure we’re providing you with clean, toxin-free food.

A Journey Back in Time

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It’s a trip to think about this salt as more than just a flavoring for your next meal. It’s also a prehistoric artifact that pre-dates human existence, a substance more pure and archaic than anything else our bodies ingest, a sacred substance of the earth. With each bite, the history of our natural world nourishes with unadulterated majesty.

 

Written by one of our suppliers:  Essential Living Foods.   Who we thank for all their great products over the past 10 years.

Recipe Week: Orange Crème de la Crème

This week we will be making a crème, flavouring it with our favourite fruit and making it into a pudding.   This recipe also makes a great filling for a pie.  You can take the base and add whatever fruit you desire to give it a kick of flavour.  We love using Lemon Zest, Cherries,  Carob or even Chocolate.  The recipe below calls for orange zest. Orange pudding Zest is made by scraping the colorful skin of un-waxed citrus fruits such as orange, lemon or lime.   We prefer to use organic fruits so there are no chemical residues on the skin.  Make sure to wash the outside skin with veggie wash before making the zest. Making the Crème

  • 2 c of coconut meat or pulp
  • 2 c of coconut water
  • 2 fresh vanilla beans
  • 1/2 tsp of pink salt

Mix all the above in a blender until smooth and creamy.  Adjust amount of coconut water to meet this consistency. Adding the Orange Flavouring Add the following to the above Crème and blend until smooth

  • 1/4 cup of carrots
  • 1 Tbsp of Orange Zest (from the skin of Organic Oranges if possible)

Pour into fancy glasses or small bowls and top with a slice of orange as a garnish and serve chilled.  You can also sprinkle some cacao nibs on top as a little bonus. ENJOY  🙂