Fermenting Black Gold: An Easy Guide to Making Umami Black Garlic at Home

I just recently found something I am excited to share!

Have you heard of fermented black garlic? This unique ingredient is created through an age-old fermentation process that transforms fresh garlic into sweet, molasses-flavored black cloves.

It is a gourmet delicacy prized by chefs and foodies for its rich, complex flavor.

Making your own fermented black garlic at home is surprisingly easy, and you can enjoy all the incredible health benefits this supercharged garlic has to offer.

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But first let's list down the benefits

Through fermentation, black garlic develops potent antioxidant properties that can help reduce inflammation.

It improves heart health, and even shows anti-cancer and anti-aging effects

It’s gentler on digestion than raw garlic, yet maintains an abundance of beneficial compounds like amino acids, minerals, and antioxidant flavonoids.

Now onto the fermentation process

black garlic

Fermented Black Garlic

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 days

Equipment

  • 1 fermentation container or pot with a tight lid

Ingredients
  

  • Whole heads of fresh garlic

Instructions
 

1. First start with fresh heads of garlic. Remove any loose outer skins but keep the head intact.

    2. Next place the garlic heads in a single layer in the fermentation container. It's best to use a container that allows some air circulation.

      3. Then seal the container tightly. The fermentation happens without adding any liquid or starter culture.

        4. After place the sealed container in a warm, humid area around 60-85°C (140-185°F). Many people use a bread proofer, dehydrator, or even a rice cooker set to warm.

          5. Allow the garlic to ferment for 4-6 weeks at the warm temperature. Flip or rotate the garlic heads every few days.

            6. During this time, the garlic will slowly turn from white to golden brown and eventually take on a rich black color. The cloves will also become soft and sticky.

              7.Once fully fermented and black throughout, remove from a warm environment and allow to cool.

                8. Finally store the finished black garlic in the refrigerator.

                  Notes

                  Bear in mind there is no stovetop cooking or oven heating involved. The warmth just comes from whatever insulated appliance or container you used to maintain those warm fermentation temperatures for weeks.

                  Fun Summer Activities for Kids: Indoor & Outdoor Fun to Beat Boredom

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                  The summer break can be a mixed blessing for parents – while kids look forward to a much-needed break from the classroom, the unstructured days can quickly lead to boredom and cries of “I’m so bored!

                  Avoid the summer slump by planning ahead with a roster of activities that will keep your children engaged, learning, and having fun.

                  Get ready to be the summer champion with this curated list of unique and enriching ideas tailored to different age groups, from creative endeavors and science explorations to nature adventures.

                  Make a Sun Catcher

                  1. Dope food coloring onto a white tissue paper and let it dry

                  2. Cut tissue paper into fun shapes and sizes

                  3. Peel off backing from contact paper and arrange tissue paper between two layers

                  4. Seal the contact paper layers to laminate the tissue paper

                  5. Use a hole puncher to make a hole at the top for hanging

                  6. Hang in a sunny window to watch the colorful rays shine through!

                  sun catcher

                  Build a Kite

                  Materials Needed :

                  Lightweight plastic bag or tissue paper

                  Bamboo skewers or straws for the frame

                  Scissors

                  Hole punch

                  Kite string or lightweight cord

                  Decorations like markers, stickers, streamers (optional)

                  Instructions :

                  1. Lay out the plastic bag or tissue paper in a diamond/kite shape on a flat surface.

                  2. For the frame, make a cross by tying two bamboo skewers or straws together in the middle with string or tape.

                  3. Place the frame on top of the plastic and trim the plastic around the edges, leaving 2-3 inches of excess plastic around the frame.

                  4. Use the hole punch to make small holes all around the edges of the plastic, about 2 inches apart.

                  5. Weave a long piece of string through the holes, pulling tightly to attach the plastic covering to the frame.

                  6. Make a hole in the precise center of the kite and tie on a long piece of kite string for flying.

                  7. Decorate your kite with markers, stickers, or streamers if desired.

                  Flying Your Kite :

                  Choose a dry, breezy day with steady winds to fly your kite

                  Run with your kite held above your head to catch wind under the plastic

                  Slowly let out kite string once aloft, holding string taut

                  Adjust the angle of your kite by pulling on one side of the string

                  Kite flying

                  Outdoor Tea Party

                  Materials : Blanket, plastic dishes, pretend tea set or cups, stuffed animal guests

                  Instructions :

                  1. Set up a table or spread out a blanket in the backyard or park

                  2. Set up the dishes and tea set

                  3. Invite stuffed animals or dolls to be your tea party guests

                  4. Practice pouring and serving, using good manners

                  5. Make up fun stories about the adventures you and your guests are having!

                  ta party

                  Paint Your Summer Sky

                  Materials: Large plastic tarp or clear shower curtain, tempera paints, food coloring, acrylic paint, brushes, spray bottles(optional), container

                  Instructions :

                  1. Mix paints and food coloring with water in a container or spray bottles

                  2. Lay tarp or curtain out on flat surface

                  3. Spray and splatter “clouds” using white paint

                  4. Add colors like blue, purple, pink for a sunset sky

                  5. Let dry and hang up your painted sky scene!

                  painting
                  painting

                  Wonder Walk Through the Park

                  Materials: Notebook, crayons, markers or/and pencil

                  Instructions :

                  1. Head to a local park or nature trail

                  2. Use all five senses to experience surroundings

                  3. Write or draw observations of sights, sounds, smells

                  4. Collect leaves, rocks or other natural items

                  5. Discuss findings and creatively document the adventure

                  park

                  Nature Art

                  Materials : Mud, leaves, flowers, grass, berries, twigs, paper, pebbles, etc…

                  1. Go on a nature walk and collect leaves, flowers, berries, etc.

                  2. Use mud as “paint” to create scenes or patterns on paper

                  3. Glue or arrange nature items to make pictures or collages

                  4. Get creative with items found in nature as art supplies!

                  mud art

                  Make a Pet Stone

                  Materials : Smooth rocks, acrylic paint, permanent markers, googly eyes, glue, decorations

                  Instructions :

                  1. Decorate rocks with markers and acrylic paint to look like animals or characters

                  Glue on googly eyes, pipe cleaners for antennas(optional), etc.

                  Give each pet rock a name and backstory Make a cozy “home” for it out of a shoebox or container😊

                  pet rock
                  pet rockes

                  Make a Short Film

                  Materials : Smartphone or tablet, props/toys for set

                  Instructions:

                  1. Come up with a short, simple story idea

                  2. Cast family members or plush toys in different roles

                  3. Take a series of photos or short video clips for each “scene”

                  4. String the clips together and add music for your film!

                  kids make a film

                  Big Bubbles

                  Ingredients : 1 cup dish soap, 1 tbsp sugar, and 4 cups warm water. Hollow wand (unbend a wire hanger) or wool string.

                  Instructions:

                  1. Mix 1 cup dish soap, 1 tbsp sugar, and 4 cups warm water.

                  2. Use hollow wand (unbend a wire hanger) or wool string to blow incredible huge bubbles.

                  big bubble

                  Camp Indoors

                  Set up a cozy reading tent or fort indoors using blankets, pillows, and fairy lights. Bring books, snacks and stuffed animal “campers.”

                  indoor camping
                  indoor camping

                  Explore Water Beads

                  Water beads (also called water gel beads, water balls, or gel balls) are super absorbent polymer balls that can provide hours of fun for kids!

                  Materials Needed :

                  Water beads (can find at craft stores or online)

                  Large bowl or a big tub

                  Water Scoops, spoons, cups for transferring Colander or strainer Food coloring (optional)

                  Instructions :

                  1. Pour the dry water beads into a large bowl or bin. Follow package directions on how many to use and recommended bin size.

                  2. Cover the beads completely with water and allow to soak and expand over 4-6 hours. The beads will grow dramatically in size!

                  3. Drain any excess water through a colander or strainer once fully expanded.

                  Optional :

                  4. Divide the beads into different bowls and add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl. Mix to dye the beads fun, bright colors.

                  5. Let kids scoop, pour, and squeeze the squishy, wet beads. The beads stick together but break apart easily.

                  6. Set out cups, funnels, or tubes and have kids experiment with transferring the beads.

                  6. For added fun, bury small toys or treasures in the beads for kids to discover.

                  water beads

                  Garden Fun

                  Plant seeds or starter plants and watch them grow while learning about plant care.

                  gardening

                  DIY Science Experiments

                  Explore simple chemistry with baking soda volcanoes or grow crystals.

                  science experiment
                  science experiment

                  Coding Games

                  Learn coding basics through interactive games and apps like Scratch or Code.org.

                  Click the link below

                  coding

                  Culture Exploration

                  Cook dishes, learn phrases from different countries.

                  cooking

                  Generation Wild

                  My Daughter recently visited the London Wetland Center WWT . In the heart of the city, the London Wetland Centre provides a refreshing escape into the tranquil world of wetlands and their incredible biodiversity.

                  Spanning 105 acres of lush reserve, this urban oasis invites visitors to explore recreated habitats like lakes, meadows, and marshes teeming with an array of wildlife.

                  On their website there are a range of activities that you can do as a family , earning badges and certificates as you go.

                  Wetland center London
                  Wetland center London

                  Click on the link below and start your adventure

                  Or book a visit on

                  More than just preventing the “summer slide,” these unique activities facilitate bonding between parents and children.

                  Whether it’s an elaborate outdoor adventure or a simple craft made from household items, the goal is providing enriching activities that nurture curiosity, imagination, and skills.

                  Hope you find this helpful, the goal is to make memories that last.

                  Enjoy your summer!

                  Rumi’s Inspiration : Embracing Transformation and Pursuing Your Authentic Path

                  Rumi, also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, was a 13th-century Persian poet, Islamic scholar, and Sufi mystic.

                  His poetry is celebrated for its spiritual depth, philosophical insights, and universal themes of love, spirituality, and the human experience.

                  Here are some profound quotes attributed to Rumi:

                  Rumi Quotes

                  This quote encapsulates Rumi’s emphasis on personal transformation and growth, suggesting that true change begins with self-awareness and inner work.

                  Rumi Quotes

                  This quote encourages us to follow our passions and inner desires, trusting that they will guide us towards fulfillment and authenticity.

                  Rumi Quotes

                  Rumi often speaks about the transformative power of pain and suffering, suggesting that through our struggles, we can find enlightenment and growth.

                  Rumi Quotes

                  He suggests that the connection between souls transcends physical proximity, highlighting the idea of a spiritual union that exists beyond the constraints of time and space.

                  Rumi Quotes

                  Rumi urges us to create our own narratives, to live our lives authentically, and to forge our own paths rather than conforming to societal expectations or preconceived notions.

                  Rumi Quotes

                  This quote emphasizes the importance of transcending dualistic thinking and embracing unity, compassion, and understanding beyond the confines of moral judgments.

                  Rumi Quotes

                  He highlights the value of silence and introspection, suggesting that by quieting the mind, we can better perceive the subtle truths and wisdom that lie within.

                  Rumi Quotes

                  This quote encourages us to trust our inner guidance and intuition, suggesting that the heart is a reliable compass that can lead us towards love, fulfillment, and spiritual growth.

                  Rumi Quotes

                  This quote reflects Rumi’s belief in the interconnectedness of all things and the idea that our desires are often reflections of what the universe is guiding us towards.

                  Rumi Quotes

                  Rumi emphasizes the importance of discernment and focus, suggesting that true wisdom lies in knowing where to direct our attention and energy.

                  Rumi Quotes

                  Rumi teaches that we possess all the resources we need within ourselves and that true fulfillment comes from self-awareness and self-realization.

                  Rumi Quotes

                  He emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and introspection in overcoming the obstacles that prevent us from experiencing and expressing love fully.

                  Rumi Quotes

                  This quote speaks to the soul’s intuitive wisdom and its ability to perceive truths that transcend rational comprehension.

                  Rumi Quotes

                  Rumi uses metaphorical language to convey the depth and richness of the heart’s language in matters of love and soulful connection.

                  Rumi Quotes

                  Rumi uses metaphorical language to remind us of our inherent potential for greatness and encourages us to embrace our inner strength and capabilities.

                  From Rumi, we can learn the profound importance of love, both for oneself and others, as a transformative force. He teaches us to seek inner peace and self-awareness, emphasizing that true wisdom and fulfillment come from within.

                  His poetry encourages us to embrace our inner journey, overcome our fears and barriers, and connect deeply with the world and the divine through compassion and understanding.

                  Rumi’s poetry continues to inspire and resonate with people around the world centuries after his passing.

                  Adventurer’s Delight: Delicious in Dungeon Inspired Stuffed Mushroom Caps

                  Delicious in Dungeon

                  If you’ve ever dreamt of embarking on a culinary quest similar to the adventurous meals in “Delicious in Dungeon,” this recipe is your portal to a fantastical feast!

                  Our Dungeon-Inspired Stuffed Mushroom Caps bring the spirit of dungeon-crawling right into your kitchen, with a delicious and whimsical dish.

                  Inspired by the imaginative and mouth-watering recipes from the beloved series, these stuffed mushroom caps are packed with savory goodness, blending hearty ground meat with aromatic herbs and a hint of Parmesan.

                  Mushroom Cap

                  Stuffed Mushroom Cap

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                  Total Time 45 minutes
                  Course Main Course
                  Servings 4 adventurers

                  Ingredients
                    

                  Large mushroom caps (Portobello mushrooms work great)

                  Ground meat (beef, pork, chicken, or a mix)

                  Garlic (2 cloves, minced)

                  Onion (1 small, finely chopped)

                  Breadcrumbs (1/2 cup)

                  Parmesan cheese (1/4 cup, grated)

                  Parsley (2 tablespoons, chopped)

                  Olive oil (2 tablespoons)

                  Salt and pepper (to taste)

                  Lemon juice (1 tablespoon)

                  Optional: finely chopped monster herbs (if you’re feeling adventurous, add a bit of your favorite seasoning herbs like thyme, rosemary, or sage)

                  Instructions
                   

                  1. Prepare the Mushrooms:

                    Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

                      Clean the mushroom caps with a damp cloth and remove the stems (you can chop the stems and add them to the stuffing mixture if you like).

                        2. Make the Stuffing:

                          In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.

                            Add the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant.

                              Add the ground meat to the skillet. Cook until the meat is browned and cooked through.

                                Remove from heat and let the mixture cool slightly.

                                  3. Combine the Ingredients:

                                    In a large bowl, mix the cooked meat mixture, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, and a squeeze of lemon juice.

                                      Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix until everything is well combined.

                                        4. Stuff the Mushrooms:

                                          Place the mushroom caps on a baking sheet, gill side up.

                                            Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the mushrooms.

                                              Spoon the stuffing mixture into each mushroom cap, pressing down slightly to ensure it's well packed.

                                                5. Bake:

                                                  Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender and the tops are golden brown.

                                                    If you like a crispy top, you can turn on the broiler for the last 2-3 minutes of baking.

                                                      6. Serve:

                                                        Let the stuffed mushrooms cool slightly before serving.

                                                          Garnish with a bit more chopped parsley and a sprinkle of Parmesan if desired.

                                                            Notes

                                                            Add a Dungeon Twist: If you want to make this even more "Delicious in Dungeon" themed, you can serve it with a side of "adventurer’s salad" made of mixed greens and herbs.
                                                            Monster Variations: For a more adventurous twist, imagine using different "monster" meats or fantasy ingredients. Think creatively, like substituting regular ground meat with a blend of exotic spices or adding unique vegetables to the stuffing.
                                                            This recipe is not only inspired by the adventurous spirit of "Delicious in Dungeon" but is also a great way to bring a touch of fantasy and fun into your kitchen. 

                                                            Enjoy your adventure!😊

                                                            Creamy Dreamy Lemonade Recipe – The Ultimate Velvety Summer Sipper

                                                            Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a refreshing, cool beverage. While traditional lemonade is a classic, this creamy lemonade takes it to the next level with a rich, velvety texture that’s utterly delightful.

                                                            creamy lemonade

                                                            Creamy Lemonade

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                                                            It's easy to whip up a batch of this velvety lemon dream with just a handful of simple ingredients. One sip of this thick, creamy lemonade, and you'll be transported to a laid-back summer paradise.
                                                            Course Drinks

                                                            Ingredients
                                                              

                                                            1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4-6 lemons)

                                                            1 cup granulated sugar

                                                            4 cups cold water

                                                            1 cup heavy cream (or half-and-half for a lighter version)

                                                            1 teaspoon vanilla extract

                                                            Ice (for serving)

                                                            Lemon slices and mint leaves (for garnish, optional)

                                                            Instructions
                                                             

                                                            1. Make the Lemon Syrup:

                                                              2. In a small saucepan, combine the lemon juice and sugar.

                                                                3. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved.

                                                                  4. Remove from heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature.

                                                                    5. Prepare the Creamy Base:

                                                                      6. In a large pitcher, combine the cooled lemon syrup with the cold water. Stir well.

                                                                        7. Add the heavy cream and vanilla extract to the pitcher. Stir until everything is well mixed and the mixture is smooth and creamy.

                                                                          8. Chill the Lemonade:

                                                                            9. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and let it chill for at least 1 hour, or until it's thoroughly cold.

                                                                              Serve:

                                                                                Fill glasses with ice.

                                                                                  Pour the creamy lemonade over the ice.

                                                                                    Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves if desired.

                                                                                      Enjoy:

                                                                                        Serve immediately and enjoy the refreshing, creamy lemonade!

                                                                                          Notes

                                                                                          Adjust Sweetness: You can adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding more sugar or reducing it based on your preference.
                                                                                          Lighter Version: For a lighter version, you can use half-and-half instead of heavy cream.
                                                                                          Flavor Variations: For a fun twist, you can add a few berries (like strawberries or raspberries) to the pitcher before chilling for a fruity flavor infusion.
                                                                                          Keyword creamy lemonade, drinks, summer drinks

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                                                                                          Developing a Flexible Mindset in Children: Proven Techniques for Raising Resilient Kids

                                                                                          In a world that is constantly evolving, raising children who can adapt and thrive amidst change is more crucial than ever.

                                                                                          Children who grow up flexible are better equipped to handle the complexities and uncertainties of adult life. Without this vital skill, they may find themselves struggling to navigate the challenges that come their way.

                                                                                          Equally important is the role of introspection in a child’s development. Encouraging children to reflect on their experiences and emotions from an early age fosters self-awareness and personal growth, laying the foundation for a resilient and adaptable mindset.

                                                                                          As someone who comes from generations of families that never had the privilege to fully self-actualize, I understand the importance of these skills. Much of what I’ve learned about flexibility and resilience came from real-life experiences and hard-earned lessons.

                                                                                          However, our children have the opportunity for a better experience. By equipping them with the tools and mindsets that previous generations may not have had, we can help them navigate life’s challenges more effectively and reach their fullest potential.

                                                                                          10 Essential Strategies and Tips For Parents

                                                                                          1. Model Flexibility and Resilience

                                                                                          Children learn by observing the adults around them. Demonstrate a flexible mindset in your daily life by embracing change, approaching problems with a can-do attitude, and sharing your thought process when you encounter challenges.

                                                                                          Show them that setbacks are growth opportunities and that adaptability is a strength.

                                                                                          2. Encourage a Growth Mindset

                                                                                          A growth mindset, as defined by psychologist Carol Dweck, is the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work.

                                                                                          Encourage this mindset by praising effort over outcome, normalizing mistakes as part of the learning process, and setting realistic challenges that allow your child to experience success through effort.

                                                                                          3. Promote Open-Mindedness and Curiosity

                                                                                          Encourage your child to be curious and open-minded about the world around them.

                                                                                          Ask open-ended questions to stimulate their thinking, expose them to diverse perspectives through books and media, and allow them to pursue a variety of interests and activities.

                                                                                          This exposure helps them see that there are many ways to solve problems and achieve goals.

                                                                                          4. Teach Emotional Regulation

                                                                                          Helping children manage their emotions is crucial for maintaining a flexible mindset.

                                                                                          Teach them to recognize and name their emotions, practice mindfulness techniques to stay calm and focused, and develop problem-solving skills by breaking down problems into manageable steps and brainstorming possible solutions.

                                                                                          Click below for blog post on Emotional regulation

                                                                                          5. Create a Supportive Environment

                                                                                          A nurturing environment is key to developing a flexible mindset. Ensure your child feels safe to express their thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment or punishment.

                                                                                          Offer encouragement and support when they face challenges, reinforcing that you believe in their ability to overcome obstacles so that they are reminded. Provide consistent routines with some flexibility to help them learn to adapt to changes.

                                                                                          6. Teach Goal Setting and Planning

                                                                                          Help your child learn to set realistic goals and plan steps to achieve them. Teach them to set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound).

                                                                                          Break down larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps, and reflect on their progress regularly to adjust plans as needed.

                                                                                          7. Encourage Collaboration and Teamwork

                                                                                          Working with others teaches flexibility and adaptability. Involve your child in team sports, group projects, or family activities where they must cooperate and consider others’ perspectives.

                                                                                          Teach them strategies for resolving conflicts and negotiating solutions.

                                                                                          Click below and check out my blog about conflict resolution for young children

                                                                                          And

                                                                                          8. Provide Opportunities for Decision Making

                                                                                          Allow your child to make choices and experience the outcome. Offer age-appropriate choices that build their decision-making skills and discuss the potential outcomes of their decisions to help them learn from the experience.

                                                                                          9. Encourage Self-Reflection and Self-Efficacy

                                                                                          Help your child build self-awareness and confidence in their abilities through reflective practices like journaling or discussing their day.

                                                                                          Celebrate their achievements, no matter how small, to build their confidence and reinforce their ability to overcome challenges.

                                                                                          10. Maintain a Positive Outlook

                                                                                          A positive and optimistic outlook can greatly influence a child’s ability to remain flexible. Encourage the use of affirmations to build self-belief and resilience, and focus on possibilities rather than limitations or failures.

                                                                                          The Power of Embracing Diverse Perspectives

                                                                                          Everyone has their own unique perspective shaped by their experiences, beliefs, and values. It is important to recognize that while our own viewpoint feels right and justified, IT IS NOT THE ONLY VALID ONE.

                                                                                          Respecting other people’s views, even when we don’t agree with them, fosters a more inclusive and understanding world.

                                                                                          Embracing diverse perspectives enriches our own understanding and helps build a community where different ideas and opinions can coexist harmoniously.

                                                                                          By acknowledging and respecting the multitude of viewpoints around us, we cultivate empathy and open-mindedness, essential qualities for personal and collective growth.

                                                                                          Two Books to Check Out

                                                                                          The Whole Brain Child Book
                                                                                          This book offers practical strategies for fostering emotional and intellectual development in children.
                                                                                          "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol S. Dweck
                                                                                          This book introduces the concept of a growth mindset and how it can be nurtured in both children and adults.

                                                                                          In conclusion by implementing these strategies, you can help your child develop a flexible mindset that will serve them well throughout their lives.

                                                                                          This mindset fosters resilience and adaptability and promotes a lifelong love of learning and personal growth. Together, we can raise a generation of adaptable, introspective, and resilient children ready to face the future confidently.

                                                                                          See you soon😊

                                                                                          Refreshing Mango Lassi – A Taste of Indian Summer

                                                                                          Mango Lassi

                                                                                          As the weather heats up, there’s nothing quite as thirst-quenching and refreshing as a cool mango lassi. This classic Indian yogurt-based drink is the perfect way to beat the summer heat.

                                                                                          Lassi is a traditional dahi (yogurt) drink that originated in the Punjab region of India. While there are savory lassi versions too, the mango lassi is undoubtedly one of the most popular and beloved variations.

                                                                                          Combining fresh sweet mangoes with tangy yogurt, milk, and a touch of sugar, the mango lassi is an utterly delightful way to enjoy the king of fruits.

                                                                                          Whether as an accompaniment to a spicy Indian meal or simply sipped on its own, a tall glass of chilled mango lassi is pure bliss on a hot summer day. Let’s get started on this easy and delicious recipe:

                                                                                          Mango Lassi

                                                                                          Ingredients
                                                                                            

                                                                                          Ingredients:

                                                                                          1 cup plain yogurt (Greek or regular)

                                                                                          1 cup fresh mango puree (from about 2 ripe mangoes)

                                                                                          1/2 cup cold milk

                                                                                          2-3 tbsp sugar or honey, to taste

                                                                                          1/4 tsp ground cardamom (optional)

                                                                                          Handful of ice cubes

                                                                                          Mint leaves for garnish (optional)

                                                                                          Instructions
                                                                                           

                                                                                          Instructions:

                                                                                            In a blender, combine the yogurt, mango puree, milk, sugar/honey, and cardamom (if using). Blend until smooth and frothy.

                                                                                              Add the ice cubes and blend briefly again until well-chilled. Be careful not to over-blend.

                                                                                                Pour the lassi into tall glasses and garnish with a few mint leaves if desired.

                                                                                                  Serve immediately, chilled and frothy. Adjust thickness by adding more or less milk to reach desired consistency.

                                                                                                    Notes

                                                                                                    That's all there is to this utterly refreshing and naturally sweet mango lassi! For best results, use ripe, fragrant mangoes at the peak of sweetness. You can strain the lassi through a fine mesh sieve for an extra velvety texture.

                                                                                                    So go ahead and whip up a big pitcher of this sunny orange delight. It’s the perfect way to cool down and enjoy the bright, luscious flavors of summer!

                                                                                                    Before you go, you will find a nice homemade Matcha Latte recipe below just click the link.

                                                                                                    Exploring the Incredible Polka-Dotted World of Yayoi Kusama

                                                                                                    Mushrooms Yayoi Kusama 1995 Art Brut, Pop Art figurative

                                                                                                    Yayoi Kusama is one of the most fascinating and influential artists alive today. At 93 years old, the Japanese contemporary artist continues to create installations that blur the boundaries between illusion and reality.

                                                                                                    She is best known for her immersive installations featuring repeating patterns and her extensive use of polka dots and mirrored rooms.

                                                                                                    Yayoi Kusama
                                                                                                    Infinity Mirror Room 1965, Yayoi Kusama

                                                                                                    Who is Yayoi Kusama

                                                                                                    Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan. From an early age she experienced hallucinations and obsessive thoughts that would shape her artistic style.

                                                                                                    Raised in Matsumoto, Kusama trained at the Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts in a traditional Japanese painting style called nihonga.

                                                                                                    She rose to prominence in the 1960s as an influential figure in the avant-garde art scene in New York, alongside movements like pop art and minimalism.

                                                                                                    Butterfly Yayoi Kusama 1988 Art Brut, Pop Art
                                                                                                    Butterfly Yayoi Kusama 1988 Art Brut, Pop Art

                                                                                                    Her famous “Infinity Mirror Rooms” are spaces filled with mirrors and LED lights that create a kaleidoscopic illusion of endlessly repeating patterns and polka dots.

                                                                                                    She pioneered the concept of the “obliteration room” – stark white rooms that viewers cover with sticker dots over time.

                                                                                                    These stark white spaces become gradually covered by viewers applying bright sticker dots, allowing the rooms to morph from blank canvases into explosions of vivid color and shape over time.

                                                                                                    Her iconic works feature obsessively repeated patterns of polka dots, nets, and shapes recurring motifs reflect her unique psychological perspective that has shaped her artistic vision

                                                                                                    Yayoi Kusama Date: 1980 Style: Art Brut, Pop Art Genre: figurative
                                                                                                    Traveling Water Yayoi Kusama 1980 Art Brut, Pop Art figurative

                                                                                                    Major retrospectives of her work have been held at the Tate Modern, Whitney Museum, and other leading art museums worldwide.

                                                                                                    Since the 1970s, she has lived voluntarily in a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo, using an on-site studio to create her prolific artworks.

                                                                                                    However, in 2016 at age 87, she reportedly left the psychiatric facility and moved into a traditional house nearby to be closer to her studio and gallery.

                                                                                                    Ready to Blossom in the Morning Yayoi Kusama Date: 1989 Style: Art Brut, Pop Art Genre: flower painting
                                                                                                    Ready to Blossom in the Morning Yayoi Kusama 1989, Art Brut, Pop Art flower painting
                                                                                                    Dandelions Yayoi Kusama 1985 Art Brut, Pop Art flower painting

                                                                                                    Kusama’s artistic vision has transcended any single technique, as she has continued exploring her obsessive visual language across painting, sculpture, fashion, performance, literature, film, and public art over her pioneering career.

                                                                                                    Yayoi Kusama’s boundless imagination and exploration of infinite repetition have solidified her status as one of the most iconic artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her hypnotic polka-dotted wonderlands blur the lines between the cosmic and the microscopic, inspiring wonder in millions.

                                                                                                    Click the link below

                                                                                                    Fermenting vs. Pickling: Which One is Healthier?

                                                                                                    Food preservation techniques have been around for centuries, and two of the most popular methods are fermenting and pickling.

                                                                                                    Extending shelf life and preventing spoilage was one of the primary motivations for preserving food in the old days and preserved foods like certain pickles, cheeses, and cured meats became culinary staples deeply rooted in various cultural cuisines and traditions around the world.

                                                                                                    While both processes extend the shelf life of foods, they differ in their methods and potential health benefits. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the details of each process and explore which one might be the better choice for your overall well-being.

                                                                                                    In this blog post, we’ll dive into the details of each process and explore which one might be the better choice for your overall well-being.

                                                                                                    What is Fermenting?

                                                                                                    Fermenting is a process that involves the conversion of sugars and starches into alcohol or acids by microorganisms like bacteria or yeasts.

                                                                                                    It typically involves lacto-fermentation, where lactic acid bacteria convert sugars into lactic acid, creating an acidic environment that prevents spoilage. Examples of fermented foods include sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, kefir, and sourdough bread.

                                                                                                    Fermented Sourdough
                                                                                                    Fermented Sauerkraut

                                                                                                    The process

                                                                                                    • Introduce beneficial microorganisms (starter culture or natural fermentation)

                                                                                                    • Allow the microorganisms to convert sugars and starches into lactic acid or other byproducts

                                                                                                    • Fermentation can take several days or weeks, depending on the food and desired level of fermentation.

                                                                                                    Benefits of Fermented Foods

                                                                                                    • Rich in probiotics (beneficial bacteria) that support gut health and digestion

                                                                                                    • Improved nutrient availability due to the breakdown of compounds by microorganisms

                                                                                                    • Reduced levels of antinutrients (compounds that inhibit nutrient absorption)

                                                                                                    • Distinctive tangy, slightly sour flavors

                                                                                                    What is Pickling?

                                                                                                    Pickling involves immersing foods in an acidic solution, typically vinegar or brine (salt and water).

                                                                                                    The acidity of the pickling solution inhibits the growth of harmful microorganisms, preserving the food. Examples of pickled foods include cucumbers, peppers, onions, and eggs.

                                                                                                    The Process

                                                                                                    • Prepare the pickling solution (vinegar, brine, or a combination)

                                                                                                    •Immerse the foods in the pickling solution

                                                                                                    •Pickling can be done relatively quickly, sometimes in a matter of hours or days

                                                                                                    Benefits of Pickled Foods

                                                                                                    • Extended shelf life due to the acidic environment

                                                                                                    • Contributes to vegetable intake and provides antioxidants

                                                                                                    • Adds unique flavors to dishes

                                                                                                    Which One is Healthier?

                                                                                                    When it comes to overall health benefits, fermented foods generally have an edge over pickled foods.

                                                                                                    Here is why:

                                                                                                    • Fermented foods are rich in probiotics, which support gut health and immune function.

                                                                                                    • The fermentation process can increase the bioavailability of certain nutrients.

                                                                                                    • Fermented foods often have lower sodium levels compared to pickled foods.

                                                                                                    While both fermenting and pickling are excellent methods for preserving foods, fermented foods offer more potential health benefits due to their probiotic content and improved nutrient availability.

                                                                                                    Moderation is key, and both fermented and pickled foods can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet. When choosing between the two, consider your overall dietary needs and preferences, and don’t hesitate to experiment with different fermented and pickled foods to add variety and flavor to your meals.

                                                                                                    Matcha Latte: A Creamy Green Boost

                                                                                                    Matcha is a finely milled powder made from high-quality green tea leaves, packing a concentrated antioxidant punch in every sip.

                                                                                                    With its vibrant green hue and gently sweet, toasty flavor, matcha makes for a refreshing latte that gives you a focused energy boost without the jitters of coffee.

                                                                                                    I have been drinking coffee every day since I was in my teens. I have gotten to a point where I want to cut down significantly, and I have finally found a healthier replacement.

                                                                                                    Matcha Ice Latte

                                                                                                    Matcha is high in antioxidants (epigallocatechin gallate), boosts metabolism, and promotes alertness, the L-Theanine in matcha produces an "alert calm" effect making you feel focused without the jittery side effects. It has anti-aging properties. The high antioxidant levels in matcha may help prevent premature aging by reducing oxidative stress. Matcha is rich in chlorophyll which can help detoxify the body.
                                                                                                    Total Time 10 minutes
                                                                                                    Course Drinks

                                                                                                    Ingredients
                                                                                                      

                                                                                                    1 tsp matcha green tea powder

                                                                                                    2 tbsp hot water

                                                                                                    3/4 cup milk of your choice

                                                                                                    1 tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional)

                                                                                                    Instructions
                                                                                                     

                                                                                                    1.In a small bowl, whisk together the 1 tsp matcha powder and 2 tbsp hot water until a smooth, lump-free bright green paste forms.

                                                                                                      2.Add the cold milk and whisk vigorously to combine with the matcha paste until fully incorporated.

                                                                                                        3.If using, whisk in 2-3 tbsp simple syrup, honey, or your preferred sweetener to taste.

                                                                                                          4.Fill a tall glass with the ice cubes.

                                                                                                            5.Pour the matcha milk mixture over the ice.

                                                                                                              6.Give it a gentle stir.

                                                                                                                7.You can garnish with a dusting of matcha powder on top if desired.

                                                                                                                  Notes

                                                                                                                  Using cold milk eliminates the heating step, making this an even quicker iced matcha latte. The hot water is still used to initially bloom the matcha powder before combining it with the cold milk.
                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                  So whether you’re an experienced matcha connoisseur or just matcha-curious, making matcha lattes at home is a simple way to treat yourself to this amazing beverage. Just follow this easy recipe.