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New Medicine Pouch

Posted in Handcraft, my handcraft, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14,April,2017 by Mia

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New Medicine/Crystal Pouch Necklace I handcrafted from Vegan friendly Black Cotton and Smoky Quartz Crystals.
Lovely way to carry  your favorite Crystal/Amulet/ Medicine pouch on you as you go!
Rustic Tribal look makes it Unisex , Great for Women And Men alike ūüôā
Available here in Kahliya`s online shop

Dry Massage Glove ~ A gift of Well Being

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 25,November,2016 by Mia

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Im very excited to add this Handmade Coarse Natural Linen Dry Massage Glove to Kahliya`s “Healing Pleasures” product line!

Also known as “Garshan Glove” in Ayurveda, which is used to perform a dry body massage before the massage with oil.

known to be Great for exfoliation,removing dead skin layers, for cellulite and most of all very invigorating giving an uplifting boost due to its stimulating effect on the blood circulation.

Perfect caring Winter gift and an excellent addition to your daily regime creating a positive lifestyle full of Vitality!

Available at Kahliya`s online shop ,¬†here¬†¬†ūüôā
Feel free to browse and tune in for more caring gifts for the holidays!

Much Love
Mia

Another Swirl bag ~

Posted in Handcraft, my handcraft, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 9,May,2016 by Mia

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Yayyyyyyyyyyy!
Another Exciting Rainbow Swirl cross shoulder Bag in Blue and Earthy colors!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/285912675/sunshine-swirl-handknitted-crossbody-bag?ref=shop_home_feat_1

Homemade Pickles

Posted in Food (vegan), Herbs & Spices, Uncategorized with tags , , on 22,August,2012 by Mia

I am a huge fan of Pickles..dont ask me why..I just am..not one for spicy stuff but Pickles I adore,though only the ones made in Salt..and here in Cyprus I have searched everywhere and have only found Pickles in Vinegar and sugar..which is a whole different ballgame..
SO..I just remembered that I used to make them myself..and actually..they come out even more awesome!I found a used large jar,got myself some¬†Cucumbers and some Salt ..and as easy as one two three…….weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee have great Pickles!

Before I explain the very short and simple procedure,allow me to remind you that Pickles are actually a very important part of our health regime,aiding in digestion enormously,regulating intestinal flora and more..check out this site to learn more : http://www.mitoku.com/products/pickles/healthbenefits.html

Ok..so now here`s how to do it..

1 Jar sterilised in Boiling water,
Depending on the size jar you find :

Cucumbers to fill the jar.
They should be small and firm.

Sea salt

Garlic cloves

Pepper Corns

Herbs Optional (I like to use the classic for this which is Dill),Bay Leaf

Piment spice Optional

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Rinse the cucumbers

Fill your jar

Peel a few Garlic cloves and place scattered in jar

Spread some Pepper corns into the jar

Add herbs and chilli peppers(or any other) if you like.

Prepare a sollution of 1 spoon Salt to a cup of Boiling water

and pour into jar filling it to the top.

Pour a thick layer of Olive oil to cover the top

Close your jar hermetically

Place in the terrace/sun on a piece of old newspaper as during the process it may spill.

Leave in the sun for about 2-3 days.Mainly depends on the heat and conditions.

Check that the fermentation has begun but not overdone.

The cucumbers begin to change color.

Place and keep in Fridge.

Enjoy! ~

Vegan Mince Pizza

Posted in Food (vegan), Uncategorized with tags , , on 29,July,2012 by Mia


Hey everyone!

Its been about a month since moving to Larnaca, Cyprus!
Theres so much to share .. and yet time moves along as we try to adjust to our new life in this lovely Island.
Its very hot here..and I thought I knew what hot weather is..lol..but we are graced with the sweetest apt near a mountain in a village called Oroklini and have lots of calm and even some breeze..
Learning to use the new ingredients at hand for me here..even though it is the Mediteranean,there are still slight differences..
in Spices and Veggies..checking out where to find the best offered to us and that suits my Vegan dishes..

Its taking time to integrate all but I finally feel Im slowly getting there..
The other day I felt like trying to do a Pizza with Minced dried Soja (Tvp) instead of minced meat ofcourse..and guess what..it came out lovely!
It was quite spontaneous hence I dont recall the exact amounts at this time ,but its really very simple,quite quick and deliciously fun!

Ingredients for 2 medium pizzas:

Dough:
Whole wheat flour (2 cups approx)
Olive Oil ( 2 Tbs approx )
Tepid water
pinch of salt,Pepper to be added to the dry flour.

Mince filling:
Mince soja/Tvp (1 cup approx)
1/2 Red Pepper finely chopped
1 largeTomato peeled and finely chopped (could probably use a bit more Tomato)
1 large onion finely chopped
1 Leek diced

2 Spring Onions finely diced

3 small Garlic cloves finely chopped.

Olive Oil

Salt, Pepper
Dried Sage
Oregano/Thyme

Marjoram

Baharat or similar Blend

Preparation:

Wisk the oil into the flour in a bowl.
Gently add the water,whilst mixing continuously,slowly creating a homogeneous dough.
Careful not to add too much water,when in doubt..less is better..you can always add more if needed..
Mix together and knead dough with your hands,taking it out on the counter is easier.Knead the dough till you feel it is a nice,smooth, flexible yet firm dough,and refrigerate a bit.
Meantime in a frying pan,slightly oiled with Olive oil,Saute all Onions and Garlic,and as they golden
,Add the Mince that has been well drained and allow to evenly braise.
Add Red Pepper until softens slightly and add Tomato.
Add Spices and simmer till all blends together nicely,and close the heat.

Preheat Oven or even a toaster oven to about 200- 220 degrees.
Take the dough out of the fridge,knead a little on the counter,cut in 2 and create a ball as round as possible,then flatten dough rolling it with a rolling pin or a bottle as I used ūüôā (Not yet fully equipped)..
Roll out , not too thin and not too thick ,fill the wide center with filling and leave edges to fold into a crust.
Place on a baking sheet and put in heated oven for about 15-20 min depending on the strength of your oven.
Be attentive and see all sides are evenly baked.

Enjoy! ūüôā

Ful Medames

Posted in Food (vegan) with tags , , , , , , , , on 29,November,2008 by Mia

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Ok..so this is where I begin revealing part of the complex and colorful

mosaic created by my roots..

This part is called ‘Egypt’ and I have¬†enthusiastically ¬†embraced many aspects of this culture.I remember growing up,every friday evening,watching the Egyptian movies with my father,having so much fun mimicking the melodramatic phrases in Arabic of the actors and waiting impatiently for the belly dancer to commence her moves so I can join in with her..!

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A large part of this cultural effect in my life has been the food! And there is no talking about Egyptian food without beginning respectfully with what might probably be the most important and ancient dish- ”Ful Medames” , a dish said to be dated from the pharaos,originally considered a food for the ”poor”,eaten today by all ,mainly as a hearty breakfast preparing for a full day of work,as it is so filling and energy boosting.

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The dish is made of fava beans,the small knobbly type,though some people use the larger broad kidney shaped type.When fresh these beans are originally green,as they dry they gradually turn from a green color to brown.I am stating this because some people (like me) find that waiting for them to turn brown is worth while as they gain an added flavor.

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Enough chitter chatter…

Down to business-

Soak the beans in lots of water early the prior evening(about 12 hrs).

Next morning,rinse and put the beans in a pot with plenty of water,add a large nice and ripe tomato cut in quarters; a large onion also cut in quarters and some ground cumin and bring to a boil,cover the pot and simmer on a very low heat for about 2-3 hrs.Check that the beans should be quite soft but don`t overcook them, as they harden again.

Now,this is the fun part!

Some like their ful then cooked in a nice Tomato sauce,with rice on the side.While I agree it`s a nice version,there is still  nothing like the Classic-

Place cooked beans in a shallow soup plate,sprinkle salt,pepper, ground Cumin,top with Olive oil and chopped fresh Parsley/Coriander,squeezed Lemon juice and…last but definitely not least-Tahin sauce-which is a bulk sesame paste,(available especially wherever you buy Middle Eastern products),diluted in water and fresh Lemon juice(stirring well until smooth paste obtained),adding salt¬†and a ¬†bit of ground Cumin,to which some like adding chopped fresh Parsley and crushed Garlic.

Et Voila…Now,the original version takes on a hardboiled egg ,but we will gladly omit that part,since we are Vegans, right?

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The Traditional way to eat this is by crushing the beans with the fork while mixing in all the other ingredients,scooping it up to your delight with hand-torn pieces of fresh pita bread and a nice Oriental salad made of chopped Lettuce,tomato and cucumber (seasoned with Olive oil,Lemon juice,salt and pepper)on the side,without forgetting the Olives of-course!

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mmmmmmmm..Enjoy!

Who`s afraid of Quinoa,anyway..?

Posted in Food (vegan) with tags , , , on 16,November,2008 by Mia

 

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I am! Or atleast¬†I was…till my sister in law decided to break the barrier for me.I dont know what it is..but although I know Quinoa is very nutritional,being very high in protein,with a balanced amino acid content,and high in important minerals such¬†as Iron and Magnesium, making it perfect for Vegans,aswell as Gluten free and very light and easy¬†to digest, I had this ‘thing’ with their form,their tiny ”tails” to be exact,just didnt appeal to me..

But then it happened,she brought me over a huge batch of Quinoa that she had prepared and I just gulped it all up! So light and so tasty!

So here`s the deal:

Cook the Quinoa in water,using 1 part Quinoa to 1.5 parts slightly salted water(some use 2 parts water,maybe effecting  the resulting crunchiness the Quinoa sometimes has),

bringing to a quick boil then simmering for 10-15 min,until tender.

In a separate pan,sautè some chopped Onion in Olive oil,some grated Carrot and add some spices,

in this case a prepared spice mix was used,but you can add complementing flavor that appeals to you,I guess some cinnamon and a bit of black pepper would be nice with the carrots,aswell as a small amount of chopped walnuts for an added crunch and maybe some raisins if you feel like flowing with the sweetness.

As the carrots soften add the mixture to the quinoa, adding a bit of Olive oil if extra moisture seems necessary.

There you go!

As easy as 1,2,3!

More Quinoa recipies here.