Friday, August 18, 2017

Coffee & Tea Books are Timeless for All Seasons

Author of the Healing Powers series


The Healing Powers of Coffee

From the author of the hugely successful Healing Powers series (Honey, Vinegar, Olive Oil, and Chocolate) comes The Healing Powers of Coffee: A Complete Guide to Nature's Surprising Superfood.

It's the beverage we can't live without--yet few consume it without some guilt. But the wonderful truth is that coffee has abundant health benefits. Coffee boasts more antioxidants than cocoa and tea, and even more than renowned antioxidant-rich fruits like oranges and blueberries. In fact, there are hundreds of healing compounds in coffee.

Recent studies have shown that coffee consumption can significantly decrease or reduce the risk of many conditions, including Alzheimer's disease and dementia, asthma, cancer, heart disease, chronic constipation, dental caries, diabetes, and liver disease. 

As in her previous bestselling books, Cal Orey combines groundbreaking research into all these health and weight loss benefits with home cures, cosmetic uses, household hints, and dozens of heart-healthy Mediterranean style recipes.


The Healing Powers of Tea

Wellness in a Cup—Discover the Benefits of Tea for Your Body and Mind!
 
It picks you up and calms you down, warms you and refreshes you. With black, white, red, green, and herbal varieties, there’s a tea for every taste, and now this time-honored superfood is trending as the drink of choice for health-conscious people of all ages and cultures. 
 
This fascinating book boils down the rich history of tea—as well as the ever-expanding list of health and weight loss benefits found in its leaves. 
 
*Discover how black and white teas are heating up the beverage world with antioxidants and nutrients that lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and fight off inflammation, viruses, and bacteria.
 
*Learn how age-defying spa treatments made from tea can soothe your skin, soften your hair, and give you an all-over glow and peace of mind.
 
*Get the latest knowledge from top medical researchers and tea experts on how the superfood can tackle digestive problems, depression and anxiety, aches and pains, and add years to your life. 
 
*Stir up over 50 home cures to give yourself more energy, less stress, treat the common cold, insomnia, and more!

Banana Bread with Black Tea

As we edge into September we're in between late summer and pre-fall--a time for savoring both hot and cold good for you carbs. If you noticed the town is quiet during the weekdays and the squirrels are busy while pine cones are dropping--it's that time. Tell-tale signs of changing seasons are in the air around the Lake and it's a time of reuniting with the kitchen and enjoying wholesome comfort food. Enter Banana Bread.
In July when I was en route to Canada coffee shops greeted me at airports and the hotel of my choice. One afternoon while waiting to board the CRJ900 plane departing from Victoria to Seattle I realized I hadn't eaten. Looking at the open cafe of pre-packaged sandwiches, cookies, bagels, and breads I almost purchased the bread. I asked the girl behind the counter what it was and she shrugged her shoulders. "I think it's banana nut bread. I'm not sure." I passed as a wave of homesickness hit me.  I missed my kitchen, my fur kids, and Tahoe. 
Sitting down alone in the small and quiet airport, waiting to board the plane I once feared to fly on, I held onto a souvenir: a box of Canadian maple leaf cookies and sipped bottled water. I thought, "Back home when the weather is cooler I'm going to bake my own banana nut bread complete with California walnuts and honey from Reno's beekeepers."  And this week I did just that.
home-style BaNANA NUT BREAD
2 large eggs, organic
1/4-1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup European style butter (save a small amount to butter loaf dish)
2 ripe, large bananas
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
Confectioners' sugar or raw sugar (optional)
 In a bowl , beat eggs, sugar, and butter. Blend in the mashed bananas and vanilla. Add flour to the banana mixture. Mix and stir in yogurt cinnamon and walnuts. Pour batter into a buttered 9 x 6-inch loaf dish. Bake the bread at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or till firm to touch. If the top browns too fast, cover with foil after 30 minutes in the oven.  Cool for at least 30 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar. You can serve warm or chilled. Garnish with grapes, slices of banana or peaches. A pat of butter or raw honey can be a nice touch. Makes 8-10 servings. It freezes well.

This bread is so easy and budget-friendly that it's a keeper for all seasons. It's a recipe that doesn't fail and the sweet and savory aroma in your kitchen is unforgettable. Once you take the bread out of the oven, wait a bit, and cut a slice you'll be happy to be home. You'll taste the fresh bananas, soft crunch of walnuts, and cinnamon.. Paired with a glass of orange juice for breakfast or hot tea for an afternoon snack or dessert is heavenly in the mountains.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Healing Powers Series Author Working on Book #7

By Cal Orey

Today, mid-August at Lake Tahoe I'm busy in research mode for my new big book project. 

During this part of writing a book is familiar. It's like aliens are now moving into my brain and settling in. Ideas from nowhere come and find nooks and crannies in my mind. It's okay. Been there, done that. And here it goes again...

Actually, it's kind of exciting. Stories, decades, people, and food adventures in my life come back and visit me. It's sort of like taking a vacation. I suppose I'm a bit distracted when I talk to people in real life because I'm somewhere else. It is a challenge, though, despite the thrill of it all.
At least three times during the week swimming with a hot tub treat in the morning keeps me balanced. And I am elated because Tahoe is quiet, the kids are back in school, and the vacation homeowners are gone. It is bliss so I can think. In fact, it's so serene I'm tuning into the rabbits and squirrels--we are feeling the transition in the air from the hot summer to cooler days of fall--my favorite season.

This time around, I booked a flight for January (the month The Healing Powers of Tea is released) for a book signing at the Bellevue, Washington Barnes and Noble bookstore. I'm going back to Seattle--my second home. It will be a treat for the New Year, provide a few adventures for the new book in progress, and give me a bit of regrouping to come back home for the final stretch. 
So, here's to TEA, the new surprise book--it's full of fresh food stuff that I forgot I knew but practice, and sweet autumn is in the works. It doesn't get better than this...Well come January I may beg to differ.

Monday, August 7, 2017

NEW Tea Book Is Coming to You Soon!

The Healing Powers of Tea 


HEALTHY RECIPES * HOME CURES * WEIGHT LOSS TIPS

With a Foreword by Will Clower, Ph.D., CEO Mediterranean Wellness and Author of The Fat Fallacy and The French Don’t Diet Plan
 
“A fascinating book that goes beyond just ‘green’ to include the medicinal benefits of black, white, and herbal tea blends.”
—Ann Gittleman, Ph.D.

 
Wellness in a Cup—Discover the Benefits of Tea for Your Body and Mind!
 

It picks you up and calms you down, warms you and refreshes you. With black, white, red, green, and herbal varieties, there’s a tea for every taste, and now this time-honored superfood is trending as the drink of choice for health-conscious people of all ages and cultures. 
 
This fascinating book boils down the rich history of tea—as well as the ever-expanding list of health and weight loss benefits found in its leaves. 
 



*Discover how black and white teas are heating up the beverage world with antioxidants and nutrients that lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and fight off inflammation, viruses, and bacteria.
 
*Learn how age-defying spa treatments made from tea can soothe your skin, soften your hair, and give you an all-over glow and peace of mind.
 
*Get the latest knowledge from top medical researchers and tea experts on how the superfood can tackle digestive problems, depression and anxiety, aches and pains, and add years to your life. 
 
*Stir up over 50 home cures to give yourself more energy, less stress, treat the common cold, insomnia, and more!
 
*Enjoy comforting and tea-licious recipes like Warm Scones with Jam and Devonshire Cream, Assorted Finger Sandwiches, Scrumptious White Tea Scallops, and Russian Tea Cookies paired with the perfect brew – hot or iced.
 
Better health is just a sip away. With The Healing Powers of Tea (sweetened with lively stories) you’ll learn the hottest tips to improve your health, boost your brain power, and even clean your house!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Quiche for a Heat Wave

Summertime Quiche
During a heat wave slaving over a hot stove is not something anyone wants to do. But Lorraine Quiche (a tart filled with custard, cheese, meat, and vegetables) can be easy and quick to whip up and worth the effort. The original quiche can be traced back to  the earlier part of the 20th century, however, it had its heyday in the seventies and eighties. Nowadays, a lot of varieties of quiche can be found at restaurants, in the frozen food aisle at your grocery store, and at coffee shops around the Lake.
A few  years ago, I was good friends with a neighbor around the corner. She cooked more than I did back then. One  hot summer day she was making quiche and filled the tart shell with bacon, bell peppers, and an egg mixture. While it looked tempting I thought, "I'll make this dish my way--meatless."  Still, I was envious as the egg dish was put into the oven. Once it was done the fragrant dish was put in the fridge for morning brunch. It was more like my Mom's quiche (she used ham, mushrooms, and asparagus) but I had my own ideas of the perfect veggue egg pie.
So now I finally put it together my way. And you can do it, too. Of course, there are better than things to do in the Sierra during summer than hit the kitchen. But savoring an easy breezy breakfast teamed with fresh fruit or having a light dinner while it's warm indoors and outdoors is super. A cheesy, scrumptious quiche, like this one, is the answer and will make you smile
Broccoli  AND cheese QUICHE
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon European style butter
4 tablespoons red onion, diced
1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
1 1/4 cup broccoli and cauliflower florets, chopped
1 cup all natural, premium organic mozzarella, shredded
3 organic brown eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups organic half-and-half
Black pepper and sea salt to taste
1 (9-inch) premium store-bought refrigerated pie crust (save homemade crusts for fall)
2 heirloom or Roma tomatoes, sliced (optional)
Pine nuts (optional)
In a skillet, melt olive oil and butter. Stir-fry onion and vegetables. Add basil. Set aside. In a mixing bowl combine eggs add half-and-half. Add pepper and salt. Bake pie crust covered in foil for 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven. (This keeps it flaky.)  Chill in freezer for about 15 minutes. Top pie crust bottom with cheese, veggie mixture and repeat. Pour milk-egg mixture on top and sprinkle with a layer of cheese. Stir lightly so it's even. Bake at 350 to 360 degrees for about 40-45 minutes or till firm and crust is light golden brown. Do not over bake. Cool for at least 30 minutes. You can serve warm or chilled. Garnish with tomatoes and nuts. Makes 8-10 servings.

This Quiche Lorraine dish works cold for breakfast (the ingredients are more flavorful, cutting it is perfect) or warmed up for brunch so the cheese melts and pleases the palate. Served solo or paired with a tossed green salad with a tangy vinaigrette is the way to do it. Who doesn't like a cool, light and  easy summer dish? This new, improved 21st century quiche--dished up warm or cold--is gooey, bursting with texture and flavor--and is a seriously delicious quiche to love!