The Foodie Kit: Buy from Palestinian Artisans

As many of you know I have spent much of the last 10 years supporting Palestinian livelihoods and economic development. Supporting Palestinian artisans is not just essential to the local economy in Palestine, but is also important to maintain traditional cultural crafts and skills. We at The Olive Tree Kitchen have teamed up with Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans to bring you some wonderful gifts for your kitchen.

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Warm Frothy Hazelnut Milk with Cinnamon

 

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Its cold cold cold in London tonight. I read recently that in cold weather, humans like to find a partner and hibernate with them. The rates of new relationships and people seeking relationships goes up in winter, as people seek to find someone to cuddle up with and keep out of the cold. Tonight is certainly one of those night where you just want to crawl under a blanket and snuggle up with a warm drink.

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Maca, Banana & Fig Smoothie

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I love to eat as many figs as u can at this time of year when they are ripe, plentiful and cheap. They always remind me of autumn and they always remind me of my Mama, who also loves them. I remember when I was younger, I would spend hours climbing the large fig tree in our garden on warm summer evenings.

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Rose & Nectarine Smoothie with Bee Pollen

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I love the smell and taste of rose in cooking and drinks. The light aromatic hint of rose seems so exotic and makes me imagine times of decadence in ancient palaces. It’s so transporting and reminds me of my childhood in the Middle East, where cooking with rose and mixed flower essence is very usual in sweets and pastries.
These days, I mainly just drink organic rose tea to benefit from many vitamins and antioxidants to help heart health, reduce nervous tension and inflammation.

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Nectarine, Raspberry Passion Smoothie

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These three fruits are some of my favourites. They are gloriously colourful, have exciting textures and taste so sweet. These fruits are the perfect combination of exotic and homely, making this smoothie a real treat.
These fruits are also so good for you that they will make you glow from within, giving you vibrant eyes, hair and skin. These fruits are packed with vitamin A and C, are rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants and provide you with a lot of fibre. The almond milk is high in vitamin D & E, providing you with healthy essential omega fatty acids, which are all good for radiant skin.

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ingredients
1 nectarine, chopped
1 cup raspberries
1 passion fruit flesh
1 cup unsweetened almond milk

method
1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend for 2 minutes
2. Pour into a glass and garnish with some passion fruit seeds, a raspberry and mint sprig to serve.


Green Juice & Figs

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I first came across juicing when I became very ill.  I was in continual chronic pain for months and unable to move most if my joints. I had been prescribed many toxic drugs which got me moving again, but I still felt terrible. I genuinely feel that juicing has changed my health, wellbeing and my life.

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Organic Banana Berry Smoothie

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Smoothies are great for breakfast as they are very fast to prepare, are very nutritious and they are delicious. Blueberries are a string antibacterial and antioxidants, which support your body in many ways from eyesight to memory. This is on top of the yoghurt which is very good for digestion and the immune system, by supporting the metabolization of vital nutrients. And of course the seeds are a good source of zinc, omega-3 and vitamin E and B.

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