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Kefir Flegga & Aloe Vera smoothie

As opposed to cow’s milk which contains the allergenic protein “A1 casein” (a highly inflammatory protein for the human body), goat’s milk contains A2 casein, that makes it – protein wise – the closest milk to human breast milk, hypoallergenic and tolerated even by babies

Therefore it is always preferable to consume goat milk and goat dairy products, especially when they come from free animals who grazing on grass

So, always using our favorite 100% organic brand of dairy products, the award-winning and prestigious Greek Creamery “Flegga”. Today’s smoothie includes goat’s bio kefir with the addition of aloe vera, green grapes, green apple and spinach. Just add all ingredients into a blender (after freezing the grapes) and mix until velvety and creamy.

Aloe vera contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids.

Green grapes , spinach & green apples are rich of vit A, B2, B6, E, C and K, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese, zinc, phosphorus.

References

  1. Food is Medicine – “Goat Milk Benefits are Superior to Cow Milk”. Written by Dr Josh Axe on May 20, 2015
    http://www.draxe.com/goat-milk
  2. Benefits and medical uses of Aloe https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265800

“Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food”

«ΦΑΡΜΑΚΟ ΑΣ ΓΙΝΕΙ Η ΤΡΟΦΗ ΣΑΣ ΚΑΙ Η ΤΡΟΦΗ ΣΑΣ ΑΣ ΓΙΝΕΙ ΦΑΡΜΑΚΟ ΣΑΣ»

Hippocrates (4° Century BC)

   

Ingredients for 1 person: 1/2cup organic goat kefir by Flegga

150 gr aloe Vera

10- 15 frozen green grapes without seeds

1/2 green apple

Spinach leaves about 20 leaves

Agave or marple syrup 2 tbs

Method: Wash and freeze the grapes, simply by placing them in a plastic container.

The next day, wash the spinach leaves and cut the apple into small pieces. Do not peel it.

Cut a piece of aloe, more or less than 20cm.

Cut out the green peel and remove the gel with the help of a spoon.

Add all ingredients into the blender, frozen grapes, apple, spinach, aloe gel, kefir, agave or maple syrup.

Blend few minutes until velvety and creamy. Serve immediately


My big fat Greek baklava

Baklava is  a rich, sweet pastry popular in Middle Eastern countries made of layers of phyllo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.

Baklava is normally prepared in large pans. Many layers of filo dough, separated with melted butter  are laid in the pan. A layer of chopped nuts—typically walnuts,pistachios or almonds  is placed  on top, then more layers of phyllo.  Most recipes have multiple layers of phyllo and nuts, though some have only top and bottom pastry.

Greek version of baklava is  made with 33 dough layers, referring to the years of Christ’s life.

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How to cut it in diamond shape (4 steps)

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Ingredients

Ingredients or the syrup:

2 cup water

2 cup white sugar

1 orange peel

2 cinnamon sticks

1 cup honey

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 160° C.   In a bowl, melt the butter .
  2. Butter the bottoms and sides of a 33×23 pan.
  3. Process the nuts until in small, even sized pieces. Combine with  cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves powder. Set aside. Unroll phyllo dough.Place a sheet of phyllo dough into the pan. Using a pastry brush, brush the phyllo sheet with melted butter. Repeat  more times until you have 10 sheets layered.Sprinkle 2 – 3 tablespoons of nut/almond mixture on top. Top with two sheets of dough, butter, nuts, layering as you go.Continue to repeat the nut/almond mixture and two buttered sheets of phyllo until the nut mixture is all used up. The top layer should be about 10 sheets deep. With a cuisine scissors cut out all edges of phyllo.
  4. Using a sharp knife cut into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan.  Bake baklava for about 1 hour until the top is golden brown and crisp and the lower phyllo layers beneath the nut/almond mixture are thoroughly baked through. To test this, use a knife to lift up a corner of one of the pastry rectangles from the center of the pan so you can peek at the bottom layers . If the top starts to get too brown before the pastry is cooked through, lay a piece of foil over the top.
  5. .While baking, make the syrup.Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add  orange peel, cinnamon sticks and honey. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  6. Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon syrup it . Serve at room temperature.