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Honey & Velvet and all sorts of wonderful things. A lifestyle blog dedicated to organic food, beauty and design, life, health and happiness. By Leanne Wei.

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DIY | How to make Rose Water

Leanne Wei

diy rose water

Antibacterial, antioxidant and relaxing - rosewater is a magical gift from nature that literally makes your skin glow.  Making your own rosewater at home may sound like a long and tedious process, but it's actually really quite simple!  There are, of course, many different and more complicated ways to make rosewater.  This version does not preserve as long as others but I find this to be the most simple method for the use I make of it.  From flavouring recipes and to adding fragrance and healing properties in natural DIY cosmetics, the uses are endless.  My favourite way to use it, however, is as a facial toner.  Since I never have the heart to throw out my flowers, I actually end up drying my own roses for my rosewater but please feel free to use fresh or dried petals.


You will need

1 cup dried rose petals
1 cup of distilled water
1 mason jar
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Preparation

  • Add the rose petals to a glass jar and pour over 1 cup of hot water.
  • Stir and let infuse for 3 hours with the lid tightly closed. Remove the lid a few times during the steeping process to stir.
  • After 3 hours, strain the mixture to remove the rose petals and store the mixture in a sterilized jar.

Tip - I like to keep my rosewater in the fridge as a refreshing facial mist or toner.  To preserve for recipes - pour the mixture into ice cubes and freeze. 


Superfood Green Smoothie Bowl

Leanne Wei

I am delighted to be a featured blogger this month on Better Marche, an organic web magazine based in Los Angeles for the Japanese market where I got to share my organic green smoothie bowl recipe.  Superfoods were the theme and I got to share some of my favourite things. 

Bee pollen is one of my favourite superfoods.  It is made by honey bees and is the food of the young bees.  It is considered one of the nature's most completely nourishing foods as it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. Bee-gathered poLlens are rich in protein, free amino acids, vitamins, including B-complex, and folic acid.  Bee pollen is more rich in protein than any animal source.  It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs or cheese of equal weight.  About half of its protein is in form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body.  It is important to recognize that a one teaspoon does of bee pollen takes one bee working eight hours a day for one month to gather.  Each bee pollen pellet contains over 2 million flower pollen grains and one teaspoon contains over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen.  Bees are so important to our eco system and should be held in the highest regard as an animal. 

For the full recipe, please visit Better Marche


World Water Day | charity:water

Leanne Wei

charity water

"I can move mountains. I build cities and destroy them. I've brought people together since time began and I have the power to tear them apart. It takes a great wall to hold me back, but I can be held by a human hand. I run faster than you say 'bolt' and run around the globe and yet for millions, I run out far too soon. Every year, people spend 48 billion hours in search of me, yet I kill more people in all forms of violence, including war. I am the one thing no one can live without be they rich or poor or young or old or living anywhere under the sun. I cover 70% of our planet, yet for 748 million people I am still hard to find. I am essential to life yet far too often, I end it. I am water." 

There are 748 million people living without clean water. This World Water Day, charity:water is asking the world to take notice. You can help by donating at http://charitywater.org/donate.

100% of your gift will fund clean water projects for people in need, and every dollar will make a difference.


Raw Cacao Chia Oatmeal Pudding

Leanne Wei

Chia puddings are one of my favourite things to wake up to in the morning.  Breakfast jars, on the other hand, couldn't be easier to make.  They're perfect for busy mornings where you need to just grab and go!  Planning ahead is key and breakfast jars are a sure way to ensure breakfast is always healthy and delicious.  I'm making most of citrus season before we transition from this cold winter into beautiful spring.  Grapefruit are a delicious and gorgeous way to add a refreshing flavour combination to any dish - especially with cacao! Make this the night before and you will be happy in the morning.  I hope you enjoy! 


INGREDIENTS (makes 1 serving)

3 tbspn chia seeds
3 tbsp oatmeal
1 tbsp quinao flakes
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp cashew meal
1/4 tspn maca powder
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk
grapefruit

PREPARATION

In a mason, combine 3 tbsp of chia with 1/2 cup of water. I like to let it sit for 5 minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients.  Once the chia seeds plump up a little, proceed with adding oatmeal, quinoa flakes, raw cacao powder, maple syrup, brown sugar, cashew meal and maca powder with almond milk. Mix well, top with grapefruit, close lid and place in the fridge. That's it! Enjoy the next morning and I hope you enjoy! :) 


Bamboo In Your Duvet

Leanne Wei

Bamboo Duvet Set Bedding Set by Kassatex

Once in a while, I will see a bedding set that inspires me to change up my entire bedroom.  I'm a colour lover, but when it comes to the bedroom, I do love the simplicity and effortlessness of neutrals.  Aside from the beauty of its design, what really caught my attention was the bamboo textile.  Bamboo is a grass and has been measured growing as fast as one metre in one day!  For the last few years it has been touted as the best eco friendly material to date.  Bamboo reaches maturity in 3-5 years, producing more oxygen the same square footage than many tree varieties.  Due to the durable nature of bamboo plants, no pesticides or chemicals are needed to encourage the maturation process, and they require much less water than trees.  Bamboo products may decompose into a completely reusable and nutrient-rich composted soil.  

The world may never be perfect, but I still like to try and choose products that will cause the least environmental impact on the earth as possible.  Not everybody may agree, but I do believe that it is possible to combine the elements of beauty and design with sustainability.  What do you think?


Kabocha, Sweet Yam & Tofu Noodles

Leanne Wei


INGREDIENTS

  • wholewheat spaghetti 
  • sweet yam (or potatoes)
  • kabocha squash
  • red onion
  • carrots
  • scallion
  • tofu
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • soy sauce
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oregano 

PREPARATION

Part 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit/190 degrees celsius.  Dice kabocha, sweet yam, carrots and place them in an oven proof dish.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and oregano.  Roast for 45 minutes or until soft.  

Part 2: In a large pot, bring water to a boil and cook spaghetti noodles until al dente.  In the meantime, sautee onions and garlic in a wok or large frying pan for 2 minutes.  Add tofu and soy sauce and cook for 1 minute.  Next, add the baked vegetables from part 1 into the pan.  Once the spaghetti is cooked,  stir fry the noodles with the vegetables in the pan.  Season as desired and garnish with chopped scallions.  Serve and enjoy!


Yoghurt & Granola Tasting at Grace Street

Leanne Wei

Last week, Grace Street invited me for a menu tasting to try out a few items that could potentially be going on their new Spring/Summer menu.  As a coffee and dessert cafe, Grace Street is in the process of incorporating more breakfast options in addition to their fantastic dessert menu and what better way to begin than with a breakfast classic like granola and yoghurt!  I am a complete breakfast fanatic so I really couldn't have been more chuffed to be able to sample these goodies before the launch of Grace Street's new menu. 

With house-made granola and so many exciting non-traditional flavours like misugaru (grain powder), yujacha (honey citron), matcha (stone ground Japanese green tea) and black sesame, it's a play on the classic granola and yoghurt breakfast with a delectable Asian twist.  The flavour combinations are so unique and delicious and every spoonful was packed with crunch.  Colin from Grace Street was very kind to spend a couple of hours talking me through the flavours and my two favourites were a tie between matcha and black sesame.  I grew up eating my mom's black sesame porridge so I am partial to black sesame's rich, nutty flavour.  This was my first time trying matcha flavoured yoghurt - I must say the taste is subtler in yoghurt form and absolutely delightful combined with honey.  Visually, I think matcha gives off such a beautiful natural colour and it's also a superfood packed with wonderful healing properties of chlorophyll and amino acids.  

This was such a fun experience and of course, I couldn't leave without sneaking in a fresh Ho-Dduk, Grace Street's signature Korean style doughnut filled with walnuts, cinnamon and melted brown sugar!  Thank you, Colin & Grace Street for having me and I can't wait to see what ends up on the menu!