Alchemy in the Kitchen

Ask me anything   This is my cooking and personal blog. I love baking and searing and cooking in general. I love experimenting. What's life without a little risk?
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WHY YOU SHOULD DRINK A SHITLOAD OF WATER DAILY

Your brain is your biggest liquid asset. It is composed of more than 85 percent water. Little wonder then that if you are dehydrated, your thinking ability drops dramatically, as does the performance of your whole body.

● Water is 2nd only to oxygen in survival. A body can live for minutes without oxygen, for a few days without water, and several weeks without food.

● The human body is 60% water, blood is 90% water, muscles are 75% water, and bone is 25% water. Water is one of the main structures of the body. Drain your body of water you’ll be left with a few pounds of chemicals that are worth about $5 you guys!

●Your brain is 1/50 of your total body weight, but it receives 20% of the blood circulation, so 1/5 of your body’s water requirements come from your brain.

●Water balances and regulates almost every other system in the body — temperature regulation, digestion, and waste excretion. You cannot eliminate toxins from your body with insufficient water.

●Most headaches and feelings of fatigue are caused by dehydration.

●You lose about 10 cups of fluid each day in sweat, urine, and bowel movements. Even the air you exhale contains vital water vapor.

●If you wait until you are thirsty to drink, you are already dehydrated. Unlike hunger, thirst is a bad sign.

●Drinks that contain caffeine (colas and coffee) are diuretics, which means they lessen the body’s ability to absorb and retain water — they rob the body of water.

●It is the most time efficient way of improving your mood and overall performance. It takes seconds to drink a glass of water, but the benefits last for hours.

●Combined with a healthy lifestyle, drinking water increases weight loss.

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— 4 days ago with 16734 notes
#water  #health 

mirandamontes:

Mediterranean foods

Ink

Miranda Montes 

Illustrations by my amazingly talented sister!

— 4 days ago with 8 notes
#mediterranean  #fruit  #ink  #illustration  #Miranda Montes 

Reunion

Miranda coming home from school.

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#miranda  #hannibal  #will graham  #dogs 
A photo of me in my natural habitat.

A photo of me in my natural habitat.

— 1 week ago with 3 notes
#Me 
life-with-aubrey:

Don’t these bars look good?  They’re rich, peanut buttery, chocolatey, and absolutely healthy.  At 9 servings, they come in just under 190 calories each, with 5g protein.  At 20 servings, each one is just 85 calories.  Don’t be put off by the secret ingredient.  I was skeptical too, but there’s no beany taste at all.
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars9-20 servings
1 can white cannellini beans (or chickpeas), rinsed and drained1 1/8 t baking powder1/4 t salt3/4 c brown sugar2 t vanilla extract1/4 c quick oats1/4 c peanut butter1/2 c chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°.  Pour all ingredients except chocolate into a food processor and blend until smooth.  Mix in chocolate.  If you want chocolate throughout (like in my picture), process again.  If you want blondies with chocolate chips, you don’t have to do anything else.
Pour into a greased 8x8 pan.  Bake for about 30 minutes.  The bars will be soft when you pull them out, but they’ll firm up as they cool.
* Note: The peanut butter is VERY important to the taste of this recipe.  Without the peanut butter, it tastes like sugary beans.  With the peanut butter, it tastes like peanut butter cookie dough.
nutrition:189 calories | 32g carbs | 5g fat | 5g protein | 2g fiber 
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life-with-aubrey:

Don’t these bars look good?  They’re rich, peanut buttery, chocolatey, and absolutely healthy.  At 9 servings, they come in just under 190 calories each, with 5g protein.  At 20 servings, each one is just 85 calories.  Don’t be put off by the secret ingredient.  I was skeptical too, but there’s no beany taste at all.

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
9-20 servings

1 can white cannellini beans (or chickpeas), rinsed and drained
1 1/8 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
3/4 c brown sugar
2 t vanilla extract
1/4 c quick oats
1/4 c peanut butter
1/2 c chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°.  Pour all ingredients except chocolate into a food processor and blend until smooth.  Mix in chocolate.  If you want chocolate throughout (like in my picture), process again.  If you want blondies with chocolate chips, you don’t have to do anything else.

Pour into a greased 8x8 pan.  Bake for about 30 minutes.  The bars will be soft when you pull them out, but they’ll firm up as they cool.

* Note: The peanut butter is VERY important to the taste of this recipe.  Without the peanut butter, it tastes like sugary beans.  With the peanut butter, it tastes like peanut butter cookie dough.

nutrition:
189 calories | 32g carbs | 5g fat | 5g protein | 2g fiber 

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— 2 weeks ago with 22 notes
#I think I might try this tonight  #recipe  #vegan  #to make 
Easy Vegetable Lentil Soup

1 Large onion, minced

1-2 Large carrots, minced

1 Celery stalk, minced (optional)

2-4 cloves of garlic, minced

14 Oz Veggies, chopped

15 oz canned tomatoes (you can use plain or flavored)

1 cup lentils

1/2 cup quinoa (optional)

4 cups water/broth

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (optional)

Spices, salt, olive oil

Coat the bottom of a pot with oil and sautee carrots, celery and onion until they are starting to brown a little. Add water/broth and bring to a simmer. Add quinoa and lentils and then add the veggies in the order that they cook (ie. potatoes then cauliflower) and simmer till fully cooked. Add pumpkin puree, salt and pepper and spices.

Great with a nice thick slice of toast.

*For spices I use paprika, oregano and cumin. You can use whatever you want or start off with tomatoes that are already spiced.

— 2 weeks ago
#Vegan  #vegetarian  #recipe  #easy recipe  #soup  #gluten free 

kbquinn:

shesgotthatvibe:

ancestryinprogress:

boujhetto:

Wine 101 

  1. How-to Choose
  2. How-to Pair w/Food
  3. Using The Right Glass Shows You Have Class 
  4. Basic Types of Wine
  5. Expanded typing of Wines
  6. What Temp For EachType of Wine
  7. Knowing Your Wine Colors
  8. Wine Type Descriptions
  9. Caloric Comparison vs. Beer
  10. Coffees  

A friend once told me (while discussing wines & spirits) to learn about coffees too… " Because you’ll eventually need them, if / when you enjoy too much good spirits."

Infographics: Wine Folleys, Primer Magazine, and Chicago Food Magazine.

How to be an Adult 201

The most perfect post i’ve ever seen

Everything about this is right.

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sageinbloom:

Can it not be cold please?

I’m going through my likes and I just came across this. I forgot how much I seriously love this outfit on you. You are lovely as always, inside and out.

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#friends 

universalcampfire:

Wall Piece with 200 Letters by Mikko Kuorinki

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"During the 2 week exhibition I composed each day at least one new sentence on the wall of the gallery."

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