Suncare is a big topic. With stores filling their seasonal shelves with chemically-smelling, thick, white sunblocks that can make you feel like a grease pot, to SPF moisturizers that can leave your face looking shinier than your new pair of sunglasses, it’s easy to see why the topic of sun protection is cringe-inducing for many people. Make no mistake though, protecting your skin from the sun is essential however, most people don’t understand that this is a 2-part equation. Since your skin is a 2-sided organ, you must not only use topical protection but also give your body the internal support to mount some of it’s own sun-defense.
Internal sunscreen. Have you ever heard the saying “eat your sunscreen”? If you haven’t then, please hear me out. Getting enough quality animal fats in your diet is not only essential for hormone health, and many other functions, but it also influences the strength of the cell itself. Esthetician Cassandra Lanning describes this cell mechanism in further detail:
The fatty acids make up the cell membrane plus are used inside the cells. When skin cells move up through their life cycle and flatten and pop, they disperse their contents to create the lipid layer (or lamellar layer) which is the protective layer, and the remaining “envelope” becomes the corneocyte. So the more healthy the cell membrane is, the stronger the corneocyte and stratum corneum will be. Understanding this is essential to creating a healthy lipid/lamellar layer.
Now, to get enough dietary fats to support your healthy skin, you need to be consuming enough quality animal fats on a daily basis. Great food sources include: grassfed meats, liver, free-range eggs and poultry and grassfed dairy, grassfed butter or ghee, grassfed, nitrate-free pork or bacon fat, and duck fat.
Antioxidants: The second step in consuming your suncare, is through antioxidant rich food sources. Now, we all know of the regular antioxidant fruits and powders like raw cocoa, blueberries, goji berries, green matcha tea, etc. But, did you know that the most impressive and powerful antioxidant actually comes from seafood-who get it from sea greens? Astaxanthin is found in the largest quantity in Green Algae, then krill oil, then Wild Sockeye salmon. However, before you start eating a bunch of salmon, you need to consider why this is a serious health no-no. When eating seafood, we have no idea how much mercury it contains-and we have no control over this fact, making it a very unwise choice to consume too much. Secondly, neither krill oil or green algae sounds very appetizing or palatable for any regular human. The solution? Source a quality astaxanthin supplement and take it regularly. Antioxidants are so important as they protect skin cells from environmental assault-mainly the Sun, pollutants, and free-radicals.
External protection. The skin really is a 2-sided organ, meaning that it not only needs the building blocks of nutrition but also, quality botanical ingredients to protect it topically. Our skin is bombarded by environmental assault daily in the form of free-radicals and air-pollution. It is also rained down upon constantly by the sun’s rays, which often leads to sunspots and premature ageing. Considering that our skin is something we have to live with for our entire lives, it really is our responsibility to take care of it the best that we can. To do this, choose a quality botanical moisturizer with a high SPF and use it daily throughout the year. This cream should be suitable for the age of your skin, aka, acne prone and youthful vs mature and dehydrated. Using an SPF daily is mandatory as the sun’s rays still come out in fall and winter, not just summer.
Boost the power: Using an antioxidant serum, like Vitamin C, underneath your SPF botanical moisturizer has 2 major uses.
It increases the effectiveness of the SPF.
It provides your skin with wonderful topical antioxidant nutrients.
Conclusion: Suncare is mandatory for good skincare but, it needs to be approached both topically and internally. Having a proper balance of fatty acids ensures that you are creating a strong cell membrane for your skin cells. Antioxidants are an important part of helping your body fight free-radicals and should be sourced from whole food sources, as well as a quality astaxanthin supplement. Lastly, protect your skin topically with a botanical SPF moisturizer. This should be layered over a Vitamin C serum as the antioxidants both increase the effectiveness of the SPF and help protect against sun damage.
We all want beautiful skin, and unfortunetly, big marketing has convinced us that the way to get that is through purchasing a plethora of beauty products, full of chemicals. And even after doing that, people can’t seem to get the naturally supple, well-nourished, lovely skin that they have worked so hard for. Treating your skin is a process of 80% internal and 20% external. Here I have comprised a list of the Top 7 Best steps for feeding your skin from the inside and treating it on the outside.
1. The Importance of eating Real Food. Take the saying “You are what you eat” literally because you cannot have beautiful skin while eating processed and refined foods. Your body is built up of and run on nutrients, meaning that it needs to have the proper nutritional blocks for building beautiful skin daily. If your body has to constantly work on processing out the junk from what your diet, and it isn’t getting enough nutrients, then this will show up in your skin. Omit all refined foods and processed foods, and soy from your diet. Make sure that your diet is also rich in quality fat-soluble vitamins which are great for hormone-balancing and supporting beautiful skin. Sources include such grassfed meats, free-range eggs, non-farmed fish, free-range poultry, grassfed organ meats, and grassfed butter. I recommend adding grassfed dairy to your diet if you can tolerate it. If you are dairy-free, you should add ghee into your diet. Ghee from grassfed cows is clarified butter that has no milk solids but still retains the important fat-soluble vitamins found in grassfed butter. I also recommend consuming grassfed liver or organs meats at least once per week, as they are packed with nutrients. Liver is one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin A.
2. Being nutritionally assessed to identify nutritional deficiencies and internal problems. Even eating a nutrient dense diet, the sad truth is that many of us already have deficiencies, like zinc, due our previous poor way of eating and because of soil depletion. That’s why getting nutritionally assessed by a certified Nutritional Therapist is important, as these deficiencies can show up in the skin. Digestive problems are a big deal because your body won’t be able to properly digest and access the nutrients you are giving it-therefore, your skin won’t be getting as many nutrients.
3. Supplementing wisely. I choose quality supplements that I know others have used to better their skin or just for overall body health. Oral hyaluronic acid, Biotics Optimal EFAs for a complete blend of Omega 3s, 6s, and 9s, grassfed gelatin powder and trace mineral drops (homemade bone broth is also a great source of minerals and gelatin).
4. Change up your skincare routine.
- Replace your regular moisturizer. Consider using a botanical moisturizer that is designed for your skin’s needs, is formulated to be more akin to your skin and contains quality ingredients. You want a product that contains fatty acids, cholesterol and ceramides as these are all necessary for maintaining the skin’s barrier. This means that using topical oils is a no-go since they only contain fatty acids. Note: Enjoy the benefits of essential oils like frankincense, rose, and rosewood by purchasing a moisturizer that is formulated with the proper concentration of these potent ingredients.
- Choose a better face mask: Analyze your face masks. Most face masks contain many preservatives, even when the packaging proudly proclaims that it is “natural” “organic”, or “botanical”. Go through the ingredient’s list of your product and see whether or not those preservatives are truly natural and “safe”. Do some thorough research to find quality, effective and botanical masks that you can use a couple times a week as a luxury and to give your skin a boost.
5. External detoxing Consider using a sauna a few times per week. Saunas are very helpful in aiding the natural detox process. The treatment is also like having a spa face steam, only for your whole body. Enjoy a natural healthy glow. The testimony of various sauna users is that the treatment resulted in a noticeable improvement in their skin. This is mostly due to the sweating out of toxins, the opening and cleansing of the pores, and the increased blood flow. Important note: it’s a good idea to do some gentle exfoliation, like dry brushing, before using a sauna as it removes the dead skin cells.
Conclusion: Achieving beautiful skin is a multi-pronged approach. The primary factors involve what’s going into your body remember, 90%. The remaining steps are all about taking care of your skin with natural solutions, that really make a difference. Make these steps a lifelong routine, and your skin will thank you for the rest of your life!
Are you ready to achieve Beautiful Skin? Which step did you find the most interesting? Were there some that you hadn’t heard of before? Share in the comments below!
If you go over to France you will find that women there have a very different approach to skincare than in North America. They believe that taking care of their skin is a process that is continual over all the years of their life. They start as a young teenager and proceed to nourish their skin with consistent care far into their elderly years. Now on a side note, there is no reason to use the commercial chemical products that a typical French women uses. One of the biggest areas for chemical exposure for a women is her face as her skin products contain preservatives and man-made chemicals which are then absorbed into the blood-stream. Using chemicals can often be very un-balancing for the skin as the body isn’t designed for such un-natural and often drying ingredients.
Whenever you see French women they are tres chic. They embody confidence. This confidence comes from two sources.
They believe that they “are worth it”. In other words, they are worth taking care of themselves and they feel good about themselves because of that. This confidence is something they are creating within themselves and thus, giving them an trait which is an attractive quality in any human being.
They embrace their “flaws”. Now hear me out. I’m not talking about acne and scars-which are actual skin problems that need to be cured over time with real nutrition from a Paleo-type diet and all-natural topical skin treatments. I am talking about the natural differences we each have which make us unique. Have you ever seen a person with a light dusting of freckles on their nose? Have you ever seen a person with a cute little nose or a person with a pointy nose? Have you ever seen a person with very light eyebrows or thin lips? Are these all flaws. The answer, no. These are all differences that are perfectly natural and contribute to our unique look. A French woman knows that she shouldn’t obsess over trying to correct what she is given by birth just to fit the standard of beauty at the time. This is why French women don’t wear a lot of makeup, they aren’t interested in covering their skin up with tons of product to try and change their face. They just highlight a few things like eyes and maybe lips.
They embrace ageing. French women embrace their ageing just like they embrace their unique face, with confidence. They believe that getting older just means that you mature and change, but, you can still be chic and happy with yourself. Some even believe that the crinkles under the eye are beautiful, and, who are we to say they aren’t.
The Final Thought: French women show us that confidence should be more than just a wish, it should be a way of life. A french woman is a living example of how confidence can change not only how we think about ourselves, but even our outside-because we confidence beauty from the inside out and in doing so, we are comfortable being beautiful the way we are.
We are bombarded by the cosmetics industry with a plethora of exfoliating products, and society has garnered a mindset that we need to exfoliate often for beautiful skin. The problem: we are exfoliating WAY too much, and with the wrong products. How many times have you seen a facial scrub when browsing the skincare isles? How many times has a Youtuber or beauty blogger mentioned an exfoliating product that they love? This all helps influence people to buy exfoliators that are harming their skin and not helping. Here’s why:
The common methods of exfoliation:
The majority of facial exfoliators are scrubs of varying harshness, or even chemical peels. Let’s take a look at scrubs first. If you look at a sugar crystal under a microscope, you will see jagged edges. These create little tears in the skin and lead to water loss, meaning your skin is less plump and hydrate. Exactly the opposite of what we want to achieve. Yet sugar scrubs are everywhere, even in DIY remedies. Some products even go so far as to use walnut shells, and encourage people into the belief that this is all for “smooth skin” http://www.today.com/health/st-ives-apricot-scrub-lawsuit-here-s-what-know-t106572 Remember, scrubs are meant for the bathtub, not the face. Our face is what people see the most of, and the skin is more delicate there, so, we need to be gentle with our skin, even in exfoliation.
Chemical peels: Chemical peels can be bought on amazon, and applied by any too eager individual who doesn’t know what they are doing and burns their skin. Some people do say that they help improve the skin by speeding up cell turnover. But, should this strong product be used at all, even by professionals? Is it actually healthy to be putting your skin through that kind of abuse? Turns out, chemical peels aren’t just doing more harm than good, they are aging you faster. Master Esthetician Cassandra Lanning explains:
There is no question that exfoliating the epidermis does speed turnover but it is not because it is a healthy event, it is because the skin is rushing to fix the damage, to the detriment of the dermis. when the dermis is forced to fix the damaged epidermis, it must divert nutrients and repair activity that it would have used to maintain itself. This leads us to the possible conclusion that chronic exfoliation speeds aging.
When we look at the research on what chronic exfoliation does, the mild, temporary improvements that result seem meaningless in the face of the long term damage that results:
- the skin has less melanin protection
- it has more damage to repair from the acids being used
- there is loss of moisture from the loss of protective lipids which often leads to oil/oily T-zone
- most importantly, there is a significant increase in the amount of free radical damage to our skin cells and their DNA.
We are better off not second-guessing the skin’s decision to slow down but rather work with it to restore its normal activities. There is no logical reason why adding inflammation could make our skin younger or healthier. Even when we look at research on the body’s ability to repair itself, it almost universally has shown us that it never recovers 100% (and it certainly does not recover 110%) when damaged.
DIY Skincare Do it Yourself skincare is another area where many people are mislead on what is and what is not proper exfoliation. Pinterest is chalk-full of recipes and pictures promising “super-smooth” skin with exfoliation treatments. Problem is, almost all of these methods are very bad ideas that should not be used on your skin at all. Common methods involve using sugar granules, lemon juice,and even baking soda. As I’ve already discussed why sugar granules are so harmful, I’d like to look at the other two most frequent DIY ingredients. Lemon juice is a strong fruit acid that produces a burning sensation and drying affect on the skin-definetly not a good idea. And baking soda? Let’s just say that if a substance is used for cleaning your kitchen, then it should be a no-brainer why it doesn’t belong on your face.
2. The Amount of Exfoliation:
People are encouraged to exfoliate their skin a couple times per week-to even daily. There are a variety of face washes that are labeled “multi-taskers” by including scrubbing ingredients so that you can exfoliate daily. Who ever came up with the idea that this is even necessary? I chalk it up to marketing, rather than actual knowledge from skincare professionals. So how often should you exfoliate, and with what? This is where we bring in plant enzymes. It’s always important to use skincare products that are quality, are as natural as possible, and avoid harsh man-made chemicals. You can safely exfoliate 1-2x per month, allowing the skin to recover in-between but, this is optional. Lanning further describes the proper role of exfoliation:
Over-exfoliation inhibits cell to cell communication, leading to impaired immune function and early aging”. The primary function of exfoliating 1-2x per month is to get rid of the build up of environmental effects, cells that might be stuck, and sebum.
Now, if you have really bad clogged pores and enzymes don’t do the trick, consult a licensed esthetician and have them measure out the appropriate usage for fruit acids-a more potent treatment only to be used under professional guidance.
Proper exfoliation can be part of a healthy, skincare regimen, if it is done properly and only occasionally. The common product mistakes that the general public make are in using exfoliating substances that harm their skin in the long run: DIY recipes, facial scrubs, and chemical exfoliators. The common application mistake most people make is in exfoliating way too frequently-weekly or even daily. We only need to exfoliate our face 1-2 per month. Lastly, it’s important to source a botanical, fruit enzyme exfoliator which contains quality ingredients and will ensure a safe and gentle exfoliation treatment.
The reason for dry skin? A lack of enough fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids in the diet. This can be an even bigger problem for people that have digestion problems, as their body cannot properly breakdown and assimilate these fats. Instead of slathering on another thick layer of lotion on your dry skin, try these following steps to naturally cure this problem for good.
- A Paleo diet. The Paleo diet is not only free of grains, gluten, refined/processed foods and soy, it also contains many quality sources of fat-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins are essential for nourished, hydrated, supple skin. Note: while the Paleo diet suggests omitting dairy, many people in North America do well on grassfed dairy products so there is no need to automatically remove them. Remember, not all milk is alike so, how you may be reacting to commercial dairy could be completely different from grassfed dairy. Grassfed butter is an especially good source of fat-soluble nutrients. Check out this Paleo infographic from paleomagazine.com to help you better visualize the dos and donts of the Paleo diet.
All credit for this infographic goes to the makers at http://paleomagazine.com/paleo-diet-food-list
Source: Paleo Flourish Magazine
2. Supplementing with a quality blend of essential fatty acids. Why do I need to supplement you ask? If I am already eating a Paleo diet, shouldn’t I be getting a proper balance? The answer is yes, sometimes. However, the questions to ask are, are you getting a good balance of Omega-3s and Omega-6s? If you are able to eat grassfed meat, and another Paleo fat source daily, then you will probably be getting more Omega-3s. This is very good as our modern civilization already has too much Omega-6s in our diet from over-consumption of grains and seed oils. However, if you eating very little Omega-6s, over time, your body will become unbalanced again with not having enough Omega-6s to the Omega-3s. The body needs essential fatty acids for proper digestion & elimination and several other areas that affect skin health: healthy liver function, absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins and managing the inflammatory process. Therefore, a proper balance of Omega-3s and -6s is primary.
3. Proper Digestion. Your body won’t be able to breakdown the quality fats and use them for your skin if you have digestion problems. Strong stomach acid is needed to break down the fats and nutrients we consume so the body can use them. Unfortunetly, inadequate stomach acid is very common in North America, as well as digestive issues like h.pylori and candida overgrowth. This poses a problem as all the fat-soluble vitamins and fatty acids in the world won’t be able to cure your dry skin if you have poor digestion. Proper nutrition supplementation protocols can affectively heal the issues in the intestines and the bacteria imbalance. Next, treat low stomach acid by increasing it with an HCl supplement, Swedish bitters or Apple Cider Vinegar.
Conclusion: The cosmetic industry teaches us that dry skin is a skin type, aka a condition that some people have and others don’t. They constantly come up with new “super” or “ultra” moisturizing creams, body butters, and lotions to “solve” this problem. But, topical treatments don’t actually treat the dry skin, it just brings temporary relief. However, if you give your body the proper balance of fatty acids, and ensure that your digestion is functioning optimally to break down and assimilate those fats, your body will have the tools to cure dry skin itself.
Yay, for green desserts; a perfect idea for either a summer gathering or a certain Irish-inspired holiday (hint, hint). Sometimes, the best inspiration comes from other people. Such is the case when I check out other real food bloggers, they have such great ideas. I have always wanted to try a lime dessert as I am a citrus fan, so, when I found myself with a surplus of limes on hand, I knew that I had to do some experimenting. Imagine my joy when I found this Paleo Key Lime Pie recipe http://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-key-lime-pie/ by paleorunningmomma. Being a lover of custards and pots de creme, I decided to put a theory of mine to the test. Would this recipe work in pots de creme form? With a little tweaking, eureka! Success!! By omitting the crust and subbing heavy whipping cream for the coconut cream, these little lime pots turned into the perfect St. Patrick’s Day-inspired dessert. Michele from Paleo Running Momma has graciously allowed me to share this concoction with you, so onto the recipe!
- 2 large eggs + 1 egg yolk
- ⅓ cup + 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp raw honey
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tbsp finely grated lime zest
- 2 tbsp tapioca flour
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place your ramekins in an oven-safe pan-we are going to be using this for a water bath to bake the pots de creme.
- In a large bowl, (or in the bowl of a mixer) whisk or blend together the eggs and yolk with the raw honey.
- Then, whisk in the heavy whipping cream, lime juice and zest, and tapioca and mix well until very smooth.
- Pour the filling into the ramekins. Place your pan into the oven and then pour water into the pan itself, until the water comes quite close to the tops of the ramekins.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until set.
- Remove from oven and cool completely at room temp, then refrigerate for at least 40 minutes before serving.
All credit for the original recipe goes to giverecipe.com
This Chocolate Custard Cake is a happy medium between a fudge brownie and chocolate cake. They are lighter than a brownie, but still rich and tasty. The whole recipe can be made in one 8×8 pan, cut them up into small party bites, or freeze and save for a lunchbox treat. In the meantime, just enjoy the nutritional benefits of real raw cocoa powder and no refined ingredients.
P.S. try frosting them with my Cream Cheese Icing http://priscillajohnsonntc.com/index.php/2016/10/25/tangy-cream-cheese-frosting/
- 4 free-range eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 and 1/4 cups coconut sugar
- 110g butter (1/2 cup), melted and cooled
- 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Baking 1 to 1 flour
- 1/3 cup and 2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder (be sure to taste test your batter as you may not need the full extra 2 tbsps)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream, lukewarm
- Preheat oven to 320F (160C).
- Grease a 8x8 inch baking pan and line it with parchment paper.
- Separate egg whites and yolks.
- Beat egg whites in a bowl until stiff and put aside.
- Whisk egg yolks, vanilla extract and coconut sugar until creamy.
- Add melted butter and mix for half a minute.
- Add the flour and raw cocoa powder. Mix with a whisk until incorporated well.
- Pour the heavy whipping cream gradually and continue whisking.
- Add in the egg whites, one third at a time and gently stir with a whisk. Don't overmix, just stir until combined.
- Pour this runny batter into the baking pan and bake for 60 minutes.
- The centre of the cake will still be jiggly when removed from oven.
- Let it cool for about half an hour and then remove from the pan. When it reaches room temperature, chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
- Cut and serve.
- Store any leftovers in the refrigerator or freeze.
- All credit for the original recipe goes to giverecipe.com
While looking for a Gingerbread Men recipe (the holidays aren’t complete without gingerbread!), I discovered this recipe http://www.tipsographic.com/recipe-make-gingerbread-cookies/ from Frontier, Natural Products Co-op and I was so excited to find that it already used honey and little sugar. So, I only had to make a few tweaks to the recipe to make it both gluten-free and completely unrefined. Note: It is essential to use black strap molasses for strong gingerbread flavour, rather than regular molasses.
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup black strap molasses
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1 free-range egg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Baking 1 to 1 Flour (see notes)
- 2 tsp ginger powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Cream together butter, sugar, molasses, and honey.
- Beat in egg and pure vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
- Add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet mixture and mix well.
- Make sure your surface is well floured, before rolling out your dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
- Cut out your gingerbread men, or whatever shapes of your choice.
- Place on either non-stick cookie sheets, or ones lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, until browned.
- Let cool before decorating.
- You can substitute Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Flour BUT, you must add the necessary amount of xanthan gum to the flour itself before adding it to the recipe.
Some days you just wanna have your cheesecake and eat it too….but in adorable little serving sizes that are just right for Girls night. The perfect solution? A creamy, rich, yet light mousse served in petite ramekins and full of lemony, cheesecake goodness. This mousse can also be piped into tall dessert glasses or tulip jars.
- 3 large eggs
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 cup raw honey
- zest of one lemon (be sure to zest the lemon before you juice it)
- 1/2 cup lemon juice (this MUST be freshly squeezed lemon juice to give it that vibrant and fresh taste. Store bought lemon juice CANNOT be substituted.)
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tbsp of arrowroot flour
- 2 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 Tbsp water
- 1 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin powder
- 1 1/2 cups (355ml) heavy cream
- 12 oz (340g) cream cheese, softened
- 10 oz of the already prepared, extra-sweetened lemon curd (recipe below)
- Additional lemon curd and blueberries for garnish (optional)
- Make the lemon curd.
- Gather all your ingredients.
- Fill a medium pot with a couple inches of water. Bring to a boil. We are going to be improvising a double boiler.
- Put the eggs, egg yolks, raw honey, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt into a large metal bowl.
- Whisk all the ingredients in the bowl together until they are incorporated.
- Set the bowl over the pot of boiling water.
- Whisk fast and briskly. You must whisk the entire time the bowl is over the water. Keep the mixture moving, so the eggs don’t get a chance to scramble.
- After about 5 minutes, it starts to get frothy. (You can use a tea towel to hold onto the side of the bowl with one hand and keep it still. I find that I need this.)
- Keep on whisking. After about 5 more minutes, the mixture turns into a creamy consistency. This is when you are going to add an arrowroot flour paste to thicken it up.
- Put 1/2 tbsp arrowroot flour into a clean, small bowl. Gradually add a little bit of your lemon curd mixture, from your double boiler, to the arrowroot flour and mix until it forms a paste. Now, slowly add the arrowroot flour paste to the lemon curd mixture in your double boiler, whisking the entire time to incorporate.
- Continue to whisk for another couple of minutes until the mixture is thick.
- Transfer lemon curd to a heat-safe bowl and allow to cool to room temperature before putting in refrigerator to chill.
- Pour lemon juice and water into a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin evenly over top, let rest 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whip heavy cream in a medium mixing bowl until soft peaks form. Whip until stiff (but not lumpy) peaks form (shake cream from beaters, no need to clean). In a separate large mixing bowl whip cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Mix measured 10 oz lemon curd into cream cheese mixture.
- Heat rested gelatin mixture in the microwave on high power for 30 seconds. Whisk for 1 minute to thoroughly dissolve gelatin, then let cool 3 minutes (any longer and it could start to set). While mixing cream cheese mixture with hand mixer, slowly pour in gelatin mixture then blend until thoroughly combined. Gently fold 1/3 of the whipped cream mixture into the cream cheese mixture to lighten, then add the remaining whipped cream and gently fold until combined. Spoon or pipe mixture into dessert cups or ramekins. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours (or up to 1 day ahead if desired) to set. Garnish as desired. Serve cold.
- Recipe source for lemon cheesecake mousse: Cooking Classy http://www.cookingclassy.com/lemon-cheesecake-mousse/
- Original recipe source for lemon curd: Irina at pastrypal.com
One of the challenges that I usually face around the holidays is a lack of gravy. The traditional gravy I grew up with uses a store-bought mix to add additional flavour and thickening properties. However, I had no desire to put a processed powder with preservatives into my food. So imagine my joy when I discovered the secrets of what makes a truly flavourful and Paleo gravy (with a little help from mom).
Before starting this recipe, please make sure that you have all of the herbs and ingredients on hand, as they are essential. You also will need to pre-make a simple stock from the giblets of the turkey, this is a big flavour booster for your gravy. I used this http://www.marthastewart.com/340332/giblet-stock tutorial from Martha Stewart, except I only used the giblets, no other parts of the chicken.
Note: Turkey juices are the juices and droppings that are left at the bottom of the pan after you cook a turkey.
Note: If you do not have mushroom powder, you can add mushrooms that had been sliced and fried to your gravy to give it the mushroom flavour.
- Arrowroot flour
- Mushroom powder (or sliced and fried mushrooms- see note above)
- Combine your turkey juices, with your stock in a medium sized saucepan over medium-high heat.
- I would suggest to reserve a bit of the stock and put it off to the side, as while you are making the gravy, you might find that you want to add a little for extra flavour as you’re making your gravy.
- Once the broth mixture has reached an almost boiling temperature, it’s time to start thickening and adding flavour.
- Combine 3 tsp of arrowroot flour in a cup with 1 tsp mushroom powder (if using). Add cool water little by little while stirring to form a paste.
- Drizzle the paste into the broth mixture slowly, while whisking to incorporate.
- Add a dash of savoury, sage, marjoram and rosemary.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Now comes the fun part, continue to taste your broth while adding more of the herbs until it suits your preference. You can also add a little of the reserve turkey broth to add more flavour.
- Lastly, if you wish to thicken your gravy more, simple use another 1 tsp of arrowroot flour made into a paste (see step 4 ) and whisk into broth. You can continue to do this until you have achieved the thickness you desire.