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Mar 15, 2013
Category: Beverages
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: Less than 15 min
Special Considerations: Vegan

This juicing recipe, which I got from , has amazing benefits. The most noticeable of these is the decrease in chronic inflammation in the body, which is one of the major causes of joint pain, in just 30 days. It also improves digestion and does wonders for your skin. You should see a dramatic change in 90 days. But remember, you also have to eat a healthy diet that incorporates Alkalizing foods and limit the foods that cause inflammation.

     Organic ALKALINE Powerhouse
 (makes over 1 quart/ 32 ounces)

     1 large (unwaxed) Cucumber (English)
     2 Limes peeled
     1 cup Spinach
     1 cup Parsley
     1 Green Apple
     6 ribs Celery
     1 inch Fresh Ginger Root

     by: Jay Kordich

     To your good health!

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Posted: Mar 15, 2013 11:38pm
Mar 6, 2013
Category: Desserts
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Prep Time: Less than 1 hr

     This is a simple Basbousa recipe that came in the newspaper (Arab News) last year. Although my mom has a much better recipe that she got from a Bahraini friend more than 20 years ago, this is a good one for starters.


     Basbousa is a popular Middle Eastern sweet. It's basically a cake made from semolina flour and soaked in syrup. It's called Revani in Turkey and Greece. Like a lot of Middle Eastern deserts, it's REALLY sweet and sticky, which is how I like it . However, feel free to adjust the amount of syrup to suit your taste buds.







I will split the ingredients into two parts, just like in the newspaper:


Cake ingredients:


300 g semolina

150 g white sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp flaked coconut

150 g butter, softened

150 g thick yogurt (I am assuming, this means greek yogurt)

1-2 tsp baking powder (optional)


Syrup ingredients:


200 ml water

100 g white sugar

1 tsp lemon juice




1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Lightly grease a baking dish. 

2. In a medium bowl, mix together all the cake ingredients.

3. Pour mixture into baking dish and flatten with spoon.

4. Take a knife and make diagonal lines parallel to eachother from left to right accross the entire dish from top to bottom and complete to make little diamond shapes. If desired, place a nut on top of each little diamond.

5. Bake for 25-30 minutes in preheated oven, or until light brown.

6. While the cake is baking, make the syrup. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together water, white sugar, and lemon juice.

7. Bring syrup to a boil, and boil gently for 5-10 minutes, until the syrup starts to thicken. Set aside.

8. Remove the cake from the oven after the 25-30 minutes are up, and pour the syrup over the cake until no more can be absorbed.

     You can also top each little diamond slice of cake the way you like. You may choose to sprinkle coconut, cinnamon, or top with any nut you like: an Almond, Walnut, Pecan, etc. They also do this in the Middle East.

     That's it. Pretty easy, right? Basbousa is best served with black tea. Enjoy!

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Posted: Mar 6, 2013 7:28am
Mar 6, 2013
Category: Fish & Seafood
Cuisine: Japanese
Prep Time: Less than 30 min

     If you're looking to try something different for dinner tonight, here's a recipe I found on the inside of a box of Numi Organic Gunpowder Green Tea. Not only is this a heart-healthy recipe, thanks to the high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids in the fish, but it's also great for your skin. The green tea adds to the skin-boosting effect with its antioxidents and catechins. I haven't tried this for myself yet, but from the ingredients, I can tell that it is an Asian-inspired recipe. Simple, too. Enjoy!


1  lb. salmon fillet (cut into small strips)

2  tbsp. soy sauce

4  tbsp. sherry

2  tea bags Gunpowder Green Tea

1/2     cup water

1/2     tsp. cornstarch

3  tbsp. sesame seeds


    • Blend soy sauce and sherry mixture in frying pan and place salmon pieces in for 10 minutes to marinate. Simmer over moderate heat until sauce is absorbed.

    • Steep tea bags in mug for five minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags. Stir in cornstarch.

    • Pour tea mixture over salmon and cook another 5 minutes or until sauce slightly thickens.

    • Roast sesame seeds in dry frying pan over low heat until seeds begin to jump. Mix seeds into salmon and sauce. In Good Health!


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Posted: Mar 6, 2013 6:26am
Mar 5, 2013

   I had no idea that Care2 members could have their own blogs... Mostly because I hadn't logged in  for a long time. For the past year I had been busy working toward getting my MA in creative writing, so I hadn't been as active in signing petitions or pledges for the online communities and non-profit organizations that I am a member of. I like the new features that have been added to the site. My personal favorite is the "Thank You" notes.

     Right, onto my first serious blog entry. Here goes. Go easy on me, fellow Care2 members. For a brief introduction to the quirky and unique person that is me *fanfare plays in the background*, feel free to visit my Care2 page.

     As well as being a blog in which to share some interests (art, writing, books, music, etc.), daily experiences, and perhaps even a little on my life in the Middle East, I'm hoping that it will be a successful and efficient tool in raising awarness about the causes that I'm passionate about among Care2 members. I have used Social Vibe, Crowd Rise, Care2, and several other social networking sites dedicated to improving the world and the lives of all the creatures in it over the years. Though I have made a difference, I  don't feel that I have achieved the level of impact I could have. I want to change that. I know it's a bit late for New Years resolutions, but I shall make it one of my priorities to try and be consistent with this blog. For one thing, as a writer (aspiring author, future J.R.R Tolkien, etc.), it will give me the discepline I need to write everyday and when I have practiced enough here,  the confidence to start more wide-spread blogs.

     So here's to a productive 2013. My thanks to Care2 for making it simple for members to share their passions, meet new friends, and make a difference in the world. And to you, readers of my blog. 

     - Reem K.


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