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June/July ~ 2011 News from the Nest

May 31, 2011

I hope that you are all enjoying the advent of warmer weather that has finally arrived. It has indeed been a wet and wild spring!
We have had our share of wild winds but I do confess, I am not as quick to complain about the weather after what some of our neighbours to the south have endured. That is such destruction that cannot be put into words. My heart and prayers go out to all that were touched by the tornadoes!
I have noticed so many of the publications this spring focusing on cleanses of different types. I have often wanted to do a cleanse, but felt that I didn't have the time, and let's face it, I really didn't have the inclination. The thought was good but the ambition wasn't there. This has passed, however, and I have completed one liver cleanse and an starting the second this week. I read "The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse by Andreas Moritz" and learned a lot of great info. I had my gallbladder out 35 years ago after my daughter was born. If I had know then what I know now, I wouldn't have done it. I didn't know that gallstones are formed in the liver. I thought they were formed in the gall bladder. Dahhhh. I am amazed at how much better I feel after just one cleanse. Andreas Moritz suggests that the cleanses be done monthly if possible until there are 2 consecutive cleanses with no stones showing up. I was surprised at the amount of stones I passed. Let me say that it was painless and so easy to do. Get the book and give it a try. So many maladies relate to congested liver. Let me know how it goes.

This July we celebrate our 10th anniversary at The Nest and as such, we are offering a 10% discount for those subscribers to the News from the Nest on any booking during the month of July. You must be a subscriber to qualify for the discount and don't forget to mention it when you make your reservation.
Sunshine brings about a burst of energy and work getting done. I am so far behind in my gardens because of the hordes of black flies and mosquitoes that have been pursuing us as we step out of the door. Brian, he can cope with the little blood suckers but even he was calling Uncle!
With the hot weather this week, the black flies seem to be gone, here at least but the mosquitoes are having fun! I must get a vat of spray made up.
Speaking of gardening, if there is anyone that would like to make a work exchange for a day or 2, please let me know. I would be happy to offer room and board to a pair of hands to help with the gardens. I have the weekend of June 10th open or June 17th but we would have to have that limited to Saturday with leaving on Sunday morning as we have a commitment for Father's Day!

Hint of the Month.
I saw a recipe awhile ago that looked interesting for the BBQ. I am going to pass it along at this time because if you are like me, the BBQ is the cooker of choice in these warmer months.

Roasted Portobello Stacks with Goat Cheese Drizzle
1/2 cup canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. or 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary or dried
1 tbsp or 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme or dried
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
8 portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed
2 red peppers, cut in quarters
1 large sweet onion, cut in 8-1/2 inch slices
1 small eggplant cut in 8-1/2 inch slices (if you don't like eggplant use zucchini)
Goat Cheese Drizzle:
1/2 cup goat cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup unflavoured yogurt

1. Preheat BBQ to 400 degrees.
2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Gently toss vegetables in mixture.
3. Place veggies on grill. Cook turning when half cooked.
4. Make drizzle by placing ingredients in a food processor and process til smooth or mix well by hand.
5. For each stack, place mushroom on serving dis, stem side up and drizzle with 1 tsp of goat cheese mixture. Alternate veggies with goat cheese mixture. Stack should be Mushroom stem side up, drizzle, red pepper, drizzle, onion, drizzle, eggplant, drizzle, red pepper, drizzle, onion, drizzle, eggplant, drizzle, and mushroom stem side down with a bit of drizzle on top.

Goes great with a salad and garlic loaf for a nice light supper on a hot night.

Thank you for your support and hope to see you at The Nest soon.
Gail Robins.

The Robins' Nest Retreat, 1150 County Rd. 40, RR#1, Norwood, ON. K0L 2V0, 705-639-2284