Avoiding Fraudulent Orders and Scams that love to Target small Handcrafting Businesses! Protect Yourself!
As a natural handmade soap maker or Etsy business, you work hard to create your product, take great photos, spend time marketing by writing amazing product descriptions and rejoice as each order trickles into your business...then something wonderful happens!! You receive an amazingly huge order from overseas...YES! But NO...it may not be what it seems.
Unfortunately, fraudulent orders and scams often target small handmade companies, hoping to taking advantage of a small business owner’s excitement and dedication to growing their business. This happened to me only recently and I want to share my experience with you...just in case you too are targeted! I felt so excited when I saw the following email from the contact page on this website.
I want to order from you company to my store in Spain, And do you accept credit card as form of payment?
i will be waiting to read back from you at your earliest convenience.
I replied ...
thank you for your enquiry. I do offer payment via credit card. I would be happy to hear more from you and hope to be able to offer you what you need.
Sounds good so far:)
My main concern was how much I had in stock and postage costs. So I awaited a further response, and it was then that my alarm bells went off! You know those metaphorical alarms that reside somewhere inside your brain or gut or both...well they just began to have a party!
This was the email response I received...
Thanks for your reply back. Its a pleasure receiving your reply back. I want to order for the below items for my customer's here, I want you to reply back with the total cost plus shipping quote. We're ready and can't wait to receive these wonderful products of yours here.
Your utmost reply back with the total quote will be highly appreciated.
THE ITEMS I'M INTERESTED IN ORDERING FOR IS LISTED BELOW AND ALSO MY ADDRESS FOR THE SHIPPING QUOTE:::
Chocolate soap gift box
Australian Eucalyptus Soap with Lavender flowers, Eucalyptus soap, Lavender flower, Vegan Bar Soap, No Palm Oil, etsyau, Australian soap
Castile soap,Castile soap with Lavender, Lavender soap, Pure Olive Oil soap, natural vegan soap, etsyau, Australian seller, bar soap
Vanilla Body Lotion, Mothers Day, Vanilla Body, Vanilla body moisturiser, etsyau
Organic Antioxidant Facial Oil,Organic facial serum,organic skincare,Organic Antioxidant Radiance Oil, Certified organic oil
Gift box 3 Soap Set, Christmas Gift, Teacher' Gift, 3 Soaps in a gift box,Sampler soap Gift Set, Soap Gift Box, Australian seller, etsyau
Damask Rose Handmade Soap Bar, Damask Rose soap, Vegan Handmade soap, Rose Soap
Coconut Soap,Natural coconut cream soap with organic coconut, handmade natural soap, bar soap
...ADDRESS FOR THE SHIPPING QUOTE........
Calle de Atocha, 415, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Hope to read back from you with the total cost and we can proceed and finalized my order.
God bless you,
My first reaction was panic!! I can't possibly supply this much product in less than six weeks!! What to do? Then...my brain kicked in!
On re-reading I noticed what should have been immediately obvious...the grammar, spelling and punctuation, the cut and paste form, and the overly eager nature of the request.
So I did a bit of detective work.
Here is some information from the Modern Soap Making website that will help you, like me, be able to identify and avoid the scammer! Interestingly, the information below dealt with this exact same fraudulent scammer!!
Here’s some red flags you should look out for before you get too excited about large international orders:
Before fulfilling a large international order, you want to make sure that:
So, how do these scams and fraudulent orders play out?
Scammers use stolen credit cards to purchase your items, and pressure you to ship quickly. In the end, the scammer receives your products, while you receive no cashola (or worse, a giant chargeback.) Ouch.
Scammers may also request you to overcharge a credit card and pay a third party shipper or freight company (a fake one, at that.) When the chargeback on the card comes through, you are out your product AND the money you sent to the fraudulent third party.
When it comes down to it, listen to your instincts. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Well, I had a happy ending and did not fall into the too good to be true dollar trap! I replied to the above email with some strict guidelines as to how I would proceed with the order, stating I would only consider payment through direct deposit and tracked shipping with Australia Post...needless to say, all has been quiet from this scammer:)
Have you received any fraudulent orders? Or worse...did you find out when it was too late? I would love to hear your experience.
Thank you to these websites for their information and help in identifying this Fraudulent Purchaser.
About three years ago I ran over and killed our silver tabby on the drive way. To make matters worse, my two children were in the car at the time, so I am sure you can imagine the scene. Let me just say that it was horrible watching my two boys confronting death (albeit a pet) in a most violent manner for the first time. Needless to say, I felt dreadful and have since been labelled a 'cat killer'. That was when I decided it would be good to get another kitten...one that was placid, gentle and loved indoors!
And so my research began. After speaking to many cat lovers, pet shops and of course consulting the trusty Google Guru, I decided upon a Ragdoll. According to 'those in the know', Ragdolls are intelligent, floppy, love affection and are happy to be indoor cats (I didn't want another escape artist!)...so off we went to purchase our new pet.
I let my youngest son Jonathan choose her. There were some beautiful kittens in this litter, but my son chose the one that looked like a pirate! A patch over her eye, a mix of white, ginger and black fur and an attitude to match. Admittedly she was a very pretty kitten...but let me say...she is not your typical Ragdoll!
Jonathan named her Rose after Rose Tyler from Doctor Who, and I have to say that she is aptly named. We have a cat who is blonde, feisty and at times outright crazy, with a dangerous sense for adventure outside the safe confines of our home.
Our Rose has very bad manners...she loves to spit and hiss, bearing her considerable fangs, flattening back her cute little cat ears and let fly with one of her paws, if she happens to be in a bad mood. So much for gentle!
When Rose is picked up for a cuddle there is not a floppy bone in her body! Instead, she barely tolerates the attempt by her humans to give her affection...she wriggles and squirms to get back down. She does like a pat...but only on her terms when she feels like it! Sounds almost human doesn't it? Or is that just me? :)
Our Rose loves to trip me over when I am in the kitchen just so that she can have the pleasure of punishing me when I tread on her!
Taking Rose to the Vet is a nightmare! I don't know how many times I have warned the Vet that she is like a wild, feral animal! Of course they look at me with disbelief as they peek through the cat carrier and see this gorgeous, furry cat with big blue eyes placidly sitting, waiting to be petted. Little do they know that this is just a ruse, a mean trick to lure them into striking distance like a tiger in the grass! But they learn...the hard way! Even I will not attempt to touch or cajole Rose when at the Vets. I value my skin way too much!
On the face of it she sounds positively dreadful, and at time she is! However, at other times she looks so sweet, curled up sleeping on the end of someone's bed as if she loves and trusts us...just don't try to lie down on your own bed...
We love our Rebel Rose...she makes our lives interesting and some families need a feisty member to keep them on their toes!
It's coming up to Valentine's Day and I thought that I would feature some wonderful products from some very talented Australian Etsy Artisans. I don't usually celebrate Valentine's Day because of so much media hype, not to mention the plethora of teddy bears sporting red hearts that stare at me from department store shelves. Not everyone is the white teddy type, and not every Valentine recipient is a teenage sweetheart at school. Some of us like to say, 'I love you' to wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, grandparents, friends and all sorts of people for who we are thankful and grateful to have in our lives.
I have made a Valentine soap which I must say smells divine and looks pretty good too! I call it...predictably...Valentine:) Click on the picture if you wish to take a closer look.
Perhaps you have someone special in your life who loves bracelets. I think that this bracelet by BlueRavenDesigns is lovely and very elegant. I purchased a pearl bracelet from this shop late last year and I love it!
This super cute ceramic planter says I love you in a unique and practical manner. I love this cat planter from MinkyMooCeramics and I'm sure you will too!
I love the work from the very talented Etsy Artisan at VoogsArt. These photomontages are absolutely beautiful and sure to please someone special this Valentine's Day. You don't even have to wait for your wonderful photo to arrive by mail. Download and then print however you wish! Perfect.
If you like fragrant soy candles then you can't go past the candles at InCandleEssence. Candles are a symbol for so much: romance, love, hope, joy and beauty. I love to burn candles, especially in the evening...I am sure there is someone you love who enjoys the light, the ambience and fragrance from a handcrafted candle.
One of my favourite Art shops on Etsy is called JustALittleWalk. What a lovely name and what a talented artist! I love this work and I think that this acrylic artwork speaks volumes for Valentine's Day. It is loving, gentle and so real.
My final choice is a beautiful cyrstal heart pendant made by ElandraDesigns. This is a lovely piece of jewellery and is perfect to give this Valentine's Day.
If you love handmade, and handcrafted with care, time and love...then pop into Etsy Australia and I know that you will find something special for your someone special this Valentine's Day!
I love Christmas! It is my favourite time of the year....but I'm not really sure why. If I stop to think about Christmas and compare my expectations to the reality...there seems to be this huge gap between my imagination, memories and expectations of the event. Christmas is wrapped up like a gift in my mind where I can carefully and delicately open layers of bright shiny paper to reveal a Christmas treasure.
As I untie the ribbon on the first layer, childhood memories appear like 3D images captured in time...me hanging my favourite glass bauble on the Tree...it is white and pink and shaped like an icicle. I carefully and lovingly hang my delicate ornament on the tree...year after year... until I see it crash to the floor and splinter into a million glass fragments. I grieved over that ornament, and still all these years later I can still recall the simple pleasure I had in hanging it on the tree. Our tree is pine and the scent of pine refreshes and cleanses our home. We would fill a bucket with wet sand and my Dad would lift the tree and place it in...then my brother and I would wrap the bucket with Christmas paper and tinsel.
I see my Dad with his cheeky grin and flushed cheeks switch on the multi-coloured lights and then...get out his trumpet. He was a beautiful trumpeter and every year at Christmas, out came the trumpet and he would play, filling our home, and street, with his music. I loved watching my Dad play his trumpet, it seemed to take him to his happy place.
The first layer is done and now it is time for me to unwrap a little further. I hear laughter and squeals and then I see my brother and sisters and cousins with water pistols all running around the yard and through the house with water flying everywhere! Suddenly my Dad and cousin Doug take it up a notch with buckets and then the hose as they.hide around corners catching us unawares.
What is it about Christmas that teases out old memories and wraps them up in a sweet golden hue? These memories defy time and space...they are my own personal Tardis!
As a child, Christmas to me was magic! I would go to bed and in the morning there would be presents from a magical being called Santa. On Christmas Eve night, my brother, sisters and I would place our Santa bags at the end of our beds and try desperately to stay awake to catch Santa as he placed gifts in our bags. We always left out fruit cake and milk, and in the morning it was magically gone! I loved it! As a child, the stressors that surround adults at Christmas, were in a far away land that I would never visit. As a child, there were no empty spaces around the Christmas table...as time had not caught up with us then.
I unwrap another layer of tinsel covered paper and I see my children repeat my childhood rituals with the same excitement and joy. The careful placing of their Santa bags at the end of their beds and the desperate attempts to stay awake...to see if Santa is real...
Even then, those many years ago, when my children were small, there were spaces in the world, empty spaces where loved people should have been. Time was catching up and my childhood was gone. I can see a space where my brother should have been, and one for my Grandfather and my Father. There were Aunty and Uncle spaces and then my Grandmother's space. And now...too many spaces...but still the joy and wonder of Christmas catches me unawares and I am lost in beauty and imagination.
Christmas is warm. It is carols by candlelight. It is walking on warm Summer nights to look at the Christmas lights and watch people smiling for no particular reason. Christmas is my memories and the echoes of times long past. It is helping my Grandmother to chop fruit for the Christmas cake and eating Christmas pudding and hoping to be the person who gets the silver sixpence (she kept her sixpences long after we had changed to metric). It is spending time with my Sydney cousins in Terrigal and getting sunburned at the beach...all these memories make me smile and I am so thankful for them.
Christmas does play tricks with my mind...expectations are not the reality...there is a huge gap between my imagination, memories and expectations of the event. And, when I stop to think about this...I believe it is because my treacherous mind wants to give me a holiday! A gentle space to remember people and places and laughter and music. A space to re-believe that the world is good and that there will be Peace on Earth...one day...
' At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:
Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him'
I don't like the word 'Vegan'. Have you noticed whenever anyone says, "I'm a Vegan", there seems to be a shift in the atmosphere! People ever so slightly move away from you, or they can't quite make eye contact, or they look puzzled and confused. Some will even make fun of your lifestyle choice and others will go so far as to deride you personally! ...as if it is an affront to them!
There appears to be a general misconception that being "a Vegan" is only for weird people, or hippies or greenies, or those who know nothing about nutrition. I have to admit...I used to be one of those people. I used to believe that Vegans could not possibly be healthy or be getting adequate nutrition without at least Dairy and eggs!
That was until I went on my own search for health and a natural alternative to the medications that I was dependent on every day just to get my joints moving and be relatively pain free.
On my journey, I found some wonderful companions who showed me a better way to eat for my own personal well-being. Friends like, Dr. Hans Diehl, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Gregor, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and a chiropractor, John Bergman (and yes I used to think Chiropractors were at best a bunch of quacks who cracked bones!)
Listening to these learned people helped to change me from an ignorant know-it-all to a person who was determined to find good health through a completely plant based diet. Notice I didn't say Vegan? As I said, I don't like that term! I eat a plant based diet, based around starches, and as far as I am able, I only eat foods as grown...which means you can recognise what they are before Kellogs, Pringles, Arnotts, McDonalds etc, have changed them into something they are not!
I have learned that food actually is medicine! My diet consists of whole grains/ starches, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables, pulses, soy and almond milks, and healthy processed foods such as wholegrain breads and pastas. I no longer need my medication for joint pain and I have slowly, but surely, dropped 8kg of excess body fat. I eat as much as I want, as often as I want, but only plant based food as grown, with the occasional dairy free 80% Cocoa Dark chocolate as a treat.
I did not make my decision to eat a Plant Based Diet lightly, as I knew that it would pose some problems logistically in my own family....I can't force my family to eat the way that I do. I can't force my husband to suddenly eat no animal products, but I can set an example, and I can serve less meat-based meals during the week! Every little bit helps!... because not only does the health of my family improve, but so does the health of our planet!
So...my family now looks like this: Me (totally plant-based), My husband (Eats meat and plant-based diet), My 16 year old son (Vegetarian but eats Eggs and Dairy) and my 13 year old son (who eats a limited amount of foods and is not courageous enough to try new things). Cooking meals is a challenge! As far as I am able, I choose to make food that caters to, many styles of eating. For example, when making a stir-fry, I stir-fry my tofu, then I stir-fry the vegetables, then I stir-fry the meat separately, and combine the components when dishing up as per each person's preference. It does take longer, but it works for me.
Mexican is perhaps the most versatile and easiest to prepare. We all love Burritos or Tacos and preparing this meal is easy, nutritious and delicious! With a meal consisting of Rice, burrito, avocado, whole kidney beans, green leaves, tomato, and salsa...with some meat on the side for the carnivores...it is perfect and quick.
As I write this, I know there will be those who will just disagree with the whole "plant-based thing" and not bother to go any further, there will be others who already choose this way of eating and need no further encouragement, and then there may be others who are interested enough to at least read and research a little further. If that is you, then I am including some video links to talks that I found helpful and useful, and also some research papers that you may like to investigate further.
There is a lot of information in these videos and you don't have to watch all of them at once! But I do encourage you to come back to this page, and when you have some time to yourself, listen to what some of these doctors have to say. Bookmark the page, and do your health a favour by revisiting these talks and find encouragement if you too, are considering choosing a plant based diet for your own health and well-being.
1. 'Food as Medicine and Treating the Most Common Diseases with Diet by Dr Gregor.
2. Dr. Hans Diehl M.D.- Eat More Lose Weight.
3. Dr. John McDougall M.D. - The Ultimate Diet Therapy
4. Professor T.Colin Campbell Phd.- Animal Protein, Meat and Dairy, Causes Cancer
5. Dr. John McDougall M.D.- Inflammatory Arthritis
There are many more informative videos by these Doctors on Youtube if you are interested:)
Some Further Reading-
Public health implications of meat production and consumption
Polly Walker,Pamela Rhubart-Berg,Shawn McKenzie,Kristin Kelling and Robert S Lawrence (2005).
Public Health Nutrition, Volume 8, Issue04, June 2005, pp 348-356
The nutritional adequacy of plant-based diets
T. A. B. Sanders (1999).
Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, Volume 58, Issue02, May 1999, pp 265-269
A perspective on vegetarian dietary patterns and risk of metabolic syndrome
Joan Sabaté and Michelle Wien (2015).
British Journal of Nutrition, Volume 113, SupplementS2, April 2015, pp S136-S143
Replacement of meat and dairy by plant-derived foods: estimated effects on land use, iron and SFA intakes in young Dutch adult females
Elisabeth HM Temme,Hilko van der Voet,Jac TNM Thissen,Janneke Verkaik-Kloosterman,Gerda van Donkersgoed and Sanderine Nonhebel (2013).
Public Health Nutrition, Volume 16, Issue10, October 2013, pp 1900-1907
The other day as I was walking through my local Shopping Mall, I stopped to notice the people! I know that this sounds strange..but there I was surrounded by a Mall full of people moving, shopping, walking aimlessly, and eating. And...there was me...just another one of these people moving, shopping, walking aimlessly and thankfully...not eating!
For a few endless seconds...the world suddenly turned very surreal. Almost like I was the only still point in an endless sea of moving feet, arms, legs and mouths...who were all these people? What were they feeling? As I stood and watched, I knew that I would never know...and to be truthful...did I really want to know?
Have you ever noticed how alone each person really is? Surrounded by humanity and yet still alone?
As my gaze narrowed, my eyes happened to take note of tables of people chatting over coffee and cake. Some tables were quite animated, others more subdued, and still others where the coffee drinkers were just sharing the same space, looking bored...
I was still in this surreal world where the seconds felt like they were being dragged through molasses, yet my focus grew sharper and more acute. I could see faces smiling, hands gesturing and eyes looking lively or dim. I noticed that the tables of girl friends sharing coffee were animated, active and noisy, while the mixed couples or mixed friends looked interested in what the others were saying...some smiling...others intensely engaged with the conversation.
As I shifted my gaze from table to table, I noticed (what I thought to be) the married couples or long time partners sharing their coffee...there was little to no conversation, no eye contact, no leaning in towards the other person to hear what they were saying...Have you ever noticed that?
I remember when I was in my twenties we would go to restaurants or coffee shops and play, Spot the Married Couple. It was always easy...they were the tables where there was very little conversation, or where one or both were reading the newspaper, or where two people just sat and shared a space yet looked totally alone. Have you ever noticed that?
Is it because they have run out of things to say? Is it because they have said too much? Or is it because they know each other as well as anyone can know another person, and so there is now no need for words? I will never know.
Have you ever noticed faces...I mean really noticed? Not just a pretty face in the crowd...I mean the face of a stranger whose lines and eyes and expression is so arresting...that their story, the one locked deep inside them, is screaming to be told? Have you ever noticed someone like that?
As I stood and time started to shift me out of the surreal and back into the flow of life...I realised that what I caught a glimpse of was a small facet of our human condition...of my human condition...life is movement and stasis...it is relationship and isolation...it is connecting and loving when you can...it is activity and boredom...it is a smile at a stranger...and it is always accepting that we can never truly be known by another human being.
This is not a bad thing...it just is.
I am thankful at those times for my faith...where I know that I can always be truly known by God.
Don't worry...I am not a morbid person...I was just fascinated by my moment when time seemed to stand still in a busy shopping mall...and I noticed.
I am the most fortunate mum in the world! I am the proud parent of a 16 year boy who is just fantastic, funny, kind, gentle, good-looking and smart...I don't sound biased do I? Of course not because it is all true!
Well the time has arrived in my life when Mr 16 year old is learning to drive! And...like most 16 year olds, he believes he is already a fantastic driver:) Of course fantastic 16 year old drivers are ready to tackle traffic, teeny weeny roundabouts and deceptive corners perfectly on their second lesson! Fantastic 16 year old drivers are ready to take on the entire trip from Sydney to Bathurst over the Blue Mountains on their third driving lesson! Don't you just love such confidence!?
Am I a nervous wreck?...Not yet!
As we set off to Bathurst on the weekend, Mr 16 year old proudly put his L Plates on the car, adjusted the mirrors, changed my seating and sat proudly behind the wheel of my little B Class Mercedes (at least it is made with an internal roll bar) I think to myself.
Off we go to get some petrol before the trip....driving carefully down the main street of Camden we come across our first roundabout..."Now keep your line and stay in your lane", I say calmly to my son as he promptly attempts to side swipe the white four wheel drive on the outside lane of the roundabout! Keeping inside one's lane really means...move as far over into the other lane as possible so that no one else can be on the roundabout at the same time as you! Thankfully the other driver saw those big yellow L Plates and took evasive action!
With my heart still thumping and many an apologetic smile to the afore mentioned driver we pulled into the servo for some fuel. Phew...first leg of the journey went well!
We drove out of Camden with no more hiccups and reached The Northern Road (which is roundabout heaven) ...things were going smoothly as Mr 16 year old cruised along at 80 kph and mostly kept inside his lane (he has a tendency to veer left) until the next roundabout..."remember to keep your line, slow down and think about where the car is going", I say....of course, slow down really means maintain my speed and slow down as I am going around the roundabout!
I gingerly look into the mirror in my sun visor to check for cars who needed to pull off the road as our car grandly took another wide roundabout turn! Needless to say...Mr 16 year old did improve, and, as this was only his second roundabout ever...he was doing just fine. At least he was doing better than me!
Our next hurdle was exiting The Northern Road and merging onto The Great Western Freeway heading towards the Blue Mountains...Think about this...80kph L Plate merging with 110kph traffic... so I calmly say, (well I think I spoke calmly)..."pull over and I will drive from here"...and surprisingly he did with no complaint!
After I navigated the drive over the Blue Mountains, I let my son drive from Lithgow to Bathurst, which went smoothly, until Kelso, which is on the outskirts of Bathurst. Here slow down for the red light was secret code for...maintain speed and brake just as I get to the red light!
Life with a 16 year old Learner driver is fun! I am constantly taken back to my teenage years and learning to drive with my Dad. It is lovely to marvel at the sheer enthusiasm my son has just to get behind the wheel and go for a drive.
I know that he will grow into a mature and sensible driver...and that by the time he gets his P Plates...he will not be like many other P- Platers on the road who believe that they are invincible...Is that just me living my life in fantasy mode? I hope not...
Share your experiences...I would love to read them!
Girls' Rights are Human Rights
On a cold day in 2004, in a small village of rural Nepal, Plan’s Germany Director Marianne Raven was sitting under a tree discussing the community’s challenges with its inhabitants. As the huddled group made requests for more blankets to cover themselves from the cold, Marianne saw a small girl ambling past, with barely enough clothes to keep her warm. The girl's mother was asked, “Why doesn’t this girl have adequate clothing against the cold?” The mother’s answer would have a profound impact on Marianne, and indeed all of Plan. She replied, “Because she is a girl".
This campaign is dedicated to Sharmila. With your support, Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign aims to unleash the incredible potential of girls to create a better world. The benefits are not just for them, but for everyone.
Etsy is filled with creative entrepreneurs who pursue their passions, work for themselves and create an environment where you can purchase bespoke, handcrafted items that are often one of a kind.
Individually their businesses may be small, but together they offer the promise of a more values-led, people-centred approach to life, business and the broader economy.
But it’s not as easy for all women around the world to start their own business. In many developing countries, women are unlikely to secure a bank loan. Girls are unlikely to be given the same access to education as their male counterparts, and they’re often subject to gender based violence, child marriage, sex trade trafficking and are more likely to suffer from poor health and nutrition.
Plan International’s Because I Am A Girl_ campaign is aiming to break down these barriers and change the world for girls. They believe that if they can help break down the barriers that prevent millions of girls around the world from gaining the education and skills they need to move from poverty to opportunity, that girls really will be able to transform the world for the better.
Etsy’s community of Australian sellers care about girls’ rights and have decided to get together to support Plan’s Because I Am A Girl campaign in their work to change the world for girls.
This is why I am participating in the #makeforgood campaign leading up to Christmas this year....
To help make a difference!
My shop, AllSorts of Soap, always donates 10% of my sales to Compassion Australia's Child Survival Programs and now an extra 20% will go to Plan's Because I Am a Girl campaign!
Pop into Etsyau and type in #makeforgood and so many wonderful bespoke items are available for you to make your Christmas spending do good this year!
I love Baba Ghanoush, but I am not a gourmet cook or even like being in my kitchen (unless its to make soap!). This Baba Ghanoush recipe is so easy...even a non-cook like myself can whip this up very quickly and make a nutritious lunch. The above pic is my lunch today! Nutritious and absolutely delicious!
Baba Ghanoush is very versatile as you can add whatever seasonings or herbs that appeals to your palate. For this recipe I only added salt, but I can add other garnishes such as Coriander, Parsley or even Jeera (cumin seed) later.
Nutritional breakdown of eggplant (aubergine)One cup of raw eggplant contains 20 calories, 0.8 grams of protein, 4.82 grams of carbohydrate, 0.15 grams of fat and 2.5 grams of dietary fiber. A one-cup serving meets 10% of daily fiber needs, 5% potassium, 3% vitamin C, 5% vitamin B-6, 1% iron and 2% magnesium.
The eggplant, also known as aubergine, garden egg, guinea squash, melongene and brinjal, is usually distinguishable by its signature egg-like shape and vibrant purple color.Eggplants also contain anthocyanins, compounds that belong to a class of naturally occurring phytochemicals known as flavonoids. Flavonoids are present in many plant foods and in addition to providing health benefits - they also contribute to the distinguishable coloration of many fruits and vegetables. In this case, anthocyanins are water-soluble pigments that give the eggplant their well-known dark purple complexion.2
Many of the nutritional benefits gained from consuming eggplants are obtained from the skin of the vegetable. Eggplant skin is full of fiber, potassium and magnesium and antioxidants. In fact, its phenolic content makes it such a potent free radical scavenger that the eggplant is ranked among the top 10 vegetables in terms of oxygen radical absorbance capacity.
So here is my delicious vegan eggplant Baba Ghanoush! Enjoy.
Preparation time- 10 mins
cooking time- 5 mins
Super Easy Method
If you have any easy and tasty Vegan Recipes then I would love to hear from you! Write them in the comments with your name so that others can enjoy them;) Happy eating everyone!
I went to Canberra on the weekend for my niece's 18th Birthday and as luck would have it...the annual
Floriade flower exhibition was in its second week. I think the second week is the best time to see this impressive and colourful display of fields of flowers in every possible colour! The sun was shining, faces were smiling and the gentle fragrance of millions of Spring blooms filled the air. Music, food stalls and people, some almost as brightly dressed as the flowers, strolled around the gardens beside the graceful Lake Burleigh Griffon.
My youngest son, Jonathan, bravely tackled this very feminine outing:) I think he was mollified by his extremely unhealthy lunch, proudly devoured in 3 minutes flat! Luckily for his blood sugar levels and teeth, Floriade only comes once a year! These evil donut puff balls certainly put a smile on his face and a grimace on mine!
I never cease to be amazed at the amount of work that goes into a floral display that brings joy to so many people. Workers and gardeners prepare for this display through the Summer, Autumn and Winter before the next Spring, so that all the flowers time at the correct time and in the correct place. It is an amazing display of careful planning and respect for the beauty of nature. I appreciate the efforts of these gardeners who work tirelessly so that I, and many others can appreciate the "art" that is their work. For these gardens are a work of art...albeit short-lived...it is art non the less.
So I come home full of the fragrance of flowers, the colours of Spring and look at my bare patch of grass...and wish!
I will leave you with some more photos from a lovely weekend in our nation's capital!
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