Friday, September 23, 2016

Roasting Organic Green Coffee beans In My Popcorn Maker

Folgers sell their dark roast for about $10.00 for 1.5 pounds.  They boast that it serves 210 cups of coffee.  Well, I'm boasting that this 5 pound bag of Peruvian Amazonian raw organic green coffee cost me $21.00 shipped to my door.  That's approximately a little over 700 cups per bag.  Folks it costs
ONLY 3 cents per cup...and that's a deal!

These beans were roasted using my old 1200W popcorn maker.  The beans on the right were popped before the second crack.  You can see they are light in color.  The beans on the left popped until after the second crack.  I stopped because I was smelling a strong espresso smell and started to smoke.  I literally burnt the beans.  lol.  I am going for the lighter roast because in my research, I found out the darker the coffee, the less nutrients it has. That includes anti-oxidants, and caffeine.  It gets burned off and destroys most of the natural oil content.  Too bad because most folks like me like a dark roast.

This coffee came from 33 ton coffee online.  The price was right, and if you can read the label. it is a delicious cup of naturally sweet coffee.  They co-op with the local farmers from the Peruvian Amazon Rain Forest so the farmers can sustain themselves.


Using my Mega Ninja I ground almost 1/2 cup roasted coffee beans in 4 short pulses.  What you hear in the video besides my fire alarm  was the second  crack.  To fully hear it you have to see the end of the video.  Note: Wait two days for the beans to cure,  That's when it really smells and tastes the like gourmet coffee.  At this point it smells like burnt coffee/nut.  Store in an airtight container.

I write this post because gourmet coffee is not cheap outside of home.  However, it costs just cents per cup literally speaking for this raw organic green coffee beans if you shop online.  Best of all, when roasted lightly you  get as much phyto-nutrients as a serving of blueberries.  Furthermore, you get 4x the nutrients if you eat them lightly roasted.  I plan on making a house blend by mixing green (raw), light, medium and dark roasts together so I can have nutrition and taste.

Well, that's about it for now, I hope you like my post.  If so please stop and click like.  Please feel free to share. Till then. Many blessings.
Mary Helen
Now the brew...ahhh

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mary Helen's Test Kitchen: Healtyhy Raw Organic Green Coffee Easy As 123

Mary Helen's Test Kitchen: Healtyhy Raw Organic Green Coffee Easy As 123: Now this is real ORGANIC GREEN COFFEE From the Amazon Rainforest.  Smells like wheatgrass brewed but, tastes like green tea.  One cup has...

Healtyhy Raw Organic Green Coffee Easy As 123

Now this is real ORGANIC GREEN COFFEE From the Amazon Rainforest.  Smells like wheatgrass brewed but, tastes like green tea.  One cup has almost the same smount of anti-oxidants as blueberries.
I bought this Raw Organic Green Coffee which tastes really good roasted but also superior as an healthy alternative to regular coffee.  It is loaded with phyto-nutrients, and anti-oxidants+_+  and that's why I drink this delicious brew. 

Unlike coffee it does not give me a jolt like some folks claim.  It is quite soothingly refreshing.  It goes well with cinnamon or cardamom.
Raw Organic Green Peruvian Coffee Beans I purchased online from .  It's a beautiful dark forest green reminding me of the Amazon Rain forest from which it came
I ground the coffee beans in the Vita Mix for one minute, and this is what I got.
Note:  Raw green Coffee Beans are extremely hard.  I used my reliable heavy duty Vita Mix for this job.  I ground on high (without heat) for one minute straight.  I stopped because the Vita Mix did heat up. And I noticed the grinds were starting to turn light yellow...a sign of pre roasting. 

After grinding I soaked the beans about three tablespoons in one quart cold water overnight.  I brought this to a rapid boil and lowered the heat to simmer for one hour.  That's about it folks.

I hope I can be of service to someone who also enjoys the healthy simple pleasures of life.  Till then, many blessings!

Mary Helen

Thursday, August 22, 2013


I remember running around with the other kids on the block sucking on salted plums as a little girl.  I forgot all about them until someone mentioned them and how expensive they are now for just a few dried plums.  I thought since I had a bag of dried but soft prunes I would make some.  They came out wonderful.  So with that, I thought I'd share. This is not for all folks but 4 dried prunes holds a lot of potassium.

  • One bag soft dried prunes. Pitted is best but not necessary
  • One cup salt
  • 1teaspoon citric acid (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne red pepper (Optional)
  • Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.  
  • Add prunes and mix well. 
  • Let sit 3 hours in the bowl. Then brush off excess salt
  • Put on a cookie sheet and bake on low till done about 3 hours
  • Store in a air tight container once cooled.
It makes a great stocking stuffer, or a nice tray at a party.or to just reminesque old time memories. Just pop one of these salty sour dried plums.  It would make every hair on your body stand on its ends.  Lol.

 Well, for those interested now you know how easy it is to make.  Please feel free to share with others on facebook, or Pinterest, or your own collection of my guest.  Thanks for stopping by.  Till the next time...many blessings.


Mary Helen

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Hi everyone,

I'm always up for a challenge, and when my friend Alma told me that she had black bean ice cream in Guatemala, and the way she described it made my mouth water.  I had to try this and woe is me, I had no recipe.  NOT! I just got the opportunity to be in my element. I added basics like vanilla and sugar and I still was not feeling it.  It was okay, just okay ... until I added some unsweetened cocoa.  Voila!  What a marriage:)  Who knew Chocolate Black Bean Ice Cream could taste so good.  Now this is healthy eating right?  Protein, vitamins and minerals and a good fat for your body to absorb it all.  I did promise cheap ways to eat healthy right?

  • 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 1/2-3/4 cups of sugar (as sweet as you like)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 3-4 tablespoons cocoa unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6-8 cups ice
I mixed all these ingredients and blended them in my Ninja 1500.
It almost broke down all the ice.  I was afraid if I went any longer, I
would have chocolate black bean soup.  Hey?  Not today:))
Instructions via photos:

I cooked my beans in a crock pot.  Two cups
of black beans I added the chocolate, sugar and oil.

I added 3 tablespoons of cocoa, very chocolatey, however, the
coconut oil overpowered the chocolate.  NO BEAN FLAVOR,
I mixed all the ingredients in my Ninja 1500w.  It left a few chunks of ice, but get the picture?  It's Chocolate Black Bean Ice Cream.  Tastes like almond joy (just the flavor).  And again it it healthy and very cheap and easy.

Well, I dare someone besides me to try this PLEASE!  Let me know the outcome.  Till then please like and share with a link below.  Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to be of service one more time.  Many blessings to all.


Mary Helen

Friday, July 26, 2013

CANDIED TOMATO PRESERVES, Not your peanut butters Jelly.

This thick Candied Tomato Preserves goes great with cheese and crackers.  If cooked down
enough it becomes almost like a soft candy chew when cold.  Yum!  Chewable vitamins:)
I have been making Candied Tomato Preserves for about 40 years now.  I've tweaked it a bit to my benefit of course.  But, I must say, these are not your ordinary preserves. For one, it has about 1/2 the sugar than regular store bough preserves. Secondly, the tomatoes retain their fresh homegrown tomatoes taste and condensed micro-nutrition. Third, you cannot find these tomato preserves in your local markets. And last of all it is cheap and easy to make. (Being cheap and easy makes it an affordable gift in a gift basket for any occasion.)
This 4 ingredient Candied Tomato Preserves goes exceptionally well with cheese and or crackers.  It would definitely be a delight to serve the newborn King (when he gets older), but for now, let's treat us!

  • 1 pound Small tomatoes (cherry or grape seed)  Homegrown or organic is best as the flavor makes a big difference in taste.  Also, soft skinned tomatoes works best for this recipe as the skin breaks down to a candy.  You can put them in the blender to break it down more. Also, you can always opt to skin the tomatoes by blanching them in boiling water for one minute before you remove the skins.  I've also made this with canned tomatoes, but I added jalapenos, and bell peppers.  So many ways to play with this recipe.
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Lemon Juice (reconstituted is fine)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

I put all the ingredients in a stainless steel pot and cooked it down on a medium low flame for 30 minutes.  Stirring and mashing them frequently towards the end to avoid the bottom from burning

Next, you want to reduce the flame to low, and mash the tomatoes some more stirring frequently for about 10-15 minutes
or until you smell a caramel smell.  It is quite thick but will thicken a lot more when it has cooled down.

I ended up with 10 ounces of Sweet Candied Tomato Preserves.  Put this in a container with a lid.  These pic show it nice and thick while warm.
Like I said earlier, the taste is incredible good because I used
organic.  I used 1/2 the normal required sugar, but you would
never know.  These Candied Tomato Preserves,
cannot be bought at you local market, which by the way,
makes great gifts. Also, The price was right!  Fridays, out local 99 cent
store sells organic produce.  I also got the lemon juice and sea
salt there. 
Ok, how easy was this?  No need for a candy thermometer, or pectic, artificial flavors, or any other gadgets. Personally, I think it is definitely worth the time and effort to treat yourself to a tasty dish loaded with condensed micro-nutrients like vitamin C and Lycopene.  Well that's it for now.  I have a lot of catching up to do.  So till the next time, please like and share.  You have my permission to Pin It, Thank you for allowing me to be of service.  Till the next time...Many Blessings.

Mary Helen

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


This goes great with some nuts crushed on it for a bit more protein.  One time I added a bit of whipped cream.  Chocolate
syrup would work too. Yes it
was good.
This was my lunch today. Protein and omega 3's with a fruit serving. Tastes so good, you'd think you we're doing something bad:). No need to explain how this is made, but you're in for a treat like dessert. Yes, it does curb that sugar tooth in a much healthier way. However, please consider a healthy peanut butter that has not been hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated. These are clogging and unhealthy oils. Too bad they taste good.

Slice this up and you are ready to eat.  My friend Shekinah who is a Hollywood makeup artist and a beautiful bikini model.  Well she does lot's of modeling, but looks great in anything.  Anyway, it's yummy for the tummy.  I thought I'd share.

Thanks for letting me be of service.  Till the next time stay safe, and many blessings.


Mary Helen