Om Maker

Wellness with Janina Church
February 24th, 2013

Sunday’s Quote



I have decided to stick with love.

Hate is too great a burden to bear.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

July 20th, 2012

Zucchini Muffins

When your summer garden pours out its bounty of zucchini love, give this recipe a try.



Nina’s Zucchini Muffins

3 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1/4 tsp ground ginger

3 eggs

1 cup olive oil

1tsp vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

1 ripe mashed banana

2 cups shredded zucchini (you can also try 1 1/2 cup shredded zucchini and 1/2 cup shredded carrot instead, just to add a bit of color)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger.
  • In another bowl, add eggs, olive oil, vanilla, sugar, banana and zucchini.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and blend well.
  • Grease muffin pans and fill cups 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. Makes about 12-14 muffins.

*   If you are making bread: grease 2 loaf pans and bake for 40-50 minutes.


Sometimes I prepare a simple powder sugar and milk frosting and drizzle over the muffins when they are cool. Other days I sprinkle a cinnamon and granulated sugar mix on the muffins before baking. Most of the time we eat them plain and have yet to hear any complaints about it:)

Not long ago I made a vegan version of this recipe, by using 1/2 mashed banana per egg as a replacement.





April 25th, 2012

Rose Lassi

Another hot day…

turning today into a rose kind of day. I dropped rosewater saline in my eyes this morning, spritzed my students in yoga class this afternoon with rosewater mist and sipped Rose Lassi after dinner with the children.


Rose is cooling, refreshing and soothing. Like Hibiscus, it is great for relieving heat in the body. Rose helps support the circulatory, female reproductive and nervous systems. It is said that rose opens the mind and heart as it is the flower of love and devotion. Perfect for a dessert to serve my little lovelies.

This is an adapted recipe from my favorite Indian cookbook. Sipping small amounts of lassi after dinner is recommended to aid digestion.


Rose Lassi

(pronounced LUH-SEE)

1 1/4 cup plain yogurt
3 tablespoons turbino sugar
1 teaspoon pure distilled rosewater
3/4 cup cool water
3-4 ice cubes
Blend yogurt, sugar, rosewater and water in a blender for about 2 minutes. Add the ice cubes and blend for 1 minute. Serve this frothy goodness in chilled glasses.
March 4th, 2012

Sunday Quote

Just a quote or saying that sums up my week~

” All you need is love” 

                                                                   -The Beatles

because love is the glue that holds it all together…