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Smorgasbord Health Column – Nutrients we need – Manganese and the link to Asthma

Some great advice from Sally …Asthma is a scary and sometimes life-threatening condition which sometimes diet/ lifestyle changes can help ease symptoms ….Worth a read xx

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Last week I mentioned that there is a link between a number of chronic diseases including Asthma and Manganese. There have been studies that show that those suffering from asthma were also deficient in the mineral.  Although you will see that there is a genetic link to asthma, the respiratory system requires certain nutrients to be healthy. With the current trend to remove grain and other carbohydrates from the diet, there is a number of minerals that can become deficient, one of which is manganese.

First a look at Asthma.

Asthma can be a childhood condition that is hereditary or associated with allergies, that is grown out of by puberty. Or, later on in life as a result of work and lifestyle related ingestion of chemicals including smoking or nutritional deficiency. Here is more about the disease.

What is asthma?

The actual word asthma comes from the Greek azein…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – #Summer Eating – Stuffed Peppers and Fajitas.

Some tasty summer recipes from Sally…I love the sound of the stuffed pepper filling…

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

This week I have two recipes for a main course, one of which is vegetarian and the other is a low fat version of one of my favourite Mexican meals, Fajitas.

Summer is not all about eating salads and cold meals. Especially if you are entertaining and certainly in Texas which has long, and very hot and humid summers, was the place that we were introduced to fajitas. Since your family or guests are basically compiling the meal themselves it is great to stick bowls in the centre of the table and tell them to dig in.

First a vegetarian option although you can add chicken, prawns, salmon etc to the dish if you wish.

Stuffed Red Peppers.

Here is a recipe that is packed with many of the nutrients needed to keep your circulatory system healthy and clear of blockages. Full of B-vitamins, vitamin C, fibre and essential fatty…

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Healthy Eating…No more diets…

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Wow, what a week… They are all out and safe …Just in case you have been cocooned somewhere away from the maddening crowd and don’t know what I am talking about… The Thai boys and their teacher who were trapped in a cave near where I live…It must have been so scary for them not knowing if help was coming…But it did …Do you know what pleased me the most ???

It was how the whole world united and that made me so happy…Sad for the brave Ex-Navy Seal who lost his life such a brave man…R.I.P … You will always be remembered for your bravery…

I have shed a few tears these last few weeks…AND

The healthy eating? … That went out the window…She who doesn’t eat crisps..DID…She who doesn’t really snack…DID!

I was fixated on the news but with consequences…

I now feel really out of sorts…Tired, sluggish, really tired…No Energy… Zilch!

What am I doing about it?? Well, Sally’s post this week was very timely ( For Moi) I am going to detox and get back on track…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/09/smorgasbord-health-column-eating-plan-for-healthy-kidneys-and-urinary-tract/?

What am I not going to do???

 Beat myself up?… Nope…I can’t change the last few weeks…But…I can change over the next few weeks…

Don’t wish me luck…Because I AM GOING TO DO IT!

It’s the little changes we can make, isn’t it?

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Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

There is so much written about what we should eat and what we shouldn’t eat, how much sugar or salt foods contain, how much of this, how much of that…I can’t blame anyone for feeling like ..What do we eat then?

How did you get on after reading last weeks post?? Did you start any herbs or plants? Did you find any communal gardens  I always love to hear how you are getting on in comments and not just the good … We all have days or weeks we rather forget…

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Below are just a few small ways you can start to make changes it covers a few of the main food groups things most of us eat or cook with on a regular basis and often there are so many choices for alternatives that we at loss as to what we can replace our regular food with. I hope this makes it a little easier for you.

I am also not going to bombard you with statistics and ingredients we can all look at a bottle or a can to see what is in it…If we don’t know ..google it… ask…question…we should all know what we are eating and feeding our families…It is then our choice as to whether we change or continue.

Sugary drinks…

Expensive I hear you say ….no it is not… Most of what we eat is taught to us…we teach our children, our parents taught us…some folks when they grow older make their own choices…That’s fine…but make an informed choice and try an alternative you may like it.

Water is healthy. Coffee and tea are healthy it is maybe what you put in it which is NOT.

Soda water with ice and lime or lemon is a nice refreshing drink. Freeze some fruit orange slices or pomelo fruit, and pop it in the glass with the soda water..very nice and refreshing.

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Some nice green tea now I know how to brew it correctly…No more bitter green tea for me … I also love the way it is drunk and am on the hunt for a nice green tea set like the one pictured it just makes you feel special …I think so anyway and makes it pleasurable.

Coconut juice and yes I am lucky I have a tree and can go buy it fresh but you must have something where you live which is in season, fresh and you can juice or make into a smoothie.

So ditch the soda and think about what you can drink, think about what you like to drink…That is healthier than those sugar-laden sodas.

Pizza…One of the unhealthiest foods on the planet…

Does that mean you can never eat Pizza again…No!

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Make homemade pizza instead ..Let the kids help… Make your own pizza sauce by pureeing cooked, peeled tomatoes with oregano and fresh garlic  Use low-fat mozzarella cheese so that your child gets plenty of calcium from his slice without all of the saturated fat. Skip the pepperoni and high-fat meats and add some chicken or prawns and add their favourite vegetables.  If they like olives even better add black olives for some heart-healthy unsaturated fat. One of my grandsons absolutely loved olives from the age of about one and a half, instead of sweets I used to buy him olives…

Make your own base…I have made a cauliflower base and it is lovely, Portobello mushrooms, a sweet potato base..there are so many options for bases some for another post…..It is all about experimenting and playing with flavours, food should be fun and especially Pizza because it really is a fun food ..isn’t it???

Cauliflower Pizza Base…

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower.
  • 1 egg, large.
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning (dried oregano or basil)
  • 1/8 tsp salt.
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper.
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese, grated/shredded.
  • Cooking spray, I make my own spray I don’t do bought oil in spray cans…I have a little stainless steel one for oil.

Let’s Cook!

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F/190 C and line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.

Rinse cauliflower, remove the outer leaves, separate into florets and chop into smaller pieces. Process in a food processor in 2 batches, until “rice” texture forms.

Transfer cauliflower rice on a prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 mins this just removes some of the moisture.

Remove cooked cauliflower rice from the oven, transfer to a bowl lined with a double/triple layered cheesecloth or linen towel, and let cool for 5 minutes.

Then squeeze the liquid out of the ball as hard as you can. Be patient and do this a few times until barely any liquid comes out.

Increase oven temperature to 4 degrees F/200 C. Then in a medium mixing bowl whisk the egg with dried herbs, salt and pepper for 10 seconds. Add cheese and squeezed cauliflower mix very well with a spatula until combined.

Line the same baking sheet with new parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Transfer cauliflower dough to the middle and flatten with your hands until thin pizza crust forms.

Bake for 20 minutes, carefully flip with a spatula and bake for a few more minutes. Top with your favourite toppings and bake again until cheese on top turns golden brown.

Slice and enjoy!

Let the kids help you can never second guess a child and what they will like.  Encourage them to help prepare their food…They are more likely to eat what they help prepare.

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Start them young here is Little Lily… although she is not so little now she still loves to cook and always eats what she cooks…You also have happy kids …

N.B. Just a little note it took me a couple of trial runs before I got the base the right thickness I don’t like thick crust but made it too thin at first…

Bread…

If you love white bread, opt for a brand that is made with UNbleached white flour. Or try the bread with 100% whole grain unbleached wheat flour–

Or treat yourself to some of the lovely artisan loaves of bread available or make your own..with rapid, instant yeast it is now much easier and there are also so many recipes for sourdough starters…

Also, there is nothing more satisfying than making bread…It is great when your mood is less than happy a bit of kneading that dough works wonders…lol

If you are on a particular diet for health reasons or a food intolerance it can be a minefield I hope this helps

Gluten-free junk food…

Is high in sugar, unhealthy oils, and refined grains. I think that it is abhorrent that manufacturers make foods which they know that many people with a gluten intolerance buy and that is actually very unhealthy. Some people choose to take the label “gluten-free” to mean the same things as “healthy,” which is not accurate.

Naturally, gluten-free foods include beans, pulses, milk, yoghurt, cheese, fish, shellfish, fruit, meat, poultry, nuts, seeds, butter, and oil.

I hope this has been of help when you are deciding which is healthier to eat and it doesn’t mean expensive foods it generally means fresh either home-grown or bought from local markets, food in season or food you have made in your own kitchen.

If you are out and about or at work take your own in a little-insulated bag to keep it fresh and find a nice park bench or a little seat somewhere to eat and watch the world go by.

Until next week I am off to start my detox…

If you liked reading this then please share or reblog and spread the word about good, healthy eating and the benefits.

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Enjoy the rest of your week, have fun, eat healthily and stay mindful xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retired No One Told Me! Weekly Roundup…Jackfruit,Alinea and Beeswax Wraps.

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Wow…What a week this has been…A week of firsts for me some cracking reblogs so get yourself settled for a treat ladies and gents something for everyone…Feet up drink to the ready and enjoy!

First out of the starting blocks is an amazing restaurant brought to us by John Reiber…Who has eaten there…Not that I am in the least bit jealous…hmmm

I read the post then hotfooted it over to Netflix and watched the interview… That chef is awe-inspiring his work is just out of this world.

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Look at that doesn’t it just make you drool??? So head over and have a look he is such an innovative chef whose skill just blows me away…

https://johnrieber.com/2018/06/20/alinea-the-worlds-most-inventive-restaurant-culinary-molecular-masterpiece-2/

Fruity Fridays and the Jackfruit... To say I was again just stunned that the unripe fruit cooked was so different in taste and texture to the ripe fruit  I can see how it is going down a storm in the Vegan circles as the best and maybe even as good as pulled pork…I, of course, added chilli and made a  Thai Dish… Master the latex and you are sorted prepare to be astounded…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/fruity-friday-the-unusual-jack-fruit/

I then took you on a little tour of some of my favourite places, beaches, food and so much more…If I give too much away you won’t want to read the post…Will you??

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/23/travel-thailand-krabi-the-emerald-pool/

It was some more of my favourite places isn’t that a gorgeous sunset?

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A beautiful sunset at Bagtao Beach

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/24/travel-thailand-the-land-of-smiles/

Thai mango chicken was my next recipe…Mango season is in full swing and so many mangoes so we need to get inventive as there is only so much mango chutney and smoothies  I can make and this chicken is very nice and of course it has chilli…

Mango Chicken

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/24/thai-mango-chicken/

My next reblog was an interview with our Sally who is not only a very good author and prolific writer in her own right but she supports all authors and bloggers however and whenever she can…She truly is a lovely lady with a good heart and it was lovely to learn about her and she also has a wicked sense of humour and has a little rant on the quiet as well…lol

Sally Cronin

https://joylennick.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/an-interview-with-author-sally-cronin/

Healthy eating and Tofu...Well a first for me..I cooked my first tofu dish and it was ok…My grandson loved it…I didn’t so much, I liked it but didn’t love it…But I am going to be taking the lovely Tori’s advice and try another recipe… Tori was also kind enough to write a guest post and for me, it was perfect as I knew nothing about tofu and hadn’t cooked or eaten it so for all you first timers like me I hope you found it informative and for all you experienced tofu cooks ..throw some recipes our way, please…Esme has already so thank you, Esme.

Tori - September 2015

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/healthy-eating-2/

Me again my regular weekly cookery column over at Sally’s this week I showcased Mince a vastly underrated meat and one which you can transform into many, many dishes from a tasty but humble mince, onions and mash to a beautiful lasagne … One of my favourites a chilli…No surprises there then…lol

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-carol-taylor-cooks-with-mince/

Lastly, my little foray into the why’s and wherefores of Beeswax food covers and also that turned into a little rant about what we are being poisoned with and by whom…and what can we do about it??? Lots if we don’t stick our heads in the sand as it doesn’t affect us…YET! There are also good links for further info within the post…I will leave you with this little glimpse at what our celebs do before they go laughing to their banks…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/it-must-be-good-my-favourite-celebrity-said-so-on-the-telly/

That’s all for this week I do hope you have enjoyed this week as much as I have…

That’s all for this post  I do hope you have enjoyed it and found it useful and I am looking forward to your comments and if you also hit the share buttons I would love that ….Thanks, Carol xxx

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Until next time, stay safe, laugh a lot as laughter is the best medicine and it is free xxx

 

 

 

It must be good my favourite celebrity said so on the telly ???

 

I wonder how many people bought any of these my guess quite a few…..

Anything new I see advertised like Silicone wraps I don’t just go out and buy especially when it has to do with what I use in my kitchen …I think what the product is and do some research before I buy… Do You???

Those people who know me just know I am going to speak to my friend Mr Google and do some investigating for myself on the safety of those Silicone wraps.

Firstly we had cling film or plastic food wrap as we Brits call it. If you hail from the other side of the pond then it’s Saran wrap, cling wrap or food wrap.

It is all the same and was hailed as the best thing since sliced bread and we all known that ain’t true.

Typically used to seal food containers and keep the food inside fresh for a longer period. Sold in rolls with a serrated edge it clung to many smooth surfaces.

One of its uses was to cover food while it was microwaved…Proclaimed as something new innovative and wonderful. This was way back in the 1970’s

Fast forward nearly 50 years and we are hearing different stories.

That heat can increase the risk of chemicals leaching into food.

If you are cooking with plastics or using plastic utensils, the best thing to do is to follow the directions and only use plastics that are specifically meant for cooking.

Plastics explained:

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/plastic-are-you-confused/

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Inert containers are best, e.g heat-resistant glass, ceramics and good old stainless steel.

Plastic wrap is commonly made of PVC (Polyvinylidene Chloride). In recent years other PVC alternatives have become more popular. The most popular alternative in recent years is LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene) because it is considered by many experts to be safer for the human body.

I love all these words like Considered...Although considered implies serious thought has been given to a decision to me I would prefer a definite affirmative to the safety of a product which I am using in my home or kitchen.

That is not going to happen though…Is it?

We now have something new…Silicone Food Storage Wrap/Covers…

 

What is Silicone?? Well, there is Silicon and Silicone.

Silicon is naturally occurring element.

Silicone is a synthetic polymer made of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen or carbon anything made this way is safe to use and if heated at high temperatures does not leach into foods. However, some Silicone contains fillers what fillers I do not know …Does this then make them unsafe? I have seen adverts claiming BPA free so I am working on the assumption that one of the fillers is BPA…

Here is a good article with links if you want to learn more about BPA and its effect on the human body.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/smorgasbord-health-column-health-in-the-news-the-hormone-mimic-in-plastic-and-inside-food-cans/

I am too old to believe everything that I am told or I see advertised as so many times I have questioned products and been told I am silly and don’t know what I am talking about…

Some of those same products are now known to be unsafe and contain hormone disruptors and the ilk so I believe I am right to question a new product before I buy and use it.

During my research, I came across another product…New to me for Beeswax wraps.

Beeswax Wraps

Which are washable, reusable, safe, compostable and all the words that I love to hear…

It is music to my ears…. But I could hear the voices saying??

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They are not as pliable?  Use something else i.e a glass container.

You have to wash them? Well?… I do washing anyway so will one more thing to wash make a difference to me? No!

They are expensive!

My question?  What price do you put on yours and your family’s health???

Just saying!

Another option if you have the time is to make them yourself …..I have found a link to a woman who does and I must say the instructions are clear with lots of photos, concise and it looks quite easy for even a beginner… If you do have a go please let me know how you get on.

An interview with author Sally Cronin

I had to reblog this as it shows the lovely lady that is Sally and I would like to express my thanks as to how much Sally has helped me along my journey…Thank you, Sally…You are a star 🙂

Joy Lennick

Sally CroninThank you very much Joy for inviting me over for an interview… it is a great pleasure.

Where you born and what was your first memory?

I was born in Wickham, a village in Hampshire, not far from Portsmouth. My parents lived in a house that my mother grew up in from about the age of 8 years old. Her step-father was the village butcher, with a shop in the main square. We went to Ceylon, as it was called in those days, when I was 18 months old for two years, and my first memories were of noisy monkeys. Small macaques lived all around us in the forest, and they would come into the house at any opportunity to thieve food, my father’s cigarettes and my mother’s jewellry. I also have vivid memories of the scents and sunshine, and I remember swimming at a very early age in my…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Delicious #Duck and Sauces

Some lovely duck dishes and sauces for you…

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

This week Carol is bringing us some delicious ways to prepare Duck… I adore crispy duck and pancakes and cold on a salad.. I know you will enjoy Carol’s expertise and also some alternative sauces to serve with this bird…

Delicious Duck with Carol Taylor

Duck … Duck always conjures up pretty images and so many cartoon characters are ducks and we think of them as cute and funny…Well I do…

Growing up we didn’t eat very much duck my uncle sometimes used to bring one to my mum when he had been out on his nightly travels…I think it was called it poaching…But it was what many people did then and sometimes just to survive… I remember his pet ferrets scary, fierce little animals…

Then as the times progressed it was the Chinese duck pancakes a real treat for us and the occasional duck eggs … It has only…

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