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Homemade Eggless Pavs

I have been thinking about making bread for a few days now and came across this eggless recipe for bread which sounds and looks pretty good…So after an hour of making Jalapenos, it is now onto some bread rolls 🙂

A pickle update for you..the pickled cucumbers on the above link are awesome the best I have tasted so crisp and the Thai cabbage as always just yum….The Jalapenos as always the best..and sometimes just hot, hot and hotter…

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I am an eternal bread lover. Yes I’m aware that most South Indians usually don’t consume bread a lot. I mean my mom always used bread to make upma or maybe a toast on rare occasions so learning to bake or appreciate breads was totally out of question.

I fell in love with breads somewhere in my early 20’s when I started working & tried some fancy breads like garlic loaves, bread sticks, focaccia in a cafe. That’s the time I also started experimenting with cooking at home. I always wanted to bake breads at home but somehow due to busy professional commitments, didn’t really work towards it.

So yes, my bread love goes way back & the love is only going stronger day by day!

So coming back to year 2017. One of my New Year resolutions was to learn bread baking which I did & then I was…

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Healthy Eating..Peanuts!

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Quite by accident ( we were drying) peanuts some must have escaped and took root so I can now say I grow my own peanuts.

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I am not talking about the salted peanuts that you buy in packets in the shop or supermarket but peanuts grown naturally and roasted or made into healthy peanut butter.

These peanuts are high in monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that is vital in the heart healthy Mediterranean diet.There have been many studies on peanuts and they have shown that this little legume is very vital for heart health.

Peanuts are a good source of Vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese as well as providing resveratrol, the phenolic antioxidant also found in red grapes and red wine. While it cannot compare with the fruits highest in antioxidants i.e  pomegranate, roasted peanuts do compare with the antioxidants of apples, carrots and beets.

Rather than buying store bought peanut butter which is full of nasties it is easier and it is very quick to make your own.

It is the quickest easiest recipe to make ever, the kids can help blitz it and as well as being tasty it has no nasties.

Let’s Cook!

Take 500 gm raw peanuts. Put in oven on tray and cook on high for 10 mins. Take out of oven and reserve a few (if you like crunchy peanut butter) like me. Put the remainder of nuts in a food processor and blitz at 1 min intervals scrapping down the sides. Do this for 4 mins or until smooth.

Add 1tsp of salt,1 tbsp oil and remainder of reserved nuts if using. If you want to add honey, Nutella or flavouring of your choice then add now.

Blitz again for 1 min and put in a suitable container. Stores in fridge for 3/4 weeks…….IT’S DELISH!

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Now although it doesn’t store as long as shop bought peanut butter it is far healthier, so quick and easy to make you can just make it as and when you need it.

Uses:

Spread peanut butter on your morning waffle, whole grain toast (my favourite) or mid- morning crackers or rice cakes.

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Add a tbsp of peanut butter to your morning smoothie.

A handful of dry roasted peanuts goes down very well with a glass of tomato juice as an afternoon snack.

Love Thai curry? Combine some peanut butter with coconut milk and add to your Thai green or red curry….amazing.. or pour over some healthy steamed or lightly sauteed vegetables.

It is also lovely as a cooking sauce for a nice piece of salmon.

A very versatile jar of goodness.

If you enjoyed this then please reblog or share on your social media as not only is it better for you but also cheaper than the store bought ones.

All photos are either my own ( Carol ) or from Pixabay which are free to use.

 

 

 

 

 

The health benefits of Mustard seeds.

You are what you eat…The benefits of Mustard Seeds.

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Those tiny little seeds belong to the Brassica family and do they contain a bounty of benefits to your health and beauty.

I am loving what I am discovering about all these seeds and herbs we have so much at our fingers tips or growing naturally in our environment which benefit us for little or no money…Some effort? Yes, but some of that is minimal.

How long does it take to mix some mustard seeds with lavender or rose oil and you have a completely natural scrub and skin exfoliator?

Mix mustard powder with Aloe Vera and it is a natural skin hydrator…I am lucky that I have some growing in my garden…Do you or could you grow some?

I do think that more and more of us are becoming aware of just what we can make or grow and that is good…

Better for our health and easier on our pockets…

Mustard seeds have been found to have been mentioned in the ancient Sanskrit writings which go back 5,000years. They have been mentioned at least 5 times in the Bible and in the New Testament, The Kingdom of Heaven is compared to a grain of mustard seed.

There are about 40 varieties of Mustard seed but generally, they are divided into  3 principal categories of black, white and brown.

Black is the most pungent and is found growing in the Middle East.

White mustard seeds are actually yellow in colour and come from the Mediterranean region, the mildest in flavour and American yellow mustard is made from these.

Brown mustard seeds are actually dark yellow and grown in the foothills of the Himalayas and are what Dijon mustard is made from.

There have and are currently many studies in the health benefits of mustard seeds and they are known to contain plentiful amounts of phytonutrients called Glucosinolates. They are also an excellent source of Selenium and Magnesium which is proven to help reduce inflammation in this case particularly beneficial in the gastrointestinal tract and colectoral cancers.

They have also been found to be an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, copper and Vit B1.

The powder can be used as an effective muscle soak.

Also due to containing sulphur mustard has excellent antifungal properties.

It can be used in your diet in many ways, it can be used to baste meat or fish, a dip for vegetables or add the seeds to cabbage at the end of cooking.

Once my new blog is up and running I will be giving you recipes to help you integrate some of these seeds and herbs into your daily diet.

In the meantime, you can always message me and ask …I am happy to help.

Have fun and enjoy!

Here is my recipe for homemade mustard

Until next time enjoy!