Fresh kiwi fruit : 3 health benefits

Fresh kiwi fruit, one a day gives you a boost.

Fresh kiwi fruit is a treasure of nutrients. It is a great addition to salads and a nice topping for desserts. This fruit originated in China and was known as Chinese gooseberry, but has been accepted as the national fruit of New Zealand getting the name “Kiwi”. Fresh kiwi fruit is classified as exotic and gives a nutritional boost to the body.

(1) Rich in Vitamin C — Contrary to popular belief that lemons and oranges contain the highest percentage of Vitamin C, Kiwi fruit tops the list. The fact is that it contains twice the amount of Vitamin C by weight when compared to lemon.

(2) Induces Sleep – Eating Kiwi can induce sleep and help cure sleep disorders according to a research at Taipei Medical University. If you are having trouble sleeping, you give it a try.

(3) Helps in digestion and is good for skin – Kiwi contains an enzyme actinidin which facilitates digestion of protein. The alkaline nature counters the acidic food and helps keep the pH balance. This is very good for keeping the skin youthful.

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Cooking or Raw Food

Cooked Vs Raw Broccoli

Cooking requires heating which may lead to loss of vital nutrients in food, especially in case of vegetables. So the obvious question is should it be cooked at all? Well cooking does remove some nutrients but adds some also. For instance if you are cooking broccoli some antioxidants are lost but some are gained. So in case of antioxidants in your food, what cooking does, varies from being harmful to useful. Take the case of tomatoes, the antioxidant content actually increases on cooking.  Kale  on the other hand should be eaten raw, as cooking destroys the antioxidants in it.

Boiling vegetables to make it healthy actually does help. Boiling helps to remove oxalates which are responsible for the stones in Kidney. So in fact boiling your vegetables before making salad can help prevent kidney stones

Raw and  uncooked food has its own dangers. You will be exposed to real risk of micro organisms and they can wreak havoc for your health. Cooking also removes some chemicals that resist digestion in our stomach. In case of meat always cooking is better way to eat. Eating raw meat is unhealthy.So what should be the real answer? Well I do not sure but I think that a  mixture of raw and cooked food is the answer to providing a balanced diet. What do others think?

Green Cooking

Saving Gas and Money

Using gas is an essential part of a lot of peoples lives. Without the gas in kitchen we would never get to eat the tasty dishes. I had this thought while cooking last evening and then another thing struck me. What can be done to save energy here, save money in the process and help the planet as well?

The gas we use in the kitchen needs to be saved, as after all it is a part of fossil fuel. When we save gas we are actually helping to lessen carbon-dioxide emission and also save some money. Here are simple ways to go green and save also in the process.

  1. Covering while cooking – If you cover the pots and pans while cooking it will take less time to cook. Covering helps generate high temperatures quickly helping to save gas and money.
  2. Slow cook – Use the age-old technique of less flame and more cooking. In ancient times people used to cook slowly over fires. Use same technique and the food is also healthy. Gas and money also saved.
  3. Boil water in microwave – Water with high specific gravity will take the maximum time in heating. Using the microwave oven will help you boil water quickly and also save gas and money. Also try and use less water in cooking to help save the gas.

Measures to adopt to become gluten free

I am facing some stomach related problem these days, and someone advised me to go gluten free for some time and see if it helps. I decided to do that, and after like 10 days, I am feeling better and here is all I did in case you are wondering how to become gluten free

  • Shopping gluten free

Gluten free shopping is not that easy. It requires a bit more time and normal and a lot more patience. It is possible for a product not to have wheat but to contain gluten. Ensure that when buying any product you carefully read the labels. In some instances, there may be no gluten but the product has a higher quantity of preservatives in it.

It is always best to search up about gluten free ingredients that other people across the world recommend. There are numerous blogs and sites with each person sharing their gluten free experiences. Doing a bit of research will ensure that you do not end up spending more than required on a product that will only do you harm.

bread a big no on a gluten free diet

Products like potatoes, quinoa and brown rice are any gluten free eater’s best friend. These ingredients are versatile and ensure that you do not really miss eating wheat filled food.

  • Creating a gluten free kitchen

You may throw out all your gluten products and expect that your kitchen is gluten free. Well, that is not exactly how it works. There are quite high chances of cross contamination unless the place is not scrubbed sterile.  Possible places of contamination are anything from kitchen utensils to the scrub pad you use to clean them with.

  • Gluten free medications

Food is not the only place a person can come in contact with gluten. Most medicines have gluten in some form in them. It is a wise option to consult your pharmacy about the same. in most instances, each medicine comes in multiple forms, one of which will be gluten free.

Gluten free living may be a little difficult to adjust to in the beginning. What is important is to fix your eye on benefits of living gluten free. The path becomes so much easier then.

Meatball recipes

Meatballs I love in all dishes. Given a choice I can eat meatball preparation day in and day out. Meatballs can cooked with or without sauce. They are tasty always.Here are a few imaginative recipes with meatballs.

Meatballs

Meatball pasta

Ingredients: Ready to cook pasta (1 packet), 20 meatballs, spinach, mushrooms 100 gm, Butter 50 gm.

The process:

  • Put the butter in the cooking pan and heat for 5 minutes and put salt and spinach. Let the spinach cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add meat balls and let it cook with spinach for 5 minutes.
  • Cook the ready to cook pasta separately.
  • Add the pasta to the cooked meat ball.

Meatball with Cheese

Ingredients: 20 meatballs, cottage cheese 100 gm, processed cheese 50 gm, Garlic Bread (Sliced), Butter 10 gm, chopped tomatoes, Oregano.

The Process:

  • Add butter and cook the meatballs for 15 minutes till they are crisp. Add salt as per taste.
  • Add cottage cheese along with chopped tomatoes and cook till the tomato become tomato puree.
  • Add processed cheese on top and let it melt but not fully.
  • Turn the stove off and garnish with Oregano.
  • Serve with garlic bread. It tastes yummy.

Just try these recipes and give feedback how it turned out to be. I just made these recipes while I was cooking. One is still untested. But I think the taste will be fine. Meatballs are always tasty isn’t it?

A special but easy treat..lemon and poppy seed cupcakes

As I have said I love baking and will bake at any time for anyone. One of my most facourite things to do with and for family and friends are cupcakes. Making together with someone, especially a child is a fun filled activity in which they can actively be involed, rather than sitting by the sidelines looking in. Putting out the cases, filling the cases, helping to decorate, I find all of these make for a real bonding exercise. I also bake them by myself as they are the perfect treat as a gift or just to put on the table at tea time.

My go to favourite cuppie is lemon and poppy seed and so so easy.

In one bowl ( for 24 cups, can be halved) add:-

  • 250 grams flour ( I like plain flour) plus 6 teasp baking powder
  • 250 grams sugar
  • 250 grams margarine or butter
  • 4 eggs
  • grated rind of a lemon
  • some of the lemon juice
  • 2 tablesp poppy seeds

Basically beat them all together, add more lemon or cream if required to make a dropping consistency. Using 5cm ice cream scoop or a spoon put some mixture into each of the cases to about 1/2 full. Bake in a 180 deg oven for 25-30 mins.

When you bring them out of the over they should be springy to the touch and nice shade of brown. Whilst still in the tims, prick the tops with a toothpick. Mix together the rest of the lemon juice with a tablesp of sugar and some grated rind. Gently pour this around the top of the cupckae and leave to soak in.  You can sprinkle the top with some more sugar or poppy seeds but a really bit of naughtiness would be to top with cream cream frosting.

if I am giing these cakes as a gift, I love to put them in a colourful box, I found this site, cake stuff,  has just what I want. One of the easiest ways to shop online is to order in bulk as they often have good discounts, last time I needed quite a bit and bit short on cash until I was paid for the 200 cuppcake order I went to here https://www.simplecash.co.nz/ and worked out just fine, professional and easy process, money with you in a matter of hours.

 

Some Baking Tips

Cake Baking
                                 Cake Baking

 

Baking is my hobby and I love to share secrets of baking. My cakes are loved by my neighbours. I cook for fun. Baking a cake is an art rather than science. Yes measurements are required, but it is more subtle. With the secrets of baking an amazing cake coming up be prepared to be astonished how easy it is.

 

Mixing the batter
                     Mixing the batter

The first and most important secret to a great cake is the mixing of the batter. Batter mixed well is half the cake done. Use homemade cream in the mixture for better results. The measure of ingredients should be accurate for a beginner. But for an experienced baker the colour of the batter says all.

Know your oven
                          Know your oven

All ovens have slight differences. The one you have will have its own baking time. A few bakes and you will know how the oven responds.Choosing a proper pan for the cake is also a very minor detail. The pan gives the shape to your cake . So be choosy and be rewarded with a great cake.

Cool the cake
                             Cool the cake 

Cool the cake in the pan naturally. Then get it out of the pan by putting the inverted pan on a plate greased with butter.The gravity pull keeps the cake together. After cooling clear the edges with a spatula.Bring out your favourite frost and apply.Add some whipped cream on top and put cherries for a great feel. Cooling in the refrigerator before serving works well with most cakes.