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Dying for a burger? Why are trans fats still legal?!

Dying for a burger? Why are trans fats still legal in the UK? – Features – Food & Drink – The Independent.

Today as I am planning the next sessions of the Healthy Cooking Club (after Easter) and an extra session dedicated to adults, at the request of my lovely chums at Londres Acceuil, I have been surfing the net and wondering about a few health issues that continue to be my pet bugs! One of them is the proper labeling of ‘baddies’ in our food: How come we still have to lobby about that?!!! Does it not sound obvious to all that we need proper information about our food? about its nutritional quality? about what is in it? – Horse meat-balls anyone?! or a lot worse!

How about Trans fat then and how come I still can’t find these on the labels of the food I buy in supermarkets? Well… Here is some information about it

The trans fats in junk food are responsible for the deaths of around 7,000 people a year in the UK – and teenagers are most at risk. Elsewhere, these toxic substances are banned. So why are they still legal in this country?

Sorry if it feels we have to shout to get heard!

Click on the above link to read the article in the Independent.

If you are interested in the Healthy Cooking Club, read my page on it.

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Pea, celery and mint soup

‘Pea, celery and mint soup’ is a seasonal and healthy recipe that I concocted at a recent Healthy Cooking Club with children aged 6 to 9 and I post it here ahead of the next session tomorrow because it has all the attributes I want my spring dishes to have: It is seasonal and healthy all right, but also light and warming at the same time and, more importantly, it is GREEN (my favourite colour). But let’s not forget its most endearing quality: you already have most of its ingredients in your cupboard and freezer, if not in your fridge!

 Ingredients:

  • Olive oil 1 tbsp,
  • 2 small chopped onions
  •  sea salt
  • garden peas 500g (frozen is fine)
  • celery, 3 stalks chopped
  • handful of mint
  • water

 Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the chopped onion and stir with a wooden spoon.

 Add the peas, celery and 1 cup of water. Cover and bring to a boil.

Add enough water  (500ml) to cover the vegetables and season with a little salt.

Bring to a boil and simmer until the vegetables are cooked : 15 minutes should suffice.

Stir in the mint, liquidize and serve.

Contact me for more information about The Healthy Cooking club for Children aged 7 to 14.

Superfood granola

Granola is a relatively new comer on the food scene- I don’t recall eating anything like that when I was younger. But it is a very worthy addition to a health-conscious larder and even though there are some delicious shop-bought versions, it remains a luxury product. Given it is such an easy thing to make in big quantities, I would really recommend you try doing your own customised version from time to time.

Best homemade breakfast

I do realise that this is my second Granola on the blog but they are very different: the previous one had the smoky and rich taste of treacle and held into clumps because of the butter content ; while this new one is a finer, paler edition and has a delicate hint of citrus with the addition of grated lemon and orange zest. I also really love the coconut shavings I’ve added! Let’s say it’s a springtime version…

I have it in the morning with oat milk, for a snack directly from the jar and if coming back hungry from late night outing, I enjoy it over yogurt with a hint of honey or agave syrup. You can have it with milk, add fresh fruit to it, the combinations are endless…

Ingredients list:

  • Rapeseed oil (with dash of linseed oil) 160ml
  • Maple syrup 120ml
  • Rolled oats 200g
  • Barley or quinoa flakes 50g (optional)
  • Agave syrup 2 Tbsp
  • Mix of pecan nuts, linseeds, pumpkins seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower and linseeds
  • Coconut shavings or ground coconut
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Zest of one orange and one lemon

Mix all the dry ingredients into a large bowl, then add the oil and mix it in.

Add the maple syrup and rub it all in.

This time I used some toasted coconut shavings that I had found at Wholefoods and they were a great addition! But if I don’t have them I’ll try something else!

I love experimenting with new flavours and the hint of citrus brought in by the zest makes my morning every day at the moment! Aromatherapy tells us that lemon and orange essential oils are both uplifting and energising so I feel this is therapy as well as a meal.

Spread the mix into a shallow dish and place in the middle shelf of your oven for no more than 40 min at 150°. Slowly baking is best. It is ready when toasted and golden. A low oven is important because the seeds burn easily.

Daikon, cucumber and pomegranate side salad

I have recently discovered the japanese Daikon radish – also called Mooli by some-  and I love adding it to side salads or eating it alongside smoked fish. Its acidity is unrivalled to help digest salmon or mackerel and it would go brilliantly with red meat too. Paired with seasonnal pomegranate and a refreshing cucumber it is the most perfect palate cleansing side dish. Don’t you love those colours, too?! Beautiful food is more satisfying…

red and green, bejewelled salad

Ingredients list:

  • 1/1 daikon radish
  • 1/2 seeded pomegranate
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • Dash of pomegranate syrup or molasse
  • Balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp
  • A splash of olive oil
Peel the daikon and wash the cucumber without peeling.
Cut up both like a thin “julienne” or grate with the large grater side of your mandoline.
De-seed the pomegranate and mix all the vegetables in with your fingers.
For seasoning, I used a delicious pomegranate syrup I buy from a turkish delicatessen  and it is worth looking for it if you can but otherwise, olive oil and balsamic vinegar are perfect on their own. These quantities serve 5 or 6 and you can make the same salad the next day with the other halves!

Nutrition notes:

Daikon is a wonder vegetable and it will help break down the fat in anything you eat . It is a very “healing” food according to the Macrobiotic way and it also aids relaxation and acts as a diuretic. It is very useful as a weight loss support.

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Aside

I enjoy life’s pleasures as much as the next person – OK! Maybe a little more… But I also enjoy looking after my health and a regular detox is how I take care of the future and invest in a … Continue reading