Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Eating with consciousness.

We are what we eat.
When we eat meat, we have the responsibility to demand to know how our food lived and died.

When we eat meat, we partake in the cruelty of this world.
When we support an action or tradition, we may as well be the ones who killed.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cooking with more consciousness.

The person whose job it is to prepare the food for the household (or group) has a very important duty to the health of the family or group.
It is not merely a situation of cooking for compliments, but the cook is the family (group) pharmacist behind the scene.
Food maketh the man.
The person who cooks for his/her family can do much to relieve stress, obesity and other ailments. If you love your family, you will love to see them healthy and happy.
A conscious chef will not only cook the food that his/her family (or group) likes, but will prepare it in such a way that it is not only pleasing to the eye but feeds body mind and spirit.
Food preparation is a science and not merely plonking food on a plate to fill tummies.

Friday, October 1, 2010

How to use your juicer (The gadget that extracts juice from raw food.)

More about the juicer.

Please note that I am not going to write about citrus squeezers which are also referred to as juicers.
People often get confused about the difference between a juicer and a blender.
One would put fluid-like or mushy food into a blender (Not a juicer). If the food is too dry some extra fluid needs to be added.
A blender simply mashes and chops everything up into a pulp depending on what you put into it.
A juicer on the other hand will remove the fluid from the food so that you can drink it.
It may be a good idea to do some research on the various types of juicers before buying one.
Personally it does not worry me too much, because I only put edible stuff in my juicer;
What it does not turn into juice, I eat for extra fiber in my diet. Nothing gets wasted.
Some juicers are easier to clean than other, but not much. Some of the juicers that brag about separating the pulp into its own little compartment only have an extra part to clean in the end. You will need to remove the blades and strainer to clean it before you store it again, anyway.
Mushy stuff does not go into a juicer (food hat can be mashed with a fork) like banana or avocado. You will not get any juice out of them. It is better to use your blender for mushy stuff. You can add a little milk, cream, ice-cream, yogurt or water to it if you want to drink it.
If you are going to do a lot of juicing perhaps you need to look at the bigger, stronger models. Find out for how long it is guaranteed. Perhaps that is an indication of how soon you may be experiencing problems.
I still have some research to do on juicers. I have only tested two models so far and both were middle of the range ones. It is my intention to contact some suppliers and find out if they want me to test some of their appliances. It is just a thought. I am not sure if I am going to do it.
I bought my first juicer twenty years ago and it is still going well. Yes, I have two juicers because Hubby bought me another juicer to replace my blender; that is why I decided to write about the different appliances. The fact that my juicer is over twenty years old is possibly an indication of how often I juice things.
One of my friends still had pitch black hair at the age sixty four. When I last saw her she was seeking medical advice to lower her libido. She used to juice a selection of herbs and vegetables from her garden every day and she kept her yogurt jar in the fridge door. When she only had a tablespoon of yoghurt left, she just filled her yogurt jar with fresh milk and put it into the yogurt maker overnight. She always had honey and nuts at hand, which she purchased from the local market. You guessed, she is vegetarian.
Carrot and apple juice are two juicing favorites. Just remember that people who eat too many carrots turn yellow. That’s true. You can tell some of the health fanatics by their hollow eyes and yellow skins. One needs a balance in whatever one does; Even eating healthy. I have seen more than one fruitarian turning completely bananas.
I do not worry about the taste of the juice I make. I just drink it down for health then savor the pulp by mixing it with yogurt, honey, nuts or muesli or something nice.
Some foods that can be juiced raw are:

  • Apple - remove core (and the skin?)
  • Apricot, peach pear, quince (remove pip (and skin?)
  • Coconut
  • Gooseberry, strawberry, raspberry
  • Grape (remove seeds?)
  • Pineapple (remove outer skin)
  • Mango (remove pip and skin)
  • Papaya, watermelon (remove skin and pips)

Any salad vegetables can be used: (Just put the parts of the food you like to eat into the juicer)

  • Alfalfa, Aloe Vera, Asparagus, Beet, Broccoli, Brussels, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chives, Corn, Cucumber, Dandelion Leaves, Eggplant, Endives, Fennel, Garlic, Ginger, kale, Kohlrabi, Lentils and other sprouts, Lettuce, Mung Beans, Mustard, Onions, Peppers, Radishes, any herbs, Spinach, Nettle, Zucchini.

In other words use any raw salad herbs and vegetables.
Cooked and mushy foods are blended rather than juiced. (Use your blender and not your juicer)
Skins and pips you do not use can go into the compost. Perhaps I shall post about compost making at a later date.
Remember if you are not going to eat the pulp, you do not have to remove the skins from most fruit or vegetables unless it is bitter.

If you want to make nice juices, here are some recipes:

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Electric mixer, blender, food processor, juicer or grinder?

As promised, here is a bit more information about the different kitchen gadgets:

Electric mixer, blender, food processor, juicer or grinder

Electric mixer,
Mixes ingredients and is mostly used when baking cakes
Meat mincer. Pushes food through a sieve to make minced meat or fruit.

Blender (liquidizer),
A blender mashes food into a pulp and is mostly used for making drinks or soups.
The stick blender.
This works the same way as the blender but you plunge the stick into the food instead of putting the food into the blender. blender.

Food processor,
A food processor is a gadget with sharp and blunt blades to chop food finely, make breadcrumbs or kneads dough.


A juicer will extract fluid from food, mostly vegetables and leaves the non fluid portion of the food as a pulp which can be eaten separately.
A citrus juicer is a glorified lemon or orange squeezer.

A grinder is used for grinding and spices and coffee beans. It is the most time saving device and replaces the old mortal and pestle.

I shall post more details about each gadget in due course.
Most two most useful items in thee kitchen are the stick blender and the humble hand whisk.
Every new housewife should have those.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Electric mixer, blender, food processor, juicer or grinder

Hubby recently bought me a electric juicer when I said that I needed another blender.
It came to my attention that some people did not know the difference between a mixer, blender, food processor, juicer and grinder.
They are all essential cooking aids with completely different jobs. If you are someone starting up your home kitchen then I would suggest that you get one of those conglomeration models that do a few of these tasks by just changing some of its components. Just remember you may need to. *juice, *blend, *mix, *grind and *chop (process) food.
If you have a separate gadget for each task, like me, you need a lot more packing space.
I decided to write a bit about these gadgets so that my readers know more than I did when I was kitting out m first kitchen.
Watch this space if you need to know more without too much research.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cabbage juice to heal gastric ulcer pain?

Cabbage juice to heal gastric ulcer pain?

I made some cabbage juice and it did not taste too bad, but I can not report on its effect on gastric pain because I no longer have gastric pain.

Thinking back, the most helpful pain relief food was skorsie (gem squash) and Rooibos tea, and Spanspek (sweet melon)

See the previous post for details.

Here is how I made the cabbage juice.

I wish I tried carrot-spinach- and cucumber juice.
I am not going to wait for a next time; I hope there will not be such a need.

Making the cabbage juice:

First I selected some young cabbage leaves from the garden.
I will never use above ground shop vegetables for juicing unless it is organically grown and packed.
One never knows when the food was last sprayed and who handled and breathed over it.

Chop into small pieces.
Place in a jug and cover with boiling water to blanch.

Add a little ice water and blended it with a stick blender.

I drank the juice;
The pulp was mixed with honey and yogurt for a nice solid treat.

I could have put it into a blender or juicer

Alternatively I could have boiled the cabbage and strained the fluid for a tea, keeping in mind that heating destroys vitamins.

Here is a great juice recipe link: http://www.spinachjuice.com/

Monday, January 18, 2010

Gastric ulcer and pain recipes

This post is an attempt to research what foods will help relieve the pain of a gastric ulcer as well as sharing the foods I already tried.

Every time I go onto an antibiotic I suffer from gastric ulcer burn for ages afterward.
Apart from developing ulcers, I also have diarrhea (runny tummy) so only foods that did not aggravate the diarrhea were tested.

Food that relieved my ulcer pain the most was:
  • Gem Squash, cooked, mashed, and mixed with a little yoghurt, or as is. (A good baby food too)
  • Chicken noodle soup. (Including the noodles). I chose the chicken noodle soup to boost the protein content of my otherwise vegetarian diet.
  • Banana
Foods that helped for the pain to some extent,
  • Yogurt,
  • rice
  • drinks
The drink that I find the most snoozing is Rooibos tea.
I did not add the peppermint leaves or Ginger to the tea this time, but I could have.
Neither did I try any of the other wonderful herb teas.

I feel that I need to take a few spoonfuls of something every hour to keep my stomach lined.

In the old days we used to give the patients a glass of milk every hour, but that is no longer regarded as desirable. (Those were the days before yogurt was on the supermarket shelves)

Tomorrow I am going to try cabbage juice and see how that works.

Links to other health condition recipes

The following website suggests:

  • Drink plenty of water. It dilutes the acid in the stomach which will relieve ulcer pain.

  • - Eat yogurt to coat ulcers and relieve the pain when it flares up.

  • - Eat a banana. This neutralizes acid and coats the lining of the stomach.

  • - Eat apples, cranberries, celery and onions to inhibit the growth of the bacteria that causes ulcers.

  • - Eat slowly and chew food thoroughly

Remember when you experience persistent or severe pain or bleeding, contact your medical professional.