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Message 1234678 - Posted: 21 May 2012, 19:55:18 UTC
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I shall be experimenting, tomorrow, with a mix of slightly different fruits
this time. Mango is on the menu here but cherries have been moved to
the side line...As you may gather, "Cherries" are not a popular
fruit with me at the moment! but there is a chance that they may find
favour with me given time. I do have it in mind to add some extra-healthy
goodies to the recipes....soft nuts and/or seeds.
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Message 1234741 - Posted: 21 May 2012, 21:40:28 UTC

learning my way around a kitchenaid .... with several accessories.

I am having fun making some delicious messes!!
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Message 1234775 - Posted: 21 May 2012, 23:14:20 UTC

tried making fresh hash browns tonight.. shredded red potatoes and an onion,

Came up with a delishious browned mush! highly unpresentable but.. well I have some leftovers for a few days :D
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Message 1234779 - Posted: 21 May 2012, 23:21:52 UTC - in response to Message 1234775.

tried making fresh hash browns tonight.. shredded red potatoes and an onion,

Came up with a delishious browned mush! highly unpresentable but.. well I have some leftovers for a few days :D

You must have spun them in the chopper for too long...


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Message 1234780 - Posted: 21 May 2012, 23:22:43 UTC - in response to Message 1234775.

I'm baking fish sticks and french fries for dinner, smells good.
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Message 1234793 - Posted: 21 May 2012, 23:36:54 UTC - in response to Message 1234779.

tried making fresh hash browns tonight.. shredded red potatoes and an onion,

Came up with a delishious browned mush! highly unpresentable but.. well I have some leftovers for a few days :D

You must have spun them in the chopper for too long...



nah I put them in the pan too thick, left the lid on it too long = mushy.
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Message 1234797 - Posted: 21 May 2012, 23:41:45 UTC - in response to Message 1234793.

tried making fresh hash browns tonight.. shredded red potatoes and an onion,

Came up with a delishious browned mush! highly unpresentable but.. well I have some leftovers for a few days :D

You must have spun them in the chopper for too long...



nah I put them in the pan too thick, left the lid on it too long = mushy.

Did you not fry them in olive oil?


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Message 1234877 - Posted: 22 May 2012, 3:38:54 UTC - in response to Message 1234797.

I do not care for the flavor of olive oil. I use butter. (yes it can be done)

http://membracid.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/how-to-make-sure-you-are-never-invited-to-another-potluck-ever/

Cooking tip of the day... ;)


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Message 1234878 - Posted: 22 May 2012, 3:53:51 UTC - in response to Message 1234877.

:3

...however I don't think I could consciously eat an insect, and I try not to think abut how many I may be eating in my sleep lol

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Message 1234880 - Posted: 22 May 2012, 3:59:32 UTC - in response to Message 1234878.

:3

...however I don't think I could consciously eat an insect, and I try not to think abut how many I may be eating in my sleep lol

I'm with You Julie, bugs have their place, but not on My plate, besides not all are good to eat, as some are poisonous, so one would have to know which is which.
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Message 1235955 - Posted: 24 May 2012, 16:27:02 UTC
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It was smoothie experimentation day yesterday.
Concoction: Grapes, green & black, strawberries, blackberries and blue berries.
This time I added the innards of a passion fruit. Result, passion fruit had
no impact on the taste of the smoothie. Time to study the various vitamin
benefits of each fruit and concoct a smoothie that's full of vitamin power from
A to E. I did also this time add some roasted chopped hazelnuts this also
gave the smoothie a bit more body but I'm not sure yet on the right quantity
to add. I think a selection of added chopped nut and seeds is well worth
investigating. But next week I will be trying out mango in the smoothie to try
and get a strong flavour to the mix, the smoothie is just begging for a flavour
kick. You can get this kick if you just stick to one fruit but one fruit
smoothies are not the object of the exercise. The aim is to concoct a
"Harvey Wallbanger" of smoothies but without the damaging alcohol of course.
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Message 1235975 - Posted: 24 May 2012, 17:03:18 UTC

Try a few cranberries - they are very tart.
I find cultivated blackberries a feeble impersonation of the wild bramble(both in terms of flavour and prickliness...)
What about crab apples or cider apples, both have stronger flavours than most "domestic" eating apples?
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Message 1235980 - Posted: 24 May 2012, 17:08:31 UTC

Time to get to a farm market and break out my blender.

(this is a far cry from my usual frozen boxed mangled processed whatever-it-is)
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Message 1235989 - Posted: 24 May 2012, 17:21:16 UTC - in response to Message 1235975.

Try a few cranberries - they are very tart.
I find cultivated blackberries a feeble impersonation of the wild bramble(both in terms of flavour and prickliness...)
What about crab apples or cider apples, both have stronger flavours than most "domestic" eating apples?

I'm trying to steer away from using strong flavoured citric fruits as some
from health fraternity state that citric fruits, being acidic, tend to aggravate
the stomach. Oranges, lemons and the like can cause this and I steer clear
of using apples because of the fermenting effect it has inside the stomach.
Not that any of the fruits effect me this but the exercise is to produce
a big multi-vitamin kicking smoothie that is acceptable to all tums.


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Message 1238609 - Posted: 28 May 2012, 19:49:34 UTC

This looks extremely good!
http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/05/28/risk-a-brisket-on-the-grill-this-summer/?hpt=hp_c4

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Message 1239700 - Posted: 1 Jun 2012, 22:17:20 UTC

As promised my latest smoothie offering with this time a slice of mango added.
As usual, the recipe was made up of, 6 blackberries, 12 blueberries,
3 strawberries, 6 green grapes, 6 mauve grapes plus this time one third of
a small mango. The whole mango was the size of about that equal to a mans clenched
fist. All went into the mini chopper with the mango being the only fruit that
had it's peel removed. Once chopped up into a mulch this was all then scooped
into a very large wine glass and to this was added the usual three table spoons
of plain goat's yogurt....but you can use cows yogurt if you wish.

The result, very good. I have now managed to loose that tang I got from
blending all the other fruits together that gave no discernible flavour other
than this fruit-juice type tang. The mango has mellowed it down and given this
smoothie a slightly richer flavour that has now made this smoothie quite
appealing. Tomorrow I will stick to the same recipe but will up the amount of
mango used. Still, you can not actually discern what fruits have been used
which means you can add fruits to this mix that you may not actually like the
taste of when eaten on their own. But in the processes get the extra benefits,
vitamin wise, that you would not get if you left them out.
Yet again, no artificial flavourings, colourings, additives or sugars are used
hence why you do not get a strong fruity flavour which in many fruit yogurts
is quite artificial. See below for the health benefits you are getting from
this current smoothie of mine, the yougurt has been left out since you all
know the benefits gained from eating this. Do remember, if you don't like the
taste of yogurt then don't worry for you will not be able to taste it. I do
note that mango peel is very good for you yet some say when preparing mangos
do remove the peel. So I think tomorrows smoothie is going to have the mango
peel added in this time.


BLACKBERRIES
The antioxidants in blackberries can protect eyesight, decrease inflammation, prevent premature mental aging, strengthen the blood vessels, protect the cardiovascular system and decrease risks of developing a variety of chronic illnesses, including forms of cancer, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, cites the American Heart Association and the Ayushveda site.

BLUEBERRIES
In a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) laboratory at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, researchers have found that blueberries rank #1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help neutralize harmful by-products called "free radicals" that can lead to cancer and other age-related diseases. Anthocyanin - the pigment that makes blueberries blue - is thought to be responsible for this major health benefit.

Slowed age-related loss
In another USDA lab at Tufts University, neuroscientists discovered that feeding blueberries to laboratory rats slowed age-related loss in their mental capacity, a finding that has important implications for humans. Again, the high antioxidant activity of blueberries probably played a role .

STRAWBERRIES
Strawberries are a rich source of the antioxidant vitamin C. One cup of sliced berries offers 97.6 mg, or more than 100 percent of the daily value based on a 2000-calorie diet. Sliced strawberries also provide 40 mcg of folate per cup, which helps protect the health of your red blood cells and protects fetuses from developing specific birth defects. One cup has 254 mg of potassium, making them a high source of this fluid-balancing mineral. Strawberries also help you reach your daily needs for manganese, iron, magnesium, copper and vitamins K and B-6.
Cholesterol-lowering Benefits
Strawberries are a source of antioxidants, which are compounds that help fight disease-causing free radicals you acquire through normal exposure to pollution, chemicals, the environment and certain foods. The antioxidants in strawberries can play a role in lowering cholesterol, as demonstrated by a study from researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, published in the journal "Metabolism" in December 2008.


GRAPES
Grapes are Good Sources of Vitamins
There are various types of grapes available, varying in color and taste. There are black, purple, green as well as pink colored grapes in existence. Irrespective of the type of grape you eat, you can be assured that they are choke full of essential vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B and Folate. A four Oz serving of grapes can contain anywhere close to 20-25% of your daily required serving of Vitamin C.

Grapes are Rich in Essential Minerals
One reason why grapes are good for your health and should be a part of your daily diet is due to the various minerals your body can derive from these fruits. The most significant minerals present in grapes are Manganese and Potassium. These minerals are essential to maintain good blood health, reduce the risk of hypertension, help with depression and improve immunity.

Other minerals found in grapes are Copper, Zinc, Calcium, Phosphorous, Iron and Selenium.

MANGO
Health benefits of Mangoes

Mango fruit is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds.

According to new research study, mango fruit has been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Several trial studies suggest that polyphenolic anti-oxidant compounds in mango are known to offer protection against breast and colon cancers.

Mango fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin-A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. 100 g of fresh fruit provides 765 mg or 25% of recommended daily levels of vitamin A. Together; these compounds are known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in carotenes is known to protect body from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Fresh mango is a very rich source of potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

It is also a very good source of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin-C and vitamin-E. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen free radicals. Vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine is required for GABA hormone production in the brain. It also controls homocystiene levels in the blood, which may otherwise be harmful to blood vessels resulting in CAD and stroke.

Copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as co-factors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Copper is also required for the production of red blood cells.

Mango peels are also rich in phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants like carotenoids and polyphenols.

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Message 1239921 - Posted: 2 Jun 2012, 4:00:41 UTC

fresh raisin cookies right out of the oven.
contains 25% of daily requirement of comfort food.
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Message 1239922 - Posted: 2 Jun 2012, 4:01:12 UTC - in response to Message 1239921.

fresh raisin cookies right out of the oven.
contains 25% of daily requirement of comfort food.


Take 4 and call me in the morning!

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Message 1239924 - Posted: 2 Jun 2012, 4:01:59 UTC - in response to Message 1239922.

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Message 1239925 - Posted: 2 Jun 2012, 4:02:19 UTC

I had french fries, 4 fish sticks & ketchup...
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