Saturday, June 25, 2011

An Amazing Nut - Almonds!

Almonds is a fantastic nut! Almonds are a great snack for children and adults.  A wonderful food for the growing brain and useful to adult weight watchers.

Almonds is extremely great to reduce risk of heart disease and curb hungry pans and thus helps reduce weight.  It is a nut for after meal or between meals.  Its has high content of monounsaturated fats, the same found in olive oil which helps in reducing risk of heart disease.

For children,  we could either soak a few seeds in water to soften it. Take off the skin and allow children to eat at least twice a day if not twice. Another way is simply to pound the almonds making it milky. Have it in the morning is best to start the day.

70grams or about 3 ounces can reduce bad low density lipoprotein cholesteral levels. Thats is only a handful of seeds.

A quarter cup of almonds has 100grams of magnesium plus 257mg of potassium. Magnesium is nature's calcium blocker. With enough magnesium, veins and arteries allows better blood flow and thus oxygen and nutrients flow better throughout the body.

Flavonoids found in almond skin and with vitamin E in the seed delivers double the antioxidant compared to if these 2 nutrients are given separately. There are 20 potent antioxidant in the almond skin which contribute to healthy benefits similar to that found in green tea and grapefruit.

Here is an almond cookie recipe. Simple to prepare and get the children involved. Make sure you explain to the children the benefits of almonds while baking.

50 grams whole almonds
2 tablespoons caster sugar
140 grams plain flour
100 grams butter
pinch of salt

1. Heat overn at 170C
2. Roast almonds for about 5 to 10 minutes - roughly chop the almonds
3. Cream butter, sugar and a pinch of salt and fold in the flour
4. Add the chopped almonds
5. Make into small balls
6. Bake for about 15 minutes

Almond Cookies

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Away in London

Dear Friends, Followers and Readers,

I have not written for a while, about 3 weeks or so as a lot has been happening on my end. We spent most part of the time in London for holidays. It was brilliant!

London is gorgeous with its history and many stories and places to see. There is always something to see, to experience and feel.


To quote a famous writer and poet,  Samuel Johnson - "You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can , afford.”

It was a great experience. And being a metropoliton city food  is everywhere. But chilli is hard to find!

We had chinese, we had western, McDonald, KFC, cafe food, ice cream and lots more.

Fish and chips are perhaps too oily. We had a taste of pot roast and yokshire pudding. The next write up I will attempt the recipe.

I took the kids to a local supermarket and introduced them to the various type of vegetables and fruits and meat and the currency.

And today, my older son, volunteered to cook with me.  He and I prepared some curry and stirred fried vegetables. Also some fried fish.

I am making progress!

Happy Cooking and Teaching!