Archive for February, 2007

Winter and Soup!

February 23, 2007

When it’s a cold day and lunch time rolls around a hot bowl of soup and some crusty bread fills the bill.

 We all have our favorites, but I guess tomato soup is probably one of the most popular with a good French Onion soup being close behind, though sadly it is not always on the menu.  May be they don’t know how to make a good one.

These days there are a number of soup and salad and sandwich places around.

Making soup at home is easy now we have blenders and hand held blenders (boats they are called) and you can choose whether to have a thick soup or a thin soup or a chunky vegetable soup.

For the two of us, we prefer the thicker kind of soup, the exception being French Onion soup.  I sometimes stick to making a carrot soup and tend to wear it out, but not long ago I made a sweet potato soup and cooked some broccoli pieces and other vegetables to add to it, making it more of a meal.

 I have several soup recipes but I have’nt got around to making them – I could be in a bit of a rut!  Time to try something else.

In the past I have made mushroom soup which was very good and also broccoli soup.  I adapted a minestrone soup where I added navy beans at the end.  I think that might be in some recipes, but not the one I have.  I have also tried lately cooking a small amount of pasta, either rotini or small shells, the idea I got from Food TV.  It makes soup more interesting and goes well with any vegetables – making the soup more into a main course dish.

Years ago – about 30 years, when we lived in Johannesburg we went to an elegant English type of restaurant in Sandton where I would choose Brussel Sprout soup.  It was different and delicious.  Your rarely hear of it, so I must get around to making it,  that is when I can get my hands on some Brussel Sprouts that don’t cost an arm and a leg!

Drive Through Breakfast? Oh, No!

February 22, 2007

It was reported on the morning TV that many folks get breakfast at the local drive through fast food place.  They usually buy the same thing each morning on their way to work.  It could be a croissant sandwich, an egg/sausage muffin plus a coffee.

 To do this 5 days a week, every week is a recipe for cancer or heart attack not to mention the cost each day of about $4.00 or more which adds up each month, each year.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Why can’t people eat breakfast at home?  Probably two reasons.  First many of them have to get to work by 8.00 a.m. some even before that and second they have to leave out so early in the morning to beat the traffic rush hour or being caught in it that there is no time to eat breakfast at home.

 The problem is the kind of food being eaten means folks are not getting the grains and other wholesome foods that is needed for a healthy diet and giving our bodies at least something good inside us to start  the day.

For those of you who say “I don’t eat breakfast, I never eat before ten or eleven in the morning” or “I just drink coffee to get me going in the morning.”   When we get up in the morning our bodies have gone without food for 7-8 hours and when we skip breakfast and don’t eat for another few hours more we are starving ourselves.

That’s why breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Muffins vs. cupcakes

February 16, 2007

Muffins and cupcakes can be both made in the papercups, but they yet they are two different kinds of food.  Muffins are made, mostly by adding wet ingredients to dry whilst cupcakes are made by creaming butter and sugar together and then adding flour etc, to it.

 Muffins can be heavier while cupcakes are more like a sponge and lighter in texture,  with a frosting of different kinds.  So many kinds.   Muffins seem to be eaten mostly in the mornings with coffee or atbreakfast or mid-morning break, whereas cupcakes are more for the afternoon with tea or a children’s birthday party, or anybody’s birthday party.

Chocolate and the Heart

February 15, 2007

In February both chocolate and the heart are the focus of attention not only because of Valentine’s Day but February is heart month in the health world.

 Chocolate now plays a part in the matters of the heart. (I’m a poet and I don’t know it!!)

New studies show that cocoa lowers blood pressure and could reduce inflammation.  Chocolate has anti-oxidants that we need.  We just have to be careful eating too much of this delectable delight because of the sugar content.

We are told to eat dark chocolate and to eat about one ounce a day.  For some folks that might be hard even though we need the anti-oxidants, we sure don’t need to load up on sugar!

All things in moderation is the key.

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February 15, 2007

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