Monthly Archives: July 2014

is that Salt Cod?

This is an excellent way to prepare an entire fish for yourself or a special dinner for 2, or to WOW your guests at a dinner party.  NO……it does not come out too salty…in fact you will be adding salt to taste before you serve it….YES you will!

Ingredients:

One whole fish weighing about 1 1/2 pounds, cleaned, head, tail, and scales left on

  • 10 whole peppercorns
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 pounds coarse salt (I recommend sea salt)
  • 4 egg whites
  • Extra virgin olive oil for serving
  • Any of your favorite fresh herbs for garnish

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. Rinse the fish with cold water, pat it dry and refrigerate until just before cooking. Mix the salt with the egg whites until the texture is that of wet sand.

3.Place parchment paper in the bottom of baking dish.   Pour a  layer of salt mixture in the bottom of an oven-proof baking dish that is just slightly larger than the fish. Lay two bay leaves on the salt, then place the fish, stuffed with the the herbs, on the bay leaves. Place the peppercorns inside the belly cavity of the fish, then top the fish with the remaining 2 bay leaves. Pour the remaining salt mixture over the fish to cover it, leaving the tail fin exposed if necessary.

3. Place the fish on the middle rack in the center of the oven and bake for 25 minutes. You cannot test the fish for doneness — you simply have to trust the timing. Remove the fish from the oven and gently crack off the layer of salt, removing as much of it as you can. Most of the skin will come off the fish as well — what doesn’t come off when you remove the salt you need to remove gently, using a sharp knife.

4. Remove the fillets divide the fish among four slightly warmed dinner plates. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with lemon if desired.

Don’t skimp on the olive oil…use the best you can find.

This will be the most flavorful and moist fish you have EVER served!

WOW…my face looks great AND….

4 Surprising Health Benefits of Facials:
Of COURSE facials are relaxing….but did you know?

Facials Can Increase Circulation

The warm steam that is applied to the face during a facial not only helps to open pores, but it can also open blood vessels and increase circulation. Increasing circulation to the face helps bring beneficial nutrients and oxygen to the skin which in turn encourages new cell growth. In addition to the steam, the light massage that is used to apply facial products can also increase circulation to the face and neck.

Facials May Help Reduce Blood Pressure Caused by Stress

According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can temporarily raise your blood pressure to unhealthy levels. The hormones that the body releases under stress can cause an increase in heart rate and a narrowing of the blood vessels. Reducing stress, anxiety, and tension can help to lower the risk of temporary spikes in blood pressure.

The calming atmosphere of the spa room, a soothing facial treatment, and just taking a few minutes to relax may help reduce the risk of short-term high blood pressure due to anxiety and stress. In addition to setting aside time for a facial treatment, lower your risk of high blood pressure by making healthy lifestyle choices, eating a balanced low-sodium diet, and exercising regularly.

Facials Can Increase Lymphatic Drainage

The lymphatic system is made up of a network of lymph nodes or glands located throughout the body, including many in the neck and chest. These glands are an integral part of the immune system and also work to drain excess fluid from parts of the body.

During a facial, as the esthetician rubs the products into the skin around the neck and chest, the lymphatic system is stimulated. By “awakening” these lymph nodes, the body increases drainage, and helps to reduce any fluid retention in the face and upper body; this helps one receiving a facial feel and look less “puffy.”

Facials Can Help Reduce Minor Congestion

The spa may be the last place you would think to go when you feel congested, however, the combination of steam and massage that accompanies many types of facials may help to reduce the pressure associated with both nasal and sinus congestion. The steam can help to open clogged nasal passages and massaging certain pressure points on the face can help to reduce sinus pressure and congestion.

Get a facial today and see the results for yourself!

Bernadette, Dina, Dawn-Michelle, Rian and Christina are the BEST!

What did that say?

Organic

Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.

Gluten – Free

Gluten free means foods that do not have gluten. Commonly found in wheat, gluten is a type of protein. It is also found in barley and rye. Gluten is the ingredient that gives dough its elasticity. Some topical beauty treatments use gluten.

Gluten is used extensively as a food additive. Its property to thicken is beneficial in giving rigidity to highly fluid substances. Many types of confectionery products  use this protein as a flavoring agent.

All-natural or natural

The problem is, labels can be misleading. You’d need several pairs of hands to count the number of “100% Natural” claims you see in just one aisle of the supermarket. That’s because neither the US Food and Drug Administration nor the Federal Trade Commission have a strict definition for the term; the FDA says it “has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.” But so-called “natural” foods can still contain a wide range of processed sweeteners, lab-produced “natural” flavors and colors, additives and preservatives.

Free-Range, Cage-Free

it’s a term which denotes a method of farming husbandry where the animals can roam freely for food, rather than being confined in an enclosure.[1] On many farms, the outdoors ranging area is fenced, thereby technically making this an enclosure, however, free range systems usually offer the opportunity for extensive locomotion and sunlight prevented by indoor housing systems. Free range may apply to meat, eggs or dairy farming.

GMO-Free

If you’ve shopped in a natural foods store in recent months, you’ve no doubt seen products bearing the label “GMO-free” or “contains only non-GMO ingredients.” The acronym GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, which refers to any food product that has been altered at the gene level. Genetically modified foods are also frequently described as “genetically engineered”, “genetically altered” or “genetically manipulated.”

At this point in time, the health risks of consuming genetically altered foods have not been clearly identified, since few studies have been conducted to evaluate impact of these foods on human health. However, many scientists have speculated that it is likely that these foods will trigger allergic reactions in some people, create new toxins that produce disease, and lead to antibiotic resistance and a subsequent resurgence of infectious disease. The impact on the environment may be even more devastating. Many farmers are concerned that it will be impossible to prevent genetically engineered crops from “polluting” organic farms, as the wind and bees will naturally carry pollen from the genetically engineered crops to nearby organic farms. In addition, farmers and environmentalists fear that foods that are genetically engineered to be resistant to herbicides, such as Roundup Ready soybeans, will result in heavier herbicide use, further polluting the groundwater, lakes and rivers. Heavy use of herbicides may also encourage the development of “superweeds” that are resistant to herbicides, which could threaten crops throughout the country. The results of a 1999 study conducted by researchers at Cornell University suggest that genetically engineered crops also endanger wildlife, specifically the Monarch butterfly. These researchers found that nearly half of the Monarch caterpillars that ate milkweed leaves dusted with pollen from genetically engineered corn died within four days. A study conducted one year later at Iowa State University found that plants that neighbor farms of genetically engineered corn are dusted with enough corn pollen to kill Monarch caterpillars.

GMO sounds like a bad thing….right?

 

Hope these definitions are helpful…….keep eating healthy!

Don’t be afraid of the burger…….

Nothing says summer more than a burger fresh off the grill. These days, burgers are more than the classic beef-and-cheddar variety. We’ve taken to making burgers out of everything, from chicken to seafood to beans!

When choosing your burger, don’t be afraid to mix things up a little. Try adding international flair through toppings like kimchi or tzatsiki sauce, or mix some pesto right into the meat before cooking. Adding chopped olives, onions or jalapeños can add so much flavor with minimal effort.

Even if you’re a red meat fan, branching out with a burger made from mushrooms or lentils will surprise your taste buds, in a good way. Vegetarian burgers are often a little more finicky on the grill, so if you’re worried about them falling through the grates, use a special grilling sheet, or stick to cooking on the stovetop or baking in the oven. No matter how you cook it, you’ll get a meal worth celebrating.

Best Burger Tips

  • Portobello and Pineapple Teriyaki Veggie BurgersKeep the ground meat very cold and handle it as little as possible.
  • Make the patties much bigger than you would normally  as the burgers cook they will shrink up significantly. (This doesn’t apply to veggie burgers.)
  • Use your thumb to make a dent in the center of each patty. This helps the burger from becoming too round when it cooks.
  • If you’re a fan of melty cheese, add a square to the center of an uncooked burger patty then fold the ground meat around it. The cheese will melt as the burger cooks but remain in the core.
  • Don’t salt the burgers until right before they hit the grill. Salting too early will change the texture of the burgers making them springy instead of tender.
  • Be sure to prepare the grill, oiling and cleaning the grill grates and getting the fire nice and hot.

Now go ahead and experiment and ENJOY!