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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Walnuts

Posted by on 16th May 2017

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‘There’s two seconds of shaking and it’s all over. That’s two seconds per tree. When the walnuts are ready to be harvested, they are mechanically rocked from the trees, brushed into windrows and conveyed with sweepers and an elevator into the hopper. A tank-like machine, weighing tonnes and sounding destructive, is driven up to each tree where its long arms grab the trunk. Then the driver pulls a lever and the shaking begins. “It’s a good way to vent one’s frustration, I guess. The ground shakes and the trees certainly vibrate, but there’s no evidence that we know of to suggest there’s any detrimental effect on the trees,” says the walnut grower in the book, From Paddock to Plate.

Often the simplest foods are best for your health, and this is certainly the case when it comes to walnuts in which Mother Nature has crafted a nearly perfect package of protein, healthy fats, fibre, plant sterols, antioxidants, and many vitamins and minerals.

The outermost layer of a shelled walnut – the whitish, flakey part – has a bitter flavour, but resist the urge to remove it. It’s thought that up to 90 percent of the antioxidants in walnuts are found in the skin, making it one of the healthiest parts to consume. To increase the positive impacts on your health, look for raw nuts that are not pasteurised.

The health benefits of walnuts include a reduction of bad cholesterol in the body, an improvement in metabolism and control of diabetes. Other important health benefits of walnuts stem from the fact that these nuts possess anti-inflammatory properties, aid in weight management, and help as a mood booster. They are also believed to slow down the spread of cancer.

Walnuts have always been considered as “brain food”, perhaps because the surface structure of the walnut has a crinkly appearance like that of the brain. Due to this reason, they have been considered as a symbol of intelligence, leading to the belief that they actually increase one’s intellect. While this is not exactly true, recent scientific studies have proven that the consumption of walnuts does help in promoting brain function. They contain omega-3 fatty acids, which increase the activity of the brain.

Simply put, eating walnuts may be one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health.

Looking for a delicious walnut salad recipe? The one below is my absolute favourite! Otherwise create your own walnut salad at The Brasserie Market salad bar or top the oatmeal on our breakfast menu with delicious walnuts.

WALNUT, PEAR, PARMESAN AND SPINACH SALAD

Ingredients

raw unsalted almonds, handful
1 pear, thinly sliced
100g parmesan, thinly sliced
fresh spinach or rocket leaves
a squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Method

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and squeeze over fresh lemon juice. Serve.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Honey

Posted by on 9th May 2017

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Did you know that bees are the only insect in the world that make food people can eat?

One bee will only make 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its entire life, so remember that next time you drizzle honey on your yoghurt in the morning. It takes 1,100 bees to make 1 kilogram of honey and they have to visit approximately four million flowers to do so.

Since producing our own Brasserie Honey we’ve noticed a significant increase in the production of fruits and vegetables in our edible gardens around Cricket Square. Many plants rely on insects like bees in order to be pollinated. In gratitude, the plant provides nectar to the bee to say thank you.

Honey helps to keep your memory sharp. It contains ‘pinocembrin’, an antioxidant that improves brain function.

This golden liquid also contains flavonoids and phenolic compounds that help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. Research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide. This contributes to the incredibly long shelf-life of honey.

Honey’s anti-bacterial qualities are particularly useful for acne treatment and prevention, while the antioxidants may assist slowing down the signs of ageing. It’s also moisturising and soothing for the skin.

Regular consumption of honey can give your immune system a boost because of its anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. It can also help cleanse and build up your digestive system, which is essential for optimal health.

Ancient Olympic athletes ate honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.

Honey helps with coughs by coating the throat and soothing the nerve endings that protect the throat. Some doctors believe that two tablespoons of honey are just as effective as cough suppressants. Because of honey’s anti-inflammatory properties, it is able to help reduce allergy symptoms.

After a good night’s sleep? The sweetness of honey causes your insulin levels to rise, which in turn releases the neurotransmitter serotonin. Thee body converts this serotonin to melatonin – a chemical that helps your body sleep.

Honey is considered the oldest known wound dressing due to its natural antibiotic nature. However when considering using honey for the treatment of wounds and burns, it’s extremely important to understand that there’s a major difference between raw honey and highly processed honey. The latter is more akin to high fructose corn syrup, whereas raw honey can effectively eradicate more than 250 clinical strains of bacteria.

Honey is one of the oldest and best sweeteners on earth and we all know that we could use less processed sugar! Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels.

Ever feel like lying your head down on your desk at work after lunch because you’re feeling completely zapped? Honey’s high carbohydrate load makes it a great source of unprocessed sugar energy. Although honey is super good for you, use it in moderation due to its level of fructose.

So next time you see a bee, not only appreciate that its wings are beating 190 times a second (11,400 times a minute!) but also the effort by this bee to produce a superfood that provides so many health benefits.

Did you know that our skilled beekeeper Efrain makes beeswax candles? Take a look at the magnificent candles below that we sold at our farmers’ market in February.

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May in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st May 2017

Busy bees at Cricket Square

Cinco de Mayo: 5pm, Friday 5 May

Who’s ready to fiesta this Friday? Grab your sombrero and maracas as Mexico’s favourite day to party is nearly here! Join us at The Wicket, Cricket Square, as we celebrate with tasty soft shell tacos, locally-inspired margaritas, Brasserie Purveyors’ craft beers, pinatas full of goodies, and festive music. Entry is free, just purchase $2 food and beverage tickets at The Market or at the gate on the day.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 25 May

Italy is the world’s largest producer of wine. Did you know that Italians have been making wine for over 2800 years? With more than 2000 grape varieties, get ready to surprise your taste buds on a wine tasting evening at the Restaurant to remember. There’s 10% off all purchases at the event so stock up. Tickets are $30 (incl. grats). Book here.

Juiced @ The Wicket weekly deals

Enjoy our $5 Juiced @ The Wicket special each week using the seasonal ingredients of Cayman in our nourishing, nutritious, energising and refreshing concoctions that will make you and your wallet feel good. Our specials don’t often feature on the regular Juiced @ menu, so make the most of this sweet opportunity. Call 927 6419 to order ahead.

Mother’s Day: Sunday 14 May

To celebrate your mum, thank her for all that that she has done and show her how much you love her, pop by The Market for beautiful and unique gifts that will bring a smile to her face. We have a huge range of hand-selected artisanal wines through Brasserie Purveyors’, delicious baked goods, jars of Brasserie Honey and gift cards. Email us to place your order.

New fitness center coming soon!

SIX at Cricket Square is well and truly out of the ground with construction of the second floor underway. The fenced area between SIX and Boundary Hall is the future location of fitness center, The Club, with over 5,000 sq ft of exercise space. Preparation works have started and we are pushing for completion by the end of this year. Membership will be available to tenants at Cricket Square.

Free demo classes at Energy

Spring into your summer body with free demo classes, Monday 1 May to Saturday 6 May. Register for these classes using ENERGY’s online scheduler accessible via the Facebook page. PLUS experience the power of pilates with an unlimited month lunch express pass (Monday to Friday, 12:15 – 1pm) for $100. Contact Colleen to find out more.

Flowers Sea Swim: Saturday 10 June

The Flowers Sea Swim is the world’s richest open water event with over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Last event’s race boasted over 1000 registrants. Participants vary in age from 8 to 80 years old and in skill from novices and first-timers to gold medal Olympians. This fun event welcomes swimmers from all strokes of life! Register here.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Bok Choy

Posted by on 25th April 2017

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Bok choy is in the “leafy green” vegetable category. We know it’s good for us, so then why does this versatile food with a satisfying crunch get overlooked on the supermarket shelf more often than not?

Partly because our creative flair tends to hit a brick wall when it comes to thinking of imaginative and tasty ways to prepare and cook this low-calories vegetable rather than just the humble steam or fry (also both delicious options)!

The key is to find local, quality bok choy, that is packed with plenty of flavour and nutrients. The second tip is to prepare simply with few ingredients so that fresh bok choy remains the hero of the dish.

Did you know that bok choy and other cruciferous vegetables have certain anti-cancer properties? Studies have shown that people who eat more cruciferous vegetables have a lower risk of developing lung, prostate, colon, and breast cancer.

The iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin K in bok choy all contribute to building and maintaining bone structure and strength.

The potassium, calcium, and magnesium have also been found to decrease blood pressure naturally and bok choy’s folate, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B-6 content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all help to maintain a healthy heart.

Choline helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory. It also helps in maintaining the structure of cellular membranes, the transmission of nerve impulses, the absorption of fat and the reduction of chronic inflammation.

Increasing consumption of plant foods, including bok choy, has been shown to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.

Bok choy might look like celery but it is a member of the cabbage family. There are many kinds of bok choy that vary in colour, taste and size, including tah tsai and joi choi. You might also find bok choy spelled pak choi, bok choi, or pak chou. It’s sometimes even called a “soup spoon” because of the shape of its leaves.

The Chinese have been cultivating the vegetable for more than 5,000 years and the translation of the Cantonese words ‘bok choy’ is ‘white vegetable’ in English.

For a fresh and tasty take on this Asian green, come and try Chef Thomas’s mouthwatering ‘Crispy Triggerfish Sandwich’ now on The Brasserie menu.

CHEF THOMAS’ CRISPY TRIGGERFISH SANDWICH

Ingredients

1 fillet triggerfish, lightly crumbed and fried
bok choy, shredded
carrots, julienne
pickles
shallots, crispy
tartare sauce
slice of toasted bread
lime, wedge

Method

Dollop tartare on the toasted bread and then layer the pickles and shallots. Place the fish on top and finish with a large mound of refreshing carrot and bok choy. Drizzle lime juice over and enjoy.