Tag: food miles

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Gooseberries

Posted by on 6th February 2018

jonathan pielmayer 388738  SUPERFOOD SERIES: Gooseberries

Guess what? We have a new cocktail on The Brasserie menu and it includes the healthy and wholesome gooseberry growing enthusiastically in our organic garden at Cricket Square.

The health benefits of the gooseberry can be partially attributed to its high vitamin C content. This fruit enhances food absorption, balances stomach acids, fortifies the liver, nourishes the brain and mental functioning, and supports the heart. It also strengthens the lungs, regulates elimination of free radicals, enhances fertility, helps the urinary system, improves skin quality and promotes healthier hair. This fruit acts as a body coolant, flushes out toxins, increases vitality, aids in vision care, improves muscle tone and acts as an antioxidant.

Drinking gooseberry juice with honey is good for improving eyesight and studies have shown it to improve near-sightedness and cataracts while reducing intra-ocular tension. This is mainly due to its impressive carotene content, which has long been known for its powerful effect on vision-related conditions. Vitamin A and carotenes reduce macular degeneration and night blindness.

This powerful little fibre-rich fruit helps the body to absorb calcium in a positive way. Calcium is an essential component of our bones, teeth, and nails, and also ensures that we have beautiful lustrous hair.

Eating foods that are high in protein is one of the most important ways to stay healthy as proteins are an essential part of our body’s metabolic activities. Enzymes can break down plant proteins into amino acids and reassemble them into usable proteins for our body. Protein is necessary for cellular growth, muscle development, organ health and a wide range of metabolic activities that we need to remain healthy.

Now you have every reason to come in and try our deliciously refreshing ‘Garden Gooseberry Fizz’, available on the cocktail menu at the Restaurant.

DSC 2785  SUPERFOOD SERIES: Gooseberries

THE PITCH: February in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st February 2018

We are excited to welcome the “Farmer for the Michelin Stars” to The Brasserie this month, as we enjoy the fruits of Cayman in full harvest.

Farm Tour: Saturday 3 February

PLANTATION HOUSE — Get expert growing tips from Certified Organic Master Gardener, Peter Jacobsen, otherwise known as the “Farmer for the Stars” – Michelin Stars that is! Wander the gardens of Plantation House from midday with owner Joel Walton and Peter, while learning tricks for growing food organically. Enjoy refreshing garden-inspired drinks and small bites. Tickets are CI$90 and only 60 available! Email or call 945-1815. Parking is limited at Plantation House (35 Doubloon Drive).

Harvest Dinner: 7pm, Thursday 1 February

THE BRASSERIE — Certified Organic Master Gardener, Peter Jacobsen, grows food for award-winning Chef Thomas Kellar of Michelin 3-star restaurant French Laundry and teaches at the Culinary Institute of America. We are excited to annouce Peter as our special guest this Harvest Dinner in celebration of The Brasserie’s 20th Anniversary. Get ready for a mouthwatering menu of lobster skewers, conch fritters and Brasserie honey ice cream. Tickets are $90. Email or call 945-1815.

Farmers’ Market: Tuesday 13 February

THE BRASSERIE — The Brasserie’s Farmers’ Market is back! Join us in front of The Brasserie and Market, 11:30am – 1:30pm, as we celebrate the Cayman Islands Agricultural Show! Embracing our ‘farm to table’ philosophy, treat yourself to a selection of our homegrown produce and handmade goodies including Brasserie Wild Honey, ‘Chateau Chooks’ Eggs, Brasserie Bees Wax Candles, Coco Bluff Coconut Water and a variety of plants – the perfect gifts! A selection of fresh juices from Juiced @ The Wicket will also be available.

Valentine’s Dinner: Wednesday 14 February

THE BRASSERIE — Guess what? We are open from 5pm this Ash Wednesday to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Treat your loved one to a romantic candlelit dinner at The Brasserie complete with red roses. Book your table here or call 945-1815 and enjoy our five-course tasting menu as well as our ever-changing à la carte menu. Also don’t forget to indulge in our unique selection of Valentine’s sweet treats available at the Market on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 February. Email your advance orders to Cupid’s helpers.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 22 February

WICKET BAR — Imagine a gin in hand mixed with fresh garden ingredients, as you lounge on cushions on the Wicket Bar lawn, a gentle winter breeze on your face, enjoying the sunset with friends and family, in front of an open fire pit to keep the slight evening chill at bay. Sound too good to be true? No longer. Come and join us for our ‘Gin in the Garden’ SWIRL event. Tickets are CI$30.Email or call 945 1815.

New Wicket Bar menu boards on display

WICKET BAR — Check out our new eye-catching and convenient menu boards now hanging on display at the Wicket Bar created by talented local artist Kara Julian! View our complete and extensive Juiced @ The Wicket and Friday Happy Hour menus at one glance to simplify and speed up your order. There are so many tasty and thirst-quenching treats to enjoy at the Wicket Bar, all clearly displayed so that you don’t miss out on ordering what you want.

Cricket Square project plants trees in Africa

CRICKET SQUARE — Our Cricket Square project is reaching all corners of the globe. We recently ordered planters, bins and custom fixtures for Cricket Square and in return, DeepStream Designs will plant 950 trees through Trees for the Future‘s Forest Garden Programs. These Programs are based in Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda and Tanzania to help provide families with sustainable food sources and livestock feed.

Cayman Islands Agricultural Show

LOWER VALLEY — Held on Wednesday 1st March at the Stacy Watler Pavilion and Grounds in Lower Valley, this is one of the most popular community events of the year and one we’re proud to be a part of! Come along to enjoy the incredible array of entertainment, displays, competitions and local foods. Click here for more information. If you can’t make it, join us at our annual Brasserie Farmers’ Market at Cricket Square on Tuesday 13 February. Details above.

A lighter and brighter you at ENERGY

ENERGY — Sign up for ENERGY‘s Power Pilates Bootcamp starting on 6 February 2018! A four week program that includes eight 45-minute reformer classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and four group fitness classes. Choose from the 6:30am, 8:15am or 1pm time slots. The cost is $225 per person.  Email ENERGY for details.

Harvest Dinner: 7pm, Thursday 1 March

THE BRASSERIE — A unique experience like no other on the Island, indulge in the very best farm-to-table cuisine harvested, caught and hand-picked from our hives, garden, coconut plantation and fishing boats. Join us for cocktails and a three-course family feast under the stars, paired with Brasserie Purveyors wines to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Tickets are $90. To book call 945-1815 or email us.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Jujube

Posted by on 29th January 2018

jakub kapusnak 296867  SUPERFOOD SERIES: Jujube

Meet the super fruit about to take over your Instagram! It’s called jujube and harvest is in full swing at Cricket Square.

Similar to an olive or small date in size, fresh jujube fruit has the texture and crisp, bright flavour of an apple (see our had gardener’s photo below). While fresh jujubes have flesh that tastes similar to an apple, dried jujube tastes much like dates and have a similarly impressive nutritional profile.

Jujubes contain a range of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including magnesium, potassium, copper, niacin, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, phenolics, flavonoids and polysaccharides, plus 18 amino acids and 20 times more vitamin C than an orange.

The fruit is an adaptogen, and in traditional medicine, it was used to reduce stress and treat anxiety and insomnia, as well as stimulate appetite and digestion and boost the immune system.

For people suffering from insomnia or restlessness, consuming the extract of the seeds of the jujube fruit can be a good remedy. The soothing nature of the organic compounds contained in this beneficial fruit can calm the body and mind.

The jujube fruit is a rich source of both iron and phosphorous, which are key ingredients in the red blood cells. If you suffer from low iron content in your blood or anemia, you may experience symptoms like muscle weakness, fatigue, indigestion, lightheadedness, and cognitive confusion. By increasing your iron and phosphorous intake with jujube fruit, you can increase blood flow, thereby oxygenating your organ systems more effectively, giving you an energy boost.

By increasing minerals like calcium, phosphorous, and iron (all of which are prevalent in jujubes), you can ensure that your bones remain resilient and strong. As we age, we tend to suffer from osteoporosis and other bone degrading conditions, so adding jujube fruit to your diet can slow or reverse this trend.

Taste jujube at its best this week at our Harvest Dinner on Thursday evening at the Restaurant.

Jubi plums  SUPERFOOD SERIES: Jujube

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Spinach

Posted by on 15th January 2018

spinach salad  SUPERFOOD SERIES: Spinach

It’s our main harvest season in Cayman and if you wander into The Brasserie’s greenhouse you will find magnificent and prolific leafy greens flourishing in abundance. The perfect accompaniment to your fresh custom-made salads at the Market.

Spinach has managed to win over plenty of picky eaters in recent years. Little by little, it’s shedding its old reputation and experiencing a renaissance in the kitchen. Why? Spinach is chock full of feel-good nutrients. It’s rich in protein, vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient levels. After all, there’s a reason ‘Popeye, the Sailor Man’ went so crazy for this stuff. As greens from the garden go, spinach is a real fighter when it comes to your wellbeing. Packed with energy-boosting iron and a host of others vitamins and minerals, spinach is key to maintaining a healthy diet. In fact, in the 1930’s American spinach growers credited Popeye with a 33% increase in domestic spinach consumption.

Did you know that just half a cup of raw spinach counts as 1 of the 5 servings of fruits and vegetables you should eat a day?

Spinach is a rich source of beta-carotene, lutein and xanthene, all of which are beneficial for eyesight. Beta-carotene is supplied to the eyes by cooked spinach. It can prevent vitamin A deficiencies, itching eyes, eye ulcers, and dry eyes. This is also due to some of the anti-inflammatory properties of spinach, which can reduce eye puffiness and/or irritation.

Several components of spinach like potassium, folate, and various antioxidants are known to provide neurological benefits to regular consumers. Potassium is an integral part of brain health as well, and it has been linked to increased blood flow to the brain and heightened cognition, concentration and neural activity.

Spinach has a very high content of potassium and a low content of sodium. This composition of minerals is very beneficial for high blood pressure patients as potassium lowers and sodium raises the blood pressure. The folate present in spinach also contributes to the reduction of hypertension and relaxes blood vessels, while maintaining proper blood flow. By reducing blood pressure and relaxing the tension of vessels and arteries, you can reduce stress on the cardiovascular system and increase oxygenation to the body’s organ systems for optimal functionality.

A component of spinach, factor C0-Q10, which is an antioxidant, plays an important role in strengthening muscles, especially heart muscles which continuously pump blood to all parts of the body.

Spinach is a good source of vitamin K, which functions in retaining calcium in the bone matrix, thereby leading to bone mineralisation. Apart from this, other minerals like manganese, copper, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus also help in building strong bones. This can prevent the development of osteoporosis. These minerals are also essential for maintaining healthy teeth and nails.

The lutein and zeaxanthin present in spinach both act as strong antioxidants, thus preventing the eyes from the harsh effects of UV rays that can lead to cataracts. They also reduce the impact of free radicals, which can be a major cause of cataracts and other eye conditions.

There is a reason why doctors recommend adding spinach in a significant way to your diet. The amount of protein found in spinach is impressive for any vegetable, and they are easily broken down by enzymes into amino acids that are essential to humans. The reformed mammal proteins aid our muscle development and growth, our body’s ability to heal wounds and provides a boost for our entire metabolism, encouraging all of our organ systems to function at their optimal level.

It has been found that spinach and some other vegetables have the ability to protect the mucous membrane of the stomach, thereby decreasing the occurrence of gastric ulcers. Furthermore, the glycoglycerolipids found in spinach can boost the strength of the digestive tract lining, thereby preventing any unwanted inflammation in that part of the body.

Atherosclerosis is caused due to the hardening of the arteries. A pigment called lutein that is found in spinach has been shown to reduce the atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes. This is due to the fact that spinach proteins tend to reduce the cholesterol and other fat deposits in the blood vessels.

There are many anti-inflammatory compounds found in spinach, more than a dozen, in fact. This not only means protecting the heart from dangerous inflammation and preventing cancer, but also reducing the inflammation and associated pain from conditions like arthritis and gout.

Different phytonutrients and pigments have been shown to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun including UV rays. These not only protect but also repair the damaged genes to some extent, thereby preventing skin cancer in the long run.

For your daily spinach fix, head to Juiced @ The Wicket in Cricket Square and enjoy our $5 ‘Hefty Zesty Spinach’ smoothie until 3pm this Friday.

hefty zesty  SUPERFOOD SERIES: Spinach

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Caviar

Posted by on 8th January 2018

Have you ever tasted caviar? This Saturday you will have the chance as we welcome Chef Makoto Okuwa to The Brasserie.

Before raw oysters, before Champagne, even before truffles were deemed a delicacy, caviar was coveted by kings and the aristocracy. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Russian tsars were all known to splurge on caviar, which literally means unfertilised salt-cured fish eggs.

Did you know that the most expensive caviar on record sold for $35,000 per kilo?

The good news is that sustainable methods of collecting caviar are now being introduced into the industry, where the eggs are massaged out of the fish to produce “no-kill” caviar.

It’s known to be a delicacy and there is much hype, but few people fall for the little black mound at the first bite. It’s a bit salty and a whole lot fishy. It takes many people three or four tries to really savour the flavour.

However did you know that these little eggs could be very beneficial to your health when eaten in moderation? Here are some things that you should know about these exquisite tiny black pearls.

Improve heart health by eating just one gram of caviar each day. Caviar is brimming with omega-3 fatty acids and it’s these acids that help to reduce blood clotting, protect the arteries from hardening, and can help reduce your chance of a heart attack, stroke, or a clogged artery. They could also lower your blood pressure and triglycerides too. Just a single teaspoon of caviar can be effective. The American Heart Association puts their seal of approval on this fishy egg.

Caviar is rich in selenium. Selenium is a vital mineral the body needs. Inside, it pairs up with vitamin E in the body. Together, they protect the cells from the damage that is caused by free radicals and other compounds. These compounds are the ones that lead to heart disease and in some cases, cancer. This mineral can boost the immune system and help to support overall cell growth.

B12 makes red blood cells in the body. It’s also a great help so that you can use your fatty acids properly. Many vegetarians and vegans don’t get enough of this necessary vitamin as it is water-soluble. However, caviar is loaded with B12, and it can help meet the daily consumption requirements.

Historically, caviar was prescribed to alleviate depression. Hey, wouldn’t you feel better if someone gave you caviar? It’s not as fishy as it sounds: recent studies show that high doses of omega-3 fatty acids – caviar is rich in omega-3s – may alleviate symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder.

The finest, most expensive caviars are older, larger eggs that are lighter in colour. Lower quality caviar is younger, with a less intensely fishy flavour, and darker in colour. It’s a good thing, too, for caviar newbies, who are more likely to start on the cheaper, milder stuff.

We can’t wait to receive your feedback on Chef Mokoto Okuwa’s caviar recipe this weekend!