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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Star fruit

Posted by on 26th November 2018

Did you know that star fruit folds its leaves during the night and as response to the vibration of the tree?

The fruit has distinctive ridges running down its sides, usually five but can sometimes vary. When it’s cut in cross-section, it resembles a star, which is where the name comes from.

Also known as carambola, the star fruit is low in calories and rich in dietary fibre, vitamin A, B and C along with minerals like zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, iron and potassium. It has high amounts of antioxidants like polyphenolic compounds, quercetin, gallic acid and epicatechin.

Star fruit has exceptional amounts of anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that may prevent skin disorders like dermatitis. The presence of vitamin C also helps in flushing out toxins and maintaining a healthy body.

Rich in sodium and potassium that acts as electrolytes in the body, star fruit helps to maintain blood pressure. These minerals also ensure regular heartbeat rhythm and healthy blood flow in the body.

This fruit has negligible calories to add up to; therefore, it makes for a great evening snack when hunger pangs strike. Moreover, the fibre content in the fruit helps speed up the metabolism that supports your efforts to lose weight. Fibre also helps to keep you fuller for long, lowering the chances of overeating.

The presence of calcium reduces the risk of heart problems like heart attacks and strokes by relieving stress on the blood vessels and arteries. By eliminating the pressure, your heart will be able to relax, making circulation more effective. This way, the fluid balance in your body will be maintained.

Dietary fibre present in the star fruit plays an important role in boosting digestion. It can stimulate the movement of stool through the digestive tract, further relieving symptoms of constipation, bloating and cramping.

The insoluble fibre in the fruit can prevent the release of glucose after eating, which can further help in controlling insulin levels in the body, making it an ideal snack for diabetics or people who are at a risk of developing the condition.

Carambola fruit is rich in folate and riboflavin that helps alter your metabolism in a positive way, ensuring that enzymatic and hormonal processes take place smoothly throughout the body.

The fruit has negligible fat and a high level of dietary fibre that is great for managing cholesterol levels, thereby reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, heart attack and other disorders.

With cooling and anti-inflammatory properties, star fruit promotes salivation and inhibits the production of mucus or phlegm. It makes for a great remedy for respiratory infections and overall health, alleviating sore throats and other underlying health problems.

Star fruit is power-packed with antioxidants like quercetin, gallic acid and other polyphenolic compounds that help counter the effects of oxidative stress and inhibit the growth of free radicals that damage body cells, further healing the skin and making it glow. The fruit is also beneficial for hair growth; thanks to the presence of antioxidants, B complex vitamins and vitamin C.

Devour the sweet ripe fruit straight from the tree, or as is popular in the Philippines, eat unripe star fruit dipped in rock salt!

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Ackee

Posted by on 6th November 2018

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Did you know that in some countries ackee pods are crushed and thrown into the water, causing somewhat of a narcotic effect on the fish, making them rise to the surface for an easier catch?

Ackee is nutritious and delicious fruit that is a popular addition to many exotic dishes and has become a mainstay in Caribbean cuisine, both for its flavour and its beneficial properties. Ackee, when ripe, will split to reveal three large black seeds surrounded by spongy flesh called the aril, which is the edible part of the fruit.

A diet that includes ackee can help to to lower blood pressure, boost energy levels, support healing and growth, aid in digestion, protect against diabetes, lower cholesterol, build strong bones, improve the immune system, and increase circulation.

The complementary part of saltfish and ackee, the national dish of Jamaica, this fruit is rich in fibre making it an ideal digestive aid, given that dietary fibre helps bulk up the stool, as well as eliminate constipation, by inducing peristaltic motion in the gut. This helps move food along, preventing bloating, cramping, constipation, and other inflammation of the colon, which can lead to colorectal cancer. Dietary fibre also helps lower cholesterol and boost heart health.

The high potassium content of ackee acts as a vasodilator, reducing the strain on your cardiovascular system, thereby lowering your chances of hypertension and atherosclerosis.

Instead of being packed with empty carbs and calories, ackee is rich in complex, energy-producing carbs, which can help regulate the sugar levels in your body. By preventing the dips and spike in glucose levels that you get from simple sugars, ackee is able to help fend off type II diabetes. The high fibre content in ackee is also a great way to regulate glucose and insulin levels in the blood.

Ackee boasts an impressive range of beneficial fatty acids, including stearic, linoleic, and palmitic acids. Those particular acids are unsaturated fats, which is the type of fat that you want to improve your heart health and lower dangerous cholesterol levels. By eliminating most unhealthy saturated fats from your diet, you protect yourself against atherosclerosis, strokes, heart attacks, and coronary heart disease.

One of the key ingredients in a healthy diet is protein, and getting it from a delicious fruit like ackee is even smarter! Protein is essentially the building block of cells, muscle tissue, and other important aspects of our body that needs to be continually replenished. Ackee isn’t always praised for its high protein content, but it is unusually high for a fruit.

There are a number of essential minerals found in ackee, including calcium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc, all of which contribute to healthier bones and help prevent bone loss and demineralisation. Having a consistently high intake of minerals can slow, stop, or reverse the effects of osteoporosis as we age, leaving us stronger for longer!

One of the most common vitamins found in fruits and vegetables is vitamin C, and ackee is no exception. With a rich ascorbic acid content, ackee helps boost our immune system by promoting the development of white blood cells, and contributing some of its antioxidant powers to preventing chronic diseases and cellular mutation. Furthermore, vitamin C is an integral part of collagen, which is required by the body to make muscles, blood vessels, and tissues.

If you suffer from anemia, it means you have a lack of iron in your diet. Ackee’s iron content solves that problem perfectly, ensuring that you avoid the side effects of anemia such as weakness, cognitive disorders, lightheadedness, and digestive distress. Iron is a key component of hemoglobin, which is necessary to produce RBC (red blood cells).

Word of Caution: The fruit has three black seeds surrounded by yellow flesh and a skin that turns red when it is mature. Once it is ripe the red skin opens and reveals the yellow flesh and seeds. Because of the toxins contained in the fruit, it should not be picked and eaten until the skin has opened and the yellow flesh and seeds can be seen. Unripe ackees contain a poison called hypoglycin. Consumers of the unripe fruit sometimes suffer from an illness dubbed “Jamaican Vomiting Sickness “ (JVS).

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Carrot

Posted by on 6th November 2018

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Fact or fiction? Will eating carrots help you see in the dark?

Yes and no. Carrots contain vitamin A, or retinol, and this is required for your body to synthesise rhodopsin, which is the pigment in your eyes that operates in low-light conditions. If you have a vitamin A deficiency, you will develop nyctalopia or night blindness. Eating carrots would correct this and improve your night vision, but only to the point of an ordinary healthy person – it won’t ever let you see in complete darkness.

The idea that it might is due to a myth begun by the Air Ministry in World War II. To prevent the Germans finding out that Britain was using radar to intercept bombers on night raids, they issued press releases stating that British pilots were eating lots of carrots to give them exceptional night vision. This fooled the British public, as well as German High Command and an old wive’s tale was born.

Much of carrots’ nutritional value comes from the carotenoids they contain. Carotenoids act as powerful antioxidants, strengthening the body’s ability to repair cell damage. Studies suggest that they may reduce the risk of developing some types of cancer, tame the kind of inflammation in the body that can lead to disease, and boost the immune system.

Carrots have been shown to be particularly beneficial when it comes to heart health, assisting to reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and some research has shown they can help prevent stroke.

And there is research showing that fruits and veggies rich in carotenoids can improve complexion and overall appearance by giving skin a healthy glow.

In the photo above, The Brasserie’s Head Gardener Aide Lopez, has just harvested these colourful carrots that are now in season. These beauties will popping up in both the Restaurant’s Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve menus, specially crafted to maximize the flavours and colours of our flourishing organic produce. For our complete Holiday Menus please select the menu tab on The Brasserie Facebook page.

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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Cumin

Posted by on 8th October 2018

What is cumin and how do you pronounce it?

Cumin (KYOO-men) is herbaceous plant that grows from 12 to 20 inches in height and produces single-seeded fruit, oblong-shaped and yellow-brown coloured. Hold the seeds to your nose and you’ll smell a strong, earthy aroma.

The second most popular spice in the world (black pepper is number one) is one of the star ingredients in Chef Erik’s ‘Caboose Pork Rub’.

Cumin is extremely good for treating digestive problems. It is also a carminative, which means that it relieves you from gas troubles, and thereby, improves digestion and appetite. Due to its essential oils, magnesium, and sodium content, cumin promotes digestion and also gives relief from stomachaches when taken with hot water. The very aroma, which comes from an organic compound called cuminaldehyde, the main component of its essential oil, activates the salivary glands in the mouth, which facilitates the primary digestion of food. Next is thymol, a compound present in cumin, which stimulates the glands that secrete acids, bile, and enzymes responsible for complete digestion of the food in the stomach and intestines.

An abundance of iron, the presence of essential oils, vitamin C, and vitamin A in cumin boosts our immune system in a number of ways. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants that stimulate the function and activity of white blood cells. It further helps neutralise free radicals that lead to many diseases, including, but not limited to, cardiovascular diseases.

Cumin is a rich source of iron which helps in increasing hemoglobin levels, improving blood flow and also promoting a healthy menstrual cycle.

The presence of caffeine (a stimulating agent), and the richly aromatic essential oils (the disinfectants) make cumin an ideal anti-congestive combination for those suffering from respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis. It acts as an expectorant, meaning that it loosens up the accumulated phlegm and mucus in the respiratory tracts, and makes it easier to eliminate them from the system via sneezing or coughing up and spitting. By eliminating as much of the mucus and phlegm as possible, it can inhibit the formation of additional material and help heal the initial condition that led to its formation in the first place.

Cumin helps in protecting skin against fungal and microbial infections due to its disinfectant and antifungal properties. It also aids in reducing signs of premature aging like wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin. This effect is due to the presence of vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant and combats the free radicals.

A stimulant as well as a relaxant, some of the components in cumin essential oil are hypnotic in nature and have tranquilising effects, which also help relieve stress and anxiety that commonly cause insomnia.

Cumin extracts have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that help in relieving pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

Time for a taste! Head on over to the Caboose and speak to Chef Erik about his delicious pork ribs and pulled pork on the menu, as well as his pork rub containing cumin, available for purchase in cute litter jars at the counter (see below).

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THE PITCH: October in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st October 2018

Make your health a priority with the opening of our world-class corporate fitness and wellness centre in the heart of Cricket Square.

Welcome to The Club

THE CLUB — Join The Club! An executive corporate fitness facility exclusive to Cricket Square tenants. Offering state-of-the-art equipment including Synrgy360, ClubCycle studio, yoga garden and treadmill desks. Achieve your goals with personal trainers in a friendly and relaxed environment. Email the team to sign up today! Please note, The Club maintains a strict no-photo/video policy.

Canadian Thanksgiving: Monday 8 October

THE BRASSERIE — There’s a lot to be grateful for this Canadian Thanksgiving: friends and family, leftovers, and our exclusive Fall Cocktail Series! Join us at The Brasserie this Thanksgiving for a three-course traditional feast of smoked salmon bruschetta, organic turkey roulade and pumpkin pie. Book your table here or call 945-1815. Tickets are CI$99 per couple excl. grats. Also enjoy Canadian Thanksgiving favourites like maple smoked salmon and maple-rosemary glazed ham at the Market and Caboose.

SWIRL: 5pm-7pm, Thursday 25 October

THE BRASSERIE — We’re mixing things up for SWIRL this month with a special cocktail-making class lead by The Brasserie’s talented mixologist, Shawn. Join us in our organic greenhouse and learn the art of creating Fall cocktails using fresh and local garden ingredients including our ‘Chateau Chooks’ eggs and wild and raw Brasserie Honey. Impress your next dinner party guests with clever cocktail techniques! Be there at 5pm for a 5:30pm start. Tickets are $30 incl. grats. Book here or call 945-1815.

Happy Hour at the Caboose weekdays

THE CABOOSE — Finish your working day the right way with Happy Hour at the Caboose! From 4:30pm-6pm every weekday, enjoy $3 soft shell tacos filled with juicy Caboose smoked meats, $5 craft beers and speciality wines, and buckets of beer for $20. A delicious, hassle-free weekday dinner that won’t put a dent in your wallet. Don’t forget that you can always email or call 945-1816 to order ahead, pay over the phone, and then pick-up curbside.

Halloween: Wednesday 31 October

THE BRASSERIE — Who’s getting ready to trick-or-treat? Join us at the Restaurant to judge the best carved pumpkin while sipping on our Halloween-themse cocktails during Happy Hour from 5pm. Enjoy a coffin break at the Market with Halloween sugar cookies, peanut butter cups and Halloween cupcakes available from Monday 29 – Wednesday 31 October. Happy haunting!

Restaurant Month Cayman 2018

THE BRASSERIE — Special menus for special prices! Join us throughout October for Restaurant Month and experience our scrumptious Caboose Lunch Special of smoked meats and delicious sides, Cayman Lime Pie and a Maine Root Artisanal Soda for just CI$15. In the Brasserie Restaurant enjoy ‘Brasserie Catch’ crispy fish cakes and seared snapper, Chicken Mojo and our famous desserts of Creme Brûlée and Housemade Ice Cream for the set price of CI$35 per person. Don’t delay! Book now.

Book your Christmas party at Cricket Square

THE BRASSERIE — Looking for a venue to host your Christmas party this year? Buyout the restaurant for up to 80 people. What about the gorgeous green outdoor space at the Wicket for a cocktail party of 150 people? Or the relaxing vibe of our restaurant garden that can hold 40 people as you sip on cocktails under the stars? For a more intimate setting of 12 people, why not host a party in our cosy wine room? There’s an option for everyone.Contact our elves to reserve your preferred date.

FREE juice at Juiced @ The Wicket

WICKET BAR — Buy 10 juices or smoothies from our menu and get one FREE. Collect your Juiced @ card at the Wicket Bar and reward yourself with a healthy and delicious treat from our extensive menu that incorporates the freshest seasonal produce on island. In a hurry? Call 927-6419 and order ahead.

Pilates for Pink: Saturday 13 October

ENERGY — Pilates for Pink is here! Join ENERGY from 10am for a lively Pilates workout at the ARC at Cayman International School (or 9am for the pre-event Pink Party and Plank Challenge). Support the fight against breast cancer and help to raise much-needed funds for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society that provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families. Email Colleen for details and download the registration form here. Keep up-to-date with the latest pink news!

American Thanksgiving: 22 November

THE BRASSERIE — There’s no better place to celebrate American Thanksgiving than amongst family and friends at The Brasserie. Did you know, according to historians, no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving held in the autumn of 1621? Never fear, we will be serving organic turkey as part of a three-course traditional feast in celebration of a bountiful harvest. Our roasted apple pie with maple syrup ice cream is a must! Book your table now to avoid disappointment. See all our holiday menus here.