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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Celery

Posted by on 26th June 2017

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Anyone for “crunchy water”?

Kale and blueberries walk away with most health accolades. In comparison, celery is the somewhat unsung hero, but once you read its incredible–and nearly endless–list of health benefits you will quickly join its growing list of lovers.

Firstly, save on the chewing gum and grab a celery stalk! Did you know that nibbling celery stalks helps to clean your teeth and mouth after a meal?

Celery also provides dietary fibre that boosts digestion and weight loss. One large stalk contains only 10 calories! So, add celery to your shopping list and enjoy it in our mouth-watering salad recipe below.

The high percentage of water and electrolytes found in celery can prevent dehydration, especially over these hot summer months. Special compounds act as a diuretic and reduce bloating.

As a supplier of antioxidant flavonoids and polyphenol phytonutrients, other significant benefits of celery include its ability to improve liver, skin, eye and cognitive health. One large stalk of celery delivers five per cent of your daily vitamin A needs, a group of nutrients that protects the eyes and prevents age-related degeneration of vision.

Celery contains antioxidants and polysaccharides that are known to act as anti-inflammatories, especially flavonoid and polyphenol antioxidants. If you are suffering from joint pains, lung infections, asthma or acne, eating more celery will bring much-needed relief.

Stressed and anxious? The minerals in celery, especially magnesium and the essential oil in it, soothe the nervous system and assist to calm you down. If you enjoy a celery-based snack in the evening, you may even sleep better.

Celery reduces “bad” cholesterol and lowers blood pressure. An active compound called phthalides in celery has been proven to boost circulatory health.

And don’t be scared of using the leaves of the celery stalk. Just like Chef Arte has done in our featured Brasserie salad this week (pictured above, recipe below), celery leaves not only taste delicious but add an aesthetic frill to attract any celery critic.

If you’re still hesitant to give celery a go, present your Mum with a bunch of celery, just like the winners of athletic events in Ancient Greece were presented with instead of flowers. A practical gift that won’t break the budget.

BRASSERIE CHOPPED SALAD

Ingredients

For the salad:

local mixed greens
Château Chooks hard boiled eggs
long beans
watermelon radish
chickpeas
celery, stalk and leaves
bell peppers
flax seeds

For the dressing:

parsely
mint
basil
dill
grape seed oil
Dijon mustard
champagne vinegar
lemon aioli
salt
pepper

Method

Combine all salad ingredients together. Blend dressing ingredients and drizzle over salad before serving.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Mango

Posted by on 5th June 2017

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Ever thought of putting slices of mango on your face? What about a body scrub of mashed mango, honey and milk? It’s mango season which means that it’s time to make the most of this superfood with it’s high vitamin A content to help unclog pores and make your skin glow. Mangoes are also great for your hair because of this vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturised.

Not only is vitamin A great for the skin, it also helps promote good eye sight, fights dry eyes and prevent night blindness.

In need of a mango refresher to cool you down this summer? Simply slice a mango and blend with ice and a dash of coconut water to boost your energy. Otherwise visit Sharon and Eric at Juiced @ The Wicket for our $5 ‘Mango Madness’ available for the entire month of June.

Mangoes are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They are also an excellent source of dietary fibre and vitamin B6, which is vital for maintaining and improving the brain’s function.

The fibre and water content in mangoes assists in the prevention of constipation and promotes a healthy digestive tract.The fibre, potassium and vitamin content in mangoes all help to ward off heart disease. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

Mangoes are rich in minerals like potassium, magnesium and copper and are one of the best sources of quercetin, beta-carotene, and astragalin. These powerful antioxidants have the ability to neutralise free radicals throughout the body. Ailments like heart disease, premature aging, cancer and degenerative diseases are due to these free radicals that damage the cells.

The powerful carotenoid, beta-carotene, also helps to enhance the immune system of the body and make it impervious to bacteria and toxins. The combination of vitamin C, vitamin A and 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy. Beta-carotene may also lower the risk for developing asthma.

Hopefully you can now see why mangoes are one of the most popular fruits in the world!

Find sweet and juicy local Cayman mangoes throughout our entire seasonal menu at The Brasserie Market and Restaurant, like this delicious mango salad (pictured above).

CAYMAN MANGO SALAD

Ingredients

mangoes
local lettuce
java apple
basil
local pepper
macadamia nuts
housemade ricotta
spicy mango vinaigrette

Method

Combine all local and seasonal ingredients together and drizzle with the homemade vinaigrette. Enjoy!

June in Cricket Square

Posted by on 2nd June 2017

Summer fun at Cricket Square from SWIRL to Flowers Sea Swim

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 29 June

It’s well known that the Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand and that the All Blacks won the last Rugby World Cup, however did you know that the vineyards are the first in the world to see the sunrise? Find out why “no one in the world produces sauvignon blanc quite like Marlborough”. Tickets are $30. Email Corey to reserve your spot.

Cricket Square Shuttle

Some of you may have seen Susan driving our new six-seater golf cart. You are welcome to get on and take a lift to wherever you may be going around Cricket Square. Simply flag Susan and she will stop for you. Should you need assistance the Cricket Square shuttle service is available from 8am to 6pm. Please call 936 SAFE (7233). Enjoy the ride!

Free juice at Juiced @ The Wicket

Buy 10 juices or smoothies from our delicious menu and get one FREE. Collect your Juiced @ card from Sharon at The Wicket 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. And don’t forget Happy Hour is every Friday, 5pm.

Lexi’s Summer Whiskey Smash

Come to The Brasserie and try Lexi’s refreshing and seasonal Summer Whiskey Smash, or if you would like to make this delicious cocktail yourself click here for the recipe. You can purchase all your beers, wines and spirits from Brasserie Purveyors. View our extensive menu here and email us to place your order. It’s that easy!

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 year’s race boasted over 1000 registrants. Participants vary in age from 8 to 80 years old and in skill from first-timers to gold medal Olympians. 100% of proceeds go towards the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. Register here.

Experience the power of Pilates

Feel good with ENERGY’s Pilates Start Up Package! For just $199 enjoy three private pilates sessions and one group fitness session. The ENERGY fitness philosophy is inspired by the values of pilates movement including self awareness, core-based movements and natural alignment, as well as cardio and strength elements. Email Colleen to get started.

Restaurant closing dates in summer

The Brasserie Restaurant will be closed from Friday 28 July until Friday 1 September. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope that you will continue to come and visit us at The Market, Juiced @ The Wicket and Friday Happy Hour at The Wicket, which will all be staying open during the month of August.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Eggs

Posted by on 25th May 2017

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The humble egg has impressive health credentials.

Both the white and yolk of an egg are rich in nutrients – proteins, vitamins and minerals with the yolk also containing cholesterol, fat soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids.

More than half the protein of an egg is found in the egg white along with vitamin B2 and lower amounts of fat and cholesterol than the yolk. The whites are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Egg yolks contain more calories and fat. They are the source of cholesterol, fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and lecithin – the compound that enables emulsification in recipes such as hollandaise or mayonnaise.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) helps your body to break down food into energy, vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is vital for producing red blood cells, vitamin A (retinol) is great for eyesight and vitamin E (tocopherol) fights off the free radicals that can cause tissue and cellular damage, which may lead to cancer.

Eggs are also rich in several nutrients that promote heart health such as betaine and choline.

The egg is a powerhouse of disease-fighting nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults. Brain development and memory may be enhanced by the choline content of eggs.

Hang on, but aren’t eggs loaded with cholesterol? Just because a food contains cholesterol doesn’t mean that it will raise the bad cholesterol in the blood. The liver actually produces cholesterol every single day. If you eat cholesterol, then your liver produces less. If you don’t eat cholesterol, then your liver produces more of it. The thing is, many studies show that eggs actually improve your cholesterol profile. They raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and increase the size of LDL particles, which should lower the risk of heart disease.

In need of a delicious breakfast? You must try The Brasserie Market’s ‘Breakfast Sandwich’, ‘Omelette’ and ‘Brasserie Style Breakfast Platter’ all using our ‘Chateau Chooks’ fresh eggs.

For lunch at the Brasserie Restaurant, you can’t go past our ‘Brasserie’ Chopped Salad packed with chickpeas, cranberry beans, quinoa, long beans, carrots, ‘Chateau Chooks’ hard boiled egg and garden oregano yogurt vinaigrette.

And for dinner, Poached ‘Chateau Chooks’ Egg with confit chicken, caboose roasted pumpkin, local mustard greens and chicken jus, or a Grilled 16oz. Kansas City Steak with ‘Chateau Chooks’ poached egg, roasted localbreadfruit, charred leeks and red peper sofrito.

Who’s hungry?

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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.