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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.

Earth Day is every day at The Brasserie

Posted by on 20th April 2017

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Tomorrow we will officially celebrate Earth Day.

Earth Day is an annual event marked across the world to show support for environmental protection.

The aim is to encourage people to do things that will benefit the Earth, such as recycling more and reducing food waste, using solar power and planting trees.

The edible garden that surrounds The Brasserie is just one example of our consistent endeavors to reduce food miles and, as a result, the fuel consumption required to carry food ‘from paddock to plate’. Our head gardener, Aide, uses the vegetable waste from the kitchen to feed The Brasserie’s “Chateau Chooks”. The egg shells she adds to the compost (along with the remaining vegetable scraps) and on the garden beds to control snails, in addition our chicken manure that is a very effective fertilizer.

The next time you get lunch from The Market, take a closer look at the plates, utensils and takeaway cups – all made from plants and 100% recyclable.

Venturing into The Brasserie’s kitchen you will see excess herbs from the garden hung to dry, trimmings go into stocks, breadcrumbs made from bread not sold after service, vinegars made from excess tomatoes and coconut water used as a brining liquid. Coconut shells are used as fodder for the caboose fire and smoker and the ashes are added to the garden compost. Stems and excess fruit are fermented, preserved and pickled to add dimension to dishes. For example, fermented Barbados gooseberries are used in the Hoisin sauce served at the Harvest Dinner. In fact, the team are currently creating a “preserving pantry”.

To celebrate all the sustainable and environmentally-friendly initiatives happening around the world, today we are offering complimentary bags of soil and coffee grounds piled high in our lovely red wheelbarrow outside the front of The Market. We will also be selling Cayman mutton pepper seedlings for $1 each and free drip coffee to anyone that brings in their own coffee mug for the day.

Earth Day is every day at The Brasserie.

April in Cricket Square

Posted by on 5th April 2017

Spring has Sprung at Cricket Square

Cocktail King Dinner: 7pm, Friday 28 April

Shake, rattle and roll! Cocktail extraordinaire Gregory Genias, aka “Bootleg Greg“, will be shaking up a storm at our Cocktail Extravaganza with Brasserie Purveyors’ spirits at the Restaurant. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and canapés on arrival, followed by a four course cocktail-paired dinner for CI$100 (incl. grats). For an entertaining evening book here.

Final Harvest Dinner for this series

Don’t miss our last Harvest Dinner until November! Join us at 7pm on Thursday 27 April for this unique farm-to-table experience where our talented chefs from Mexico will be adding their unique home town flavours to the best of our end of season harvest. Enjoy with wine pairings for CI$90 (incl. grats). Hurry and book your seat at the table.

End of series Cooking Class

Our final Cooking Class for the series is on Sunday 30 April. Learn tips and tricks in the kitchen with our experienced chefs Dean Max and Thomas Tennant. Create your own flavoursome three-course feast using fresh and seasonal produce. Our March class sold out quickly so book early to avoid disappointment. Classes will resume October 2017.

Easter sweet treats at The Market

Our Pastry Chef’s Easter treats will be sold at The Market from Monday 10 – Thursday 13 April. Enjoy mouthwatering Hot Cross Buns, Easter Sugar Cookies and Peanut Butter Cup Truffles. The RestaurantMarket and Juiced@ The Wicket will be closed on Good Friday (14 April) and Easter Monday (17 April). We are open on Tuesday 18 April.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 20 April

Dijon mustard, beef bourguignon and Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. How many culinary delights can one region be famous for? The French region of Burgundy can proudly claim all. Burgundy wines are believed to be some of the greatest in the world, so join us to find out what all the fuss is about. SWIRL tickets are CI$30 (incl. grats). Email Corey to book.

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.

Earth Day: Saturday 22 April

Bring your reusable travel mug to The Market for FREE drip coffee all day. While you’re there grab a bag of coffee grounds from our wheelbarrow to add to your garden soil. The coffee will release nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous to support plant growth. Also collect some of our mutton pepper seedlings and together, let’s bring back the Cayman pepper!

Power Pilates Bootcamp at Energy

Get ready for eight total body blasting Pilates Reformer classes and four Group Fitness classes for $225. Choose from Group A (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:15am) or Group B (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-1:45pm). ENERGY’s next Power Pilates Bootcamp starts on Tuesday 4 April and runs for four weeks. Contact Colleen to register.