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RECIPE: Twice-Cooked Eggplant from Zahav

Posted by on 3rd April 2019
eggplant  RECIPE: Twice-Cooked Eggplant from Zahav
Makes 5 cups

“This is probably my favorite eggplant preparation of all time. It first uses pan-frying to char and sweeten the flesh, followed by a second cooking with tons of vinegar. The result is a sweet, sour, and smoky salad that converts unsuspecting eggplant haters into passionate fan boys in a single bite. As a bonus, this recipe flouts all conventions of French technique by charring the eggplant until just before it’s burnt. Most of the chefs I’ve worked for would have made me throw it out if they saw it on my station. But by taking the eggplant to the edge, you can develop rich, deep, and almost chocolaty flavors that make this one of the punchiest bites there is. The flavor intensity of this salad makes it a great complement to roasted lamb, and it’s out of control as a sandwich addition.” – The Brasserie’s Harvest Dinner Guest Chef, Michael Solomonov.


Sprinkle the eggplant slices with the salt and let stand for 30 minutes on a paper towel or a rack.

Film the bottom of a large nonstick skillet with olive oil and set over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmering but not smoking and working in batches if necessary to avoid crowding, remove the cooked eggplant to a plate. Add the eggplant slices in a single layer and cook until almost black on the first side, about 10 minutes. Turn and repeat on the other side, adding more oil as needed.

Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the red pepper, onion, coriander, and paprika to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are very soft but not brown, about 12 minutes. Add the eggplant and sherry vinegar to the pan, breaking it up and mashing it coarsely with a wooden spoon until well combined. Cook until the vinegar has evaporated, about 8 minutes. Off the heat, add the parsley and lemon juice. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Posted by on 25th March 2019

hoach le dinh 91879 unsplash  SUPERFOOD SERIES: Lime

Bursting with both vitamin C and antioxidants, limes — like lemons— possess a powerful set of health benefits. In fact, limes may be able to help amp up weight loss, enhance immunity, boost iron absorption, prevent kidney stones, improve heart health and even fight off cancer.

Studies show that eating lime fruit could reduce several heart disease risk factors and may help give your heart health a boost. Limes are also loaded with vitamin C, an important nutrient that may be protective against heart disease.

One of the most impressive lime health benefits is its ability to fight against cancer cells in the body. This is because limes are jam-packed with antioxidants, which are compounds that fight against the harmful free radicals that can cause cell damage and chronic disease. Limes contain a concentrated dose of many powerful phytochemicals, including flavonoids, flavones, triterpenoid and limonoids.

Many people enjoy a cold glass of water with a spritz of lime or lemon as a refreshing alternative to regular water, but did you know that weight loss could be one of the health benefits of lime juice with water? If you regularly drink soda or juice, trading it in for lime water may amp up weight loss by reducing calorie and sugar intake.

Limes are an excellent source of vitamin C. In fact, just one lime can knock out nearly one-third of your vitamin C needs for the entire day. Getting enough vitamin C in your diet is important for many aspects of health, but it’s especially crucial when it comes to immunity.

Including a few servings of lemons or limes in your diet is one of the easiest ways to kick kidney stones to the curb. Like lemons, limes contain a good amount of citric acid, a type of acid that can help prevent kidney stones by increasing urinary citrate and urine volume.

Iron is a very important mineral. It is involved in the production of blood and is one of the main components of hemoglobin, which helps provide the body with the oxygen that it needs. A deficiency of this important mineral can result in iron deficiency anemia, a condition that causes anemia symptoms like dizziness, brittle nails, hair loss and fatigue. The vitamin C found in limes can actually help increase iron absorption to prevent iron deficiency anemia.

Visit Juiced @ The Wicket for lots of great menu options that include our homegrown fresh limes!

THE PITCH: March in Cricket Square

Posted by on 1st March 2019

Experience a BBQ phenomenon creating headlines in Georgia, and join us at our annual farmers’ market to celebrate the 52nd Cayman Islands Agriculture Show.

Book Harvest Dinner now

THE CABOOSE — The wait is over! Skip the queues lining up for chef Keith Latture’s served-til-the-kitchen-runs-out of plates BBQ, and devour his popular Memphis-inspired and Savannah-made recipes here in Cricket Square on Friday 15 March. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink and canapés in The Brasserie garden at 7pm, before strolling over to the Caboose for a family feast with wine pairings. Tickets are $90. Call 945-1815 or email us to book.

Farmers’ Market: Tuesday 5 March

THE BRASSERIE – For all your local foodie needs, don’t miss our annual farmers’ market at the steps of The Brasserie Restaurant from 11:30am to 1:30pm in celebration of the Cayman IslandsAgriculture Show. Embracing our farm-to-table philosophy treat yourself to our homegrown produce and handmade goodies including Brasseries Bees wild and raw honey and wax candles and new honey lip balm, ‘Chateau Chooks’ eggs, Coco Bluff coconut water and jelly and a variety of plants – the perfect gifts. Juices from our Juiced @ The Wicket menu will also be available.

Cayman Islands Agriculture Show

LOWER VALLEY — Held on Wednesday 6 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. Clickhere for more information. If you can’t make it, join us at our annual Brasserie Farmers’ Market at the entrance to The Brasserie Restaurant in Cricket Square on Tuesday 5 March.

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Wednesday 27 March

THE BRASSERIE — Create your own ‘Gin on the Green’ at this month’s SWIRL event to welcome Spring. Choose from an array of our freshly-picked herbs and local fruits and spices to create your favourite gin cocktail, and then relax and enjoy under the shade of the Brasserie greenhouse. Tickets are $30 and include four drinks plus canapés. Receive a 10% discount on all gin purchases at the event. Email or call 945-1815 to book.

Curbside pick-up at the Caboose

THE CABOOSE — Did you know that you can takeaway all items on our Caboose menu? If your fridge is empty and you’re in a hurry to get home after work, call 945-1816 to order ahead, then pull up curbside in our new pick-up designated areas and aCaboose team member will bring your order over to you. You don’t even need to get out of your vehicle! Open from 11am to 6pm weekdays, choose from our quality meats and vegetarian options.

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.

Congratulations to new SIX tenants

CRICKET SQUARE — Congratulations to KPMG and Conyers who have moved into SIX. This is an exciting time for Cricket Squarewith Phase 6 near completion. Remaining work includes refurbishment and renovation of Boundary Hall and Century Yard and the construction of more parking. We will be reinstating the gates at Shedden Road in the coming weeks, which will assist with managing traffic through Cricket Square. For further details contact Orchid Development on 947 7080.

Popular Synrgy360 Workshop at The Club

THE CLUB — If you missed out on the fun last time, our next 5-week Synrgy360 Workshop starts on 12 March 2019 at The Club. Join us from 5:30pm – 6:15pm, Tuesday and Thursdays, to learn how to get the most out of this state-of-the-art fitness equipment that will change the way you workout forever. The workshop costs $185 per person. Call 949-CLUB or email to find out more.

Spring into ENERGY with new class pass

ENERGY — Introducing ENERGY‘s 8-week Spring Special. For just $299 per person, enjoy an unlimited Total Class Pass of exclusive studio access, classes, wellness gifts and more. Starting from Monday 11 March, make the most of Group Pilates, Barre, Yoga, TRX, Core Cardio Circuit, ENERGY X-Training and Lunch Express Classes. Book now! Call 946-6006 or email.

Cayman Swordfish Challenge 2019

GRAND CAYMAN & CAYMAN BRAC — One of the most exciting fishing tournaments on the Cayman calendar, the Challengebegan with the aim of finding out more about the swordfish population in the local waters. Join us for two days of fishing, Friday 15 March & Saturday 16 March and be in the running to win up to CI$20,000 in cash prizes! Registration is at 6:30pm on Thursday 14 March at The Barcadere (Weigh/Dock Station). If you can’t make it, email us and we’ll send you a registration form.

Taste of Cayman: Saturday 6 April 2019

CAMANA BAY – After winning last year’s ‘Best Food’ with our delicious Smoked Beef Brisket with Garden Green Papaya Slaw, The Brasserie is back to hold onto its title. Expect our popular cocktails and mouthwatering food as we celebrate Cayman traditions and a rich island culinary heritage. General admission tickets are $40. Join over 5,500 foodies and visit the Taste of Cayman website for more information.


Posted by on 21st January 2019

milk  SUPERFOOD SERIES: Goat milk

Although goats only produce about 2% of the global milk supply, it is cheaper to process because it doesn’t require homogenisation (the small fat molecules do not separate and remain suspended in the cream).

The health benefits of goat milk include its ability to aid in weight loss, reduce inflammation, optimise digestion, improve the bioavailability of nutrients, strengthen bones, boost heart health, strengthen immunity, increase metabolism, prevent toxins from accumulating in the body, and benefit overall health.

As we age, the chemical composition and impact of goat milk on the body is actually preferable to the effects of cow milk. For example, people who suffer from lactose intolerance, digest goat milk far better than cow milk due to its higher levels of beneficial fatty acids (twice that of cow milk).

Milk of all varieties is rich in calcium, and goat milk is no exception.

One reason why people tend to love goat milk is that they are able to enjoy it without the inflammation and upset stomach that cow milk often causes. This is due to the unique enzymatic makeup of goat milk that soothes inflammation in the gut.

One of the main benefits of goat milk is that the chemical composition is far closer to human milk than other milks. Human milk is similar to goat milk, so our bodies are able to get more nutrients out of the milk as it moves through our system and causes less stress on our digestive processes.

Goat milk is nutrient-dense, which means that you don’t need as much of it as other milks to receive the same (or better) nutrient intake. Studies have shown that goat milk can help increase the uptake of iron and copper in our digestive tract, which is essential for people who struggle with anemia and other deficiencies.

There are significant amounts of selenium in goat milk. This rare mineral is a key component in the immune system functionality, protecting us from illness and fending off infections.

Goat milk is a very rich source of protein, which is an essential part of growth and development, as proteins are the building blocks of cells, tissues, muscles, and bones.



Posted by on 21st January 2019

Jicama (also called yambean) is a type of bulbous root vegetable that many people describe as being a cross between an apple and a turnip.

Jicama is composed of about 86 percent to 90 percent water, so it’s naturally low in calories, natural sugars and starch — and, therefore, it has a low score on the glycemic index and fits most diets, including the vegan, Paleo and the ketogenic diet plan. It’s also a good source of immune system-boosting nutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and fibre.

Jicama’s fibre contains a beneficial type of prebiotic fructan carbohydrate called oligofructose inulin. Because it’s indigestible within the human digestive tract and ferments in the gut, inulin is considered to have zero calories, yet it benefits the digestive organs and, therefore, your entire body (including the immune system) in a few different ways. Inulin acts like a prebiotic once it reaches the intestines, which means it helps probiotics (or “good bacteria” living within the GI tract) do their job best.

As a source of valuable prebiotics, jicama’s unique fibre molecules help balance the growth of good-to-bad microbes residing within the intestines and colon. A very large percentage of the immune system — over 75 percent — is actually stored with your GI tract, so proper immune functioning depends a lot on a delicate balance between the bacteria populating your microbiota.

Like many vegetables, jicama has a high water and nutrient density, and is otherwise largely made of different types of carbohydrate molecules. Oligofructose inulin, which makes up a good percentage of the fibre found in jicama, is linked to improved cardiovascular health and the ability to lower cholesterol naturally.

Water and fibre-rich vegetables are recommended for anyone battling digestive issues because they’re hydrating and provide fibre, essential electrolytes and nutrients that support intestinal and gut health.

Aside from its prebiotic properties, jicama is also an excellent source of antioxidants, including vitamin C. Just one cup of raw jicama provides over 40 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. Vitamin C is a crucial antioxidant that scavenges free radical damage and controls inflammation. Eating plenty of vitamin C foods helps control inflammation, which is important for keeping oxidative stress levels lower and protecting against cancer, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline.

Called a “Mexican turnip” or yambean in some parts of the world, jicama’s oligofructose inulin helps keep bones strong because it enhances mineral retention, suppresses the turnover rate of bone loss and helps with the absorption of calcium into bones. It also supplies important nutrients like potassium, magnesium and manganese that are needed for proper bone mineralisation and protecting against bone loss or osteoporosis into older age.