SUPERFOOD SERIES: Oats

Posted by on 17th July 2017

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A steaming bowl of freshly cooked oats or our tasty overnight oats (picture above) from The Market are the perfect breakfast choices to start your day the right way. Whether you top with nuts and seeds, stir in fresh berries, add a dollop of natural yogurt, drizzle over honey or sprinkle with grated coconut – this gluten-free whole grain, while beautifully simple, is endlessly versatile and interesting.

Oats are high in the soluble fibre beta-glucan that reduces high cholesterol, promotes healthy gut bacteria, makes you feel fuller for longer and boosts defenses of the immune system agains bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.

Type 2 diabetes is caused by poor insulin function known as insulin resistance where insulin can’t reach the cells efficiently due to a diet high in processed foods and refined sugar. Oats are one of the few whole grains that has repeatedly been linked to lowering the risk for type 2 diabetes. Oats contain magnesium, a super star nutrient, that balances your blood sugar to help you take care of your insulin levels naturally. Their high fibre content ensures they are digested slowly, which releases insulin gradually into the bloodstream, leading to fewer blood sugar spikes. Magnesium is also key to enzyme function and energy production, and helps prevent heart attacks and strokes by relaxing blood vessels, aiding the heart muscle and regulating blood pressure. Experimental and clinical data also suggests a link between magnesium deficiency and depression.

Oats are also the go-to fitness food. A bowl of their slow-releasing, wholegrain goodness an hour before exercise ensures blood sugar levels remain steady through a workout, while providing enough energy to keep you going.

One half cup of nutritious oats has over 25 per cent of our daily recommended biotin. Biotin is a B vitamin responsible for a healthy metabolism and digestion, but it also contributes to great hair, skin, and nails. Colloidal oatmeal (finely ground oats) has long been used to help treat dry and itchy skin. It may help relieve symptoms of various skin conditions, including eczema.

So next time you pick up a 500 gram packet of oats, remember that there are more than 26,000 rolled oats in there full of goodness and overwhelming health benefits.

Create our overnight oats recipe at home or find this delicious treat in the Grab & Go fridge at The Market or Juiced @ The Wicket.

OVERNIGHT OATS

Ingredients

oats
almond milk
raisins
green apple
strawberries
blackberries
honey
mint
almonds
coconut oil, melted
honey

Method

Mix oats, milk, raisins, apple, berries, honey and mint together in a bowl. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight. Meanwhile combine almonds, more oats, honey and coconut oil. Spread mixture out evenly on a tray lined with baking paper and bake on low heat in the oven until golden brown. Serve the overnight oats in a bowl and top with the homemade granola.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Quinoa

Posted by on 11th July 2017

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Twenty years ago, NASA researchers declared quinoa (KEEN-wah) the perfect inflight snack for astronauts on long-term missions because it is mineral-rich, gluten-free and contains all nine essential amino acids.

Today, these edible “seeds” that have been consumed for thousands of years in South America and referred to as the “mother of all grains” by the Inca Empire, have reached “superfood status”.

Quinoa is a pseudo-cereal. This means that it does not belong to the grass family but produces fruits and seeds used as flour for bread and other staples. In other words, it is basically a “seed” which is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain.

The large flavonoid content in quinoa, plant antioxidants that include quercetin and kaempferol, are important molecules that have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-depressant effects.

Soluble fibre helps to reduce blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, increase fullness and help with weight loss. Quinoa ranks much higher than most grains in fibre.

As mentioned earlier, quinoa is naturally free of gluten and using it instead of typical gluten-free ingredients can increase the antioxidant and nutrient value of a gluten-free diet.

Protein is made out of amino acids. Some of them are termed “essential” because we can not produce them and need to get them from the diet. If a food contains all the essential amino acids, it is seen as a “complete” protein. The problem is that many plant foods are deficient in certain essential amino acids, such as lysine. Quinoa is an exception to this, because it contains all the essential amino acids. For this reason, it is an excellent source of protein.

The glycemic index of quinoa is around 53, which is considered low. The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly foods raise blood sugar levels. It is known that eating foods that are high on the glycemic index can stimulate hunger and contribute to obesity.

Quinoa is very high in minerals like magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and thereby to alleviate migraines. The problem is that phytic acid can partly prevent these minerals from being absorbed, so soak and sprout quinoa to reduce the phytic acid content.

Again, while the antioxidant level of quinoa is high, soaking and sprouting the seeds increases these benefits. Antioxidants are substances that neutralise free radicals and are believed to help fight aging and many diseases.

Ever noticed the curly “tail” that stems from the seed once you cook it? That’s actually the germ of the seed, which separates slightly when your quinoa is ready.

There are over 120 different identified varieties of quinoa, but the most commonly cultivated and exported are white, red and black. Today we’re using the red variety in our satisfying Quinoa Salad available at The Brasserie Restaurant. Otherwise, have a go at making it yourself using our recipe below.

BRASSERIE QUINOA SALAD

Ingredients

organic red quinoa
fresh corn, grilled
celery, finely chopped
cherry tomatoes, finely chopped
cilantro
parsley
chives
lemon juice
olive oil
salt and pepper
avocado, pureed
feta cheese
alfalfa sprouts

Method

Combine all ingredients, except for the avocado, feta cheese and alfalfa sprouts. Before serving, add the avocado puree to the plate, then add the salad and finally top with crumbled feta and sprouts. Enjoy.

July in Cricket Square

Posted by on 6th July 2017

Summer love at Cricket Square from dragon fruit flowers to rosé specials

SWIRL: 5-7pm, Thursday 20 July

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.

Enjoy rosé specials all summer long

Rosé season has arrived and to celebrate we are offering rosé wine specials all day long, all summer long, at The Brasserie Restaurant and The Wicket Bar. So what are you waiting for? Sit down and relax with a refreshing glass of rosé and watch the tennis or catch up with friends. Don’t forget to order your favourite bottle of rosé from Brasserie Purveyors.

Purveyors Liquor Tent Sale: 21 July

This is your chance to stock up on discounted craft beers and specialty wines and spirits for summer right here in Cricket Square. From 5pm – 7pm on Friday 21 July come and peruse the beverages on offer at The Wicket while making the most of our rosé summer specials. Save up to 50 per cent on all your favorite brands. Cash and credit card accepted.

RECIPE: Vodka Martini

Shake things up with our popular Vodka Martini at The Brasserie using Brasserie Purveyors’ Prairie Organic Vodka. Watch our mixologist Lexi create this cocktail and create your own martini using her recipe.  View our extensive menu here to order your craft beers, specialty wines and spirits. Call 945 1815 or email us to place your order. It’s that easy!

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.

Don’t miss the Wimbledon action

Enjoy front row seats to Wimbledon right here in Cricket Square! Don’t miss a moment of the action at The Wicket as you sip on a fresh juice or glass of rosé or watch from The Market patio with your Brasserie salad and maybe even a glass of bubbles from the Grab and Go fridge. All the joy and excitement of Wimbledon without the queues.

Recycling at Cricket Square

Want to know what happens to your recyclables at Cricket Square? The recycled glass is used as filler material in the decorative pavers under the porte-cochère at Century Yard and Willow House, as well as the new Brickyard Carpark. So that glass goes full circle on-island (after imported in its original form). We recycle glass, cardboard, aluminum, and plastic.

Add ENERGY to your summer

Stay summer strong and choose from four different options to get that “beach-ready body” at ENERGY. Whether you prefer group fitness classes, group reformer classes, a lunch express class to fit in with your work schedule or the Pilates Start Up Package, there is something for everyone this summer at ENERGYSpeak to Colleen to get started.

The Market and The Wicket are open

Even though The Brasserie’s annual August closing is fast approaching, don’t forget that The Market and Juiced @ The Wicket will stay open for the entire month. For the best TGIF on island, head to The Wicket for our 5 @ 5 Happy Hour every Friday. Contact The Market to order ahead on 945 1814. The Brasserie reopens on Friday 1 September.

SUPERFOOD SERIES: Chia

Posted by on 27th June 2017

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Don’t be fooled by these tiny seeds. They might be small but they are mighty when it comes to packing a nutrition-dense and energy-boosting punch to your diet.

Originally grown in Mexico, chia seeds were highly valued for their medicinal properties and nutritional value. In fact, they were even used as currency! Aztec warriors ate chia seeds to give them energy and endurance. Apparently one spoonful of chia could sustain them for 24 hours! Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language, and the food was known as “runners food” because runners and warriors would use them as fuel while running long distances or during battle.

For that healthy glow and to reduce the signs of ageing, to speed up the skin’s repair systems and prevent further damage, incorporate this antioxidant-rich food into your breakfast cereal and reap the rewards.

Foods that are high in fibre help people to feel full for longer and reduce those sugar cravings. Chia absorbs 10-12 times its weight in water, immediately expanding the stomach when eaten. Because of this, chia seeds can prolong hydration and improve nutrient absorption of electrolytes.

High-fibre diets decrease the prevalence in flare-ups of diverticulitis by absorbing water in the colon and making bowel movements easier to pass, which are crucial for the daily excretion of toxins. Increased fibre intake also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Did you also know that a high-fibre diet can lower the risk of developing diabetes by keeping blood sugar levels stable.

Chia seeds are very high in Omega-3 fatty acids that can assist to decrease the risk of thrombosis and arrhythmias, which are disorders that can lead to heart attack and stroke.

Just one ounce of chia seeds has 18 per cent of the recommended daily amount of calcium. Calcium is fundamental in bone health and helps maintain bone strength and mass. Packed with calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A and zinc, it’s no wonder that chia seeds are a great for the health of your teeth. Zinc prevents tarter by keeping plaque from mineralising onto your teeth and has an antibacterial effect that keeps bad breath germs away.

Ranked among the top plant based sources of protein, this is another reason that the super seed is great to consume for those trying to put on lean muscle, burn fat, and balance blood sugar levels. Speaking of exercise, chia packs a powerful antioxidant punch to help replace some of those nutrients lost after a workout.

What’s more, these seeds are also gluten-free, and due to their high antioxidant content, chia does not spoil easily and can be stored for long periods.

What more could you ask from one tiny seed? Perhaps a delicious recipe like our Chia Pudding below (pictured above), available from the Grab & Go fridge at The Market or Juiced @ The Wicket.

CHIA PUDDING

Ingredients

300ml almond milk
150ml maple syrup
500g chia
strawberries
blueberries

Method

Combine the almond milk and maple syrup. Once combined, continuously stir while gradually adding the chia seeds. Rest for five minutes and then stir the mixture again to avoid clumps forming. Leave the chia mixture in the fridge overnight to set. Serve and garnish with fresh seasonal strawberries and blueberries.

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.