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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Our Daily Bread; Rediscover the Pleasures of the Humble Loaf!

I was recently struck by the words of a famous Indian philosopher who explained his incomprehension that modern people are so divorced from the true essence of life that barely anyone knows how to make bread; a food at the centre of the human experience. Bread is so much more than something to eat, and has been suffused with religious meaning and metaphor since the dawn of human history; included in religious and cultural stories, ceremonies, and celebrations. Much of life is devoted to growing the cereals, grinding the flour, and providing the fuel to cook the bread. Bread illustrates beautifully the unbreakable link between food and all aspects of our lives; social, religious, and economic. What then does the sliced white loaf say about our culture?

As the bedrock of the cuisine of all cultures, there is a rich heritage of bread recipes using different flours and ingredients. If you are lucky enough to have a quality bakery close to you, you will know the variety on offer; earthy rye breads, rich Challah with eggs, bagels covered in blue poppy seeds, flat breads like chapatti, naan, and tortilla, classic cottage loaves, sourdough, and seeded granaries; the list goes on and on. And yet the supermarket shelves are groaning under the weight of uniform rectangular soft sliced loaves in plastic bags; where is the flavour, the crunch, the fine ingredients, the aroma, the nutrition?. These loaves are processed, and chemically treated, some brown loaves are even coloured to make them look ‘healthier.’ More concerning is the fact that bread is the single highest dietary source of salt, with a serving from some loaves delivering a large percentage of the day’s recommended salt allowance. It is thought that lowering the salt content of bread could help reduce the nation’s overall blood pressure, which would translate into a reduction in heart disease and heart attacks. There are now some loaves offered with a lower salt content, although these are also often highly processed.

Since the Atkins diet, bread has been given some bad press, and many people who I speak to avoid it because they associate it with weight gain or bloating. There has been a mountain of publicity about wheat allergy and intolerance, with almost 30% of people reporting that they are concerned that they or their children may have adverse reactions to different foods. Actual wheat allergy or intolerance is rare, with less that 1% of the population suffering. The people who push the wheat intolerance message are often those who stand to make most money out of it; selling their products, therapies and ‘allergy tests;’ ranging from the scientifically questionable to the downright nutty. If you are concerned about wheat intolerance or allergy I would strongly advise against these methods, and against self-diagnosis which could mask a potentially more serious health concern; talk to your GP and ask to be referred to a specialist.

Bread can be a valid and nutritional addition to your diet. Wholegrain breads are a rich source of energy, vitamins, minerals and fiber. If you are concerned about your weight, then have just one piece of good bread with your meal, or choose wholemeal pita as an alternative; these can be stuffed with all manner of mouthwatering and healthy salads. It is a shame that so many people are forgoing the pleasures of quality bread, when there is such an amazing variety on offer.

Check out local bakeries, delicatessens, ethnic and health food shops, and farmers markets. Don’t be afraid to ask what is in the bread, and beware; many supermarket bakeries add hydrogenated fats to their bakery products, which should be avoided at all costs. (If you ask they should provide you with a book showing the ingredients of their baked goods). If you are concerned about high salt content, or what has been added or taken away from your bread, then it is a great idea to bake your own. I guarantee that it is easier than you think, and may just enhance your enjoyment of life!

Vikki Scovell BA(hons) PG DIP is a fully qualified Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach. She is a qualified Nutrition Adviser and runs successful Community Exercise classes. Vikki is a consultant in Healthy Eating and Exercise initiatives to schools in the independent sector and publishes School and General Healthy Living newsletters. Vikki lives in Bristol in the U.K. with her partner Jeremy and two young children.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Where to Find Good Recipes

There are numerous recipe books in the food market and an array of websites which provide good recipes. Most of the websites and books have categorized recipes and you have to decide which category you want to choose. Whether you are a homemaker or professional, good recipes are available in many places and you should use them to make a recipe book for your needs later.

The "Good Cook" website also has categorized recipes. You can browse their site by choosing your favorite food, or you can choose their recipe categories. Select the category which you want and try it out. Their categories range from beverages, bread, main course, seafood and fish to nutrition and health or outdoor cooking. You can get vegetarian food and the different types of meat. There are recipes for special dishes from various regions, various countries and continents and there are recipes which have special diets like low carb, for weight loss or diabetics.

This website also gives you some innovative ideas like baking up cookies for family fun or crock pot recipes to enjoy. Just try them out to get some quality time with your family on the weekend.

You may find exciting recipes on the internet like Beer for Beginners, or 54 Ways to Lose Weight, or even Easy to Make Omelets. On the website, you can do a quick recipe search by searching for three ingredients: recipe title, chef or the TV program. There are often interesting wine suggestions as well with the recipes.

On the BBC recipe site you can find a recipe according to the main ingredient, the occasion, meal, taste, texture, cuisine, cooking method, provider and dish. Often there is also a lot of information provided about the recipe and also the nutritional value, so that you know what you are cooking.

The Yahoo Food and Recipe site has many food videos and they are a pleasure to watch. The recipes for low-fat are the favorites and once you have tried them out, you can rate them as well. The "healthy categories" are also popular nowadays, so they could be the categories called Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat and Low Sugar.

The Hub UK site offers recipes, cookery, food and even a cooking vacation. The recipe given by this site of the famous Yorkshire pudding is one of the best. The site has thousands of recipes again divided into numerous categories. has recipes from all over the world. The database of good cooking recipes on this website is growing continuously. There is also elaborated information about all the ingredients and directions, so all that you have to do is follow instructions meticulously.

Finally, a good recipe is what you make of it, by giving each dish a personal touch. For western cooking the measurements are important, and if you take the correct quantities of ingredients nothing can go wrong. But the oriental cuisine does not demand such exactness, and you can unwind while you are cooking, because you can add or change some of the ingredients mentioned in the recipe.

At Find Ebooks Today there is a variety of recipe ebooks to choose from.

Everything from Oriental to Low Carb recipes can be found under cooking and recipes.


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