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CELERIAC AND RAISIN SALAD

1. Put raisins in a bowl with water to soak for 30minutes 2. Clean celeriac from the skin and grate it. You can use a food processor instead of a simple grater if you wish. 3. Peel and grate apples. 4. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. 5. Once raisins are soaked add them too and stir. 6. Keep salad in the fridge until serving.
Published on: 2019-07-16Likes: 2

CHICKEN & PROSCIUTTO ROULADE

1. Prepare chicken breast first. Pound it between two sheets of cling film until flat and thin. Put a bit of salt and pepper and leave it to marinate for a few minutes. 2. Chop mushrooms finely, cut leek stalk, chop parsley leaf and grate cheddar cheese. 3. Use a large frying pan and put a tablespoon of lard into it and melt on medium heat. Add leek and fry until golden brown then adds mushrooms, salt and black pepper. Fry together for few minutes until all liquid from mushrooms has evaporated stirring from time to time. At the end add the double cream and simmer together until combined and thickened up. 4. On a large chopping board spread prosciutto ham, one or two pieces depending on how large the chicken breast is, then put a chicken breast on the top of it. Spread 1 tablespoon of filling evenly on each chicken piece, to about 1cm from the edges, sprinkle a bit of grated cheese on the top. Then, starting from one of the narrower ends, roll up and secure with cocktail sticks. 5. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease the baking tray with lard. 6. Add some lard into a large frying pan and put on a medium heat then add roulades seam-side down and fry for about 5 minutes until golden brown. 7. Place the roulades on a baking tray, add a bit of chicken stock and put them in the oven for about 30 minutes. 8. Remove cocktail sticks before serving and sprinkle some chopped parsley leaf on the plate.
Published on: 2019-07-15Likes: 7

AUBERGINE SIDE SALAD

1. Peel the skin from aubergines and cut them into 1cm chips like pieces. 2. Place them in a bowl and sprinkle salt over them. 3. Leave for half an hour. This will help with the bitter taste that aubergines have. 4. Add oil in a frying pan and warm up. 5. Rinse aubergines under cold water and place them in frying pan once oil is hot. 6. Crush the garlic clove and add to the pan. 7. Cover with a lid and fry for 10-15 minutes until they get soft. If they start burning add some water and steam. Once they are nearly ready remove the lid and allow water to evaporate. 8. Add half a tsp of salt pepper and 1 tsp of mixed herbs. 9. Once they are ready remove the aubergines from the pan and place them in the bowl. 10. Add 10ml of apple cider vinegar.
Published on: 2019-07-13Likes: 5

WATERMELON SMOOTHIE

1. Chop watermelon in small cubes and remove seeds from it. 2. Peel and chop the cucumber. 3. Squeeze juice from one lemon. 4. Add all ingredients into the blender and blend thoroughly. 5. Serve with ice.
Published on: 2019-07-11Likes: 8

QUICK MAC AND CHEESE

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C and grease a large baking dish you are going to use for baking. 2. Shred all your cheeses and mix them in a large bowl, leave Parmesan cheese in a separate dish. 3. Cook pasta according to the package and remove it just a minute or two before its ready. Drain it and place in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and leave it for later. 4. Melt butter in a deep saucepan. 5. Use a whisk and to whisk in the flour over small or medium heat until bubbly, it should take about 1 minute. 6. Continue whisking and add milk and whipping cream until you see bubbles, add salt and pepper and carry on whisking for another 2 minutes. 7. Start adding your shredded cheeses gradually, add about ⅓ and keep whisking until smooth, add another ⅓ and continue whisking until creamy and smooth. The sauce should be nice and thick. 8. Add cooled pasta and stir it in until fully covered in cheese sauce. 9. Pour half of the mac and cheese in a baking dish and add ⅓ of shredded cheeses on the top. Put remaining mac and cheese to cover it. 10. Sprinkle shredded Parmesan cheese and sweet paprika powder on the top and bake for about 30 minutes until golden brown. Serve straight away.
Published on: 2019-07-02Likes: 17

CHILLI CON CARNE

1. Soak red kidney beans in one bowl and chickpeas in another one the day before making the dish. In the morning boil them until soft in separate pots as they have different cooking time. 2. Peel and chop finely the onions, celery sticks, carrots, garlic, peppers, fresh tomatoes, mushrooms and fresh parsley leaf and leave them on separate plates to add in order. 3. Using a very large pan put lard and melt it. Add garlic and onion to start with and fry until golden brown, then add mushrooms and allow the flavours to combine. 4. Add the minced beef and all remaining spices, give it a good stir to break larger pieces and leave for about 10 minutes to simmer. 5. Add all chopped veggies and drained red kidney beans and chickpeas. At this point, you need to add a bit of water and balsamic vinegar and allow everything to cook together for about an hour on low heat stirring from time to time. Leave the lid slightly open to reduce the amount of fluid gradually. 6. Serve with boiled rice, millet or jacket potatoes or freshly baked bread with a bit of freshly chopped coriander sprinkled on the top.
Published on: 2019-06-30Likes: 16

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FOOD HABITS IN TIME

It is very interesting to look back and realize how our needs have changed when it comes to food consumption and preparation. It seems that very gradually we have shifted our way of thinking and taste preferences throughout history. But the big question is: “What has changed?” The answer depends on how far we want to journey back in time and of course on the part of the world. I will just mention very briefly that in Europe during Middle Ages breakfast was not something that people would practise and it was not because they were poor and could not afford it but even monarchs just simply did not eat breakfast. They would typically have only two meals a day. The first meal would be around 11 am and the second one about five hours later. Eating breakfast was considered medicinal therefore only ill people and children would typically have it. The rise of a working class around the 16th century has slowly changed the habits and breakfast was introduced for those working long hours. Nowadays we continue to eat breakfast in the morning and it has become a part of our daily routine.<br><br> The real change did not come until the19th and 20th centuries. That period of time has revolutionized the food industry and changed our habits so cooking has slowly been replaced with convenient options. I will list some of the diverse ideas that were introduced back then and implemented into our lives as innocent discoveries. - Fish and chips – appeared as early as the 19th century and the first fish and chips shop was open in 1860 in Oldham! - Vending machine restaurant – the first one opened in 1896 in Berlin and then in 1902 in New York which started the fast food industry in the US. - First hamburger chain – first restaurant serving hamburgers was open in 1916 selling large numbers of cheap hamburgers was soon franchised in 1921. - McDonald’s – opened in 1948 by McDonald brothers, now holds around 31000 restaurants in 21 countries around the world. - Crisps – invented accidentally in a restaurant in 1853 and manufactured in 1895. It is a bit of a funny story about how they were invented. George Crum was a restaurant owner and served French fries to a customer, who complained they were too thick. He made them again, but a lot thinner but the customer was still not happy. To annoy the fussy diner Crum made them very thin and crunchy, but the effect was quite opposite – the customer loved them. - Carbonated soft drink – invented in 1767 - Cola flavoured drink – 1881 and then 1885 “Dr.Pepper” and just a year later “Coca-cola”. Nowadays having a pack of crisps, biscuits, chocolate bar, a variety of burgers and fizzy drinks is the cheapest and easiest option for many leading busy lives. Junk food is everywhere and many people might not even be aware of what they are consuming at all. I think that all of us tried most of the foods listed, not to mention pizza, kebabs, sandwiches etc. They might even seem like good food, because what else can you grab on the go when you are hungry? The way people shop today is very different too and it is nothing to do with what they want to buy, but with what is being sold to them. Looking around the supermarket there are not many fresh, unprocessed products that we can buy. Instead, we have canned food, frozen microwave meals, endless shelves of sweet and savoury snacks, fizzy drinks, puffy bread and pastries empty in calories and full of additives to preserve it for longer. What happens when we eat that way? • we are constantly hungry eating food that has no nourishment but is high in calories • we end up eating more often than three times a day • we choose processed food that is very unhealthy due to a busy lifestyle or inability to cook<br> • we waste time and money and do not benefit from it • we have weight problems or are already obese • we have health problems like diabetes, anaemia, a variety of food allergies etc. So what is the solution when we are surrounded by junk food and we think we have no time or skill to prepare meals at home? Firstly we think that everybody can cook. Cooking that we survived through generations is not high-end restaurant cooking that we think of when we say “I will never be able to cook that good”. Well, you do not have to be that good. You have to be enthusiastic, open to new challenges and make the first step. Nowadays we have all these cooking utensils, we have internet, YouTube channels… We have endless resources that people didn’t have 50 years ago but they still managed. If they could cook we can too. Secondly, start small. If you never cooked before and you do not have much time, start from one meal a week. Surprise yourselves with a delicious <a href="http://www.apple-green.com/recipes-view.php?id=110" style="color:#029934;" target="_blank">omelette</a> for breakfast. You deserve it. After all, it is all about changing habits!
Published on: 2019-07-01

MYSTERIOUS AVOCADO

Avocado is a very interesting fruit, often confused for a vegetable. Its versatility makes it great in sweet and savoury dishes. Hass avocado is probably the most popular variety, but different types are also available and they come in different shapes, sizes, textures and colours. They are cultivated in many different countries, some species are particularly sensitive to frost and wind, therefore, countries like Spain, Morocco, Peru, Chile, Indonesia, Australia, Mexico etc. make the perfect climate for cultivation. The fruit has become increasingly popular and because of its health benefits consumed by almost everybody. It is broadly used in vegetarian and vegan cuisine as a very nourishing meat replacement. Some of the benefits include: • This “superfood” is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, phosphorus and zinc.<br> • It has high levels of vitamins: A, K, C, E, B6, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin (vitamins B1, B2, B3) • It is a healthy source of monosaturated fatty acids • It is rich in dietary fibre and just one serving provides about 40% of the daily requirement • Some researches claim that consuming avocado on a regular basis can improve heart health, digestion, liver health, vision and aid in weight management. • It also has great benefits for dry skin and damaged hair. It can be used fresh as a mask to nourish damaged hair or skin and also there are many avocado-based products available on the market. When buying avocados always pay attention to select the fresh ones, without any black spots and not too ripe. If you buy ripe avocados that are ready to eat it is best to store them in the fridge, unripe avocados can be kept outside of the fridge in room temperature. The fruit is easy to prepare and usually eaten raw therefore it can be easily incorporated in the daily diet and does not take much time to prepare it. Some examples include: • <span style="font-style:oblique; font-weight:600;">Guacamole:</span> that Mexican dip has become very popular in recent years and even has its own celebration: National Guacamole Day, 16th of September. • <span style="font-style:oblique; font-weight:600;">Fruit:</span> ripe avocados can be consumed directly, sliced or spread on a piece of bread with salt and pepper and a bit of olive oil, can be added on sandwiches as a great, healthy replacement of mayonnaise • <span style="font-style:oblique; font-weight:600;">Smoothie:</span> avocados go perfectly with fruits such as bananas, pineapple and berries and with green, leafy vegetables such as kale making it a great snack or even meal substitute. • <span style="font-style:oblique; font-weight:600;">Salads:</span> the fruit goes great with tomatoes, cucumber, onion, feta cheese, chicken etc. so any salad can be created to suit everybody. • <span style="font-style:oblique; font-weight:600;">Avocado oil:</span> perfect with salads, can be used for baking by vegans as a fat replacement and also make avocado oil mayonnaise. • <a href="http://www.apple-green.com/recipes-view.php?id=98" style="color:#029934; font-style:oblique; font-weight:600;" target="_blank">Chocolate spread:</a> a very healthy, sugar-free and easy to make. It is perfect on bread, toast, pancakes or waffles. It is really important to know how you can use the fruit so you can appreciate it for its numerous benefits. On our website, you will find some delicious and easy to prepare recipes with a step by step guidance. I remember when I came across avocado for the first time I did not know what to do with it. At the time it was not as popular as now and I hardly had access to the internet. I thought it was a vegetable and being so very curious how it tastes I made sure to fry it for a very long time. When I finally tasted it the bitterness put me off it for a very long time and I even thought that it was inedible. It is a funny story now when I love eating avocado so much and can prepare so many different dishes from it. That brings me just to one conclusion that maybe there are still people who either never tried it or some who made some culinary mistakes like me and ended up with bitter disappointment. Follow our simple recipes and enjoy!
Published on: 2019-07-01
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