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Tina’s Trabez

The basic food of Rice is this weeks subject. White rice comes in short-grain and long-grain varieties. Short-grain rice is very starchy and becomes soft and sticky when you cook it. Short-grain rice is also used in paella and risotto dishes, and sometimes mixed into chilli and stews. Long-grain rice, such as jasmine and basmati, contains less starch, so the cooked grains are drier and don’t clump together. White rice is about 90% carbohydrate, 8% protein and 2% at, White rice is a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, selenium,Read More


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This weeks recipes feature Figs – in my case I only had memories of them dried in a dried fruit salad – remember that?? Or some horrid concoction called syrup of figs which was to keep your system working properly!! The taste of fresh figs bear no resemblance to these luckily! Figs are high in natural sugars,minerals and soluble fibre. Figs are rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of antioxidant vitamins A, E and K that contribute to health and wellness.Read More


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Pomegranates are in the shops and markets now. Although I quite like the juice I am not keen on eating the fruit raw. As a child I was given a darning needle get the pips out to eat. Luckily there are now lots of recipes that include pomegranates! They have a round shape, like an apple, with a hard, shiny skin blushed with red or yellow. Inside, scores of edible little white seeds are held in jewel-like, ruby-coloured sacs filled with sweet, juicy flesh. The sacs themselves are packed inRead More


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This week there is no real ‘theme’ to the recipes, just some simple tasty recipes I have tried recently, I hope you enjoy them too…… Egg muffins  Sometimes you want a hearty breakfast that you can eat on the go or just some tasty snacks or a light lunch. Try these tasty egg muffins. Decide what meat, cheese and vegetables you want to put it in, the combination possibilities are endless. And since you make a bunch in advance you have ready to go ! Ingredients Spring onion as requiredRead More


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The humble onion,can you imagine a recipe without onions in it? This wonderful bulb-vegetable, one of the oldest edible food sources known to humankind, is found in a bewildering array of recipes and preparations, be it your favourite salad, or mouth-watering gravy or curries. It has also been in used in traditional medicines since ancient times for its health promoting and curative properties. Onions are very low in calories (just 40 calories per 100 g) and fats; however, rich in soluble dietary fibre. Onions are rich in allicin which reducesRead More


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This week are looking at fish recipes. I have to confess I have not tried any of these as hubby and I can’t eat fish so I hope they resonate with you all! I have tried to put a selection of recipes in… I have concentrated mostly on sea bass and sea bream as this is mostly what I have seen on restaurant menus… Fish and shellfish are good sources of essential vitamins, such as niacin, and minerals, such as selenium and iodine. White fish such as the bream andRead More


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Bulgar wheat – widely used here – comes in different sizes or grades, the fine bulgar is used a lot in soups, whilst the coarser ones as a base for dishes, and there are many ways that it can be used. Harvested from whole wheat, bulgur wheat has many nutritional properties. The grain is full of manganese, dietary fibre, tryptophan and magnesium. One cup of cooked bulgur wheat contains more than half of your recommended daily value of manganese. By eating a cup of cooked bulgur wheat, you’ll also addRead More


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Potatoes! The staple of many a diet and we are blessed out in Northern Cyprus with good cheap ones!           Nutritionally one medium-size potato has just 110 calories and is absolutely fat-, sodium and cholesterol free, making them downright undeniable for any diet! It is the stuff you add to them, like fat for frying or butter that adds the calories! One medium potato with skin provides: Potassium – 18% of the recommended daily amount per serving. Iron – 6% of the recommended daily amount VitaminRead More


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Small seedless grapes are appearing in the markets now and very refreshing are they too. Grapes are an also good source of vitamin-C, vitamin A, vitamin K, carotenes, B-complex vitamins such as pyridoxine, riboflavin, and thiamin. Grapes are rich in polyphenolic phytochemical compound resveratrol. Resveratrol is one of the powerful anti-oxidant, which has been found to play a protective role against cancers of colon and prostate, coronary heart disease (CHD), degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer’s disease and viral/ fungal infections. Resveratrol reduces stroke risk by altering the molecular mechanisms in the blood vessels. It does so firstly by reducing susceptibility of blood vessel damage throughRead More


Recipes

Red cabbage! Only ever had that pickled at Christmas when I was a child! But did you know…Raw red cabbage is a powerhouse of vitamin content, with significant amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and folate in every 1.5 cup serving. Three ounces of raw red cabbage provides nearly 51 milligrams of vitamin C, or 80 percent of your daily recommended intake. This amount is more than twice as much as the vitamin C contained in a medium-sized tomato. Red cabbage also provides 40 percent ofRead More


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Bananas are the subject of this weeks recipes! I know they do ripen very quickly here, I saw a tip from a friend of mine on Facebook (thank you Claire!) to wrap clingfilm round the stem end of the bunch to stop them ripening as quickly, worth a try! Banana is one of the high calorie tropical fruits. 100 g of fruit provides 90 calories. Fresh bananas provide adequate levels of minerals like copper, magnesium, and manganese. Magnesium is essential for bone strengthening and has a cardiac-protective role as well.Read More