Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Brain Food: Nutrients to Preserve Brain

The following diet allows for the foods that will give a boost to preservation of the brain in various ways according to Paula Wolfert.

"Thus, the so-called bulletproof coffee (with grass fed butter mixed in), she makes every morning and the squares of dark chocolate she eats after lunch, in the belief they will bolster her brainpower. In between, she eats a carbohydrate-free diet built on salmon, berries and greens, along with extracts of turmeric, cinnamon and eggplant."
https://nyti.ms/2nxXEMO


Nasunin is a potent phytonutrient and antioxidant that is found in skin of eggplants. It may help fight aging and cancer...  nasunin has been found to protect the lipids (fats) in brain cell membranes. 

........we plant the Asian varieties which  have more skin per capital as they are thin.  Grown organically, do not peel.  Best sautéed with Asian spices.
...Coffee with butter  - stems from people in the Himalayas, Ethiopia, Nepal, Vietnam, and Singapore, while yak-butter tea drinks are consumed in Tibet.

I believe similar benefits hold for  coffee mixed with coconut oil.

dark chocolate
lavanols extracted from cocoa help tackle cholesterol levels and blood flow; But effective dose would be 400g of dark chocolate,
chocolates that I like!

https://www.tastefruition.com

https://www.tazachocolate.com








Patisson Strie Melange Squash

these have such a long shelf life as an ornamental!
but the real star of the show is how they taste - picked young - they are summer squash with a density great for frying or grilling - better than zucchini for tempera or antipasto!  Last year was the first year I grew these - seeds from Baker Creek - here is link
http://www.rareseeds.com/patisson-strie-melange-squash/

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

OKRA: HIBISCUS





Okra is completely edible from the flower, the leaves, and the pods.  Highly nutritious and loaded with benefits!!  Our first harvest last year has really inspired me to grow more of this plant, in the Hibiscus family, and get others in the Northeast to appreciate it, as well.  Known in the South for it's addition in gumbos, I really think the veggie has so much potential in stirfrys, curries, roasted and stuffed, etc.  The flower is stunning and would be an enriching addition to salads and decorative culinary arts and perhaps tea.

"Lectin is a type of protein found in okra, beans, peanuts, and grains."
high in Vit K to help with absorption of calcium.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Brain Food: Rebecca

a friend suggested this book to read...I told her it was good, I had read it from my library.  She said "You do not have this book in your library." I said, "Yes, I did."

My library is well stocked thanks to numerous book sales I've attended over the years.  Anyway, her suggestion had me reading it again...great writing from a woman of the year 1940.  Very impressive!  And you can watch the movie online or listen to the audiobook.  You gotta love the internet...and a well-stock library!