Healthy Oatmeal

Healthy Oatmeal

Oatmeal is not only a very healthy food product with good carbohydrates, protein and low fat. It has also been proved to lower cholesterol. When the soluble fibre passes through the digestive tract, it forms a gel that traps some substances related to high cholesterol. This way it is reducing the absorption of cholesterol into …

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Calcium

Calcium

Like many other minerals calcium is essential to maintaining body health. It keeps your bones and teeth strong, ensures proper functioning of muscles and nerves and helps your blood clot. If you are not getting enough calcium every day, the body ‘borrows’ it from the bones and the risk osteoporosis increases. Calcium deficiency can also …

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Chives

Chives

Chives are an edible species of the Allium genus and its scientific name is Allium schoenoprasum. Chives are really easy to grow either in your garden or in a flower pot on the window sill.  They love moist soil, so don’t let them dry out and can be cut one inch above the ground when …

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Thyme

Thyme

Thyme is a widely cultivated herb which is widely used for cooking. Due to its content of thymol it got a strong flavour. Best cultivated in a hot sunny location the perennial plant tolerates not only drought but can also take deep freezes. Being a native herb of the Mediterranean it has naturalised well in …

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Parsley

Parsley

Parsley probably is the world’s most popular herb, has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years and was even used medicinally before that. It contains more vitamin C than most other vegetables and three times as much as oranges and also has many other health benefits.  Parsley is a good source of iron, manganese, calcium, …

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Sage

Sage

Sage (Salvia officinalis) has not only a long tradition of culinary use, it was also used to preserve meat and was recommended to treat just about every know condition, from snakebite to mental illness. In medieval times sage was called ‘toute bonne’ in France, which means ‘all is well’. Modern research has shown that sage …

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Calendula

Calendula

Calendula officinalis (Marigold) is not only a beautiful flower, but also has good healing properties and is used as a culinary herb too. The petals of Marigold can for example be used in salads or to colour cheese or as a cheap substitute for saffron. A dye can also be made out of them. From …

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Healthy Cabbage

Healthy Cabbage

Even though many people wrinkle their noses at the mere mention of cabbage, it is a healthy and powerful vegetable. And even though cabbage is relatively cheap and low in calories (25 kcal/100 g) it is rich in protective vitamins and just perfect for this time of the year. Cabbage not only boosts the immune …

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Basil

Basil

Basil belongs to the same family (Lamiaceae) as mint and is also called the “king of herbs”. The about 60 varieties of this fragrant herb basically fall into the three main types: sweet, purple and bush. Basil can be used in Mediterranean cooking combined with rosemary and thyme or with pine nuts and parmesan in …

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Carrot Soup

Carrot Soup

Here is the recipe of a very tasty and healthy carrot soup that is easy to make.   Carrot soup – 4 servings 2 carrots 2 onions 2 tbsps of oil 1 tbsp curry 9 oz red lentils 2 bay leaves 1.5 litres of vegetable stock salt, pepper Grate the carrots Peel and chop onions …

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