Honey Dressing, with Jaime Oliver

In this video, we see Jamie Oliver keep it simple and let the ingredients shine. We spend a lot of time thinking about food and flavour but make no mistake, we truly appreciate learning from the experts.

This recipe features honey and as natural or raw honey is more readily available in-store and on-line, the flavour comes together easily.

I love Peace River honey from Canada. It’s a flavour I remember from childhood, and would be perfect in this recipe.

At this time of year, you can sub in maple syrup from your favorite Sugar Shack! Adjust the amount to your own tastebuds.

Enjoy Jamie Oliver’s simple and delicious recipe and why not share it with a friend? Click here to watch the video. 

Did You Know? Eating Blueberries Protects Your Heart

In a study conducted in the United Kingdom, researchers looked into the benefits of eating a daily serving of blueberries among adults at high risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the findings, the 138 participants ranged in age from 50 to 75 years, and they were all classed as overweight or obese. They were given a cup or a half cup of blueberries every day for six months, while the other individuals were assigned a purple-colored placebo pill.

Results showed that eating a daily cup of blueberries cut the risk of heart disease by 12 to 15 percent via sustained improvements in vascular function and reduced arterial stiffness. However, the amount seems to matter – the researchers found no significant benefit from eating a half cup of blueberries daily. Instead, they credited the anthocyanin – flavonoids responsible for the red and blue color in fruits – with the health benefits seen.  

Every day, try including a variety of berries, including blueberries, into your diet. While the benefits of eating in lesser quantities were not immediately apparent in this study population, a half cup of blueberries offers the same antioxidant potential as five servings of any following vegetables: peas, carrots, apples, squash, or broccoli.

Blueberries are also a good source of fiber, with a half-cup serving containing approximately three grams of fiber per cup of fruit. According to recent data, anyone suffering from metabolic syndrome may be relieved to learn that consuming a daily portion of blueberries can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in individuals who have the illness.

Furthermore, berries have a vital role in preventing and treating cancer, diabetes, and neurological ailments, among other diseases.

Despite their small size, blueberries are mighty when consumed regularly.

Breakfast Pears

Try this elegant variation of breakfast pears made by Chef Robert Mills.
Click here to watch the video. 

“I like to serve this dish warm in the morning in place of oatmeal. Soon I will be cooking these for you in your kitchen.”
-Chef Robert

Breakfast Pears

Servings: 2

Prepping time: 5 Min

Cooking time: 25 Min

Ingredients

4 Barlett or Bosc pears
1 cup rolled oats
3 tbsp raisins
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup light brown sugar 

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for brushing
Maple syrup and or whipped cream on top for plating

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375°F
2. Toss the oats, brown sugar, pecans and the cinnamon to combine.
3. Stir in the melted butter until everything is roughly combined.
4. Stir in the raisins.
5. Cut the pears in half and scoop out their cores.
6. Lay the pears halves in a baking dish and brush their tops with melted butter.
7. Press some oat filling in the center of each pear.
8. Bake uncovered, for 25 minutes, until the pears are tender and the oat filling is lightly browned.

Serve warm, drizzle with maple syrup, and with whipped cream on the side if desired.

Light Festive Fruit Cake

Light Festive Fruit Cake

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups fine white sugar

1 cup butter (room temperature)

5 eggs

1 cup cake and pastry flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp mace

1 pound light raisins

½ pound glazed cherries cut in half (half red; half green)

¾ cup diced glazed pineapple

½ pound diced mixed peel or citron if preferred

½ cup orange juice

¾ cup all-purpose flour

½ pound toasted slivered almonds

Unsweetened coconut to taste

Crystalized ginger sliced to taste

Method:

The night before baking cake, prepare fruit and add orange juice. Let stand overnight, stirring a few times.

On baking day line containers with parchment paper and make batter.

 Cream butter and sugar well. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add cake and pastry flour, salt and mace. Beat until flour disappears.

Add slivered almonds and coconut to fruit and stir. Add the ¾ cup of all-purpose flour to the fruit and stir until fruit is covered. Add batter and mix well.

Scoop mixed batter into lined pans and bake at 325 degrees for an hour or until toothpick comes out clean. If top of cake gets too dark lay tin foil over the top.

Remove cakes from oven and let cool.

Poke holes all over cakes with a skewer or something similar and drizzle either white rum for the boozy version or white grape juice or apple juice for the non-boozy version. This helps moisten the cakes.

Wrap in cheesecloth then foil and store in a cool place.

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