Posts Tagged ‘lemon juice’

Asparagus Pesto

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Asparagus Pesto

Asparagus is a fairly new addition to my kitchen, about four years I would say. Usually I just roast the asparagus in a griddle pan or under the grill with some olive oil and then sprinkle some salt and drizzle either lemon, vinegar or balsamic vinegar. This simple vegetable tastes just great as it has a very distinct flavour. I remember making mashed asparagus for my son when he was a baby and my mother saying will he like that? As she had never tried it before, I asked her to try it and she thought it was an ok taste. I am glad that I have introduced such great flavours to my son from an early age, as it has introduced him to a great range of flavours, textures and tastes.

Recently, when I saw a recipe on one of the blogs I regularly visit, I thought I have to try it because the  British asparagus season does not last very long. It is said that Asparagus is high in potassium, folic acid and low in sodium and calories, and is good for us as it does not contain any fat or cholesterol. I am a great believer in eating the right foods to help us maintain a healthy lifestyle and if the food that I eat contains things I know that are good for our health/well-being then we should eat more of them. As a result I was glad that I tried this recipe. It was a great hit with the family and a recipe which I will make again with a few changes next time.

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Avocado Toast

Monday, February 16th, 2009

avocado-toast

A good filling healthy snack, that is all what we need sometimes instead of turning to the usual potato crisps or other fast foods. I made this simple recipe for Avocado Toast after a conversation with one of my cousin sisters. She had it whilst on holiday in Australia.

When I was growing up in Malawi we had two avocado trees in our back garden and we used to eat them mashed with sugar and milk as a dessert, it was so wonderful. I also had quite a lot of it after my son was born, it was a very good way to boost the vitamins into the body and have a nutritious snack while lactating. Apart from eating them, we also used to use them for beauty treatments, like applying mashed avocado in our hair to act as an excellent conditioner.  Back then we didn’t realise the benefits of Avocados. Here’s a good article about avocados for keeping your hair healthy.

Avocados may be high in fat, but they have other vitamins which are very good for us. It is said that avocados are good for memory, clarity of thought and also to help protect the brain cells. I felt that it was another wonderful way of eating avocados and I guess it makes a good snack while studying ! 😉

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