Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ladies Over 80 And Active

Two Ladies To Be Admired

  • Deirdre Larkin 82 from Randburg in South Africa won the world record   54-17 in the 10km run in Durban in 2013.
  •  Deirdre ran the Geneva Marathon in May 2017 and broke her own record. She ran the race in 2.05 breaking her previous record of 2.12 for the 85 plus World Half Marathon Record.
  • She also went to Brazil in Oct 2014 to represent South Africa in the over 80’s. 
  • She used to be a concert pianist and only started running at 78 years. When she was in her seventies she was diagnosed with osteo-porosis. She decided to change her life style. No medication helped her and she went to see a dietician and became a vegetarian. She started with light exercises and in 2009 started running. 
  • In 2010 she ran her first marathon for the Randburg harriers club, the 10km valentine’s day she completed it in 1.25. That was the first of 36 marathon she ran in that year. The following year she ran in 58 marathons. 
  • She also ran in the above 70’s two ocean’s marathons. She trains four times per week and runs from 5.30am even in the winter to run 8km. 
  • Deirdre was a concert pianist in Britain and moved to South Africa in 1970 with her husband and family.

Dr Jean Sharpe

  • Dr Jean Sharpe 84 worked at the Sandton Clinic  in Johannesburg as an gynaecologist and did operations every week. 
  • She said that although she was not as fit physically as before, her brain was as sharp and active as ever. She attended a certain amount of seminars  and read literature to keep up to date with new methods and discoveries in her profession. 
  • Dr Sharpe also received provincial colors in England for tennis when she worked there. She swam regularly and rode horses until the age of 80. Sadly Dr Sharpe died in May 2014. These are ladies to be admired.   

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding

Raisins contain resveratrol which have many health benefits. Cinnamon also has many health benefits.
·    Cinnamon is filled with antioxidants, which protect us from free radicals, which has been linked to many degenerative diseases,
·    It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Cinnamon fights viruses and inhibits 
     the growth of harmful bacteria.
·    It contains high levels of manganese and calcium that help with strong bones and cartilage
     development. It also stabilizes the blood sugar levels.



            Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding
10 slices firm white bread
½ stick butter, melted
1 cup golden raisins
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 eggs
4 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
¼ cup apple jelly
·       Brush one side of each slice with melted butter, cut into quarters.
·       Arrange bread, overlapping, in shallow 2quart. Baking dish,
·       Sprinkle with raisins. Mix sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle half over bread.
·       Combine remaining sugar cinnamon mixture, salt and eggs in large bowl, beat with wire          whisk or rotary beater, just until combined. Stir in milk and vanilla, ladle over bread.
         Preheat oven to 350.
·       Set baking dish in a shallow pan, place pan on oven shelf, pour boiling water into pan to a     depth of 1 inch.
·       Bake in a preheated moderate oven for 50 minutes or until center is almost set, but still         soft, remove baking dish from water to a wire rack.

·       Melt apple jelly in small saucepan, brush over top of bread pudding. Serve hot.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fresh Fruit Chutney And Other Recipes


Fresh Fruit Chutney
This recipe contains raisins which are rich in resveratrol.
450g cooking apples peel and chop
100g raisins
1 mango, peel and chop
225g sugar
1 onion finely chopped
125ml cider
½ tsp each of mustard powder and salt
·       Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
·       Microwave uncovered at high for 20 minutes.
·       Sir a few times while cooking.
·       Cover and cool in refrigerator.

Strawberry-Kiwi Salad
2 oranges, peeled and sliced across the sections
2 cups strawberries, sliced
2 large kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
1 small banana, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp currants
Mix the strawberries, kiwi fruit, currants and bananas in a large bowl
Cut orange wheels and place in a plate, adding the mixture of fruit on top.
Serve with fruit dip.
Fruit Dip
One banana and ½ cup strawberries
Puree in a blender.

Fruit Smoothie
1 cup apple juice
1 frozen banana
2 cups strawberries
Place all the ingredients in a blender
Blend until smoothie
Fresh Almond Milk
¼ cup raw almonds
1 cup water
·       Blanch the almonds by adding them to a skillet containing ½ inch boiling water. Boil for about thirty seconds.
·       Drain and remove the skins
·       Place the blanched almonds in a blender with one cup of cold water.
·       Run the blender on high for 3 minutes until a thick white milk has formed.
·       Milk made from almonds are a good source of easily assimilated calcium and they are delicious. This milk has been used for centuries in Europe, Asia and American Indians.

Strawberry Shake
1 cup fresh almond milk
2 frozen bananas
7 strawberries   
Place the almond milk and fruit in blender.
Blend until thick and creamy.

Strawberry shakes are nutritious and contain resveratrol which have many health benefits.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Recipe for Homemade Cranberry Bread

Resveratrol z

Recipe for homemade Cranberry bread
Cranberry Bread
Bake at 350’ for 50 minutes

2 cups sifted all purpose flour
¾ cup sugar
1½ cups fresh or frozen cranberries
½ cup orange juice
2 tbsp grated orange rind
¾ cups chopped walnuts
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 egg
3tbsp melted butter
2 tbsp hot water

·        Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl.
·        Beat egg lightly in a small bowl. Stir in orange rind and juice, butter and hot water. Add to dry ingredients, mix thoroughly. Fold in cranberries and nuts.
·        Turn batter into a well greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.
·        Bake in a moderate oven for 50 minutes.
·        Remove from pan, cool on wire rack.

Strawberries and Blueberries Both Contain Resveratrol.
Include in your smoothies for good health.

Banana and Strawberries Smoothie

One banana cut into pieces
Two cups of frozen strawberries
One cup of soy milk
Half teaspoon vanilla extract
Half cup rolled oats
Honey if required
Place ingredients in blender.
Add vanilla and honey last.

Cherry and Blueberries Smoothie

One cup frozen cherries
One cup frozen blueberries
One cup soy milk
Half cup lemon yogurt
Place frozen cherries and
Blueberries in blender
Add remaining ingredients

Blend until smooth.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Savory Cranberry Sauce

Savory Cranberry Sauce
1 package 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup dry red wine
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Combine cranberries, sugar and a cup of wine in a medium sized saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until cranberries just
start to pop open their skin.
Dissolve cornstarch in remaining ¼ cup wine. Stir into cranberry mixture.
Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens and bubbles appear.

Cool and Chill.

Cold Cranberry Souffle
Makes 8 Servings
1 envelope and one tsp unflavored gelatin
2½ cups cranberry juice
1½ cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1½ cups sugar
 5 egg whites
1½ cups heavy cream
2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
Soften the gelatin in ½ cup of cranberry juice, about 5 minutes
Wash and pick over the berries. Combine berries with ¾ cup of the sugar and the remaining cranberry juice in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil, then lower heat.
Simmer 4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and cranberry skins have popped open.
Remove from heat, stir in softened gelatin. Strain mixture into large bowl. Reserve 16 cranberries, chop remainder.
Cool gelatin mixture, chill until syrupy.
Beat egg whites and salt in a large bowl with electric mixer until frothy. Add remaining sugar gradually, beating until meringue forms soft peaks.
Whip ¾ cup of the heavy cream in a small bowl until stiff. Fold meringue and cream together.
Pour the meringue cream mixture over the thickened cranberry mixture and fold together until no trace of white remains. Add the chopped berries. Pour into a 6 cup souffle dish with a high collar of wax paper.
Chill until firm, about 4 hours.
To serve, whip remaining heavy cream with the confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl until stiff.
Pipe 16 rosettes on souffle’ with a pastry bag. Place a cranberry in center of each.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Cherries and Resveratrol

Include black cherry juice in your diet for the resveratrol content. Resveratrol inhibits tumor growth and help in the formation of nerve cells, which may help in diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkinson. It protects muscle health by reducing muscle wasting associated with diabetes and cancer. Check with your doctor or health worker should you decide to supplement your resveratrol intake with capsules. Muscadine grapes have the highest concentration of resveratrol in nature because of the extra thick skins. Plants produce resveratrol to protect themselves from fungus, as well as other infections and disease. And that’s exactly why this same compound is so effective for humans. It helps prevent damage on a cellular level.

In the case of gout, cherries have been connected with reduced uric acid levels. They have also been noticed to decrease the frequency of gout attacks. Eating more cherries is a healthy way to support you against gout. Increased vitamin C may reduce uric acid levels. Eat more vegetables and fruits that are rich in vitamin C, especially guavas, which are rich in vitamin C. The extra vitamin C from these foods will help you against gout.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

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