Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Recipes With Strawberries

Resveratrol In Strawberries

300 ml instant custard
3 punnets strawberries, washed, hulled and halved
Half x200g packet tennis biscuits crushed
250g carton cottage cheese
375ml fresh cream whipped
45ml castor sugar
10 strawberries, washed, hulled and finely sliced
10-12 meringues, crushed lightly
Half x 200g packet finger biscuits chopped
Strawberry jam

Sprigs of mint to decorate


Spoon custard into base of 6 large dessert glasses.
Arrange halved strawberries , cut sides facing outwards, around base of each glass.
Repeat with second row of strawberries, pointed ends down.
Sprinkle biscuits crumbs over custard, top with layer of cheese.
Sweeten whipped cream with castor sugar, add liqueur if desired.
Fold in sliced strawberries, meringues and chopped biscuits.
Pile cream mixture into glasses, top with halved strawberries.
Brush with jam to glaze.
Decorate with sprig of mint.
Serve at once, or cover and refrigerate until required.
Serves six.

Zabaglione With Muscadel Wine

I’m including this lovely recipe, as red muscadel wine is rich in resveratrol. 
Arrange halved strawberries , cut sides facing outwards, around base of each glass.


8 extra large egg yolks
100 ml castor sugar
125 ml muscadel wine
8 boudoir biscuits
50ml grated chocolates
Place egg yolks and castor sugar in mixing bowl
Beat until light and frothy
Place over double boiler, slowly add wine.
Keep over heat, beat until custard becomes noticeably thickened and creamy.
Serve immediately in glasses with a boudoir biscuit in each.
Top with grated chocolate.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Raspberries and Peanuts both contain resveratrol

Raspberry Coulis

This is a fruity sauce made from pureed and strained fruit. Serve with chocolate cake, ice cream or fruit.
250g fresh raspberries
¼ cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Puree the raspberries, icing sugar and the lemon juice in a blender of food processor.
Pass the sauce through a strainer to remove any seeds

Taste and add more sugar or lemon juice, if required.

Peanuts and Coleslaw

1 cup peanuts chopped
1 cup low fat sour cream
½ cup fat free mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon vinegar
Salt and pepper
4 cups finely chopped cabbage
1 cup coarsely chopped cauliflower
1 cup chopped celery
1 small finely chopped onion
1 green pepper, chopped
Mix the sour cream with the mayonnaise and add the sugar and vinegar.
Add all the other ingredients in bowl.
Add salt and pepper.
Add the mayonnaise mixture and mix well.

Chocolate Contains Resveratrol

1 cup self raising flour
½ cup cocoa
½ cup milk
½ cup castor sugar
1 lightly beaten egg
60g unsalted butter, melted
½ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla essence


Preheat the oven to 180’C (350’F)
Grease 4 small bowls
Sift together the flour, half the cocoa and a pinch of salt.
In a mixing bowl. stir in the castor sugar. Make a well in the center.
Mix the milk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla in a separate bowl.
Pour this into the well left in the flour and mix until smooth.
Spoon the mixture into the bowls and place on the oven tray.
Combine the brown sugar and remaining cocoa and sprinkle over the top of each pudding.
Bring 1 cup of water to the boil, then carefully pour into each pudding to fill three quarters.
Bake the puddings for 20 minutes or until they have risen.
Serve immediately

Saturday, May 6, 2017

One Of The Healthiest Fruit

Fresh Or Dried Mulberries Contain Many Health Benefits
Mulberries are a rich source of resveratrol. It helps to promote heart health and overall vitality. It improves the blood circulation and make you less susceptible to blood clots and strokes. Good for the cardiovascular system and is considered a blood tonic which helps with the treatment of anemia. It cleanse the blood, and strengthens the entire system. Mulberries protect and promote the healthy function of the liver and the kidneys. This fruit contains vitamin A, C, E and K folic acid, thiamine, niacin and fiber. It is also rich in iron, protein and calcium. Mulberries have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer properties. The anti-inflammatory properties keep cholesterol levels within limits. This is a fruit that contain compounds that control blood sugar in diabetes. It also has a high level of choline, which is good for memory and vision. Mulberries are rich in resveratrol

In China, the mulberries and leaves have been used for medicine and food for thousands of years. Mulberries have many health benefits. It is also anti-ageing

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Raspberry Chocolate Torte

Makes 12 Servings


2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen raspberries
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
½ of a 12½ ounce package fudge covered crackers, finely crumbled
Two tablespoons of melted butter
1 package (10 ounces) thawed frozen pound cake,

2½ cups heavy cream

Thaw berries, drain syrup into a medium size saucepan. Puree half the berries in container of food processor. Strain through a fine sieve into saucepan.
(Reserve remaining berries)
Sprinkle gelatin over raspberries in saucepan, let stand to soften 5 minutes. Heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin dissolves. Cool. Refrigerate for 45 minutes or until mixture is consistency of unbeaten egg whites.
 Meanwhile, thoroughly blend crumbs and butter in a bowl with a fork. Carefully pat the mixture around the side (but not bottom) of a buttered 8 inch spring form pan.
Cut pound cake crosswise into 10 slices. Then, holding slices together, cut loaf lengthwise into thirds, separate pieces of cake (30 pieces). Place half of the pieces on the bottom of the spring form pan. Top with reserved berries.
Whip two cups of the cream in a medium size bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until soft peaks form.
Fold thickened raspberry mixture into whipped cream until no streaks of white remain.
Pour half the mixture over cake and berries in pan, top with remaining  cake pieces, then remaining whipped cream mixture.
Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight.
At serving time, carefully remove side of pan, place cake on serving plate.
Whip remaining cream in a small bowl until stiff. Garnish cake with whipped cream.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Raisins Contain Resveratrol

Grapes were sundried into raisins as early as 1490 B.C. Raisins were accidently made when grapes could not be harvested and the sun dried them on the vines.  Grapes lost their moisture but also became sweeter and could be stored for longer.
The grapes are placed on trays to dry in the sun or indoors with heat. It takes two to three weeks to dry grapes.
Raisins should be stored in a cool, dry place. Heat and air can cause them to dry out. After opening a package of raisins, place in an airtight container and refrigerate for long term storage.



         Raisins Contain Resveratrol.
         Chocolate With Rum Raisins
         Makes 4 dozen
         3 cups seedless raisins
         1 cup rum
         12 ounces semisweet chocolate pieces
         1 tablespoon light corn syrup
    1.    Place raisins in a large plastic food bag.
    2.    Add rum, secure bag.
    3.    Let raisins soak for 3 hours.
    4.    Drain raisins by placing in a sieve, do not press.
    5.    Use liquid in fruit compote or spoon over ice cream.
    6.    Combine chocolate pieces and corn syrup in top of double boiler.
    7.    Place on hot, not boiling water until chocolate melts, stir occasionally
    8.    Remove from heat.
    9.    Fold raisins into melted chocolate, coating well. Drop heaped teaspoonfuls onto wax paper.
   10.   Chill until firm, store in refrigerator.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Healthy and Active To The End

An active life style. Strong family ties and to have a purpose in life. Many grew up in rural surroundings although some moved to towns in their adult life. An abundance of organic fruit and veggies were available in rural areas. Some enjoyed red wine or home-made brandy in moderation. This contained resveratrol which is found in red or purple grapes. Resveratrol helps to lower blood pressure and allow a higher volume of blood to flow through your body, delivering increased oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells. They also thought a sense of humor and laughter was a contributing factor. 

Maria Esther Capovilla

Maria was born in September 1889. She died in August 2006 at the age of one hundred and sixteen years of age. Maria was from Ecuador in South America. She lived to the age of one hundred and sixteen. She lived in the Andes mountains. Her main diet was chicken, legumes, vegetables, fruit and corn.

Emma Morano

Emma was born in Civiasco, a mountain village, in Italy in 1899. She has survived two world wars. She married in 1926 and separated from her husband in 1938. She likes living on her own. Emma retired at seventy five years and lives in a two room apartment, in Verbania Italy. She eats biscuits with milk for breakfast. And attributes her longevity to the two raw eggs she eats during the day. She has pasta and minced meat for lunch and a glass of milk for dinner. She also drinks a glass of homemade brandy and enjoys chocolate. She is positive about the future.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Resveratrol Has So Many Benefits

Resveratrol was first seen as beneficial for the heart.  Research indicates that it may also stop new cancer cells from forming and could destroy some existing cancers.

It protects your body from inflammation. This is a natural response in your body, when the white blood cells protect you from bacteria and viruses. However, inflammation has been linked to many degenerative diseases, including heart disease.

 It is an antioxidant that can cross the blood brain barrier to help protect your brain and nervous system and protect your cells from free radical damage. It keeps your heart healthy and improves the elasticity of your blood vessels. Resveratrol makes platelets in the bloodstream less sticky, and so could increase the risk of bleeding in people who are on warfarin or other anti-inflammatory drugs. 
Include this antioxidant into your diet in order to generate better health.Research has indicated that resveratrol may assist with longevity. It also protects muscle health by reducing muscle wasting which is associated with cancer. 

Scientists report that cocoa powder, baking chocolate and dark chocolate are all rich in resveratrol. Cocoa powder contain more than peanuts and peanut butter per serving, but less than red grapes and wine. 

Information on cocoa received from Hershey Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition.