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Anti-Oxidants

Plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains contain many components that are beneficial to human health. Research supports that some of these foods, as part of an overall healthy diet, have the potential to delay the onset of many age-related diseases. These observations have led to continuing research aimed at identifying specific bioactive components in foods, such as antioxidants, which may be responsible for improving and maintaining health.

Antioxidants are present in foods as vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and polyphenols, among others. Many antioxidants are often identified in food by their distinctive colours—the deep red of cherries and of tomatoes; the orange of carrots; the yellow of corn, mangos, and saffron; and the blue-purple of blueberries, blackberries, and grapes. The most well-known components of food with antioxidant activities are vitamins A, C, and E; β-carotene; the mineral selenium; and more recently, the compound lycopene. Antioxidants have anti-aging effects because they are scavengers of free radicals (and other reactive oxygen species) which are linked with human diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and with aging. Free radicals are also associated with other aging-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Antioxidants protect the body from oxidative damage induced by free radicals and reactive oxygen species by (1) suppressing their formation; (2) acting as scavengers; and (3) acting as their substrate.

Few fruits have quite the provocative allure, the fragile charm or the nutrients of berries. They’re full of fiber, minerals and vitamins, and loaded with healing antioxidants. Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are rich in proanthocyanidins, antioxidants that can help prevent cancer and heart disease. Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries contain ellagic acid, a plant compound that combats carcinogens. Blueberries also appear to delay the onset of age-related loss of cognitive function.

 

Tomatoes are fast becoming one of our favourite modern foods, and for good reason — they can ward off certain kinds of cancer, prevent macular degeneration and cataracts, and help maintain mental function as we age. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a relatively rare member of the carotenoid family, also found in pink grapefruit and twice as powerful as beta-carotene. Other studies suggest lycopene can help prevent lung, colon and breast cancers. Tomatoes also contain the antioxidant glutathione, which helps boost immune function

The “stinking rose,” perhaps the world’s oldest known medicinal and culinary herb, is packed with antioxidants that can help fend off cancer, heart disease and the effects of aging. The sulfur compounds that give garlic its pungent odour are thought to be responsible for its healing benefits. Studies have shown that garlic keeps the heart healthy by lowering cholesterol levels, reducing blood pressure, fighting free radicals and keeping blood from clotting. Other studies suggest that eating garlic regularly can help prevent cancer. It also has potent anti-fungal properties and can help treat asthma and yeast infections. 

Popeye may have thought eating spinach gave him strength, but it also allowed him to hit a nutritional jackpot. Because lutein (an antioxidant found in spinach) is the main pigment in the macula – the region of maximum visual sensitivity – it can help protect your vision. Studies have shown that people who eat spinach are less likely to develop cataracts and macular degeneration, the two most common causes of vision loss. Lutein appears to work by shielding the retina from sun damage and fighting free radicals that can harm the eyes. Some preliminary studies have suggested that lutein can also help prevent heart disease. 

The most frequently consumed beverage in the world may also be one of the best ways to prevent a number of degenerative diseases. Tea has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and other diseases. It was originally thought that green tea had more antioxidants than black tea, but recent studies suggest that they are equally beneficial. The catechins in green tea are oxidized in the manufacturing process of black tea, forming free-radical fighting theaflavins.

Other Anti Oxidants:  Grains, Red Grapes, Cranberries, Artichokes, Prunes, Apples, Carrots.

Smoked Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese Guacamole and Red Chili Salsa

  • 4 lbs ripe tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • ½ c. fresh chopped basil
  • 1 t. crushed red pepper
  •  ½ t. cinnamon
  • 1 6oz. Can tomato paste
  • 5 c. chicken broth
  • Salt as needed
  • Pepper as needed
  • ½ cup Sherry or Port
  • ¾ c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T. crushed garlic
  1. Prepare 3 handfuls of wood chips, hickory might be best, by soaking them for ½ hour to an hour.
  2. Smoke 4 lbs of ripe tomatoes. Rinse them and spray with olive oil . Place the tomatoes in a grill basket. It is easiest if it is one that can be turned. Otherwise, the tomatoes will have to be turned by hand. Add half the soaked wood chips and wait a moment for them to begin to smoke. Over a moderate fire use direct heat. If the fire is hot, use indirect heat. Roast the tomatoes checking to see when the bottoms begin to blacken. When they have, remove the basket and grate. Add the rest of the wood chips. Turn the tomatoes or basket. Roast until done on the other side. The tomatoes should be soft and thoroughly cooked through. This process will take 10-20 minutes depending on the heat of the fire. The secret is to make sure they get smoke without burning up. They can be covered and used 1 or 2 days later.
  3. Start the soup by sautéing 2 chopped onions in olive oil in a heavy soup pot until soft.
  4. Add the tomatoes, cut in half, with the tomato juice that has accumulated, 3 bay leaves and 2 T. crushed garlic. Cook together about 10 minutes over moderate heat.
  5. Add ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh basil, 1 t. crushed red pepper, 1 ½ t. cinnamon, and 1 6 oz can tomato paste. Cook a few minutes until it becomes fragrant.
  6. Add 1 sherry or Port and 5 cups chicken broth Adjust the soup with salt and Pepper
  7. Simmer uncovered 30 minutes, stirring occasionally from the bottom to prevent sticking and burning. Adjust the seasonings.
  8. Cool and then puree in batches.
  9. Reheat when ready to serve

 Goat Cheese Guacamole

½ cup Goat Cheese
1 Avocado (Peeled and Pitted)
1 Lime Juiced
Salt & Pepper

In a bowl break avocado into small pieces, add goat cheese, lime, salt and Pepper, mix until folded in but still little lumpy.

Red Chili Salsa

2 tomatoes (deseed and chopped
½ shallot finely chopped
1 Serrano Chili or Red Chili chopped finely
Salt , pepper to taste
½ bunch of Cilantro chopped

Mix all ingredients together.

Place Guacamole on bottom of bowl, then a large table spoon of the Salsa, pour hot soup over and enjoy !!!



Pumpkin Spice Crème Brûlée

From The Old Mill Toronto Pastry Shop

Ingredients:

*  5 Egg Yolks
*  2 Eggs
*  3/4 Cup Sugar
*  1L (4 cups) Whipping Cream (35%)
*  1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
*  150 g Pumpkin Puree
*  3/4 tsp Cinnamon
*  1/2 tsp Ginger
*  1/2 tsp Nutmeg 

Pre-Heat oven to 310F

In a large bowl, whick eggs, egg yolks & vanilla.

In a sauce pot, mix cream, pumpkin, sugar and spices.

Bring to a boil, and gradually add the hot mixture to the eggs, whisking the entire time to ensure that the eggs are not scrambled.

Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.

Pour into prepared ramekins/serving dishes, and bake in a water bath until set to a gelatine state. Depending on the size of the serving vessels, cooking time can vary 30 – 50 minutes.

Let cool, and chill in refrigerator for up to one week.

Just prior to serving, sprinkle with sugar and burn with a small torch until sugar caramelizes and creates a shell.

* Mix can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to one week without baking.



Fig Glazed Chicken Recipe

In making this Fig, Balsamic Glazed Chicken you only require three ingredients to deliver  a tangy mouthwatering sensation.  This marinade doesn’t require a lot of time and is great for those nights when you had nothing planned.

  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) fig spread, (jam)
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) grainy mustard
  • 1.3 kg bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed (about 8 pieces) 

In a bowl, whisk together fig spread, vinegar, mustard and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper until smooth. Toss half of the mixture with the chicken to coat.

Place chicken on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning once and brushing with remaining fig mixture, until juices run clear when chicken is pierced, approx. 12 to 15 minutes.

Enjoy!



Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bisque Recipe

Discover eating well with this healthy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bisque recipe. Bursting with flavour and best served with crusty bread and a salad. 

Ingredients:

·         Canned tomato fillets (chopped tomatoes are also fine) x 2 cans (400 ml size)
·         Medium carrots, peeled & chopped x 2 pc
·         Celery trimmed and sliced x 3 stalks
·         Two cloves of garlic minced
·         Medium sized cooking onions chopped x 2
·         3 – 4 Medium to Large sized Red Bell Peppers approx. 1.5 lbs
·         Chicken or Vegetable soup stock (liquid or if in powder form follow the package                 recipe to make the required amount of liquid) x 1 litre
·         Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
·         Olive oil x 1 fluid ounce

Method:

First  cut the red peppers in half and remove the core and all of the seeds. Toss in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and place on a parchment paper or aluminum foil lined cookie sheet. Roast in a 400 degrees Fahrenheit oven skin side down until nicely browned. This will take 10 to 15 minutes depending on your oven. Once roasted remove from the oven and place in a tied plastic bag, large zip-lock bag, or makeshift plastic wrap bag. Set aside and allow to cool. Once cooled remove the skins from the peppers.

In a medium sized sauce pan add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and celery. Cook for 3 minutes more.

Add the canned tomatoes, roasted pepper halves and soup stock and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low, place a lid on the pot and simmer for 10 -12  minutes or until the carrots and celery are softened through.

Remove the pan from the heat and using a hand emersion blender blend the soup until smooth. If using a traditional blender to blend the soup make sure you place a kitchen towel on top of the lid and allow some air to escape on low speed first. Just be sure not to fill the blender too full. This will prevent the pressure from building inside the blender abruptly and potentially burning you as the contents burst out of the blender.

Adjust the thickness of the soup by boiling it down to your preferred consistency prior to adjusting the seasoning.

If your soup is too thick, add some water or stock. If you like a little heat in your soup add a freshly chopped jalapeno.



Tuscan Kale, Squash, & Quinoa Salad

Tuscan Kale is also known as cavolo nero (black kale) or dinosaur kale. It’s slightly bitter flavour is a good foil for the sweet roasted squash. To bump up the protein, sprinkle with chopped almonds or walnuts, or top with a poached egg.

Dressing

1/4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice
1/2 tsp (2 ml) Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp (45 ml) extra-virgin olive oil

Salad

3 cups (750 ml) diced squash
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
1/2 red onion cut into wedges
1 Tbsp (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups (350 ml) red or yellow quinoa
1/2 small bunch Tuscan Kale (about 3 cups/750 ml packed), stemmed and thinly sliced
1 cup (250 ml) cooked chickpeas (or canned, drained and rinsed)
1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped fresh basil or cilantro
1/2 cup (125 ml) grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C)
For the dressing, whisk lemon juice with mustard, then whisk in oil, set aside.
For the salad, toss squash, unpeeled garlic cloves and onion with 1 Tbsp (15 ml) oil. Season with salt and pepper and spread out on a baking sheet and roast in preheated oven until squash is tender, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile in a large, wide pot, combine quinoa with 2 1/2 cups (625 ml) water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add kale then cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes until wilted. Drain off excess water, and then turn mixture into large bowl. Add roasted squash and onion, chickpeas, basil and Parmesan.
Squeeze garlic from skins onto cutting board. Using flat side of knife, mash to a paste. Which into dressing. Pour over salad and toss to mix evenly.

Serves 6
 



Creamy Sausage & Mushroom Rigatoni

Enjoy this easy-to-follow Italian pasta dish at your next family dinner. The tubes of rigatoni are the perfect size to hold the creamy sauce and small pieces of sausage inside, giving you flavour in every bite.

Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients

* 12 ounces of rigatoni Pasta
* 12 ounces bulk Italian Sausage (mild or spicy)
* 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Butter
* 1 pound sliced mushrooms
* 1 small onion diced
* 2 Garlic Cloves Minced
* 1/2 teaspoon each of salt & pepper 
* 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
* Minced Fresh Basil (optional)

Cook rigatoni according to package directions in salted water

Meanwhile in a large skillet, cook sausage (remove from casing) over medium heat 4 – 6 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain and remove from pan.

In same skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add Onions and salute until translucent. Add mushrooms, garlic, salt and pepper, cook covered 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover; cook and stir 2 – 3 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and liquid is completely evaporated.

Stir in the cream and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, 8-10 minutes or until slightly thickened. 

Return sausage to skillet; heat through. Drain pasta; serve with sauce, If desired, sprinkle with basil. 

Add a dash of red pepper flakes for some heat (optional)
 

 



English Cheese & Onion Pie

This delicious and savoury British pie recipe will surely become your family tradition! It is an easy recipe to follow and pairs well with a tossed garden salad for dinner or brunch.

2 Frozen Pie Shells (or you can make your own)

1 Old Nippy Cheese or 1 Imperial Carefully Aged (comes in a tub)

1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese Grated

2 Onions Diced (you can’t have too much)

1 Egg

1/4 Cup Milk

1/4 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

1/4 Teaspoon Dry Mustard

Salt & Pepper To Taste

Preheat Oven to 350 F degrees.

Sauté onions in oil or butter until translucent about 5 minutes. Shred the nippy cheese into a mixing bowl and add grated cheddar. Add sautéed onions, egg, milk and all seasonings. Mix all the ingredients together.

Spray a 9 inch square or round pie pan with pam. Line the pie pan with 1 defrosted pie shell. Pour the cheese mixture into the pie shell. Top cheese mixture with the second pie shell.

Wash the top with 1 Egg lightly beaten with 2 tbsp milk.

Prick the top of the pastry with a fork so air and water can escape.

Bake in the oven for about 30 – 45 minutes until the top is a golden brown.

Cool and cut up into bite size pieces.

Can be stored in fridge in airtight container for up to 1 week.

a recipe in memory of a lovely English lady, Joyce Lord…



Heirloom Tomato & Buffalo Mozzarella Bruschetta

A classic recipe with a gourmet twist!  While entertaining your guests this summer enjoy a delicious and versatile summer appetizer using sweet heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil and buffalo mozzarella. 

 

Heirloom Tomato & Buffalo Mozzarella Bruschetta Recipe

Ingredients:

2 Heirloom Tomatoes, ¼” slice (different colours, preferably)

1 pc. Large Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella

3 tbsp. Pesto

4 leaves of Fresh Basil

1 French Baguette

2 tbsp. Butter

1 tsp. Coarse Sea Salt

 (serves 2 – 3 people)

Method:

  1. Slice 8 pieces of the French Baguette on a bias about 1/2” thick.
  2. Brush the baguette with Butter and quickly toast both sides on a grill or in a large frying pan. Warm slightly.
  3. Place pieces of Baguettes on a large platter. Spread about 1 tsp. of pesto on each piece. Place thinly sliced tomatoes on each piece.
  4. Next, cut the Buffalo Mozzarella in half and then in to 4, to create 8 equal pieces.
  5. Place each piece of Cheese on top of the tomato. Then place one leaf of fresh basil on top.
  6. Sprinkle with sea salt & drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
  7. Enjoy with a nice glass of White Sangria or a lovely glass of Chardonnay!                     


Chocolate Espresso Mousse Recipe

Chocolate Espresso Mousse 

Try this easy-to-follow chocolate Espresso Mousse recipe straight of the press from our Pastry Chef Hayley. This delicious dessert is so impressive your guests won’t think you had time to make it yourself!

500ml (2 cups) 35% Whipping cream

454g (1lb) Dark Chocolate (not cookie style chocolate chips)

3 Eggs

1/4 cup White Sugar

50ml (3tbsp) Espresso or 2tbsp instant coffee

 

1. Using an electric mixer, or a hand whisk, whip the cream to soft peak stage. (Whipped but still slightly soft). Set aside in refrigerator.

2. Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate with the espresso/instant coffee until smooth and lump free.

3. Using electric mixer or hand mixer, whip eggs with sugar until they are light and fluffy.

4. Add melted chocolate to whipped eggs and mix until smooth. The mixture will deflate slightly with the addition of the melted chocolate.

5. Gently fold in the whipped cream by hand using a spatula until it is smooth and no lumps of whipped cream remain.

6. Pour into desired vessels (glasses, ramekins etc.) and chill in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours before serving. (looks cute pipes into small teacups)

ENJOY!



Old Mill BBQ Sauce Recipe

Want to take your BBQ to the next level! Learn how to prepare this delicious Old Mill Toronto BBQ sauce recipe and you will WOW your BBQ guests. This Sauce is good on Chicken, Ribs, Burgers and Steak, just about anything you can grill.

BBQ Sauce

Yield: 2 Liters

Ingredients:

Tomato Ketchup  1 Liter
White Onion (medium dice)  1 Large
Brown Sugar  250 grams
Worcestershire Sauce  1/3 Cup
White Balsamic Vinegar  1/3 Cup
Water  2 Cups
Onion Powder  6 tbsp.
Mustard Powder  ½  Cup
Garlic Powder  ¼  Cup
Cayenne Pepper  2 tbsp.
Salt & Pepper  (to taste)
Liquid Smoke 1/4 tsp.

Procedure:

  1. Heat medium saucepan with Oil, add white onion and sweat until soft.
  2. Begin by adding all the spices and continue to sweat.
  3. Once the spices and onions have been fully incorporated and sweat until completely soft, add the remaining ingredients.
  4. Using a whisk, incorporate all ingredients thoroughly.
  5. Bring liquid to a simmer and continue to cook for an hour.
  6. Using hand blender or high speed mixer, blend until completely smooth.

ENJOY!