Autumn is not far off and as such topping up one’s immunity and resilience to coughs and colds is a must.
Below is a recipe for an invigorating, fresh and delicious drink that is sure to kick-start your fight power against infectious diseases these coming autumn and winter. Better yet, it is extremely easy to make.
Orange, Apricot & Honey Smoothie
3 apricots, stoned and chopped or 150g dried apricots
1 orange, juiced
60ml semi-skimmed milk
1 tablespoon honey
Method of preparation:
Put the chopped fresh apricots in a food processor (if using dried apricots, chopped these as well before blending).
Add the orange juice, milk and honey and throw in a few ice cubes and then blend until smooth.
Pour in a couple of glasses and enjoy immediately with a friend. 😉
They have in Turkey a drink called coffee… as Black as Soot, and of a Strong Scent… which they take, beaten into Powder, in Water, as Hot as they can Drink it; and they take it, and sit at it is their Coffee Houses, which are like our Taverns.
– Francis Bacon
Cuppa coffee Photo by PH Morton
Scientist in the Netherlands found that a cup of coffee contains enough caffeine needed to combat the risk of nodding off on long haul journeys.
This means that drivers do not have to guzzle gallons of coffee on the motorway to keep awake and the even better news that the risk of toilet time-outs is minimised!!!
Did you know?
The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant. Contrary to past eras’ belief that caffeine in coffee renders a man impotent by depriving the body of semen, it has now been found out that sperms exposed to caffeine makes them friskier and thus swim faster. (Does this mean that a potential daddy who is biologically on the boil needs to consume copious cups of coffees before performing to get those sperms to go crazy?!!!) 😉
Did you know? 40 per cent of coffee is produced in Columbia and Brazil.
Did you know that the first coffee was made from boiling leaves (not sure whether it was the leaves from coffee bean tree, though)? It was an Islamic hermit named ad-Shadhili, who lived in 1200AD in North Africa that first had coffee made from the beans.
Did you know, the name cappuccino comes from its resemblance to the clothing worn by the Capuchin monks.
Did you know, coffee is the first food to be freeze dried.
Did you know?
In Italian, the word espresso literally means “when something is forced out.”
Did you know, there is a superstition in Brazil that putting the sugar first into your cup before the coffee will make you rich!
Did you know? A cup of strong black, unsweetened coffee has the added benefit of cleaning your teeth. A study has found that coffee breaks down the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Ensure not to cancel out the benefit of a strong black coffee to your molars by adding milk and sugar to your cuppa.
Did you know that coffee contains more caffeine than any other drink.
Did you know, that in Constantinople in Turkey, denying a wife her coffee gives her grounds for divorce.
Did you know?
The most expensive coffee in the world which retail at $600 per pound is called Kopi Luwak, which are coffee beans that are swallowed and goes through the intestine and then excreted by the Sumatran wild cat.
I reckon, this month of the year is the best time to think healthy and act healthily. It is the time to cast away bad habits and replace them with new productive ones.
We at GlobalGranary will be with you all the way and as such we will be posting lovely, delicious but most importantly nutritious food and drinks that would aid healthy living through good diet and exercise.
We will call this month, which is my favourite month, Jubilant January as it is a time for juvilation, be joyful and happy and have fun.
To start with we have a juice that would certainly get all those hormones going and wake those slumberous attitude.
Tomato & Carrot Juice Recipe
This is a Wake Up Juice which is basically a carrot and tomato juice.
(amount of ingredients will only serve one)
4 tomatoes, quartered
85g / 3oz grated carrot
1 tbsp lime/lemon juice
Method of Preparation:
Put the tomatoes, carrot and lime or lemon juice into a food processor or blender and process until they turn smooth,
Pour the mixture in a bowl over a fine sieve. Push in the mixture using a spoon against the sieve to get every ounce of goodness. Discard the seeds and pulp remaining in the sieve.
How to make it:
• 1 & 1/4 cups (1/2 pint/300 ml) freshly made strong black coffee
• 4 tbsp. chocolate-flavored syrup
• light brown sugar, to taste
• 5/8 cup (1/4 pint/150 ml) heavy cream, lightly whipped
• mini chocolate flake bar and coffee beans, to garnish
1. Pour the coffee into two heatproof glasses and stir in the liqueur. Add sugar to taste, stirring until it has dissolved.
2. Top each coffee with large spoonfuls of whipped cream. Sprinkle over the chocolate flake and add a coffee bean to each glass. Serve at once.
Yakult was created by a Japanese physician in 1935. He was Dr Minora Shirota.
Yakult is a fermented drink which contains lactic acid bacteria. Dr Shirota wanted to help people maintain healthy balance of good bacteria in their intestine. Apparently a bottle of Yakult contains 6.5 billion friendly bacteria. These bacteria are called Lactobacillus casei Shirota, named after the doctor himself.
Dr Shirota chose the word Yakult from the universal language of Esperanto. It means yogurt,however yakult is not a yogurt.
I remember my grandfather used to buy us Yakult from the Magnolia man, who came peddling dairy product from a little ice-box attached to a bicycle. This was in the earliest part of the 80s.
We preferred the Magnolia chocolate milk but my grandpa said that he heard Yakult was better for us and healthier. My grandpa had always been progressive. The Yakult may have been better but it tasted funny. It slightly sour taste was rather foreign at that time.