Pasta - good or bad?

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Pasta - good or bad?

Wheat has been getting a bad rep! Most pasta made from wheat has been getting a bead reputation because of the common allergies and intolerance's that people are having to them these days. Pasta has been around for decades. In fact ancient cultures survived on this type of grain and most cultures that thrived were dependent on grains for their survival. Most people are afraid to eat pasta because they think that the nutritional value offered is very low, however, pasta tastes so good and believe it or not has amazing health benefits to it. In particular wholewheat pasta offers three times more fibre per serving. People avoid pasta for the wrong reasons. They believe that pasta is like an empty carbohydrate that will just pack on the pounds. Contrary to popular belief, skipping regular white pasta and making your own wholewheat pasta can have a significant improvement in health. Some studies find that pasta isn't fattening and can actually help you lose weight. This is according to the correct notion that pasta is a fundamental component of a Mediterranean traditional diet.

 

In any case check out our blog for lovely home-made pasta recipes they can really tickle the taste buds. 

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Ayurvedic Constitution

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Ayurvedic Constitution

Ayurveda is about the Science of Living, and bases lots of health principles on seasonal factors, individual factors and lifestyle factors. Ayurveda is about living in accordance with nature and about listening to the inherent wisdom of our bodies. It is not religious, it is scientific, and much of science today is validating what the 'ancient seers' knew thousands of years ago. 

In Ayurvedic philosophy, the individual is taught how to bring themselves into a state of health by following the principles of how nature wanted us to live. Simple daily routines known as 'dinacharya' are followed to achieve balance and bring ourselves into a state of health and wellness. If these simple rules are followed, then one will attain health and balance. Rules such as how to move, eat and sleep are outlined. 

It sounds very simple doesn't it? So how do we know what constitution each of us are? Ayurvedic knowledge points to the 5 universal elements which are air, water, fire, earth and ether or space. These elements form the external universe and since we are part of creation, they are also contained within us in varying amounts. We can be 11 constitutional types, namely, Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water) or Kapha (Earth and Water) or a combination of these. (We can be two types where one dosha is dominant and another is secondary.) 

So once we have knowledge of what elements are pre-dominant in us, we can then take steps towards correcting that which is disturbed within us. Makes sense right? To give an example, a fiery Pitta type may experience heat headaches, pimples, acidity and anger. Whilst a Vata 'airy fairy' type may be labelled 'a space cadet' and suffer from dry wind conditions like constipation or dry skin, even anxiety and worry with the racing windy thoughts! A Kapha type is more solid and stocky and usually suffers from issues of earth and water relating to lungs and respiratory issues like congestion, asthma etc. 

Follow the link to find out your constitution;

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Spiced Chickpeas

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Spiced Chickpeas

Spiced Chickpeas

Serves 4

 

Ingredients:

2 tbsp ghee

1 onion, chopped

½ inch ginger grated

4 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tomatoes, blended

1 ½ cups chickpeas, cooked

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. cumin seeds

½ tsp pink himalayan salt

½ tsp. chili powder

½ tsp. coriander powder or ginger powder

½ tsp. garam masala (optional) 

Garnish: toasted cashews, hemp seeds, goji berries, cilantro

 

Procedure:

In alarge pot, add the ghee and add the cumin seeds wait until they pop than add the onions until they turn brown, approx. 5 minutes. Next add ginger and garlic, the rest of the spices (chili, coriander, ginger, garam masala) and tomatoes, once the sauce thickens, add the chickpeas and cook for additional 7 mins. Season with salt, and garnish with cilantro and goji.

 

* You can eat this with coconut bread. Usually for a lighter version, you can use kidney beans. make sure the pre cook them with kombu. 

 

 

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Health Benefits of Jaggery

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Health Benefits of Jaggery

Jaggery is also known as 'gur' in Hindi, and is a sweet delicious brown sugary substance coming from raw sugar cane, date palm or coconut sap. The deeper coloured jaggery is from date palm whereas the sugarcane form is the most common of all. I like to use jaggery as an alternative to sugar as it is non refined and tastes delicious. a little goes a long way indefinitely. It is loaded with antioxidants and contains minerals such as zinc and selenium. It is known to lower vata and pitta dosha, but people with kapha dosha should be careful from consuming too much.

Jaggery is one of the best cleansing agents for the body, as it works on the deeper tissues to remove unwanted toxins. It is also good for the lungs, liver and stomach to prevent acidity and heartburn. Take this from someone who suffered from acidity all her life!!! Another relevant point is that is actually is good is weight loss due to its high potassium content. As its a digestive aid, a little goes a long way, and this is true with the usage. many Indians eat jaggery after a meal to aid in digestive processes. 

Lastly, for that time of the month, PMS! Jaggery is known to help combat moodiness, menstrual cramps and abdominal pain. 

So next time your thinking of a sweetener, look no further than jaggery. 

 

 

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Healing Garam Chai

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Healing Garam Chai

Here is the best recipe for a healing and soothing garam chai. Chai tea is delicious and the spices combat the mucus forming qualities of cows milk. drink this whenever your digestion needs a pep up. 

GARAM CHAI RECIPE

Serves 4

Time: 15 minutes

 

Doshic Effect Vata < Pitta > Kapha <

 

Materials:

  • medium saucepan
  • fine mesh strainer
  • spoon
  • ginger grater

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cup organic milk **
  • 3 Tbsp. red Rooibos tea (or you can use black tea from India)
  • 1/5 inch cube of fresh ginger root, chopped or grated (you can use dry ginger powder 1 tsp.) 
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • tsp cardamom seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick (broken)
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds
  • 7 peppercorns
  • 7 whole cloves
  • honey to taste

What to Do:

Boil water in sauce pan, add spices and turn heat to low. Add the tea and boil for 8 minutes.

Add the milk and cook additional 2 minutes.

Strain the tea, and wait until it is slightly cooler before adding the honey.

** You can use other types of milk such as cashews, coconut or almond. Make sure you don’t over boil these as they tend to curdle. 

 

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Love True Food - Food for the Soul

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Love True Food - Food for the Soul

This is a time to write about feeding the soul. when I started Love True Food, it was in the hopes of sharing sustainable, healing food to everyone. As we have evoked over the years, it is with great passion that I'd like to present Love True Food's cleanse plan. What we put in to our bodies is important, but, what we feed our mind's is equally as important. So with this cleanse, LTF makes a promise that we can bring you down the path to purifying your body and mind, which eventually allow you to re-set and literally detox old emotional patterns since childhood.

How can we make such a promise? Well in Ayurvedic medicine, most of the old patterns are stored in 'fat cells', and to gather more information about this, please visit Dr. John Douillard's Blog, he elaborates with scientific proof, showing that cell memory can be shifted and altered whilst we detox physically, emotionally and mentally, we are able to really get down to re-wiring our behaviour patterns and thoughts. Imagine a world where the idea of cleanse is taken further than physically? How much more can you accomplish. In a world where ‘temptation is everywhere’. Imagine gaining will power and knowing thta your cravings can shift from poisonous foods to nourishing foods.

Imagine choosing the right thoughts for your mind? How much better and happier we will feel.

Join our 4, 9 or 21 cleanse program and really see and feel the difference. We recommend doing this before January 1st, hahahahahaha, as that time will be a mercury retrograde, and you don’t really want to start something new during this time, as the energies may not be in your favour. 

Instead, try this cleanse before and really feel the difference of how such a simple cleanse can truly benefit your body, mind and soul. 

Check out our store for kitchari cleansing. To make the cleanse more effective, we recommended the following products;

 

  • Organic Ghee
  • Triphala Powder (at nigh before bed)
  • Sugar Cease (John Douillard’s Brand)
  • Sesame Massage Oil
  • Neti Pot
  • Neti Salt

 

Till next time, LTF crew. 

 

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We've Been Featured

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We've Been Featured

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餐廳裡有很多前線的可人兒為你服務,但廚房走出來的卻少有女性的身影。隨著近年食/甜品的流行,Facebook 內你總有幾個朋友,不時將自己用心煮出的美食拍照分享。如果那個是你,或者你有喜愛煮食的朋友,Lakshmi Harilela 的經歷可能為你帶來一點啟示。今天的 Lakshmi Harilela 擁有幾個身份,既是 HKU SPACE的兼職導師,亦是烹飪課導師。

 

少少背景

Lakshmi Harilela 在1999年於香港完成中學課程後往瑞士以及美國升學,其後回港於香港怡東酒店擔任調酒員及廚師,香港洲際酒店擔任烘焙師及主管廚師 (Line Chef) ,現於自己開設的餐廳提供私人廚師等不同的服務。

 

酒店工作與自立門戶的開始

Lakshmi Harilela 工作過的兩家酒店,均會為廚師提供培訓及技術交流的機會,例如廚師比賽。不過,酒店要求的餐桌禮儀和菜式都有一套標準。雖然廚師都有鑽研和分享菜式的機會,不過多數情況都是跟從酒店要求,為客人烹調既定的菜式。另帶一提,香港的酒店廚師可以由初級做起,月薪約15,000萬元,晉升機會與資歷相關,也重創意。

為了在餐桌服務和菜式上有更多發揮空間,Lakshmi Harilela 開始自立門戶,做她喜愛的有機私房菜。2004年的香港人不像今天般著重健康,以前年輕人在周末會相約去唱K,今日就會去跑步。2004年Lakshmi Harilela 主打有機私房菜,食足幾年西北風,當時很多人連有機 (Organic) 是什麼都不知道。為了客人可享有較多用膳空間,唯有將自己的用武之地闢得有幾小得幾小,在陝小的廚房內烹煮食物是Lakshmi Harilela沒有在酒店中遇過的。就像手機程式一樣,5年前已經有人開發,今天手持5年手機程式開發經驗的人已是行內老手。Lakshmi Harilela 10年多前就做有機烹調的開荒牛,今天已有一班捧場客。

 

記得她提了一句

餐廳或酒店內的工作五花百門,廚師也分好幾種,酒店廚師的晉升制度較分明,初級廚師兩年左右升一級,之後就看實力和際遇。了解自己的目標,然後就一步步前進吧!

 

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