Notes On Ingredients Food Prep & Cooking
As you read though the recipes section, some ingredients or methods may be asterisked (*), if they are please refer to this page where I'll go into more detail about the item that's asterisked.
Removing pomegranates from the fruit I’d always encourage you to buy the whole pomegranate and not the pre removed seeds in unnecessary plastic packaging. The whole pomegranate is also far cheaper and removing the seeds isn’t that hard… I was taught how to do this from a very early age thanks to my father.
1. Get your pomegranate, give it a roll on a hard surface – this loosens the seeds
2. Cut the pomegranate in half 3. Take one half at a time, holding over a bowl sliced side down tap the skin with a wooden spoon, this will release the seeds into the bowl below.
NOTE: Be careful with the juice of the pomegranate, it can leave a tough stain!
Studies have show that aluminium foil, aluminium cooking utensils and aluminium containers can leach aluminium into your food. Therefore cooking with aluminium foil may increase the aluminium content in your diet.
Aluminium is a heavy metal, excess exposure can lead to aluminium toxicity and health implications. Where possible its advised to use against aluminium and opt for cast iron, high-quality stainless steel, heat proof glass or baking paper instead of aluminium foil.
Made with buckwheat, most of these are gluten free. If you’re, coeliac or strictly gluten free (as always) check that the specific brand you’re buying is gluten free, as contamination can occur. Soba noodles are available in most large supermarkets, but you can also find them even cheaper in Asian supermarkets.
Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine
I absolutely love this stuff, because not only does it taste and satisfy me like pasta would, its also high in protein and dietary fibers, its also gluten and wheat free -for those who need. Its made from edamame and mung beans, with a 56 grams serving containing 23.7 grams of protein, making it an easy way to reduce your meat intake without compromising on protein. The downside being they can be quite pricey in comparison to the humble wholewheat pasta. So I'd recommend shopping around to bag yourself a bargain, there are also many other varieties of 'pasta' and various brands.Explore Cuisine is a good one and if bargains aren't your thing.. you can be sure to find it in places like Waitrose, Wholefoods, Planet Organic and such like.