An interesting fact about coffee

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The Fact: The most expensive coffee in the world comes from civet poop

Kopi Luwak are coffee beans that come from Civet (a cat sized mammal) poo. The animals gorge on only the finest ripe berries, and excrete the partially-digested beans, which are then harvested for sale. Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world, selling for between $120 and $600 USD per pound, and is sold mainly in Japan and the United States, but it is increasingly becoming available elsewhere. My question is: who the hell discovered that it tasted good?

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Tomatillo Salsa

A delicious quick fresh finger licking salsa also known as ” salsa verde ‘

Tomatillos are also called “tomate verde” in Mexico (which means green tomato) and are considered a staple in Mexican cooking.  Tomatillo is a member of the nightshade family, related to tomatoes. It now grows everywhere in the Western Hemisphere and is common in Texas gardens.

The fruit of the tomatillo is green and about the size of a large cherry tomato. The inside is white and meatier than a tomato. They grow to maturity inside of a husk. They can range in size from about an inch in diameter to the size of apricots. They are covered by a papery husk which may range from the pale green color of the fruit itself to a light grocery-bag brown. The husks are inedible and should be removed before use.

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Ingredients

  • 4-5 fresh Tomatillos
  • 1 plum tomato or greenhouse tomato
  • 1 clove garlic peeled
  • 2 scallions washed
  • 5-6 sprigs of fresh cilantro
  • 1 Jalepeno (more if want more spicy)
  • 2 tbsp. tomato puree
  • salt to taste

Method

  1. Put everything in the food processor except salt .
  2. Add salt just before serving otherwise it becomes too watery.
  3. Serve with purple corn chips or regular corn chips.

Fun Food Facts

Refried beans aren’t really what they seem. Although their name seems like a reasonable translation of Spanish frijoles refritos, the fact is that these beans aren’t fried twice. In Spanish, refritos literally means “well-fried,” not “re-fried.”

Rice is the staple food of more than one-half of the world’s population.


Saffron, made from the dried stamens of cultivated crocus flowers, is the most expensive cooking spice.


Since Hindus don’t eat beef, the MacDonald’s in New Delhi makes its burgers with mutton.


The colour of a chilli is no indication of its spiciness, but size usually is – the smaller the pepper, the hotter it is.

The difference between apple juice and apple cider is that the juice is pasteurized and the cider is not.

The fungus called truffles are sniffed out from the ground by female pigs, which detect a compound that is in the saliva of male pigs as well. The same chemical is found in the sweat of human males. One variety, Tuber melanosporum, can cost between $800 and $1,500 a pound.

The world’s deadliest mushroom is the Amanita phalloides, the death cap. The five different poisons contained by the mushroom cause diarrhea and vomiting within 6 to 12 hours of ingestion. This is followed by damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system – and, in the majority of cases, coma and death.

When honey is swallowed, it enters the blood stream within a period of 20 minutes.


When Swiss cheese ferments, a bacterial action generates gas. As the gas is liberated, it bubbles through the cheese leaving holes. Cheese-makers call them “eyes.”

Louise’s Tasty Homemade Granola

This recipe is a contribution of my friend Louise. A delicious very aromatic granola. Eat as a snack or serve with homemade yoghurt for breakfast.

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Ingredients

6 cups rolled grains (oats, kamut, spelt, rye flakes)

2 tsp cinanmon

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

½ cup raw pumpkin seeds

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

½ cup chopped almonds

1/3 cup x-virgin coconut oil or ghee

2 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup agave nectar or maple syrup or honey

Method

1) Mix together dry ingredients.

2) Warm liquids gently and add to dry ingredients mixing well.

3) Spread mixture on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (you may have to do this in two batches depending on the size of your cookie sheet)

4) Bake in a 250 degree oven for one hour stirring every 20 minutes.

5) Let cool and then store in a glass container.

Enjoy! 

 

Fruity cold Birchers Muesli Fit for a King

I bring to you today a very easy, fast, healthy, and delicious breakfast recipe.
It combines quick oats which are high in heart protective soluble fiber, with antioxidant rich blueberries, pectin rich apples, and probiotic rich yoghurt. This recipe is high in carbohydrates, protein, and with addition of fiber from the fruits, will provide a slow sustained release of energy.

I personally do not like to  add any additional sweetener as I find that there is enough sweetness in the vanilla yoghurt, as well as in the various fruits.
Hemp hearts are high in essential fatty acids important for healthy functioning of the heart.  They have 2:1 ratio of omega – 6 fatty acid to omega 3 fatty acids. They are also high in the amino acid Arginine,which is responsible for the function and maintainence of healthy blood vessels.

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Ingredients
1 cup plain quick oats
1 cup plain  homemade yoghurt or store bought
1/2 cup vanilla yoghurt or Greek yoghurt
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana finely sliced
1 finely sliced apple ( use with the peel  if organic )
Maple syrup ( optional) as extra sweetener
2 tbsp. Hemp hearts

Method
1) Crush the frozen blueberries with the back of the spoon so that the blue juice oozes out.
2) Now mix all the ingredients (except for the Hemp Hearts) thoroughly.
3) Top the mixture off with Hemp hearts and you now have a delicious, finger licking colourful muesli fit for a king or a queen (and even little princes or princesses !!!)

Enjoy!!!