The Real Treasure of the Caribbean: Haiti, Part 1. Baked Fish.

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I love my Haitian students. Make no mistake – I love all my students, and I reveal in having “the United Nations” environment in my classroom. However, students who come from this tiny, much-suffered, but proud little country have a special place in my heart. No matter the topic of conversation, if there is even one Haitian person around, invariably the discussion will turn to education. They absorb knowledge the way we breath air, and always ask for more.

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The first and the oldest black republic in the world, and the second independent country in the Western Hemisphere after the United States (M. Christopher, Haiti, 2016), it has a fascinating history, colorful and dramatic.

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Columbus landed close to what today’s is the town of Cap-Haitien on his first voyage in 1492. Under his command he had three vessels, Nina (“The Girl”, later known as Santa Clara), Pinta (“The Painted”)…

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Low-Carb Summer Ramen Zoodle Salad (Hiyasa Chuka)

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On hot days cool noodle dishes are just the thing to satisfy a yearning for something nutritious, colorful and easy. This low-carb ramen noodle-style salad ticks all of the taste boxes: spiralized vegetables, thinly sliced omelette, colorful crunchy add-ins and zesty Japanese dressing. Perfect for lunches in the garden, picnics in a cool forest or workday lunchboxes too.

On hot days cool noodle dishes are just the thing to satisfy a yearning for something nutritious, colorful and easy. This low-carb ramen noodle-style salad ticks all of the taste boxes: spiralized vegetables, thinly sliced omelette, colorful crunchy add-ins and zesty Japanese dressing. Perfect for lunches in the garden, picnics in a cool forest or workday lunchboxes too.This salad says summer lunch in the garden, listening to the birds and feeling the cooling breeze. Or it would if it would just.stop.raining. Seriously, after two months of zero rainfall, Edinburgh has had a month’s worth of rain in 36 hours. This was up to Tuesday. Now Thursday it has started back up, and God only knows when it will stop. A far cry from the seamless sunshine of last week’s holiday on the idyllic island of Brač, in Dalmatian Croatia. *sigh*

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Gluten Free Donuts

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Unfortunately, these don’t last long in our house!

Quick to make, baked not fried and leftovers, if you have any, freeze well.

Makes 18 donuts.

Ingredients

75g Greek yogurt

3 eggs, beaten

125mls oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

110g gluten free plain flour

80g ground almonds/ almond meal

2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder

200g caster sugar

Icing sugar to dust

Method

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Centigrade.

Butter the donut tins very well.

Combine the yogurt, eggs, oil and vanilla

In a large bowl, combine the flour, almond meal, baking powder and sugar.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and fold in.

Pour the batter into an icing bag or a large plastic bag. If using a bag, cut the corner off to create a piping bag.

Squeeze the batter out into each individual ring, no more than a third filled.

Bake in the oven for 13-15…

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Creamy Mushroom Garlic Basil Pesto Spaghetti

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I really seem to be into my carbs lately.  Clearly my body must be lacking something, or I am storing up for winter…but it can’t be the latter as it doesn’t really get THAT cold here (she says all curled up under her duvet nearing the end of May) Well, in all seriousness, a couple weeks ago we really did have a cold spell over the weekend. You should have seen me then….

Oh well, such is life….

This Creamy Mushroom Garlic Basil Pesto Spaghetti is my go-to meal.  It is simple, and probably the easiest meal known to mankind to make.  It is incredibly tasty and ultra healthy.

Creamy Mushroom Garlic Basil Pesto Spaghetti

Preparation time:  5 minutes

Cooking time:  12 minutes

Total time:  17 minutes

Serves  4

Ingredients:

Spaghetti (I used Gluten-Free Spaghetti)

2 cloves garlic, chopped

250 gram mushrooms, sliced

a little butter for the mushrooms

For…

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Purple Cake for a Purple Friend

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Although Roman Emperor Aurelian was a great military commander and “Restorer of the World” (Restitutor Orbis), he was far from generous with his wife. Having “restored” the world by conquering vast territories and defeating armies of those who foolishly refused to be conquered,  he still begrudged Lady Ulpia a trifle – Tyrian purple silk shawl. Granted, the shawl literally cost its weight in gold because purple dye was made from a tiny mollusk found only in the Tyre region of the Mediterranean Sea (now in Lebanon), and it took about nine thousands of those critters to produce one gram of purple dye!

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The skinflint ruler undoubtedly could’ve afforded this bit of extravagance for Mrs. Emperor, but very few other people were rich enough to buy even a purple tassel or ribbon. Color purple became a mark of extraordinary wealth and stayed that way for many centuries.

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Thirteen hundred…

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Cucumber and poppy seed salad

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Cucumber and poppy seed salad

This salad of cucumber and red chilli tossed in a zingy-sweet dressing takes minutes to prepare.

I like to give it a little time in the fridge – half an hour is enough – for the cucumber to get cool and crisp, and the chilli heat to work its way into the dressing.

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Zucchini Caviar from Beyond the Sea

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Tzar Ivan the Terrible was a cruel tyrant. Everybody knows that. And just like many things that “everybody knows” and thus nobody questions, the sobriquet “Terrible” should be taken with a grain of salt. Since we are in the middle of Pesach (Passover), I recommend Kosher for Passover Red Sea Salt.

Ilya Yefimovich Repin (1844 - 1930)  Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16th, 1581  Oil on canvas, 1885  199.5 × 254 cm (78.54 × 100 in)  State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow,  Russia

True, he did accidentally kill his son Ivan Ivanovich, but the kid had the temerity to argue with dad! You gotta have respect for your elders! However, look at the other European monarchs, his contemporaries: Henry VIII used to chop off his wives’ heads left and right, presumably considering it much cheaper than suing for divorce (I know, the Pope wouldn’t grant him a divorce, so he eventually became his own Pope – the original DIY guy). Catherine de Medici killed close to 30,000 Huguenots during the Night of St Bartholomew, and that was no accident!

Fast forward four hundred…

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Let Them Eat… Potatoes!

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From the Inca Empire to Queen Marie Antoinette of France, to the Russian patissiers (pastry chefs), traveled a simple vegetable, to be transformed into a delectable pastry.

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Here is this civilization which, starting in the early 13th century, in three hundred years grew into an immense empire and, by the time it was conquered by the Spanish, occupied most of South America. According to historical records, it has spread somewhat by conquest, but mostly by peaceful assimilation. The Incas had an elaborate system of religion, culture, and societal structure, yet to the European eyes, they were missing the staples of civilization: the wheel and the animals to drag wheeled vehicles, the metals, such as iron and steel, and, most importantly, the literacy. No wonder Europeans considered them savages, but objectively, “the Incas were still able to construct one of the greatest imperial states in human history” (McEwan, 2006).

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Lacking metals…

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Are Foods Labeled “Gluten-Free” Free of Gluten?

When you’re eliminating gluten from your diet, you wonder if foods labeled “gluten-free” are really free of gluten. This is actually a really important question – especially if you have an allergy to gluten that causes life-threatening health problems.

There are very specific requirements for a food to be labeled gluten-free in the United States. These rules are determined by the US Food and Drug Administration. There are several tests a food must pass in order to get this designation.

One way a food can earn this label is if it doesn’t contain any wheat, barley, rye, or any grains that are crossbred with these. If these grains aren’t listed in the ingredients, then it may be considered gluten free. However, it has to pass the next test.

Another requirement is that if the product contains any of these grains, they must have been processed in such a way that the gluten was removed. Gluten can be removed from products through special manufacturing.

Finally, a food must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. How would gluten get into a food that’s not made of wheat, barley, or rye? It can happen if it’s cross-contaminated with these grains in a manufacturing plant.

You really need to worry about this designation when it comes to foods or beverages that might contain gluten. However, there are many products that don’t contain gluten to begin with so they won’t be labeled “gluten-free”.

For example, fresh fruits and veggies are naturally gluten-free. They don’t require a label to advise the consumer. Unprocessed meats are also naturally gluten-free. You’ll only need to check for gluten if a meat is processed – such as deli lunch meat.

So the gluten-free label is important if you’re looking at processed foods. Another thing to keep in mind is that food companies aren’t required to add the “gluten-free” label to a product. So a product might be gluten-free but not be labeled as such.

However, most manufacturers want people to know that their product is gluten-free and will use that label if approved by the FDA. Especially the in case of celiac disease it’s important to know what foods you can trust and what foods you should pass up.

Understanding how to read food labels is critical if you want to live a gluten-free lifestyle. You can be pretty sure that the “gluten-free” label is accurate. If you’ve wondered are foods labeled “gluten-free” free of gluten – the answer is yes.

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