Banbury Cookery School Blog
Good old Broccoli! July 15, 2010 08:56We've known for a while that broccoli has good anti-cancer properties. Now we know why. Scientists at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich have found that the magic chemical called sulforaphane counteracts a genetic fault that's involved in prostate cancer. The experiments, on human prostate tissue, found that this chemical dampened down activity in the cells that lacked the PTEN gene, reducing risk of cancer. Whilst this isn't as good as research done directly on people, it's a promising start. What's it good for? Broccoli helps protect against prostate cancer, lung, colon, breast and ovarian cancer. A study also showed that people who eat the most cruciferous vegetables (such as cabbage and broccoli) have nearly a third lower risk of bladder cancer compared to those who eat the least. Eye Health, Broccoli contains lutein, helping to counteract cataracts and eye degeneration. Broccoli is also high in disease fighting vitamins A and C, plus fibre and folate (vital to prevent birth defects). It also has iron, zinc, bone-strengthening calcium and magnesium.
5 ways with broccoli
- Add to stir-fries, with garlic ginger, honey, soy sauce, fresh coriander and lime. Cook in sunflower oil to best retain the nutrients.
- Cut it up small and add it to pizzas.
- Lightly steam and serve it with cheese sauce and a jacket potato.
- Add to omelette's.
- Cook with pasta, olive oil and pine nuts (our kids used to think they were cool eating it because they were trees)
Free Cookery Advice Service July 14, 2010 10:26If you have ever used the services of Pudding Pie Cookery School, are you aware that you have free use of our advice service? Whether you have a cookery question, a disaster you need help with or if you are simply looking for a recipe, we can help you. Just drop us an email ask for the information you need and we will help you out. You can also receive our free monthly newsletter and free recipe. Pudding Pie Cookery School, offering ongoing help in the kitchen.
Beak Trimming Ban - We need your help. July 2, 2010 09:31
The UK ban on the beak-trimming of egg-laying hens is under threat. Please help us ensure that it is not abandoned. The welfare of millions of hens around the UK is at stake.There are around 26 million hens in the UK’s laying flock. The majority of these will have had part of their beaks cut off shortly after hatching. This mutilation is a painful and unnecessary solution to feather-pecking. It was due to be banned on 1 January 2011, but the Government will soon make a decision on a possible postponement. To read more about the ban and to add your voice to the campaign, please visit the Chicken Out Campaign Website. Pudding Pie Cookery School - putting animal welfare first.
What's in your Bread? July 1, 2010 11:17I think we all appreciate the benefits of baking our own fresh bread. But there are major health benefits also attached to not buying the cheap packaged shop bread. With a growing culture of people reporting digestive problems which is in turn associated with eating wheat products, research has shown that it is not only the processes used in modern bulk baking that cause problems, but the other ingredients that are added just to keep shelf life and products looking fresher! The simplest breads are made from flour, water, yeast & salt. These breads are generally eaten the same day they are baked, they taste delicious and contain nothing harmful to your digestive system. Then we have traditional shop bought mass produced packaged breads. Amongst other things this can contain: Enzyme's (these can be animal based, they do not list this, so if your a vegetarian be aware), Emulsifiers, Dextrose, Dough Conditioners, Preservatives, Vegetable Oils, Bleaching Agents and more .... So what's the moral of this story, it is that home baked is best, but if you have an intolerance to wheat maybe it's just a case of looking at the type of bread you eat. Pudding Pie Cookery School, caring about your health.
Will the Budget squeeze your finances? June 23, 2010 14:16Each month, the average family throws away £50 of good food that was bought but not eaten. “TV Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis says “Throwing food away is the purest waste of money possible. I’ve been banging on about how to beat it for years."
Saving money does not mean cutting down on the indulgence and fun, if anything, planning well, will leave us with a warm glow of self-congratulation. So what’s the secret?
There is no secret, it's just knowing what you can do with these leftovers, at Pudding Pie Cookery School we can teach you loads of tricks and techniques that will save you an average of £50 a month off your shopping bill.
Pudding Pie helping you save money.
A Gut Feeling! June 21, 2010 09:39
Wheat intolerance is a growing phenomenon, with more people experiencing discomfort or worse after eating bread or wheat products.
Some might disagree, but there is growing evidence that the problem isn't with the wheat itself, but with the way it's used.
The suppliers of all our Flours, Shipton Mill, have produced possible evidence of this, to read the findings please click here.
Pudding Pie Cookery School, caring about the diet we eat.
New Leadership! May 12, 2010 13:31Whatever your views on the new Government, lets hope they do more to tackle the growing child obesity in the UK and find some funding for schools to start to educate children early about eating healthily! Pudding Pie Cookery School, promoting healthy eating for children.
Dorchester-On-Thames Cookery Session March 22, 2010 09:42
We ran a very successful event in Dorchester-On-Thames for the Carbon Project at the weekend. In association with WRAP & Oxfordshire's Waste Partnership, we held an interactive lunch, teaching residents how to make the most from what is normally considered waste or leftover food.
We made delicious bubble & squeak cakes with a nice dip and some bacon & egg, followed by a banana and biscuit pudding and also some chocolate chip cookies. They all then sat down and enjoyed their creations whilst receiving some tips and free recipes from the Waste Partnership.
Altogether a good day, thanks to everyone involved.
Pudding Pie Cookery School, promoting the reduction in food waste.