What is Mead? Honeymoon Food!

 

Any upcoming nuptials this Spring or Summer?
 

In ancient Babylon, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead (fermented honey beverage) he could drink for a month after the wedding. Because their calendar was lunar or moon-based, this period of free mead was called the honey month or what we now call the “honeymoon.”

While we at Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering don’t offer any mead beverage options, you really should try our Homemade Honey-Lavendar Iced Tea the next time you cater in!! – Lula

Spice and Inflammation

sweet potatoes

Linda Baier of Isaiah’s Way Nutrition has made my post extremely easy this week – I’m just copying her info to pass along to you!

 Inflammation is a key contributor to heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and joint pain, so reducing inflammation is important to your health. According to a study cited in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, the herbs and spices that best reduce or suppress inflammation and protect against DNA damage are: • Cloves  • Ginger  • Rosemary  • Turmeric  • Paprika  • Sage  • Cumin.

Of all the spices listed above, turmeric is a health superstar! That’s because it contains curcumin, an antioxidant compound found in the root of the turmeric plant. Years of studies continue to show that turmeric helps to: • Protect brain function  • Reduce the risk of memory loss  • Aid digestive and cardiovascular health  • Improve the immune system  • Prevent the growth of certain cancer cells  • Improve liver function (your body’s natural detoxifier.)  • Reduce cholesterol level  • Reduce joint pain and improve flexibility (especially in arthritis sufferers)  • Serve as a natural antibiotic, inhibiting the growth of bacteria.   What’s the best way to get all the health benefits of turmeric? Scientists note that combining black pepper with turmeric increases the amount of curcumin your body can absorb. (India and Thai recipes often contain both!) So mix the two spices when you’re cooking with turmeric!  Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering uses all of these spices copiously, not only because they’re so good for you but because they enhance the flavor of so many foods so beautifully!  One example is our Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Bulgar.  Bask in the deliciousness and vibrancy of this healthful dish!

Happy Mother’s Day!

“Mothers are not short-order cooks. What’s on the table is what’s for dinner for the whole family. If you don’t like it, breakfast will be really good tomorrow.” -Cat Cora   http://www.lulasforlunch.com serves really good breakfast today OR tomorrow!!!

 

White Chocolate – the Impersonator

Dessert White Chocolate Cheesecake

White chocolate isn’t chocolate according to our government.  Thats right – there are different definitions of chocolate all over the world.  In OUR little corner of the world, the US, chocolate is only “real” when it contains only cocoa butter as its fat (except for up to 5% dairy butter to aid in emulsification).  White “chocolate” contains vegetable fat, milk solids, sugar, and vanilla.  Some of the finer labels contain some cocoa butter, but no cocoa solids at all.

The good news?  White chocolate sets faster than dark.  White chocolate also remains soft at room temperature.  This makes it ideal for cakes and buttercreams.  Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering uses white chocolate in some of our desserts – like our White Chocolate Cheesecake.  In what recipe do YOU use white chocolate?  Let us know at http://www.lulasforlunch.com/blog !