We Are Not Martha – Blog of the Week

We Are Not Martha

Paula phoned me the other day and during our chat she told me about this  site that she thought would be perfect as our ‘Blog of the Week’. And she was so right.

We Are Not Martha
but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to try

What a great name for a blog that encompasses all the things that these two young ladies aspire to.

Sues and Chels have put together a blog that is interesting to read and has the mandatory ingredients to meet ‘Blog of the Week’ – excellent recipes accompanied by beautiful photographs.

Now this is not just a recipe blog, the girls have put together pages that include their favorite things including events, shopping, restaurants and products etc. There are also lots of interesting stories about friends and family occasions.

I enjoyed reading about Sues and her mothers experience at the Pumpkin class at Stonewall Kitchen, and seeing the great pumpkin dishes  that were prepared on the day.  Stonewall Kitchen classes certainly sound like fun to do.

I even got wrapped up in the post about Sues, sister’s wedding and felt like they were all old friends by the time I finished reading. 

So all in all readers, a blog that is well worth visiting and popping in your bookmarks. Its well written in an easy to read style, its fun to read and you have the bonus of great recipes and fabulous photos.

An excellent blog Sues and Chels of  ‘We Are Not Martha’.

 

 

Cooking With Olive Oil for Weight Loss

It’s easy to conclude that any fat will make you gain weight, but that’s not necessarily the case. Not all fats have the same effect on your body. Different fats interact with your body in different ways. Some, such as olive oil, can help you to stay slim.

Olive oil, which features prominently in Mediterranean diets, is a healthy fat that can help you lose weight. In many reviews of best weight loss diets, the top programs are Mediterranean or Mediterranean-inspired. People who follow these types of diets often eat plenty of fish and veggies, which they cook with olive oil.

If anywhere from a quarter to a third of the calories in this type of diet come from fat, how can its followers stay slender? A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition this July described how and why cooking with moderate amounts of olive oil can help you stay slim.

Monounsaturated Fats vs. Polyunsaturated Fats

Which type of fat a person eats is one of the biggest factors in whether he or she will gain weight. Monounsaturated fats are found in foods like nuts, avocados and olive oil. They’re healthier than polyunsaturated fats, which are contained in foods like red meat and sunflower oil.

The study compared participants’ cooking habits and their weight statistics. The researchers took samples of the cooking oils that the participants used and determined whether they prepared their meals with olive oil or sunflower oil. The participants who used more olive oil (or a mixture that included olive oil) were healthier than those who used sunflower oil.

People who consume fewer polyunsaturated fats and more monounsaturated fats—particularly olive oil—are much less likely to be obese than people who don’t. And even though people who like to cook with olive oil might take in a slightly higher number of calories than people who don’t, they still will have a far lower chance of being overweight.

What Does Olive Oil Do?

According to the study, the monounsaturated fats found in olive oil reduce the risk of obesity in three main ways:

  • Healthy fats help you feel full longer. The healthy fats in olive oil help to satisfy your hunger, so you’ll need to eat less (therefore consume fewer calories) throughout the day.
  • Olive oil breaks down fat. Olive oil increases the break down the fat that is stored in the fat cells that make up fatty body mass. This process is called lipolysis. An increase in the rate of lipolysis is necessary when you want to reduce the percentage of your body fat.
  • Regularly cooking with olive oil raises your metabolism. Olive oil provides a boost to your metabolic rate. With an elevated metabolism, you can burn more calories all the time—even when resting.

Olive Oil Helps Reduce Obesity

The study, which followed about 600 people of a wide range of ages, found that those who were regular consumers of olive oil weighed less than people who weren’t. Although both groups ate about the same number of calories, the people who prepared their meals with olive oil took in a higher ratio of mono-unsaturated to polyunsaturated fats. On the other hand, people who ate a greater proportion of polyunsaturated fats were much more likely to be obese.

Some people who follow a diet rich in olive oil could have different eating habits than those who don’t, including taking in more calories, but they’re still slimmer. They have a lower percentage of body fat, their metabolisms are higher, and they feel fuller after mealtime. Regularly cooking your meals with moderate amounts of olive oil could help you stay full, lose fat and burn more calories.


Article provided by Matt Papa is a biochemist who enjoys researching the benefits of-as well as cooking and eating- healthy food. In his leisure time he develops his website where he regularly posts a Medifast discount coupon, offered by a medically approved diet program, and coupons for Nutrisystem discount.


Blog of the Week – Are You Hungry?

Are You HungryIf you are anything like me and have a bread maker that generally sits in a cupboard and only comes out occasionally, well you might want to rethink that habit.

Our Blog of the Week this week is ‘Are you Hungry?’ and here we find a woman who whips up dough for foccaccia, pizza bases and a variety of breads in her bread maker.

So guess what, I dragged out my bread maker so that I can try some of these really tasty sounding recipes.

Now three recipes caught my eye in the first instance.  The first is the Quick Dill or Cheesy Biscuits where Kathleen gives you two biscuit recipes plus the formula to make your own baking mix, which is ideal if you aren’t fond of store brought baking mix or if you feel it is too expensive. The baking mix recipe keeps for up to 6 weeks in an air tight container or 6 months in the freezer.

Then there are the Orange and Oatmeal breakfast breads. Kathleen has adapted the Oatmeal recipe from an old Betty Crocker book so that it is suitable to make in the breadmaker and  the Cinamon Sunshine bread that she has adapted from other recipes.

As I said before, if you spend the time to read through this great blog, the tasty recipes will soon have you wanting to make more use of your bread maker.   

Now for the ‘piece de resistance’ one of my all time favorites ‘Pigs in Blankets’. Kathleen has provided a recipe for ‘ Bread machine onion bread’ in which to make a delicious bread in which to wrap the sausages or hot dogs.

So there you have it, another excellent recipe blog  that I found over on La Bella Vita. And in case you are wondering how the blog got its name, well its something we can all relate to when we are growing up, our mothers and aunts always seemed concerned that we hadn’t eaten enough or weren’t getting our fill of food and would always ask ‘Are you Hungry?’ So it made sense to Kathleen that this was an ideal name for her recipe blog and I agree.

Please take the time to visit ‘Are You Hungry?’, another excellent cooking blog.


Review: The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook: Recipes for the Best Pan in Your Kitchen

The Cast Iron Skillet CookbookPeople have been cooking with cast iron skillets for hundreds of years. It’s a time-tested method for making eggs, bacon and of course corn bread.

A cast iron skillet is a versatile piece of cookware that works both on top of the stove as well as in the oven.  And a cast iron skillet can be used for hundreds of recipes. That’s why we are so happy with The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook: Recipes for the Best Pan in Your Kitchen.

There are plenty of cookbooks on the market that can teach you how to make everything from soup to dessert. But not too many cookbooks focus on the humble cast iron skillet.

We are really impressed with the attention to detail this book provides. It has recipes for the beginner right throughto the professional chef. It’s really quite surprising how much you can do with this versatile tool.  This book will really expand your horizons on what all can be made in a cast iron skillet.

Not just content with giving you recipes for your cast iron skillet, this book also includes recipes for other cast iron cookware including enameled cookware and Dutch ovens.

The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook: Recipes for the Best Pan in Your Kitchen is pretty straightforward. It doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a cookbook for cast iron. There are 192 pages  which include traditional recipes such as seared pork chops as well as more exotic fare like grilled Prosicutto wrapped radicchio.

Things We Like:

  • Lots of pictures and straightforward recipes
  • The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook: Recipes for the Best Pan in Your Kitchen is priced right for the amount of information it gives you.

CLICK HERE to start getting the most out of your cast iron skillet.

Blog of the Week – La Bella Vita

La Bella Vita

Recently I was doing some research on cooking blogs and came across a cluster of absolutely wonderful blogspot recipe blogs that I will be bringing to you over the next little while. 

The first of these was featured last week and I hope you took the opportunity to visit Cooking for my Peace of Mind.

Now this week I have another dream of a site for you to check out.

La Bella Vita  – The Beautiful Life, is chock full of mouthwatering recipes that you are just going to want to dive right in and try.

Last week I was taken with the Peach Melba and Raspberries and I was going to talk about this recipe this week  when I added La Bella Vita as our blog of the week.

However, when I went back in I was captivated by the Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake. In fact you could say that this recipe is a dream come true for a chocolate cake lover like myself.

The recipes are well set out with beautiful photos to accompany each one.  There are tips and hints to help you out where Roz, the author has  found something doesn’t quite work in the original recipe, plus there are interesting snippets about life on country acreage in the Carolina’s.

So my advice is to get out those baking pans and start cooking up a treat that you and your family are just going to love.