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The Sourdough School: Sweet Baking: Nourishing the gut & the mind Hardcover published 3 Sept. 2020

The Sourdough School: Sweet Baking: Nourishing the gut & the mind Hardcover – 3 Sept. 2020 by Vanessa Kimbell

Healthy food, the key to a positive life and at its base should be good bread. Many benefits accrue to sourdough bread. The process of preparing sourdough involves a slow fermentation process. This in turn creates a healthier and lighter dough that is easier to digest. Personally I find this to be the case.

So this process can be applied to a range of breads, tarts, biscuits and others. They can all be made with sourdough. In Vanessa Kimbell’s new book you will find many recipes that will provide for for nourishing the gut but will also improve your mood.

In Vanessa’s book, you will use a variety of flours, including chestnut, spelt and einkorn, as well as blends you can make up. There is a wide variety of options including cakes, tarts and biscuits, to doughnuts, brioche and pretzels.

It is impossible to read this book without wanting to scuttle off into the kitchen.’ Nigella Lawson

Do you want to bake:

Morello Cherry Shortbread,

Chocolate, Tangerine & Pistachio Cakes,

Carrot & Walnut Cake, Doughnuts

Mille-feuille

Chocolate, Almond & Hazelnut Spread

Sourdough Vanilla Ice Cream?

The basis for the health benefits based upon gut microbiome considerations, are expained by Vanessa when she considers the health benefits of having diversity in your diet to the amazing work of enzymes.

A fundamental connection between our food, gut microbiome and the potential impact on our mental health. New studies are unveiling links between the microorganisms in our gut and our mood and behaviour, and Vanessa is at the forefront of this research.

‘Britain’s queen of sourdough.’ – Telegraph

‘Vanessa Kimbell wants to change the bread we eat, one loaf at a time. She’s the real deal: a total inspiration.’ – Diana Henry

Just five years ago if someone said to you that they were writing a book about sourdough bread and mental health you would have thought they needed psychiatric help. Today nobody is laughing as the latest science tells us that microbes are the key link between food and the health of our mind and bodies.’ – Tim Spector, author of The Diet Myth

To buy the book, see Amazon: (we receive a small remuneration if you choose to purchase)
The Sourdough School: Sweet Baking: Nourishing the gut & the mind

Jamie Oliver 7 Ways – Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week Hardcover – published 20 Aug

7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week Hardcover 

Jamie Oliver’s new book called 7 ways is just out!

Discover 7 Ways to reinvent each of your favourite ingredients with Jamie’s brand-new, No. 1 bestselling cookbook, featuring 120 exciting and tasty new recipes

Includes recipes from Jamie’s hit Channel 4 TV show Keep Cooking Family Favourites
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Jamie has done his research to find out exactly what we, as a nation, love to eat.

He’s taken 18 of our favourite ingredients and created 7 new, easy and delicious ways to cook them.

We’re talking about those meal staples we pick up without thinking – chicken breast, salmon fillet, mince, eggs, potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, to name but a few.

Jamie will share 7 achievable, exciting and tasty ways to cook each of these hero ingredients, requiring minimal time, effort and additional ingredients.

Jamie’s fun, delicious and nutritious recipes include:

· Crispy sweet & sour salmon
· Filo chicken kiev
· Mushroom cannelloni
· Garlic prawn kebabs
· Sticky ginger beef
· Prosciutto pork fillet

With everything from fakeaways and traybakes to family and freezer favourites, you’ll find bags of inspiration to help you mix things up in the kitchen.

Discover 7 Ways, the most straight-forward cookbook Jamie has ever written.

‘Simple, affordable and delicious food designed for all the family’ i

‘Cooking dinner just got easier (and tastier) with Jamie’s brilliant new book 7 Ways‘ Mail on Sunday

 To buy the book, see Amazon: (we receive a small remuneration if you choose to purchase)
7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week

Hairy Bikers Route 66

The new TV series Hairy Bikers Route 66 is airing on BBC2 in the UK at the moment.

Read the reviews of last night’s show:

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night’s TV: Dodge

The six part series was commissioned by the BBC and follows Si and Dave as they cruise highway 66 in search of food and new friends.

BBC Two Orders ‘The Hairy Bikers‘ Route 66 Food Travelogue

Read about the Hairy Bikers Vegetarian Book – great book, compact and with good recipes, look review or buy The Hairy Dieters Go Veggie (Hairy Bikers)

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Jamie Oliver #5ingredients #Jamies #QuickandEasy #Food new book TV series Channel 4

Jamie Oliver hits the highlights of food again, with his new TV series and cookbook – 5 ingredients – Jamie’s Quick and Easy food.

TV links to see Jamie Oliver’s new show:

 

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The Clever Guts Diet Daily Mail Dr Michael Mosley Pull out Friday (@drmichaelmosley)

The final Clever Guts pull out with the Daily Mail by Dr Michael Mosley, on Friday looks at how we make decisions about what to eat.

A radical thought here, quite significant! Who or indeed what makes the decisions of what to eat, do we make that decision consciously or is it a subconscious process? Or is it the millions of neurons in our gut? Is it the microbes in our gut?

Dr Mosley suggests the microbes have more control and influence over us than we ever thought.

Makes one think doesn’t it! (No pun intended here).

Scary to imagine that it may not be our choice – but our microbiome?

Black Friday

So if we have not so good microbes – does that predispose us to select foods that are in fact bad for our health? If we have good microbes then we crave foods that are healthy?

So the conclusion is that by feeding out gut, healthy gut-friendly foods, we are improving our health, our physical and mental well-being – reducing weight and benefiting in many ways.

Revolutionary – worth reading the book and grasping these concepts if it helps us avoid serious illness for as long as we can.

By the way the book is a fun read and really is full of great research and clear explanations. Dr Mosley has the gift of being an excellent communicator, he is inquisitive about our health and how to improve it… a great read!

Recipes today:

  • Lazy lemon and lime baked chicken
  • Seafood risotto
  • Turkey Bolognese
  • Crab linguine
  • Cheat’s cassoulet
  • Tuna and vegetable stir-fry
  • Anti inflammatory tumeric dressing
  • Cashew dressing
  • Oil and lemon dressing
  • Lemony vinaigrette
  • Hummus dressing

The great thing is the book is now available to buy!!

A large amount of very useful advice, guides and recipes can be found in the very well-written and amusing book – see the links to read more and consider buying the book as a reference volume to keep handy.

Previous blogs:

Dr Mosley The Healthy Gut Diet @drmichaelmosley Daily Mail Thursday

The Healthy Gut Diet Dr Michael Mosley @drmichaelmosley Daily Mail Wednesday

Dr Mosley The Healthy Gut Diet @drmichaelmosley Daily Mail Tuesday

The Healthy Gut Diet Dr Michael Mosley @drmichaelmosley Daily Mail Monday

and

Michael Mosley The Clever Guts Diet: How to revolutionise your body from the inside out

To read more and purchase a copy:

Fast Exercise by Dr Michael Mosley

The Fast Diet recipe book Mimi Spencer Dr Sarah Schenker Dr Michael Mosley – recipes Mail on Sunday 28 April 2013

The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting – Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer

Thanks to Dr Mosley for a great read.. enjoyed it very much!

 

 

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Curries are a great health food  and can assist the microbiome, see the new books by Atul Kochhar and Dan Toombs for ideas on recipes, different curry powders and ingredients. Use Dr Mosleys approach to select the correct ingredients.

30 Minute Curries Atul Kochhar  

Dan Toombs The Curry Guy Recreate Over 100 of the Best British Indian Restaurant Recipes at Home  


The Healthy Gut Diet Dr Michael Mosley @drmichaelmosley Daily Mail Wednesday

From Dr. Michael Mosley, author of the clever guts diet, due to be published tomorrow 18 May 2017.

In the article in today’s Daily Mail, Wednesday’s pull-out discusses preserved foods, such as Kefir milk, certain cheeses, yoghurt, sauerkraut and kimchis. These foods are natures probiotics for the human body.

These foods assist and aid our internal microbes, those that reside in the gut and the ones we wish to nuture, the good microbes, within our Microbiome.

Fermentation produces microbes that are beneficial for us, they are a diverse set and that helps us as well.

The recipes included today are:

  • Kefir ginger ice cream
  • Kimchi pickle
  • Mushroom and kimchi omelette
  • Chicken tagine and preserved lemon
  • Preserved lemon
  • Apple cider vinaigrette
  • Creamy kefir dressing
  • Lemon chia muffins
  • Exotic tangy carrot cake
  • Red rice pudding
  • Coffee and walnut cake

How to make your own yoghurt.

Tomorrow how to help IBS.

The Healthy Gut Diet Dr Michael Mosley @drmichaelmosley Daily Mail Monday

Dr Mosley The Healthy Gut Diet @drmichaelmosley Daily Mail Tuesday

Dr Mosley The Healthy Gut Diet @drmichaelmosley Daily Mail Thursday

The Clever Guts Diet Daily Mail Dr Michael Mosley Pull out Friday (@drmichaelmosley)

Dr Mosley The Healthy Gut Diet @drmichaelmosley Daily Mail Tuesday

Previous blog: Michael Mosley The Clever Guts Diet: How to revolutionise your body from the inside out

To read more and purchase a copy:

Fast Exercise by Dr Michael Mosley

The Fast Diet recipe book Mimi Spencer Dr Sarah Schenker Dr Michael Mosley – recipes Mail on Sunday 28 April 2013

The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting – Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer

In terms of looking out for the microbiome – for Curries see the new books by Atul Kochhar and Dan Toombs for ideas on recipes and ingredients.

30 Minute Curries Atul Kochhar  

Dan Toombs The Curry Guy Recreate Over 100 of the Best British Indian Restaurant Recipes at Home  

Atul’s Curries Of The World Atul Kochhar curry recipes


Gino D’Acampo @Ginofantastico Gino’s Healthy Italian for Less 100 feelgood family recipes for under £5

Released on Thursday 18 May Gino’s Healthy Italian for Less: 100 feelgood family recipes for under £5: 100 feelgood family recipes for under £5 will help us to learn how to cook like a true Italian, on a £5 budget! F

How to cook Italian but save money with the smart tips and tricks. 100 simple meals.

Very nice book cover —

Buy the correct ingredients cheaply, keep and store food to take advantage of your fridge and your freezer, and fill those meals with flavour.

Bring down the cost of your weekly shop and start eating better than ever with Gino’s Healthy Italian for Less.