Crispy Courgette With Curry

Crispy Courgette

Cooking is like art. It is an union of colors, tastes and different smells. Cooking is like painting: you have to select carefully all the ingredients, textures and tones appearance, as in a portrait. If the choices are appropriate, the dish will be fixed in everybody’s mind and in the taste buds of those who try it.

During these days in London one perceives little summer. There are clouds, rain, thunder and lightning. On days like these I love cookin and listening to the sound of the rain hitting on the window of my kitchen.

Today, after have been working for hours on my computer, I went out for a walk to enjoy the typical smell of London (i.e. that of rain, dear me! ) and going missing myself among the shelves of “Whole Foods”, in Stoke Newington. Whole Foods is a supermarket chain, which you can find in different parts of London. It is specialized in selling organic and monitored products. Today I purchased courgettes, turmeric and curry for tonight’s dinner.

Curry is a mixed spice that I love and that can easily be prepared at home. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is mainly composed of turmeric. Turmeric has depurative and antioxidants properties, an intense color and it is unique in flavor. They are both well known spices in Eastern and Asiatic kitchen, they can be used in the preparation of many dishes but also for beauty care.

I’m going to prepare a batter based on curry and turmeric as breading for courgettes: a mix that you should definitely try

 Ingredients for 5-6 people:

  • 6 Courgettes
  • 150 g Rice flour
  • 1 Teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 Teaspoon turmeric powder (as I said it is contained in curry, but I add it to get a stronger flavor)
  • 200ml Beer or sparkling water
  • A pinch of salt
  • Vegetable oil

Method:

  1. Wash and cut the courgettes in sticks;
  2. In a bowl, mix some flour with curry and turmeric powder;
  3. Add some beer or sparkling water (it must be very cold) and quickly mix until it forms a smooth mixture;
  4. Dip the courgette sticks into the batter and wrap them totally;
  5. Heat in a pot some seeds oil; when it is quite hot, fry the courgette little by litte until they become golden brown;
  6. Leave them for few minutes on a tray covered with absorbing paper towels and then serve them hot.

My advices:

  • If you want you can combine these sticks with a sweet and sour sauce. Enjoy them!

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Vegans with eating disorders, a letter to the Italian broadcasting RAI

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Doctor Cinzia Murgia did not appreciate the last episode of “Pane Quotidiano”, transmited by the Italian broadcasting RAI last 25th May. According to dr. Murgia, there is a relationship of being vegans and related eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia.

Cinzia Murgia, who is a gynaecologist, is currently studying at the Italian University of Marche, and she is also  interested in vegetarian nutrition. During the last episode of “Pane Quotidiano”, Dr. Murgia was very upset with RAI and sent a letter to the presenter of this broadcast, Mrs. De Gregorio, showing her total disappointment.

Here you can read an extract of her letter:

“I need to show all my disappointment to the last episode of “Pane Quotidiano”, broadcasted on May, 25th. During this occasion, Veganism and Vegetarianism were considered as related to eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia. An  American clip, which sets up the story of a vegetarian dad and his son was also transmitted. The clip had the aim to highlight  the possible lack of nutritional facts, due to the fact that the little boy doesn’t eat meat. At the same time, television writers who were taking part of this broadcast conclude that the Vegan and Vegetarian diet isn’t safe, especially for children and pregnat women”.

From:  www.castedduonline.it

Common (wrong) myths about vegan (unhealthy) diet…

Dr. Murgia is right, of course. On TV they only want to advocate what television writers want. Negative or erroneous messages are broadcasted everyday by local or international broadcasts. It is a common believe (for those who never tried to go vegan), that this trend is wrong or people become ill if they convert to this lifestyle. Many doctors, or simply people, declare vegan diets cause a deficency in vitamins and other nurishing facts. However, this, unfortunately, is the complete opposite of science!

The topic of meat eating can be very controversial and often become pretty discussed. especially by the media, including TV, radio, the web etc… The reason is that the main State TV sponsors are at the same time big food farmings which doesn’t promote any vegan lifestyle!

Switch off your televisions!

Switch off your televisions and admit television is not a great art is the best thing we can do! TVs have only harmful effects on people’s minds; moreover it would be hard to avoid TVs especially if you are a kid or a teen. However, it wouldn’t be difficul to avoid vegans to be misunderstood, since more and more people are showing an interest in vegan diets and their healthy and positive effects!

Finally, a vegan diet can be a much healthier way to eat and, in addition to the health benefits, following a vegan lifestyle and diet also provides many other physical benefits as well.

Italian Blog: http://www.natureatblog.com/vegani-bulimici-anoressici/

 

Donna Fugassa: Italian “focacce”, nice coffee and Vegan dishes

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Donna Fugassa: Italian “focacce”, nice coffee and Vegan dishes

Donna Fugassa, the Italian style baking café, has just opened its doors in London. I’m proud to announce that you can delight your palate with home-made Vegan cakes baked by Natureat also in this café.

The idea of Donna Fugassa comes from two wonderful Italian-born women: Maia and Alessia. Since when they opened this shop, they have started having an unexpected extraordinary success!

Try authentic food at Donna Fugassa

What you can try here is, first of all, the delicious focaccia from Liguria (a seaside region in the north of Italy), cakes, nice coffee and very much more! You can find the real authentic idea of Italian focaccia, and from today, many vegan delicious delicacies!

What also makes this café irresistible concerns its position in one of the coolest area of London. So, if you are visiting London for holidays of just for fun, I recommend you to stop and try the authentic Italian home-made focaccia and other delicious specialties at this café.

Donna Fugassa would really like to make its customers “feel the real authentic Italian taste of genuine food”, exactly as Maia and Alessia have imagined.

Get yourself involved in this café and delight your palate by enjoying food at Donna Fugassa.

You can find it at this address:

Dalston Square, E8 3BQ London, Bakery cafe

We are looking forward to see you!

http://www.donnafugassa.co.uk/

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Italian Blog: http://www.natureatblog.com/donna-fugassa-focacce-ottimo-caffe-e-opzioni-vegan/