9 Delicious Walnut Recipes

Walnuts, the nuts of wonder, not only taste amazing but can also provide us with countless benefits. Eating them as a snack is the easiest way to consume a couple of walnuts a day but how about some more adventurous ways of adding them into our diet?

Walnuts, the nuts of wonder, not only taste amazing but can also provide us with countless benefits. Eating them as a snack is the easiest way to consume a couple of walnuts a day but how about some more adventurous ways of adding them into our diet? Today I want to share with you a selection of delicious recipes which incorporate this wonder nut. I hope they will get you inspired.

blue-cheese-tartines-with-apples-arugula-walnutsBlue Cheese Tartines with Apples, Arugula & Walnuts

broccoli-salad-with-apples-walnuts-and-cranberriesBroccoli Salad with Apples Walnuts and Cranberries

butternut-squash-and-pomegranate-kale-salad-with-spiced-honey-walnutsButternut Squash and Pomegranate Kale Salad with Spiced Honey Walnuts

chopped-walnuts-twist-cookiesChopped Walnuts Twist Cookies

coffee-walnut-cakeCoffee Walnut Cake

maple-granola-with-walnuts-and-cranberriesMaple Granola with Walnuts and Cranberries

pear-and-apple-frittata-with-walnuts-goats-cheese-and-honeyPear and Apple Frittata with Walnuts, Goats Cheese and Honey

walnut-banana-protein-pancakesWalnut Banana Protein Pancakes

walnut-sage-cranberry-stuffed-mushroomsWalnut, Sage & Cranberry Stuffed Mushrooms

Which of those tickles your fancy?

And if you are in a super experimenting mood, remember walnut pairs well with apple, apricot, banana, caramel, chocolate, cinnamon, nectarine, peach, pear, plum, rum.

A Shout Out to The Farmers Market

* by Mark

I am a sinner, for I partake in the nasty habit of smoking and so I am often relegated to the cold and wet outside to satisfy my cravings. Over the years I have grown accustomed to the downside of my habit and accept it as a norm. Oh yes before you think it I have tried to quit and sure one day I will quit with the help of vaping but for now success eludes me. So you may now be wondering what on earth this has to do with a farmers market, let me explain…

We smokers are often told from learned and wise people that one of the many downsides to our habit is a reduced or even the total loss of our sense of smell and taste and as they are indeed wise I for one took them at their word.

In a busy and hectic modern lifestyle we as a society have reduced our foraging for food down to the weekly visit to one of the main supermarket chains, its normal and everyone does it. Now as I wander around the fruit and veg section of our local supermarket the smells are muted and in many cases missing, even in the cut flower section. Once home and dinner is prepared my taste buds experience the same muted sense. It must be because I smoke right, my fault right….

A Shout Out to The Farmers MarketNow we live in the deepest darkest corner of Bulgaria, miles from anything resembling a supermarket and having missed the summer so the veg patch is currently bare we have to go foraging in a new way. So to the farmers market we go on a chilly but sunny Wednesday morning to browse a hundred different stalls stacked high with seasonally appropriate vegetables and fruit. This is where I had one of my life changing experiences.

Maybe it was a miracle, maybe Bulgarian cigarettes are made different whatever it was my sense of smell was reeling from all the inputs. I could smell everything and in many cases I didn’t even have to be an inch away but several paces away was close enough to smell the produce. It was an amazing experience and has left a lasting impression on me. When we returned home and prepared some of our newly acquired food my taste buds also joined in with the revelation of working again as the taste of everything was distinct and filled my mouth. I am hooked.

…and yes I still smoke, probably more now than ever as the novelty of £2 a pack makes quitting just a little harder!

So why, I was left wondering, why have my senses returned to me so suddenly after all these years of being dormant. Turns out if you eat stuff grown in clean soil, that’s clean in the sense of not being saturated in chemicals and in a natural environment as it is meant to be grown as stated by Mother Nature the end product smells and tastes amazing. If you eat stuff grown out of season, stuff that grew in a polly-tunnel and that was fed chemicals to facilitate the fastest possible growth cycle to maximise profits the flavour and smell is muted. It is all to do with the micro-organisms in the soil, all the creepy crawlies who defecate and die in the soil, the rain water and the whole ecosystem that the plant grows in. Things we probably don’t want to think about as we are eating but are vital to the amount of smell and taste we experience at the end of it all. Commercially grown stuff tends to be shielded from all that stuff and we pay the price.

So I return to my starting point, with a huge shout out to the farmers market, they are not perfect but they are a far better option than the supermarket shelves of commercially churned out produce. So support your local business person and visit your farmers market and spend a little extra cash, trust me your nose and tongue will thank you.

5 Benefits of Walnuts

Who knew that walnuts are truly the nut of wonder… well actually they aren’t nuts but seeds but you get the point. They are among the oldest foods grown by humans, dating back to 7000BC, super rich in nutrition and with countless benefits to our body.

Who knew that walnuts are truly the nut of wonder… well actually they aren’t nuts but seeds but you get the point. They are among the oldest foods grown by humans, dating back to 7000BC, super rich in nutrition and with countless benefits to our body.I was never a huge fan of walnuts. I do like them, don’t get me wrong, but given the choice of different nuts I would usually go for almonds, cashews or even hazelnuts. Since coming to Bulgaria we have discovered that walnuts are the only protected tree in this country, which obviously means no chopping without very special permission, as a result there are walnuts everywhere! And I really mean everywhere! I can go for a 5 minute walk to my local village shop and come back with a basket of walnuts if I was to collect only those that have dropped from the trees along the sidewalk.  With such an abundance of these nuts I have started to look closer into them and to my big surprise I have discovered that they are truly nuts of wonder with many benefits which really shouldn’t be overlooked.

Heart health

Walnuts contain the plant-based omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is an anti-inflammatory and may prevent the formation of pathological blood clots. Research shows that people who eat a diet high in ALA are less likely to have a fatal heart attack and have a nearly 50 percent lower risk of sudden cardiac death. They also decrease LDL cholesterol, which is the so called “bad cholesterol” and increases production of the good one.

Brain health

Walnuts have a very high antioxidant content, which means that they can improve your brain functions including the memory function, comprehension and possibly even slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease.

Weight control

Surprisingly those fatty, fairly high calorie nuts can help us lose weight. If added to your diet they will help to keep us fuller for longer. One study has shown that people who included walnuts in their breakfast had a sense of fullness for much longer than the group which didn’t, which means less snacking, less other foods, less calories…

Source of vitamins and minerals

Walnuts are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals including: folic acid, vitamin B, vitamin E, magnesium, copper, phosphorus.

Beauty nut

Well, walnuts can help us with the quality of our sleep (thanks to melatonin), they will strengthen our hair (thanks to biotin / vitamin B7) and make our skin glow (thanks to vitamin B and antioxidants) so how could we not call it a beauty nut?

 

Those are just five of the main benefits of walnuts. According to many articles on the net there is many, many more, some less proven then others but the bottom line is: walnuts are good for you, really good! Now, it’s just a case of finding some “healthy” (aka organic grown) walnuts near you. And if you struggling give me a shout I can share our stash with you 🙂

Source:
https://authoritynutrition.com/foods/walnuts/
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/19/7-walnuts-benefits.aspx
http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/go-walnuts-13-health-benefits-of-this-awesome-nut/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19910942
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16825686

How To Use LED Lights to Adorn Your Home

Colourful LED strips are a great source of light, and they also contributing to an impressive ambiance. This has made them take the centre stage in the world of exquisite lighting ideas. The best thing about these strips is that the possibilities of incorporating them into homes, outdoors, offices, etc. are endless.

how-to-use-led-lights-to-adorn-your-homeIf done right, they can look cool and futuristic. Being thin and flexible, they can find a place even where the reach of traditional lighting sources had been impossible such as that under the panes and cabinets and in drawers, etc. The way they shed light on things and illuminate the space in a perfect manner, one thing can be made out that they are here to stay.

If you are imaginative enough, the ways in which you can put to use LED light strips are many. And those who are looking for ideas to start with, read on to find out some beautiful ways in which you can bring LED light strips to a home as a decorative feature that will last and will also go easy on your pocket.

how-to-use-led-lights-to-adorn-your-home-led-glass-balustradeLED glass balustrade: Your staircase need not be a run-of-the-mill feature of your home. Even if you get a fantastic staircase whose design oozes creativity, after a certain point of time, things will stop looking as fantastic as they used to. But, when your frameless glass balustrade will be powered with an LED lighting strip, there would be virtually nothing that can stop your staircase from looking as great as any other centrepiece in your home. Although this idea is increasingly becoming popular, using it for decorating your home with LED lighting strips is what you too should look up to. Just imagine in the dead of the night with no lighting feature on, how beautiful your staircase will look emitting a dim, coloured light.

LED coffee tables: You can add excitement to the corner of your room by installing LED light strips beneath the edge of your coffee table. You can use this table for your date nights when you want to have dinner in the dim illumination of something equivalent to candlelight.

how-to-use-led-lights-to-adorn-your-home-led-bed-lightsLED bed lights: For a goodnights sleep, darkness is really necessary to lull the sleeper to sleep, which is why it becomes imperative to turn off all lights before you prepare to sleep. But without any lighting, it would become really tough for you to cover even a short distance maybe from your bed to the washroom in case you are required to attend nature’s call. Having LED light strips underneath the bed along the border would be the best thoughtful solution to all your problems. Such light strips offer just enough visibility for you to do the movement in the darkness without hurting yourself.

LED vanity mirrors: There is something exquisite about LED vanity mirrors, which is why every modern home’s bathrooms are furnished with an array of these. It is not that you need to have any special or new vanity mirror for the purpose. All you need to do is get the strips installed around the mirror. And voila, you have given a new life to your bathroom.

There are more ideas that you can put to use like LED couches, shelves, refrigerators, kitchen cabinets and shelves, decks, drawers, etc., etc. Any which way, you will end up turning your space into a fancy, beautifully glowing place by bringing LED lighting strips into your home.

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