Category: Beverage

Sober October

Sober October

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Autumn is October and to mark the start of this season, a worthy UK charity  Macmillan (cancer relief) has suggested that we make this month ‘Sober October.’

Instead of buying and imbibing alcoholic drinks, we should take up the challenge of being teetotal and donate the money we would otherwise spend on booze to charity instead.

A worthy cause we hope many will try.

A good friend who likes his lager will give it a go ;).

Drinking Alcoholic beverages  in large amounts can be a cause of cancer.

Alcoholism is a problem

These recent sobering statistics from Alcohol Concern highlight the problem.

Statistics on Alcohol

  • More than 9 million people in England drink more than the recommended daily limits
  • In the UK, in 2014 there were 8,697 alcohol-related deaths
  • Alcohol is 10% of the UK burden of disease and death, making alcohol one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesit
  • An estimated 7.5 million people are unaware of the damage their drinking could be causing
  • Alcohol related harm costs England around £21bn per year, with £3.5bn to the NHS, £11bn tackling alcohol-related crime and £7.3bn from lost work days and productivity costs
  • A minimum unit price is one of the most effective strategies of reducing alcohol-related harm. Selling alcohol for no less than 50p a unit would tackle health inequalities, reduce alcohol related crime, hospital admissions, lost productivity days and save lives.
  • Alcohol was 61% more affordable in 2013 than it was in 1980

Alcohol and Health

  • Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression
  • In the UK in 2012-13, there were 1,008,850 hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for hospital admission or a secondary diagnosis
  • However, if you include deaths where alcohol was a contributing factor (such as various cancers, falls and hypertensive diseases), the figure increases to 21,512: 13,971 for males and 7,541 for females
  • Males accounted for approximately 65% of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2014
  • Alcohol now costs the NHS £3.5bn per year; equal to £120 for every tax payer
  • The alcohol-related mortality rate of men in the most disadvantaged socio-economic class is 3.5 times higher than for men in the least disadvantaged class, while for women the figure is 5.7 times higher
  • In England and Wales, 63% of all alcohol-related deaths in 2012 were caused by alcoholic liver disease
  • Liver disease is one of the few major causes of premature mortality that is increasing
  • Deaths from liver disease have reached record levels, rising by 20% in a decade
  • The number of older people between the ages of 60 and 74 admitted to hospitals in England with mental and behavioural disorders associated with alcohol use has risen by over 150% in the past ten years, while the figure for 15-59 years old has increased by 94%

We hope as many will take the time to digest the above and reduce digestion of alcohol this month and beyond.

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Apple, Avocado and Spinach

Even Popeye the Sailor Man, must get tired of eating spinach all the time.  I bet he would not have any problem drinking this iron rich concoction. And so will I for that matter. 🙂

bec73fa7-f1a1-45fd-a9ec-e6dea5fbf0b6_apple-avocado-smoothieA great way to boost your fruit and veg intake is by making homemade smoothies. Not just for breakfast, but a healthy and refreshing treat at any time of the day, they’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins and will also quench your thirst and keep you hydrated – by Jo Romero

Apple, Avocado and Spinach

The predominant flavour in this smoothie is apple, but while its texture is soft and creamy, it doesn’t contain any dairy. It’s the avocado that makes the drink pale and smooth. Avocadoes are full of Vitamin E and healthy fats which help keep your skin in tip-top condition. It’s tempting to add more avocado to get the goodness in, but add any more and you’ll taste it. If you’re new to green smoothies, try this one for starters.

one-quarter of an avocado, peeled and the stone removed
200ml fresh apple juice, chilled
small handful washed baby spinach leaves (5-6 leaves)

Blitz all the ingredients together and drink while cold – add an ice cube to the mixture before blending for a cooler drink, if you want to.

Apple & Avocado Smoothie

app& avSpring is definitely on its way and before you know it, it has rolled into summer.  We need to gather all the yummy and healthy smoothies we are going to be enjoying this summer in the sun (we live to hope 😉 LOL).

One of our firm favourites is the apple and avocado smoothie.  You cannot go wrong with its taste and the goodness that you can get from it.

The amount of ingredients indicated below will generously serve 2

Apple & Avocado Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 apple

1/2 ripe avocado

1 cup apple juice

3 ice cubes

3 sprigs mint leaves

juice from half a lime

To make:

Core the apple then cut into quarters.

Using a blender, combine all the ingredients and process for 25 seconds.

Serve in attractive tall glasses.

Enjoy

Cheers

Banana Smoothie

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Banana Smoothie

Banana Smoothie is a great favourite of mine.  The recipe below is just to die for, so delicious.

The amount of the ingredients indicated below is enough for 3 servings.

Ingredients:

55ml or 1/4 cup orange juice

4 ripe bananas

3 scoops of vanilla ice-cream

2 tbsp golden syrup

3 tbsp of plain yoghurt

lemon juice (optional)

sugar (optional)

Method:

Cut the bananas into small pieces and put these in the blender.

Add the rest of the ingredients.

Blend for 20 seconds.

To make the smoothie really interesting, dub lemon juice around the rim of the glasses, then roll the rim of the glasses into some sugar.  The sugar would then stick to the glass.

Pour into the glasses the banana smoothies and enjoy!

 

Mountain Maid and Ifugao Coffee

Coffee from the Good Shepherd - Baguio, photo by JMorton

Coffee from the Good Shepherd – Baguio, photo by JMorton

We have  run out of Taylors of Harrogate Rich Italian coffee and I thought the world as I know it was over.  Luckily I remembered that I have got a few bags of coffee from Baguio, Philippines.

I thought I should try it.  I tried the Mountain Maid Coffee.

I am glad I did.  I was very pleasantly surprised.  It tasted terrific, full-bodied and has the right scale of bitterness.

Just perfect for a cold afternoon break here in London.

We got the coffee from the Good Shepherd convent, which is just below Mines View in Baguio.

Aside from gorgeous Mountain Maid and Ifugao coffees, the convent/centre brew their own civet coffee, unfortunately for Peter, they had just run out of the coffee.  He was so aggrieved like you won’t believe.  He was so very, very sad that he did not get to drink coffee from beans which have been swallowed and pooped by musang (civet).  What is the world coming to?!!! 🙂

Anyway, the coffees above  are comparable to the best coffees available here in the market.  I hope the Good Shepherd convent are exporting them or is thinking of doing so.

Kalamansi Juice

Kalamansi Juice, photo JMorton

Kalamansi Juice, photo JMorton

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This is my favourite juice of all time.  It is not only healthy but it is kind of nostalgic.  As a young girl, I used to eat kalamansi all the time.  I love them.  Some ripe kalamansi can be really sweet but the green ones are so sour, it will blow your mind.  I used to eat this green ones with a good dose of salt to complement the sourness.

Kalamansi or Calamansi are little balls of vitamin C.  Certainly good to treat scurvy,

Kalamansi Juice is a very refreshing drink.  It can be adjusted the way how sour the juice you wanted it to be by adjusting the amount of sugar added.

Recipe for a glass of kalamansi juice:

Ingredients:

4-6  large kalamansi

1 tablespoon sugar or honey

water

ice cubes

Preparation:

Squeeze and juice the calamansi over a tall glass.

Add some water to a third of the glass.

Mix in the sugar

 

 

 

 

Champagne, the Quotes

Champagne is such a glorious, hedonistic drink that many have been driven to wax lyrical about it. Below are just a few of the many:

Champagne, the Quotes

Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired.
– Brigitte Bardot

Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it.
– Madame de Pompadour

ChampersChampagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.
– Graham Greene

In a perfect world, everyone would have a glass of Champagne every evening.
– Willie Gluckstern

I only drink Champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.
– Lily Bollinger

My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne.
– Dying words, John Maynard Keenes

Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content and sufficient Champagne.
– Dorothy Parker

There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.
– Bette Davis

Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.
– Mark Twain

Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?
– Noel Coward