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November 2015 – Active Bookings

Aubergines (or Eggplant) – Top 3 Recipes

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Aubergines (or Eggplant) – Top 3 Recipes

eggplant activebookings.co.ukAubergines (or Eggplant ) comes from India. It was cultivated mainly in South and East Asia long ago but it became famous in the western world after 1500.

It grows from 40 to 150 cm. It has big leaves – they can reach 10-20 cm length and 5-10 cm width. Some wild plants can reach the size of 225 cm. Their leaves can be longer than 30 cm and wider than 15 cm. Their trunks are often thorny. Their color can vary from white to purple. The fruit is pulpy.

Wild plants have no longer than 3cm fruit in contrary to the cultivated which fruit is quite bigger. Raw fruits of the eggplant have a bitter taste. This bitter taste can easily be fixed. It is necessary to put some salt on the aubergine and then wash it out.
Another well known fact is that this fruit has the ability to absorb big amounts of fat. It is important to mention that the absorbing ability of the eggplant can decrease if we put salt on it. Aubergine is major ingredient in many cooking recipes. It is famous all over the world-from Japan to Spain. In your meals you can see it boiled, fried, baked…

Top Recipes with Aubergines:

Baked Aubergines

eggplantchips11 kg Aubergines;
2 middle-sized tomatoes;
7-8 tablespoons vegetable oil;
5-6 big cloves of garlic;
1 cup water;

Peel and slice the aubergine on thin slices. Put salt and leave for 30 minutes to strain off. Slice the tomatoes on thin slices and the garlic cloves lengthwise. Stir all the products in vegetable oil and pour in a tray. Spread out equally and pour the water. Bake on second level of the oven at maximum temperature then lower to 200 degrees Celsius(392 Fahrenheit). Serve with sliced on fine pieces parsley.

Aubergine with Green Peppers

eggplant with peppers500 g Aubergines;
300 g green peppers;
1 onion;
80 ml vegetable oil;
a bunch of parsley;
4-5 cloves of garlic;
1 circle of lemon,

Slice the green peppers on fine pieces. Wash and peel the aubergine and then slice it on cubes. Fry onion in a frying pan using vegetable oil until it becomes rosy. Add green peppers and eggplant. Add salt. Stir the mixture and cover so the vegetables can get mellow. After the vegetables soften uncover and leave on the hot plate until only fat remains. Slice parsley and garlic and add to the vegetables. Put a pinch or two cumin and pepper for better taste.

Aubergine and Asparagus Napoleons


1. 1 large or 2 small Aubergines, unpeeled, cut into 12 (1/2-inch thick) slices
2. 16 medium asparagus spears (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed to 5-inch lengths
3. Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
4. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
400g of creamy ricotta
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Zest and juice of 1 large lemon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

November 19, 2015 / by / in
Foods That Boost Testosterone

ideal-testosterone-dietTestosterone is universally acknowledged as probably the most essential of all male hormones, responsible for sustaining reproductive and sexual health in the males apart from affecting their vigor and emotional well being. However, Testosterone synthesis within the entire body follows an unusual pattern. This refers to the natural decrease in the Testosterone levels like an individual ages. Because of the increasing deficiency in Testosterone levels, men are prone to developing sexual dysfunctions apart from facing the risk of becoming unable to conceive. This can be evident in the type of problems like erectile dysfunction or ED caused by low testosterone levels.

The overall sperm top quality and its motility as well depends heavily on the concentration of Testosterone. Thus, Testosterone-boosting foods are seriously recommended to those who are searching for to increase their sexual well being without depending upon heavy medications or hormone supplementation pills. Please realize that none on the meals listed below definitely contain the hormone, Testosterone. These are basically ‘Testosterone-boosters’, i.e. meals that stimulate numerous receptors from the human body to synthesize additional testosterone and catalyze much better absorption on the hormone in the blood. A few of the most trusted Testosterone meals resources as well as the testosterone-boosting compounds they contain had been listed below:

Dietary Zinc-this is considered one of the most essential of all dietary minerals for boosting testosterone concentration. Probably, one of the most source of absorbable, dietary zinc is animal meat. This includes meat of chicken and fish like salmon. To some extent, vegetarian foods products like peanuts too contain zinc. Other vegetarian sources of zinc include beans. Please note that none of the usual fruits are identified to enhance testosterone production inside an essential way. This really is simply because most from the plant-sourced zinc can not be metabolized or absorbed properly by the body. This can be why men who complain of decreased muscle mass or the inability to put on muscle even following working-out religiously within the gym are recommended zinc-coated supplements. Zinc has been traditionally linked with boosting the sex drive and also the overall metabolic rate. Zinc supplementation is even recommended to women who are suffering from low energy levels and people who complain of the malaise-like feeling. Some advised sources of zinc are:

1. Dried Pumpkin Seeds




2. Dried Watermelon Seeds




3. Roast Beef



4. Cocoa




5. Sesame butter




6. Peanuts





7. Chicken



8. Oysters




9. Lamb




10. Most red meats

Herbal Testosterone Foods-Garlic is an extremely recommended herb for those people suffering from testosterone deficiency. Garlic was usually regarded as a natural booster for libido among individuals but its real contribution in terms of augmenting testosterone levels had been found recently. Garlic contains a regular compound that may be called Allicin. This really is a rare biological compound that’s discovered in extremely few foods and promotes testosterone synthesis.

Vitamin A-containing Foods-vitamin An is in between probably the most critical of vitamins required for sustaining optimum levels of testosterone. This vitamin is quickly obtainable in some fruits this sort of as:

. Apples
. Blueberries
. Cantaloupe
. Pineapple

Apart from fruits, vitamin An is observed in fish, spinach and most on the vibrantly-colored vegetables just like beetroot, tomatoes, yellow squash and red peppers.


Why salmon for boosting testosterone?

Most physicians recommend increasing salmon intake simply because this is among the rarest of testosterone boosters that also combines Vitamin An and Zinc (listed above) apart from some integral (muscle-boosting) proteins including a typical sort of fish oil that is certainly known to enhance SHBG-Sex Hormone Binding Globulin. Testosterone tends to bind with SHBG and thus, chances with the hormone getting metabolized or broken down into other metabolic byproducts are greatly reduced. Salmon is advised by most nutritionists and dieticians when charting patient diet plans for naturally boosting testosterone.

November 13, 2015 / by / in
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

This is a traditional-style shepherd’s pie, but it’s completely vegan. No meat is required to acquire the same traditional taste.

All ingredients amounts are approximate and can be altered to your taste…


Vegan Shepherd’s Pie (Serves 8)

Time: 1 hour 25 minutes


-sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

-500g  potatoes

-500g sweet potatoes

-40g dairy-free margarine

-1 onion

-2 carrots –

3 cloves of garlic

-2 sticks of celery

-1 tablespoon coriander seeds


-olive oil

-350g chestnut mushrooms

-12 sun-dried tomatoes in oil

-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

-organic vegetable stock

-1 x 400g tin of lentils

-1 x 400g tin of chickpeas

-5 sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley

-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary 1 lemon

-30g fresh breadcrumbs

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6.
  2. Half-fill a large saucepan with cold water and add a little bit of salt.
  3. Place on a high heat and bring to the boil.  Meanwhile… peel all the potatoes. On a chopping board, chop the potatoes into 2cm chunks, keeping regular potatoes and sweet potatoes separate.
  4. Once boiling, carefully add the regular potatoes to the water and bring back to the boil. Turn the heat down to medium and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the sweet potatoes and cook for a further 5 to 10 minutes, or until cooked through.
  6. Once cooked, drain the potatoes over the sink into a colander and leave them to steam dry.
  7. Tip the potatoes back into the pan and add the margarine and a tiny pinch of salt and pepper.
  8. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes really well.
  9. Peel and finely slice the onion, carrots and 2 garlic cloves.
  10. Trim and finely slice the celery.
  11. Pick the thyme leaves, discarding the stalks.
  12. Bash the coriander seeds in a pestle and mortar until fine.
  13. Place a medium saucepan over a medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  14. Carefully add the chopped vegetables, thyme leaves and ground coriander and cook for around 10 minutes, or until softened, stirring occasionally.
  15.  Roughly chop the mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes. Add to the pan along with the vinegar and 2 tablespoons of the sun-dried tomato oil from the jar and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  16.  Pour in the stock, lentils and chickpeas (juice and all) and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened and reduced.
  17. Pick and roughly chop the parsley leaves, discarding the stalks. Stir the parsley leaves into the pan and season to taste.
  18. Carefully transfer the mixture to a large baking dish (roughly 25cm x 30cm).
  19. Spread the mash over the top, scuffing it up with a fork.
  20. Finely slice the remaining garlic clove and pick the rosemary leaves, discarding the stalks and place into a bowl.  Finely grate the lemon and add it to the bowl.
  21. Add the breadcrumbs and 1 tablespoon of olive oil, mix well and sprinkle evenly over the mash.
  22. Carefully place the baking dish in the hot oven for around 10 minutes, or until piping hot through.
  23. Turn the grill to full whack and cook for a further 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden.
  24. Serve with your favourite greens.


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