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Cucumbers

img828Our clients love cucumbers! It’s one of the most in demand veg each week in our food basket.  We love it  too on our salad, fruit shake or as a dip to our grilled pork, lamb or chicken.

As a dip it is best to make it into a meze (pronounced meh-ZEH) or as an appetizer.

Over the years of living in Europe and loving Mediterranean food, we learnt how to make Tzatziki which is a tangy dip to not only kebabs or grilled pork or chicken but to pita bread as well.

If you are a beginner, we found this straightforward 2 step recipe from the BBC. So easy to make –

Tzatziki

Ingredients

  • 350g/12oz Greek yoghurt
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic grated finely
  • dash of extra virgin olive oil
  • paprika for spinkling

Preparation method

  1. The best result is achieved by peeling and de-seeding the cucumber before grating. Hang the grated cucumber in muslin cloth or a tea towel in order to squeeze out all the excess liquid.
  2. Combine the yoghurt, cucumber, lemon juice and garlic. Add a dash of olive oil and sprinkle with paprika.

Hope you love them as much as we do!

Source http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/tzatziki_13049

Japanese and American cucumbers are available at TheVillageGreenShop including pastured pork, chicken and grass-fed lamb.

Contact us to order at 0927 675 5199/villagegreenshop@btinternet.com

 

 

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Why drinking Kefir gives you “good feeling”

img830Kefir pronounced /kəˈfɪər/ kə-FEER is a Turkish word which literally means good feeling.

Here’s why –

 Vitamins and Minerals in Kefir

Kefir contains highly beneficial bacteria and yeasts that promotes healing and repair as well as general maintenance.

Kefir is rich with high levels of thiamin, B12, calcium, folates and Vitamin K2 and biotin, a B vitamin that helps the body assimilate other B vitamins. The complete proteins in kefir are already partially digested and therefore more easily utilised by the body. Kefir is a great source of minerals like calcium and magnesium and phosphorous which helps the body utilise carbohydrates, fats and proteins for cell growth, maintenance and energy.

Great for the Gut and Bone Health 

Kefir is a potent probiotic drink that protects against gastrointestinal diseases and improves lactose digestion in adults with lactose intolerance. The healthy symbiotic micro flora is antifungal and antibacterial and certain bacterial strains from the kefir culture can treat colitis by regulating the inflammatory response of the intestinal cells.

Drinking kefir is a great source of Vitamin K2 which plays an important role in calcium metabolism in depositing calcium in appropriate locations such as in the bones and teeth assisting bone growth, and prevents it from depositing where it does not belong such as the soft tissues and arteries.

This is great to drink on an empty stomach before breakfast or for breakfast.

Available at TheVillageGreenShop at P150 per 500 ml.

You can place your order daily anytime. We deliver  twice a week either Mondays or  Fridays or Saturdays and sometimes Sundays. If the items are available we can deliver earlier than scheduled.

 

Simply contact us at

    0927 675 5199 /villagegreenshop@btinternet.com

 

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Source: http://chriskresser.com/kefir-the-not-quite-paleo-superfood