This is a fairly common recipe found in many cooking books. The difference is in the quality and quantity of the ingredients. For example, we are using “panela” instead of ordinary sugar. “Panela” is sugar taken directly from the sugar cane. Because it hasn’t been refined, it conserves all its minerals and we can assimilate it better than white sugar, which is absorbed rapidly, raising our blood sugar and taking calcium out of our bones.
Sugar quantities in most recipes are quite high. In this recipe, it has been reduced from 150 to 100 grs. The additional sweetness is provided by raisins. The result is a nicer and healthier cake.
For 6/8 people
_200 grs. whole spelt or meal flour
__100 grs. “panela”
_1 Greek or natural yoghourt ((125 ml.)
_125 ml. olive oil
_50 grs. seedless raisins (sultanas)
_ A small handful crushed walnuts
_1 tsp. ground cinnamon
_1 tsp. ground or liquid vanilla
_1 tsp. sodium bicarbonate
_Grated coconut, a little jam and a few almonds to decorate
_In a bowl, whisk eggs, “panela”, oil, yoghourt, cinnamon and vanilla until smooth consistency.
_In another bowl, mix flour, sodium bicarbonate, walnuts and raisins and add to the first bowl until well mixed.
_Pour all into a suitably oiled baking tin. Decorate and place in the middle of the oven (180º) for 45 minutes.
In our climate, aubergines are finishing by the end of October. You can buy them out of season, but these are generally cultivated in greenhouses.
Aubergines are a summer vegetable (actually, a fruit!),juicy and refreshing.They are alkalizing, rich in potassium and vitamins B2 and B5. They are diuretic and mildly laxative. Before they are finished, let’s celebrate the end of summer enjoying this tasty dip.
_2 medium aubergines
_1 large garlic clove
_A small bunch of parsley
_2 or 3 tbs. of lemon juice
_2 tbs. of tahini (or 4 tbs. of ground sesame seeds)
_1 pinch of cumin powder
_Salt and pepper to taste
_ Pierce the aubergines with a fork several times. Place them in a dish with a little water and put into the oven (180%) 45 to 60 minutes, until tender.
_ Take out the pulp with a spoon and put it with the other ingredients in a blender and whisk until well emulsified.
_ Empty into a bowl and decorate with some olive oil, sweet paprika and a sprig of parsley.
_ Allow to rest for at least one hour before serving.
As always when dealing with a health issue we recommend that you look for the cause of the problem to find a satisfactory solution. If we limit ourselves to only taking medicines, with time, we are likely to aggravate the problem. This often happens when we depend on just taking medication in the case of insomnia.
If we stop to think about it we will probably see that in many cases of insomnia it is a question of a state of preoccupation, sadness or frustration from which we don’t see a way out… an altered emotional state!
In Chinese medicine, insomnia is an imbalance affecting the Heart energy. This organ houses the Shen (in western terms, the mind or spirit).If the heart is agitated or unsettled the Shen cannot rest peacefully and the person cannot rest or sleep (insomnia).
Dr. Ted J. Kapchuck writes (A Web that has no Weaver, Ed. – The March Hare) that a man who suffers from insomnia goes to visit a western doctor. He will find nothing abnormal and probably prescribe a sleeping pill. After a while the same man visits an oriental doctor who will examine him and confirm a diagnosis. The treatment will consist of using several acupuncture points and a prescription for a medicinal herb (Euphoria Longana). Following various sessions the problem is resolved and at no stage has the patient received any sedative to allow him to sleep.
The points in Chinese Medicine for insomnia correspond to energetic channels that connect with organs like the heart, the stomach, the liver and kidneys among others. The effect of using those points would be, in Western terms, to strengthen the Nervous System on the one part and the functions of digestion and assimilation of nutrients on the other.
Shiatsu, whose principles are based on those of Chinese Medicine, is an excellent remedy for insomnia for its calming and balancing effects and it can help us get to the root of the problem, which is necessary if we want to resolve it.
As a self help remedy, from Peter Deadman´s book (A Manual of Acupuncture. 1988, Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications) a recipe that is used in nearly all of China for insomnia: – every night before going to bed to sleep, massage point no. 1 on the Kidney energy channel on both feet (see the photo at beginning of this article) and soak your feet for a while in hot water to reduce excess yang in your body: Sweet dreams!