Live To Eat Food Club December 2016

 

At Live to Eat we are celebrating our first full year of newsletters – we really hope you enjoy them.

Perhaps by now you are wondering how to ‘survive’ the holiday party season – over-indulgence, hangovers (maybe!) and some long and hard days, particularly if you are cooking. We thought we would give you some great tips for avoiding those days where you just want to hide under the duvet!

Our Christmas Survival Guide

  1. Start with a good, healthy breakfast. Porridge with some berries will stabilise your blood sugar and control appetite as the day goes on. With a good combo of a probiotic yogurt, you can also help your system fight against too much alcohol and lack of sleep by boosting your immunity.
  2. Drink plenty of water all day – this applies to any time of the year. Alcohol has a diuretic effect on the body, so you become dehydrated very quickly. Drink a large glass of water last thing at night, and before breakfast in the morning – you will be amazed how much better it makes you feel.
  3. Eat something rich in protein and potassium before you go out for the night – protein slows down the stomach mechanism, and potassium will balance any increase in salt intake – think crisps, nuts and breadsticks, olive and pickles on that buffet table! A good way to combine this intake is to nibble on a banana and some big spoonfuls of yogurt.
  4. Eat properly before a ‘drunken’ night out. Alcohol has empty calories, so you need to stock up on nutrient-rich foods to compensate and help your body detoxify. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water or juices during the session!
  5. The morning after – many people can feel nauseous at the thought of food, but do try to push yourself to having an omelette (make it spicy if you can with some chopped chillis which will kick start your recovery period). If you find the thought of something cooked unimaginable, hit the smoothies with potassium-laden fruits, such as bananas, oranges and kiwi to help replenish the lost electrolytes, due to excess of alcohol.

Cooking for Christmas?

We are not going to tell you how to cook the best ever turkey, or wonderfully crisp and fluffy roast potatoes – more than enough of that has been done over the years by nearly all the top TV chefs.

Instead, we thought we would tell you about some of our favourite canapes to serve with drinks at a pre-Christmas party, or on Boxing Day when you have unexpected guests.

Our first tip is to keep plenty of ready made pastry in your freezer – when more people turn up that you didn’t expect, pastry can be a lifesaver for making mini tartlets, or using filo to make little filled baskets, or even samosa. Also keep frozen mini baguettes for bruschettas and crostini – you can make toppings out of almost anything you have in your fridge or store cupboard. Talking of store cupboards – have plenty of jars of pesto or tapenade, or keep cream cheese, hummus and smoked salmon pieces in your fridge. You can whip up wonderful canapes with very little effort, particularly if you have some fresh herbs around such as basil or chives. Also keep the mini packs of blinis in the fridge or freezer, you can whip them out quickly and make some impressive canapes, or  how about some ready rolled mini meatballs – mould them around small cubes of mozzarella and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. They will be oozingly delicious!

Our Ingredient of the season…

Nduja! You may never have heard of it, but it is readily available in most major supermarkets. Nduja is a spicy and spreadable salami, which can play a huge role in unusual canapes, and guests will be smacking their lips and asking you what this delicious taste is. Top some rounds of lightly toasted baguette with the nduja paste, and scatter with micro-herbs, or chopped olives, gherkins and slivers of parmesan – yummy! Even better, if you have half a jar left over, toss it into a pasta the next day as part of the sauce – it has a deep, rich flavour which compliments Italian style dishes.

Above all, have a wonderful festive season, and tune into us next month for some New Year ideas!

 

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