Thursday, September 15, 2011

Spice up your broccoli and torte with ice cream

Pasta with spinach in filmjölk sauce
Food Diary (September 15, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with pear, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Pasta with spinach in filmjölk sauce
Dinner: Wholemeal sourdough sandwiches – cheese and peanut butter

Unlike the pasta I had for dinner last night today's pasta was unsmoked. I was careful during preparation, hence the smokiness was lacking! 

Today's Favourite Photo
Source: Sparklette
Torte with ice cream

Today’s Favourite Blog
Spice up your broccoli to fight cancer. Sounds strange but it seems to be true. A University of Illinois study has found that spicying up fresh broccoli with a spicy food that contains myrosinase significantly enhances each food's individual cancer-fighting power and ensures that absorption takes place in the upper part of the digestive system where you'll get the maximum health benefit.

Suggestions for spicying up include broccoli powder, mustard, horseradish, or wasabi. The spicier, the better.

In the study, when fresh broccoli sprouts were eaten with broccoli powder, the scientists were able to measure bioactive compounds in the blood 30 minutes later. When these peaked at three hours, they were much higher than when the foods were eaten alone.

Other foods that will boost broccoli's benefits if they are paired together include radishes, cabbage, arugula, watercress, and brussels sprouts. 
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  1. That dessert looks incredible. I will break my diet for that!

  2. Both dishes look very delicious. I'm the dessert person and wouldn't want to miss out eating this ice cream.

  3. That's a great shot of the pasta! Giving me ideas for lunch. Yum!
    Broccoli powder? Didn't even know something like that exists. So does that mean broccoli curry is good as well? I could do that.

  4. The torte with ice cream looks so decadent right now, even with the chill in the air!

  5. O.M.G. that pasta looks divine!! I actually had to look up what filmjölk sauce was (embarrassing?) but it sounds delicious. :)

  6. I love your pasta's photo! It makes me want to go and get some spinach.
    I have already heard about chili benefits, but never about the spicy vegetables and grains... Very interesting.
    By the way, I have prepared two days ago your Vanilla coconut oat drop cookies. Twice. I have forgotten the first batch and it burnt completely. The second was great, but I have added twice the amount of milk (by accident of course) and they became like mini-cakes (I baked them in small moulds). They were still excellent and next time I hope I will be luckier! (It wasn't my baking day...)

  7. I love spinach in pasta...spice in broccoli? A kimchi broccoli should be good then!

    Oh btw wanted to let you know that I've changed the name of my blog to Smoky Wok with a new custom domain though the old one should still work.

  8. OH for a moment I thought you meant spice up your broccoli with ice cream! :P

  9. That spinach pasta looks SO GOOD.

    And a medical reason to eat wasabi? Sounds good to me!

  10. Your pasta really looks delicious! And interesting article on the spicing up of broccoli but i've never heard of broccoli power before. Will have to look up on that.
    have a great weekend! :)

  11. Oh girl you know I am can spice things up so spicing up my broccoli should not be a problem. In fact, its genius in a way. Now i have my thinking cap on!

  12. You distracted me with that lovely spinach pasta. What a great looking dish!

  13. Mary: thank you!

    Maris: I would too, without any regrets or second thoughts

    Zoe: me neither!

    ping: me neither, but thanks to google now I do. Its just powdered broccoli shoot (if I recall correctly). Never tried broccoli curry so don’t know if its good – if might be nutritious but no good if its not tasty and therefore not eaten:)

    yummychunklet: it does, bit chilly here as well

    Caroline: thank you. No need to be embarrassed, filmjölk is not common outside Scandinavia

    Sissi: I am glad you liked it. The recipe is quite versatile. I haven’t made it since I posted the recipe. As I write this I am starting to crave it!

    Jen: that’s an interesting name

    Lorraine: you can try that as well:)

    Joanne: an extra reason, not that it was needed in some cases!

    Sylvia: thank you. I didn’t know about broccoli powder either

    Kitchen Belleicious: good!

    Kristen: thank you

  14. Heck yea! That broccoli pasta looks ace and I can totally get into 'spicing' it up. Bring on the heat!

  15. the spinach pasta looks so good!!! i've never heard of broccoli powder before, interesting.......!

  16. Parsley sage: thank you!

    Junia: me neither

  17. Both the brownie and your spinach pasta look wonderful. I'm probably not going to start adding broccoli powder to my broccoli...but one of those spicy options would be tasty.