Veganism. What you really know?

I want to start writing more about this new movement, fast growing and very active around the world.
HISTORY
There are many ethical and health controversies surrounding vegetarianism in all its different forms, but where did the word ‘vegan’ come from? Who invented “veganism”?  At the beginning they were all Vegeterians. Vegetarianism has been around for a very long time. Some historians date it back to Ancient Greek philosophers, and religious sects of Buddhism and Hinduism have encouraged vegetarianism for hundreds of years. However, the word itself came into common usage in the 1830s. During this era, vegetarianism was associated with religious conservatives. It is not completely clear who invented the word “vegetarian.” It may have been the founders of the British Vegetarian Society in 1847. Regardless, its linguistic roots are very clear. The Latin word “vegetābilis” meant “lively or animating” and came to describe foods that made one lively or animated. The suffix “–arian” changes an adjective into a personal noun, as in librarian or veterinarian. From the 1840s onward, the word was in common English usage.

Why “vegan” though? Where did that short word that connotes radical vegetarians come from? Donald Watson, founder of the Vegan Society, coined the word “vegan” in 1944 as a statement against vegetarians who ate dairy products. He took the first and last letters of the word vegetarian to create his orthodox version of vegetarianism.

Most people who describe themselves as vegetariansthey eat eggs and milk. If you want to get really specific in describing your diet, you could use some of these terms: pollotarians (if you eat chicken, but not meat from mammals), pescetarians (if you eat fish).

Recently, a new word has entered the dietary lexicon: flexitarian. Though the term dates was invented in the 1990s, only in the past few years has it acquired common currency. The first flexitarian cookbook came out in 2008. Celebrity chef Mark Bittman advocates for a  “plant-based diet” meaning one that focuses on plants but can include a little meat. In this category I can find myself, as a person whose diet is mostly vegetarian but sometimes includes meat, fish, or poultry.

I always looked with curiosity at celiacs since I was in Italy running my restaurant, one of the first and few business being registered and present on a national celiac food guide. I remember having Giuseppe, a little boy, son of a very friend of our family, every week coming for pizza. Rosanna, her mother, used to bring a pizza douhg, made ahead at home, with ingredients brought in pharmacy and costing an eye of your head. They knew and they could trust at us, because not only friends but they new I was going to take care of him personally, in a separate area, without any risk of contamination.

So from Giuseppe, I started to develop interst on creating recipes with a lower cost, mixing flour and starches on my own, after reading (endless) books to come out with excellent products. And after I finish on having my mom celiac a while ago and thent it became a reason of life.

I initiated to have more sensitivity to allergies and knowledge in eating heatlhy and clean, and my innate curuosity pushed me to look with more attention to vegans. Interesting was not just create dishes without meat, fish or any animal fat. the most challenge was to apply to my gluten free recipe a vegan concept and bake without egg, butter, milk, cream. More over, i had the fear to keep the most that i could the taste, flavour and consistency of a non vegan food.

I am also not a fun of soy, rice flour and a dont get along with GMO products. I started to handle more different allergy, nut free, nut tree allergy, garlic, onion, same ever head was celery allergy, but i turned them out very well.

I personally suffer of favism or G6PD deficiency is an inherited condition in which the body doesn’t have enough of the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, or G6PD, which helps red blood cells (RBCs) function normally. This deficiency can cause hemolytic anemia, usually after exposure to certain medications, foods, or even infections. The worst enemy is the Fava bean. And Ive just found out that many bake shop or vegan restaurant started using this flour. and obviously guys you might be to the hospital without even know the cause.

I will talk you about this in the next post.

ciao Continue reading “Veganism. What you really know?”

Why hiring a personal chef?

Many of you may think that hiring a personal chef it will be expensive or too fancy. Others, maybe think that is not necessary because you are going to order food by tray at some hot table. But I want to explain you the reason why you definitely you should hire a personal chef.

First of all, costs will not be much higher than a caterer order, but if we consider the quality of food between a takeout and a cooking onsite, the difference it will be totally pro personal chef. Schipano Fine Foods knows this, thats why I decide to become a personal chef: all food has to be made from scratch, fresh, natural and with a reasonable price. Guarantying a high quality and professionalism.

Let see some main reason and why:

  1. Stress free. When you hire a personal chef, with a good experience, he will take care of your guests and event. He will deal and discuss with you about details and he will advice what’s better fit and what not for you occasion.
  2. Grocery. A personal chef knows the best spots around the city where to get the ingredients needed for the menu. He has connections all over the GTA or with farmers (where and when in season) purchasing fresh vegetables or fruit to satisfy all palates.
  3. Cooking from scratch. You will get all your food ready in your kitchen, backyard or wherever you decide to host you special event. He has tools and equipment necessary to handle you menu and get food ready, fresh and made right away, while you are enjoying the party and your guests.
  4. Tailored to your budget. Don’t be afraid to call Schipano Fine Foods, because Chef Luciano Schipano is well know for fitting all budgets, and he will give you the top expertise to get your event an unforgettable experience, because is not all about food, but experience. And a personal chef is a great experience to try out.
  5. Cleaning up. Of course, a personal chef will take care of your event from the grocery, the planning trough cleaning up the place before to leave. No leftover and not headache to store food.
  6. Liability Insurance. Not too many personal chefs have a liability insurance, but Schipano Fine Foods is a believer in professionalism and we offer a liability insurance to cover in full your event.

Are you still sure that a personal chef is not useful or cost too much money? Call today Schipano Fine Foods and get a free consultation.  Because we believe in food, and we do this with Amore (Love).. at the end is all about what we love to do the most: cooking for you.

Ciao

Luciano Schipano

The Importance of Eating Healthy

Your food choices each day affect your health — how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future.

Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.

The Impact of Nutrition on Your Health

Unhealthy eating habits have contributed to the obesity epidemic in the United States: about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.1  Even for people at a healthy weight, a poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and even death. These include heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer. By making smart food choices, you can help protect yourself from these health problems.
The risk factors for adult chronic diseases, like hypertension and type 2 diabetes, are increasingly seen in younger ages, often a result of unhealthy eating habits and increased weight gain. Dietary habits established in childhood often carry into adulthood, so teaching children how to eat healthy at a young age will help them stay healthy throughout their life.
The link between good nutrition and healthy weight, reduced chronic disease risk, and overall health is too important to ignore. By taking steps to eat healthy, you’ll be on your way to getting the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, active, and strong. As with physical activity, making small changes in your diet can go a long way, and it’s easier than you think!
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http://www.fitness.gov/eat-healthy/why-is-it-important/

Butter Cookies – biscotti al burro

150 gr  butter, 100 gr sugar, 2 egg yolk, 250 gr flour

Combine sugar with butter and egg yolk. Using a pastry blender, gradually mix in flour until crumbs form. Chill in fridge for at least 20 minutes. Once your dough is chilled, roll it out on a lightly floured surface into a large oval. It should be about 1/2″ in thickness. Now, with a cookie cutter, biscuit cutter, or drinking glass, begin cutting out rounds. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool on pan for a bit and then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Buon Appetito

Tiramisu

Ingredienti

6 uova, 6 chucchiai di zucchero + 2 per il caffe’, 500gr di mascarpone, caffe’ quanto basta per bagnare i savoiardi, un pacco di savoiardi, cioccolato in scagliette p.b. per ricoprire il tiramisu + cacao in polvere, liquore a piacere per bagnare i savoiardi.

Preparazione

Per preparare il tiramisù, dividete gli albumi dai tuorli, aggiungete ai tuorli lo zucchero  e montate con uno sbattitore elettrico dotato di fruste   fino ad ottenere un bel composto chiaro, spumoso e cremoso

 

Aggiungete il mascarpone al composto di tuorli, a questo punto montate gli albumi  con uno sbattitore elettrico finchè non saranno a neve ben ferma. Una volta che gli albumi saranno montati alla perfezione aggiungeteli al composto di tuorli, zucchero e mascarpone. Fate questa operazione delicatamente, mescolando dal basso verso l’alto, con un cucchiaio in modo da non smontare gli albumi. Ora che la crema è pronta, preparate il caffe’ aggiungete i due cucchiai di zucchero e il liquore a piacere. Prendete un contenitore e fate una strato di savoiardi imbevuti di caffe’ e liquare e una strato di crema, ancora uno strato di savoiardi e crema e finite spolverizzando il cacao in polvere e scagliette di cioccolato. Riponete in frigo per qualche ora per far compattare il dolce e….buon appetito!

By Fernanda

Crostata con Marmellata

150 gr di burro,
300gr di farina,
130 gr di zucchero,
2 tuorli,
1 scorza di limone grattuggiato,
e un po’ vi vaniglia liquida bianca,
e una confettura di albicocca mischiata con un po’ di maraschino o liquore a piacere che si abbina bene con la frutta un liquore abbastanza dolce (Io preferisco il maraschino)
Procedimento:
si inizia a mischiare farina e burro a pezzettini e un pizzico di sale amalgamate un po’ poi aggiungete i tuorli, la scorza del limone grattuggiato, la vaniglia e lo zucchero, amalgamate tutto velocemente avvolgete la pasta nella pellicola e mettete in frigo per mezz’ora. Poi prendete uno stanpo da crostata di 25 cm spennellate con burro e poi infarinate. Stendete la pasta con il mattanello e appogiate la pasta nella teglia, mettete la confettura di marmellata e con la pasta rimasta ricavate delle striscioline e ponetele sulla marmellata, cuocete in forno a 180 gradi per 45 minuti e qando la crostata si raffredda spolverizzate con lo zucchero a velo e buon dessert.

Pizza Dough

This is a really simple method for pizza dough and a great place to start if you’ve never made your own bread before. This dough recipe makes enough for 6 to 8 individual pizzas.
INGREDIENTS
4 ¼ cups white bread flour
1¼ teaspoons fine sea salt
¼ oz. envelope active dried yeast
1 tablespoon honey or sugar
1¾ cups warm water
2 teaspoons olive oil
PROCEDURE·         Pile the flour and salt on to a clean surface and make a 7-inch well in the center. Add your yeast and sugar to the lukewarm water, mix up with a fork and leave for a few minutes, then pour into the well.·         Using a fork and a circular movement, slowly bring in the flour from the inner edge of the well and mix into the water. It will look like thick oatmeal – continue to mix, bringing in all the flour. When the dough comes together and becomes too hard to mix with your fork, flour your hands and begin to pat it into a ball.·         Knead the dough by rolling it backward and forward, using your left hand to stretch the dough toward you and your right hand to push the dough away from you at the same time. Repeat this for 10 minutes, until you have a smooth, springy, soft dough.·         Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let double in size for about 45 minutes.

Naturale Nitrites

Hot dog

Is celery juice a viable alternative to nitrites in cured meats? Nitrates and nitrites are used to “cure” meat.  Their role was likely discovered by accident and can be traced to the use of salt that happened to be contaminated with potassium or sodium nitrate, commonly known as “saltpeter.”  Meat treated with these chemicals retains a red colour, acquires a characteristic taste and most importantly, is less amenable to contamination with disease-causing bacteria, particularly the very dangerous Botulinum clostridium.
By the 1980s it became apparent that certain bacteria were capable of converting nitrates into nitrites and that nitrites were the actual active species.  Consequently nitrites are now added directly to processed meat instead of relying on bacteria to produce them from nitrates.  This allows for better control of nitrite concentrations, a critical aspect of processed meat production.  Why critical?  Because it is well known that nitrites can react with amines, naturally occurring compounds present in meat, as well as in human tissues, to form nitrosamines.  And that is the fly in the hot dog.  Nitrosamines can trigger cancer!  Of course demonstrating that nitrosamines can produce mutations in a Petri dish or that animals treated with high doses develop cancer, does not mean that these compounds are responsible for cancers in humans.  In any case, changes in manufacturing methods and a reduction in the amount of added nitrite have essentially solved the problem of nitrosamine formation in cured meat.
In spite of the epidemiological evidence linking nitrites to cancer being weak, and the established fact that 95% of all the nitrite we ingest comes from bacterial conversion of nitrates naturally found in vegetables, many consumers have a lingering concern about eating nitrite-cured processed meats.  But one person’s concern is another’s business opportunity.  In this case, producers have responded with an array of “natural” and “organic” processed meats sporting the catchy phrases such as “no synthetic preservatives” or “no nitrites added.”  But given the crucial role nitrites play in processed meats, how do you replace them?  Well, you don’t.  You just replace the source of the nitrite.
Celery has a very high concentration of natural nitrate, and treating celery juice with a bacterial culture produces nitrite.  The concentrated juice can then be used to produce “no nitrite added” processed meat.  Curiously, regulations stipulate that the traditional curing process requires the addition of nitrite and thus “organic” processed meats that are treated with celery juice have to be labeled as “uncured.”
Such terminology is confusing because most consumers look to “organic” processed meats in order to avoid nitrites, but the fact is that these do contain nitrites, sometimes in lesser, sometimes in greater amounts than found in conventional products.  That’s because the amount of nitrite that forms from nitrate in celery juice is hard to monitor, while in conventionally cured processed meats, the addition of nitrite is strictly controlled by regulations designed to minimize nitrosamine formation and maximize protection against botulism.  This means any risk due to nitrosamine formation or bacterial contamination in the “organic” version is more challenging to evaluate.
So what does all of this mean?  Basically, that buying “organic” hot dogs or bacon with a view towards living longer by avoiding nitrites makes no sense.  Limiting such foods because of their high fat and salt content, whether organic or conventional, makes very good sense.  Cutting them out totally, as the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine would have us do?  No thanks.  Remember that it is unrealistic to evaluate every bite of food as being “healthy” or “unhealthy!”  It is the overall diet that matters.  It is possible to avoid cured meats completely and still have a terrible diet while one can have a healthy diet by occasionally indulging in these tasty morsels.  Emphasize a mostly plant-based diet?  By all means.  But dogmatic tirades against hot dogs?  That’s ideology, not science.