Updated: May 11, 2019
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
I write from paradise. And it’s not only because the biblical forbidden fruit, the apple is the focus today, or because we are standing under it’s “tree of knowledge”. It’s also because I am in the divinely beautiful mountainside overlooking meadows and forests in the world famous Lanserhof medical institution. It has been at the forefront of cutting edge research and is based on a symbiosis of traditional naturopathy and state-of-the-art medicine.
I’m on a quest. As a food critic I not only research (read eat) and write about what’s delicious and assess the world’s best restaurants as regional jury chairperson of international academies but am on a mission to find out what’s the final word on what to eat. How to eat and when to eat. And I’m in my mecca.
THE AWESOME APPLE …
The photograph I shot just outside the dining room says it all… Along with the brilliant chef Karsten Wolf who specializes in “Energy Cuisine” is the highly qualified and experienced Doctor Benedetto Reisch the dynamic medical Director. And this is exactly how the food and the recipes have evolved here…on the basis of research of 70 chefs and as many doctors. Today we focus on the nutritional powerhouse, the apple.
Its always mystified me why the apple has been projected as a “forbidden fruit” in many religious traditions and not just in the biblical story of Adam and Eve.
It’s almost magical in it’s nutritional benefits. You name it…Good source of soluble and insoluble fiber Vitamin C , heart-healthy potassium B-complex vitamins, anti-oxidants,
flavanoids, and dietary fiber. Studies suggest that its components are not only essential reducing cholesterol levels,
recommended for arthritis, obesity, gallbladder stones but also for optimal growth, development, and overall wellness. And since,
Europe’s leading Lanserhof medical institution, is based on the Classical Mayr Medicine, it’s focus is on the digestive system and food. Not only is their “Energy cuisine” nutritious and delicious, but the dynamic and caring Dr Benedetto Reisch, also shares the basic principles. What we eat, how we eat and what time we eat is a very crucial part of the basic concept. And chef Karsten Wolf shares the recipe of his apple chutney which can sparkle every meal and make for a great dip too.1 kg (diced) apples/
200g (finely chopped) onions/200g of brown sugar /25g of (finely chopped) ginger/2 chili peppers /1tsp salt/1tsp anchovy apple pie spice (optional)400ml white wine vinegar. Cook all ingredients till soft and then put into a mixer. Enjoy!
From Germany to Chennai. Here’s the most amazing source of energy…sprouts. I’m a great believer in the healthy magic of sprouts and the good news is that, in Chennai you can source the freshest, made to order …moong ,moth, black horsegram, brown horsegram, methi, peanuts, masoor, wheat, ragi ,jowar, etc and Shobha Golecha’s signature sprouts… the Alfa.
The enterprising Shobha not only sprouts from organic grains but also teaches and advises on various ways to enrich dishes as well as new recipes.
She ensures that these builders, repairers,and maintainers of our body and mind are made integral to our diet…in a tasty way.
“Sprouting increases the nutritional value from 20 – to 500 times the grain value.” She points out. “Its the tastiest way of going healthy ,for the busiest to the serious health enthusiasts.
Sprouts in general are protein rich full of amino acids, high fiber so detoxes,cures constipation, high in antioxides, anti inflammatory, increases immunity, controls sugar, helps weight management, and loaded with vitamins and minerals.
avorite dishes shades healthier, and boring foods more tastety, crunchy and appealing.
Use as salads, sundals, soups, in wraps, sandwiches, roti, kakra , breads,chaat, dips and chutneys, dosa , idli, raita ,accompaniments or maincourse, dressing or garnishing to where imagination can take you. Shobha home delivers, teaches on how to make sprouts at home. Her ultimate aim…”We want thousands to learn, earn and be a part of making INDIA one of the healthiest country’ s of the world, easiest way to overcome malnutrition, under a single banner.
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