Thursday, 30 October 2014

Up A Garden Path

Eden Project
The Mediterranean Biome
The wild landscape of the Mediterranean, South Africa and California

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Cherimoya Sorbet

An antidote for a cold day!

Also goes by the name of custard apple, annona, sugar apple - the fruit has soft white flesh and large, shiny black seeds.
Their skin and seeds are inedible, but their custard-like flesh is sweet and creamy. When fully ripe it is soft to the touch and the stem and attached core can be easily pulled out. The flesh may be scooped from the skin and eaten as is or served with a sprinkling of sugar. Often it is pressed through a sieve and added to milk shakes or made into fresh tasting juice.

Medicinal Uses of Custard Apple

Custard apple has many medicinal benefits. The paste of the flesh of custard apple is beneficial to treat boils, abscesses and ulcers. The dried crushed parts of custard apple are good in curing of diarrhoea and dysentery. Eating custard removes expectorants. The bark of the custard apple tree is used for herbal medicine because of containing of astringents and tannins. The bark of the tree is used in treatment of toothache too.

Top 10 Benefits of Custard Apple

  1. The plenty of nutrients, especially magnesium in custard apple is good in prevention of strokes and heart attacks.
  2. For healthy hair growth, the custard fruit is highly recommended.
  3. The fruit is good for eyes due to adequate presence of vitamin A.
  4. Regular intake of custard apple reduces the chances of rheumatism and other forms of arthritis as it helpful in flux out of excessive acids.
  5. The anaemic patient should eat custard apple regularly as the fruit has good percentage of iron.
  6. The obese person should avoid it but the fruit is good for underweight people to increase weight.
  7. As per study, it has been found that custard apple is the excellent source of copper. Copper being a part of haemoglobin, the fruit is extremely suggested for pregnant women. Women who doesn’t have necessary copper, there is chances of early baby born.
  8. Brittleness of bone is also caused due to lack of copper.
  9. Custard apple may be used as substitute of milk by making the fruit into beverages.
  10. It contains vitamin B6, thus helpful in resolving the problem of sore tongue, convulsion and depression.

 Source: Gyan Unlimited - a hub of alternative medicine and holistic health

To make my Cherimoya Sorbet
Scoop out the soft flesh from 3 fruits. Press through a sieve to remove seeds.
Add some honey, single cream and juice from 1/2 lemon

Pour the mixture into an ice-cream maker

Let it churn for 1 hour for a soft set

Now it's ready to eat!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Out And About

Architecture and Morality

Dartington - Totnes - Exeter 

Just to quote the album title of one my favourite 80s bands "Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark"
This installment has everything to do with architecture and nature, and has absolutely nothing to do with morality - an idea of right and proper behavior - a subject best left to those in pursuit of engaging in higher intellect!
I'm happy just the way I am - got nothing to prove...

Now, back to the subject of architecture and nature -- as you all know by now (if not, you will in awhile) we've been doing some sightseeing down south lately. And, I must add, I am truly enchanted, smitten and down right head over heels in love with that part of the world.
Well, here are some tasters...