Rocket

Rocket

rocket

If you dig into your recipe books you will find the name of Mediterranean greens known as ‘arugula’ or known in Australia as rocket. For those that love learning the species name – Eruca sativa of the mustard family and the reason it has a peppery flavour. [pronounction]

Eating ‘real food’ and especially greens we know provides great fibre. There are a number of benefits eating rocket. Great to see mainstream medicine promoting more about nutrition and a good discussion is here if you wish to know more – Medical News Today. 

They mention:

Leafy greens contain an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid that has been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity, and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes.

RECIPES:

Fruit and Rocket Salad

Potato and Rocket Pizza

Rocket pesto

Rocket and parmesan frittata

 

Fruit and Rocket Salad

Fruit and Rocket Salad
 
Author:
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 apple & 1 pear, orange and apple, nectarine and mango,
  • 100gms of rocket
  • 1 fistful each of nuts (walnuts and almonds) or if nut free use seeds such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbs of parmesan cheese, grated or shaved)
  • 3-4 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Leave on or remove skin of fruit as needed. Slice the fruits and pour the lemon juice on them, to prevent discoloration. Place the rocket in a salad bowl. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil just to coat.
  2. Add the salt and black pepper and toss well. Scatter the nuts or seeds. Serve with parmesan cheese on top.
  3. Hint: Avoid soaking the salad so keep the dressing for adding separately.

Potato and Rocket Pizza
Potato and Rocket Pizza
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pizza
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 quantity Basic pizza dough – see recipe below
  • ⅔ cup rocket mixed with cashew and parmesan
  • ½ tbs olive oil
  • 350g potatoes, unpeeled
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 50g rocket
  • For the Pizza dough:
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1-1/2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs dry milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour (All purpose)
  • 1 cup semolina flour
  • 1 tbs corn meal
  • 3 tsp yeast
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 30cm round pizza tray.
  2. Place base on prepared tray. If Using fresh dough roll dough into a 30cm round. Place on prepared tray. In a food processor put ½ tbs oil, rocket, cashews and parmesan and blend.
  3. Spread with rocket dip. Thinly slice potatoes. Place, in a single layer, overlapping slightly, over dip. Spray potatoes with oil. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until pizza base is crisp.
  4. Top with rocket and serve
  5. To make Pizza dough
  6. Either make in the bread machine. Remove when done, put dough in a greased bowl and cover. Rise in warm area till ready to roll out.
  7. If by hand, mix water with yeast (wait 5-10 minutes). Add all other ingredients and mix, add yeast. Mix till forms a dough ball. Remove and knead 8-10 minutes. Then put in greased bowl, cover & rise. Roll out and put in pan sprinkled with a little corn meal.

Rocket pesto
Rocket pesto
 
Author:
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1-2 bunches rocket
  • 90gms toasted almonds
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients into a food processor with enough olive oil to form a coarse paste. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Rocket and parmesan frittata
Rocket and parmesan frittata
 
Author:
Recipe type: Frittata
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1 leek, a finely sliced
  • rocket leaves, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup parmesan, grated (keep some for grilling)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • fresh rocket to serve
Instructions
  1. In a bowl crack eggs then beat adding rocket leaves and parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Turn on grill high heat.
  2. In a fry pan heat 1 tbs olive oil adding leek and sweat 1 minute and add mixture. To have all egg cook lift edges with a spatula and let the egg run into the space. When near finished put some additional parmesan on top, cover handle with alfoil and pop under grill and watch closely while lightly browning the top and the cheese melts. Serve with fresh rocket

 

Sustainable chicken farming – Our Free range egg story

Close up of chicken

We want healthy chickens & sustainable farming

We’ve been following the free range egg story in the news over the last week or so. It’s a doozy, but not all that complicated. Also sit for a bit and listen to this ABC report.

When egg sellers in New South Wales can claim 20,000 chickens per hectare is ‘free range’, then free range becomes a questionable term.

CHOICE has lodged a super-complaint with the Department of Fair Trading on free-range egg claims in New South Wales, asking for an investigation to see whether consumers are being misled.

Ten thousand hens a hectare is the basis for Coles Homebrand Free Range category.  Woolworths is looking to phase out caged eggs by 2018 but more to the point, will they simply work under the regulations developed? That is, allowing an unreasonable number of chickens per hectare. Others also it seems http://www.choice.com.au/shonkyaward/shonky-award-ecoeggs.aspx

Most of us want the assurance that our eggs come from cruelty free producers who operate in a sustainable manner.

Our free range eggs come from Dora Creek, a hamlet on the shores of Lake Macquarie,

Dora Creek Chickens

Dora Creek Chickens

just north of Morisset. Dora Creek is home to 500 people and a few thousand free range chooks who lay fresh, chemical-free, antibiotic-free eggs for the Fresh Start brand.

Roaming in a predator-free environment is good for a stress-free life. Chickens do better when they can grub, adding worms and vegetation to their diet.

Their eggs are better too. At Dora Creek there are no more than 1500 chickens a hectare. This is sustainable chicken farming.

They have green pastures: they’re lush – and an excellent place to relax.  As Anton refers to it: a Chook Med holiday park for free ranging chickens.

 CHOOK  MED

Chook Med

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