Jamie’s Dream School | Jamie vs. Nuggets

In this truly entertaining video, you’ll follow Jamie teaching a class of young students about industrial processed food: chicken nuggets and then how easy and cheaper ii is to cook them for a lesser price, in less time than what it would take to heat frozen nuggets.

And he actually has them taste both results, to better be able to compare. Truly an aha moment.

Look at the faces, and at how easy a full and satisfying meal is to make, even for first timers, enjoy!

Butternut squash, chickpea & spinach curry

By Linda Cornelius
ecogal Author & Designer

A colourful vegan curry, rich, wholesome and full of tasty goodness, this is an easy and healthy dish.

Free-runner extraordinaire Tim Shieff shares his favourite curry recipe based on traditional Indian spices, whole roasted butternut squash, chickpeas and spinach served on a bed of tumeric infused rice. If you’ve never tried a vegan curry before this is the one to make.

Find the complete recipe with ingredients and instructions at JamieOliver.com

My special optional tips for the more adventurous:

Since I do not use canned beans ever, instead I soak them and sometimes even sprout them.

SOAKING:

Place the chickpeas in a large bowl and cover with cold water. The chickpeas will expand to over double their size, so make sure you cover by several inches of water to allow for expansion. Cover the bowl with a clean towel and let them soak overnight. Drain the water and rinse the beans before cooking The soaking enhances the nutritional value of beans, as well as makes them more digestible.

You can also just immediately start cooking the chickpeas in boiling water while you prepare the rest of the recipe, adding them later on as instructed. This way they will cook longer than the canned equivalent and be fine. Timing: between 45 to 60 minutes, check them: if they are tender and soft inside, that’s it.

YOU CAN ALSO SOAK THE RICE

I usually eat whole, organic rice and the cooking time for that is quite long, 45 minutes. But if I soak the rice the cooking time is much less AND the nutrition values are increased.

Read more about soaking grains at The Nourishing Home.com

SPROUTING:

You can try, if you wish. They taste fantastic when sprouted and the cooking time is minimal. However: you have to do this 3-4 days before, so it’s a matter of planning ahead…

Learn more about sprouting at The Sprout People

Watch a video with the sprouting how-to:
REUSE THE BUTTERNUT SQUASH SEEDS:

When you clean the squash, keep the seeds! They are the same seeds you buy in groceries. Just wash them clean, let then dry, and use them on salads, they taste just great, a bit on the nutty side.

Detailed instructions at Jamie Oliver.com

Robert Swan: Let’s save the last pristine continent

Here is a great TED Talk we like to share. As he says in the video: “A survivor sees the problem, and does not go ‘whatever'”. A really good way to look at this!

Enjoy:

2041 will be a pivotal year for our planet. That year will mark the end of a 50-year agreement to keep Antarctica, the Earth’s last pristine continent, free of exploitation. Explorer Robert Swan — the first person to walk both the North and South Poles — is on a mission to ensure that we extend that treaty. With passion and vigor, he pleads with us to choose the preservation of the Antarctic for our own survival.

Robert Swan has explored both poles, and wants to make sure that Antarctica, the world’s last great wilderness, is never exploited.

Source: TED TALK Robert Swan

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