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All things Rosemary

I have often overlooked rosemary as a herb and really just associated it with roasted potatoes. I feel like I have never really given it a chance! So at the veg market the other day I was collecting my weekly bunch of basil when the lady pulled out this huge handful of rosemary, and I thought what the hell, its something different than usual and I figured I would find something to do with it. It was only about 50p for the whole lot. When I got back to the ship I thought I would get a bit more creative and make a selection of rosemary flavoured and scented things, wanting to give this beautiful herb its due. As with most green herbs, rosemary is an awesome anti-oxidant, it can also stimulate your immune system, improves blood flow to the brain improving mental capacity and concentration, helps with indigestion and protects against certain carcinogen to prevent cancer. Its definitely up there with amazing foods you should include in your diet. So below I give you …

My vegan Dry Store | Part One

Before heading out to sea for a few months, or when preparing for a long trip to somewhere I will struggle to find specialist vegan ingredients, I do a HUGE inventory of what I need, what I have and start stock pilling goods in our dry stores. This part of being chief cook I sometimes think is the hardest, because if the ship runs out of food its all on my shoulders… so its always best to pack a little extra. As the ships run on donations it’s also extremely important to prioritize the ingredients. I may really want tonnes of tempeh, fancy sauces, vinegars and raw chocolates to feed the crew. But if I blow the budget on things like that but run out of rice and lentils we are screwed! So before I can think about the luxuries its important to get stocked on the necessities. Someone recently asked for my advise on what are good vegan pantry staples to have on hand on a daily basis… and I realized it’s really the …

Eating Rainbows

For years I have tried eat by this simple rule… EAT LOTS OF COLOURS I am far from being a nutritionist but I have been very interested in the subject and try to learn as much as I can, especially after being a chief cook on board a vegan ship and therefore becoming responsible for not only my own health but the nutrition of all the crew! All fruits and veggies contain phytonutrients, which are plant compounds that work to improve your health. It seems many people have forgotten that that is what food is for! To restore, repair, energise and replenish your body with all the nutrients and minerals that it needs to keep it going. And each colour food contains different essentials that your body needs. Its a pretty easy way to help ensure your eating a balanced diet. So step away from the beige and eat some rainbows!!   GREEN Green foods are loaded with lutein, zeaxanthin and carotenoids which help lower risk of eye disease, heart disease and skin cancer. They …