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Coffee Is Good For You

Three cups of coffee a day could extend your life.

Coffee is one of the worlds most commonly consumed drinks, with something like 2.25 billion cups drunk around the world every day.  Coffee contains lots of complex chemical compounds including; caffeine, diterpenes,and antioxidants.

Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as sin.  ~ Talleyrand

It seems coffee is healthy and good for you.  New research, published in peer-reviewed scientific journals,  shows that the antioxidant plant compounds in coffee are highly beneficial in reducing liver disease and liver cancers, help prevent type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of circulatory problems, ward off Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis, and helps to fight diseases of the digestive tract.  As all of those diseases can kill you, drinking moderate amounts of coffee may even prevent you from suffering an early death.

There are lots of good reasons to drink coffee.  Including the fact that coffee may also be good for your sex drive, (particularly a woman’s sex drive).  Drinking coffee increases the plasma levels of the protein sex hormone-binding globulin that controls testosterone and oestrogen.  That may well be why coffee reduces depression and suicide risk.  Who knew that coffee was a female aphrodisiac?

It isn’t the caffeine that does you good, because people who drink decaffeinated coffee accrue most / some of the same benefits.  However, it seems obvious that proper strong fresh-made ground coffee with all the caffeine in it will give you the most benefits.  A typical cup of coffee has more antioxidants than a glass of grape, blackberry, blueberry, and / or orange juices.  A typical American gets more antioxidants from coffee than from anything else.  What you get from a cup of coffee is; improved liver function, reduced inflammation in the body, better glucose control, and coffee also boosts the immune system.

If you are a regular drinker of the falling down water, if you really like your booze, if you sometimes drink a little too much, if you are a practicing alcoholic ~ then you should really drink fresh coffee on a regular basis.  Just one cup of real coffee a day can reduce your chances of suffering cirrhosis of the liver by 20%.  Coffee will also help prevent you from getting fatty liver disease, whether you’re a boozer or not.

Cigarettes and coffee:  an alcoholic’s best friends!  ~  Gerard Way.

Don’t think you can get the same benefits from other caffeinated drinks that you can get from coffee, because you can’t.  For example, coffee generally makes people feel happier, whereas Coca Cola will give you a caffeine high, but Coke will also make you feel depressed.  Especially any diet caffeinated drink will make you feel really depressed.  In general soda is bad for you, and diet sodas are bad for you in spades.  So your very strong Cuba Libre is doing you no good at all.

The way you prepare your coffee has a big impact on how much benefit you get from all the good complex chemicals present in coffee beans.  For example, if you use a regular coffee maker, and you also use filter papers, then you’re missing out on a lot of the good diterpenes because they are absorbed by the paper.  In general the less there is between the ground coffee and your cup the better.  Possibly a cafetiere / French press using a good dark roast will make you the most beneficial cup of coffee, whereas a cheap instant decaffeinated is probably next to useless in terms of health benefits and taste.

Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.  ~  David Lynch

These findings are based European study led by Imperial College, London, and the UN International Agency for Research on Cancer ~ which looked at half-a-million people over the age of 35.  They found that people who drink three cups of coffee a day live longer than non-coffee drinkers.  There is also an US study led by the University of Southern California ~ which looked at 186,000 people.

We cannot say that drinking coffee will prolong your life, but we see an association.  ~ Veronica W. Setiawan, USC

In conclusion, real coffee is good for you, pod coffee is pretty bad, cheap instant coffee is nasty and probably causes cancer, and Coca Cola is very nasty.  Drinking coffee is cool, often sociable, and a nice woman is more likely to have an afternoon cup of coffee with a guy than she is to agree to meet him in a pub.

Coffee and smoking are the last great addictions.  ~  Lara Flynn Boyle

Statistically, women who drink a lot of coffee are also likely to be drinkers of booze and cigarette smokers ~ strange but true.


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Rose Petal Tea

The Healing Powers Of The Rose.

Herbalists and witches know that the rose is a very useful and powerful medicinal plant, and that one of the interesting things you can use it for at this time of year is as a remedy for coughs and colds.  A very easy way to take advantage of the natural healing power of the rose is to make rose petal tea.  Well, the petals do contain vitamin C, which helps combat the common cold, but the petals also hold some powerful polyphenols and antioxidants.  Ideally one should use the petals of the wild dog rose, rosa canina, but I also use the petals from garden hybrid roses.

dscf0012Try making rose petal tea with just a handful of fresh rose petals, and a very little sugar or honey, (don’t use a lot of sugar or honey as it will overpower the taste).  Personally I just scald the petals, but some suggest simmering, (stewing), for 5 minutes.  Some also suggest removing the white portion of fresh petals, although personally I wouldn’t do that.  The white area does impart the tea with a slightly bitter, tannin taste, but I firmly believe that’s also where most of the good stuff is concentrated.

Scientifically, the principal qualities of rose petal tea are that it has; Laxative, Opthalmic, Diuretic, and Linthontriptic virtues.  I firmly believe it’s a lot more complicated than that.  For example, you should find that rose petal tea will slightly numb your mouth and ease any sore throat and cough you may be suffering from.

Among herbalists it is widely accepted that rose petal tea boosts the immune system and has beneficial effects on the following problems;

  • anxiety, depression, and stress.
  • arthritis.
  • constipation and other digestive problems.
  • coughs, colds, and sore throats.
  • menstrual cramps and pain.
  • skin and hair problems ~ the tea is said to relieve the symptoms severe acne.
  • urinary tract infections.

dscf0016If that wasn’t enough, drinking rose petal tea is supposed to help ward off cancers due to its beneficial effects on the immune system.  Some say that drinking rose petal tea also promotes weight loss ~ I couldn’t promise that, other than you may use much less sugar and cream than if you were drinking coffee instead of this herbal tea.

You can make rose petal tea either with fresh petals, (make certain they are pesticide free), and you can also make a green tea with dried rose petals.  You can buy dried rose petals mail order from all kinds of places, including Amazon.  As far as I’m concerned, I think it’s better to collect fresh rose petals, and keep a few handfuls in the refrigerator.

There are a couple of things to be careful of.  Firstly, drinking more than three or four cups of this stuff a day is likely to give you diarrhea.  Secondly, most really effective herbal remedies for menstrual pain are also female aphrodisiacs as they affect the production of oestrogen~ don’t say you weren’t warned.


p1050056Aphrodite’s Herbalist, jack collier



Food on Friday # 27 ~ California

For this Food on Friday it’s either recipes from California Cooks, or recipes for things I know they eat, (drink), in sunny California.  (And, that’s pretty easy, because I know that in SoCal they will eat just about anything, and drink absolutely anything….)

Elise at Simply Recipes has her kitchen in Carmichael, Sacremento County, and has a great skillet shrimp and asparagus recipe for you to try.  I know my friend in Orange County will like this dish, especially as it only takes 30 minutes and she can use a shed-load of garlic.


Skillet Shrimp and Asparagus

California girl Chungah Rhee at Damn Delicious has these damn delicious looking southwestern egg rolls with cilantro avocado sauce.  Cilantro, (coriander), and avocado are ingredients I know they are big on in Southern California, my SoCal friend is always going on about cilantro, and avocado, and garlic if it comes to that.

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Southwestern Egg Rolls With Cilantro Avocado Sauce

Also from Damn Delicious I loke the look of this cilantro lime chicken, (coriander for goodness sake).

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Cilantro Lime Chicken

From SoCal, the lovely Aveire Sunshine at Averie Cooks there’s this recipe for buffalo chicken burrito bowls… I should really know what a burrito is ~ I not even certain I know what buffalo chicken is. ha ha ha


Buffalo Chicken Burrito Bowl

I don’t know what an Enchilada is either, and Kate is now a Kansas Ciy girl.  But, from Cookie + kate we have how to make perfect enchilada sauce.


Perfect Enchilada Sauce

I know what tacos are, because they sell them here in England.  So, from Wine Country, Anne at Tasting Everything gives you the best chicken taco recipe (with mango salsa and homemade tortillas).


The Best Chicken Taco Recipe (With Mango Salsa and Homemade Tortillas)

Heather Christo has a nifty taco recipe with something I know they grow in California, blood oranges.  So, blood orange honey ginger glazed pork tacos look pretty good.


Blood Orange Honey Ginger Glazed Pork Tacos

Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest is also doing tacos.  This time corned beef tacos with beer battered fries ~ well now, battered fries, (we call them chips), are a new one on me.  (And, Californians would not believe what the English use for corned beef ~ for a start it comes in a can.)


Corned Beef Tacos With Beer Battered Fries.

They do like going out for their pizza in California, but here is something different and easy to make at home. From Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, margherita French bread pizza.


Margherita French Bread Pizza

This recipe from Petra at Food Eat Love is in here just because I believe my lovely friend in Orange ounty would like crab and avocado roll in lobster and crab broth.


Crab And Avocado Roll In Lobster And Crab Broth

Now, and finally, from Jane’s Italian Kitchen we have how to make perfect crispy bacon without the mess.  I’ve seen what passes for bacon in California, and trust me, they can use all the help they can get.


Perfect Crispy Bacon Without The Mess

What do Californians drink with their food?  Judging by what I’ve seen on my road trips out there, a Californian will drink anything with alcohol in it when they’re eating.  Beer, saki, tequila, wiskey, wine…. but they will also have my favourite drink along with food ~ water…  For something a little different, Haether Christo has a nifty rose and tarragon gin lemonade.  (This may not be a good idea, some ladies can get tearful after drinking gin, and tarragon is an aphrodisiac ~ honest.)

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Rose and Tarragon Gin Lemonade

A big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.  I hope to be back in California very soon.



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