Traditional Winter Baking Ingredients

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” Edith Sitwell

According to traditional Chinese medicine, there is a close relationship between having nutritious food in the winter season and finding the rights balance. Food creates or removes blockages in the body’s energy channels and influence the blood circulation, directly helping the body to stay warm. During the cold winter season, having nutritious food is especially effective in improving the overall health and strengthening the immune system. Besides, using certain ingredients will add warmth, excitement, depths of flavour and colour to winter baking.

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Nuts
Although it varies type by type, most nuts contain some heart-healthy substances, like unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E. All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower cholesterol. Fiber is also thought to play a role in preventing diabetes. Vitamin E may help stop the development of plaques in the arteries, which can narrow them. Some nuts contain plant sterols that also help lower the cholesterol. Nuts are also a source of l-arginine, which is a substance that may help improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow.

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Root vegetables
Root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, beets, radishes, potatoes, sweet potatoes can all be found in supermarkets and farmers’ markets throughout winter. Root vegetables are both nutritious and delicious, rich in fiber and good sources of folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that’s needed to form healthy new cells. They can be used in both sweet and savoury bakes and result in satisfying, healthy and nourishing creations.

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Berries and fruits
The elements are truly conspiring against human kind in the winter and people are often plagued by colds and flu in the winter but nature always provides compensations. Well chosen nutritional support can protect against winter viruses and bacteria, many healthy fruits that are rich in vitamin C and other phytonutrients that boost immunity, become available. Turning to the abundant supply of fruits and berries with their vitamin C content will combat respiratory tract infections in the winter. Apart from livening up a usual pie, berries – especially when foraged – can stimulate brain cells.  Study found certain berry extracts improve balance, co-ordination and memory, improve cognitive function by helping to remove the build-up of toxic proteins in the brain.

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 PHOTO ENTERED TO THE PINK LADY FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

Alcohol
Although when it comes to alcohol it important to consume in moderation, but the results of some studies revealed that moderate alcohol consumption can help to prevent heart disease by blocking the signals of molecules linked to plaque build-up in arteries. Antioxidants in red wine (polyphenols) may help protect the lining of blood vessels in the heart. Used as flavouring one can easily keep to a limited – but certainly tasty – consumption of alcohol.

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“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” John Keats

23 thoughts on “Traditional Winter Baking Ingredients

  1. I really enjoyed this post…again so informative. Chinese medicine and tradition is very powerful. Most Chinese I know have knowledge about food that in unmatched. They do not know anything about Chinese medicine per se, but they know about good…how to order a menu for lunch or dinner, taking into account the things you mention in this post: playing the dishes off one another to find the right balance.

    Love the photos as well.

      • The 3rd image immediately captured my imagination, but 7th with the cracked walnuts and I enjoyed because I love the texture (and flavor) of walnuts…although a more close-up shot my work best. But the shot I enjoyed most was the last one. Nothing like a crisp morning/evening outside with a little fruit, nuts and wine to exhale and relax 🙂

      • Dear Randall, “imagination is the golden-eyed monster that never sleeps. It must be fed; it cannot be ignored.” (P. A. McKillip), but even though it carries risks, I am a true dreamer with real passionate imagination. Therefore, I love the fact that my imagination’s produce has motivated yours…“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” (Oscar Wilde) XXX J.

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