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Our Renovations

Our Renovations

As our regulars are well aware, we have been busy over the last year updating, renovating, repurposing and restyling. We have taken the opportunity to do some really cool stuff that without the time and breathing room covid has given us may have taken much longer to come to fruition.

 

Our proudest and most obvious change has been the addition of The Sunset Garden. With the new very fancy (and very expensive) gazebo now set up we are ready to accommodate all our covid friendly activities and events and we have some exciting things planned for this space - live music, performances and more so watch this space.

 

The font of the house has also seen a reshuffle without a new counter signed and built by master carpenter (Oliver Hascouhasquoet, which now houses our bespoke coffee machine with all the bells and whistles - the envy of any true coffee aficionado. 

 

As for the more subtle changes we have updated our kitchen as we set our sights on more ambitious cuisine to tantalise  our diners taste buds.

 

And last but not least the humble loo, that has served faithfully for more than 2 decades and put up with a lot of... abuse has received a well deserved make-over. 

 

As for the future who knows, we have great aspirations and look forward to you coming along with us on the journey.

 

Credit: Theo Turvill

All You Need To Know About Pasta PT 2

All You Need To Know About Pasta PT 2

Pasta Blog Part 2 - Health Benefits

 

Fresh/Dried Pasta – Is it Healthy?

Recent research found that the process of cooking pasta and then cooling it down changes its structure, turning it into something called ‘resistant starch’. This means that it’s more resistant to the enzymes in our gut which break down carbohydrates and release glucose – this normally causes a rapid increase in blood sugar.

According to scientist Dr Denise Robertson, from the University of Surrey, cooked-then-cooled pasta acts more like fibre in your body. This creates a smaller glucose spike (resulting in better blood sugar control), helps to feed the good bacteria in your gut and also means that you absorb fewer calories from the same quantity of pasta.

Even more surprising, when the leftover pasta in the study was reheated, it became even more of a resistant starch, reducing the rise in blood glucose by a huge 50%.

The NHS recommends that one third of our diet should be made up of starchy foods such as pasta, and that the higher-fibre wholemeal varieties are the healthier option. As a guide, about 90-100g is a good-sized portion – about two large handfuls.

To have pasta as part of a balanced meal, it’s best eaten with some protein such as chicken, beef or a little cheese, as well as several portions of vegetables, such as a veg-packed tomato sauce or a large green side salad. Creamy or cheese-based sauces can add significantly to the fat, salt and calorie content of the dish, so these should be eaten as an occasional treat rather than as an everyday option.

Wholewheat pasta is by far the best pasta option, thanks to its high fibre content – this will help to fill you up for longer, support digestive health and lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. You can simply swap white pasta for wholewheat pasta in any recipe. Fresh pasta is lower in calories than dried, but also lower in fibre.

You may also see different coloured pastas on the shelves such as red, green or purple. These have usually just had different vegetable powders added to them such as tomato, spinach or beetroot to give colour rather than any additional health benefits.

Pasta does contain gluten, so look for varieties such as brown rice, chickpea, green pea or buckwheat pasta for a gluten-free alternative.

Hyperlink to Gluten free pasta limoncello.co.uk

After cutting fresh pasta, you can cook it immediately or refrigerate it. If not cooking pasta noodles right away, let them dry on a baking sheet for 1 to 2 minutes, dust well with flour so the strands will not stick together

As a general rule, fresh pasta is better with butter-based sauces and fillings. Their delicate flavour makes way for the texture of the pasta, soft yet retaining a gentle bite.

 

Credit: Theo Turvill 

All you need to know about pasta PT 1

All you need to know about pasta PT 1

Think of Italy and think of pasta, delicious cheap and versatile. Simple to cook and easy on the eye, pasta is such an important food across the world.

 

 

 

 Pasta is one of my great food weaknesses. In my world, there are few dishes that can compete with the yum-factor of orecchiette pasta in a simple tomato garlic & basil sauce.

 

 

 

 

Pasta is one of the worlds most accessible foods. Nearly every country has its own unique version of this popular, inexpensive staple. In Germany and Hungary they have spaetzle. In Greeze, orzo

 

 

 

 

 

History

 

 

The history of pasta is difficult to trace for several reasons. The word itself translates to paste in Italian. This is a reference to the dough, made from a combination of flour and water or eggs, all simple components that have been around for centuries. This makes it hard to differentiate pasta from other ancient dishes made from the same ingredients. In addition, since pasta has long been a food of the common people, it has not received as much attention as more extravagant foods, a pity, since its one of the most popular foods on the planet! Lets remedy that by exploring the roots of pasta.

 

 

 

 

 

The word pasta is generally used to describe traditional Italian noodles, which differentiates it from other types of noodles around the world. Pasta is made from unleavened dough consisting of ground durum wheat and water or eggs. The use of durum wheat sets pasta apart from other forms of noodles. Durum wheats high gluten content and low moisture make it perfectly suited to pasta production. The durum wheat dough is pressed into sheets, cut into a variety of shapes, and cooked before serving.

 

 

While we do think of pasta as a culturally Italian food, it is likely the descendent of ancient Asian noodles. A common belief about pasta is that it was brought to Italy from China by Marco Polo during the 13th century. In his book, The Travels of Marco Polo, there is a passage that briefly mentions his introduction to a plant that produced flour (possibly a breadfruit tree). The Chinese used this plant to create a meal similar to barley flour. The barley-like meal Polo mentioned was used to make several pasta-like dishes, including one described as lagana (lasagna). Since Polo’s original text no longer exists, the book relies heavily on retellings by various authors and experts. This, combined with the fact that pasta was already gaining popularity in other areas of Italy during the 13th century, makes it very unlikely that Marco Polo was the first to introduce pasta to Italy.

 

 

Noodles existed in Asia long before Polo’s trip to China. Archaeologists believe that central Asia is most likely the first area to have produced noodles thousands of years ago. From Asia, it travelled westward. The way it reached Europe is unclear, though there are many theories—some believe that nomadic Arabs are responsible for bringing early forms of pasta westward. Once it reached the Mediterranean the process was refined, and durum wheat became the ingredient of choice for pasta flour because of its high gluten content and long shelf life. When durum wheat pasta is dried, it lasts indefinitely, making it a very convenient food to store. Over time, because of pastas affordability, shelf life, and versatility, it became firmly rooted in Italian culture. The warm Mediterranean climate of Italy is suited to growing fresh vegetables and herbs, which meant that Italians could get creative with a delicious variety of pasta sauces. Tomato-based sauces emerged as a favorite complement to pasta, and tomatoes remain the most popular ingredient in pasta sauce today.

 

 

 

 

 

Pasta is, for all intents and purposes, a comfort food. One of its most comforting qualities is how little it has changed over the centuries. It is still made with the same essential ingredients and preparations that it has been since antiquity. When we eat pasta, we can be assured of the likelihood that our ancestors, and our ancestors ancestors, ate something similar. Pasta, with its long, multicultural history, is a culinary connection to our past.

 

 

 

 Credit: Theo Turvill