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by Marilyn Harding

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Categories: Recipes

by Marilyn Harding

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Roasted Feta with Honey and Pistachios`

Summer supper delight healthier with High Phenolic Olive Oil.

From the Kitchen of Theresa James

Honey and pistachios (Aegina is famous for its pistachios or fistiki) transform a block of feta, which is one of the healthiest cheeses, into a delicious creamy spread.
With a hunk of crispy bread, raw vegetables and a glass of chilled white wine this is the perfect summer supper dish.

Ingredients for Feta Cheese with Honey and Pistachios

Ingredients
1 8 ounce slab Greek feta cheese, blotted dry
2 tablespoons High Phenolic Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Greek thyme honey or other honey
2 ounces pistachios roughly chopped.
Black pepper

Feta placed in foil lined baking dish for ease of transfer to serving plate.

Method
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place feta in small oven proof dish lined with aluminium foil to transfer cheese to serving  plate after roasting.
Cover the feta with the olive oil.
Bake until cheese is soft and springy to touch, but not melted, for about 10 minutes.
Take out of oven and pour honey over cheese and top with pistachios.
Season with black pepper.
Put back in oven for another 8 minutes until cheese starts to brown.

Served with fresh vegetables, crusty bread and chilled white wine.

“Food as Medicine” Notes

Thyme honey has strong antioxidant properties. A Polish study that compared the antioxidant properties of 10 honeys found that thyme honey – along with other dark-coloured honeys such as raspberry, hawthorn and black chokeberry honeys, had the highest antioxidant activities as well as the highest levels of polyphenols and flavonoids, compounds that are known for their strong antioxidant properties. Learn more!

Feta Cheese: First referenced in Greece in the 8th century BC Feta is now an EU protected PPO or Protected Product of Origin as it gets its distinctive flavour and character from breeds of cows and goats indigenous to Greece. Feta is a source of riboflavin/vitamin B2,B6,B12, calcium, sodium, phosphorus and selenium.

Eating foods like feta cheese sparingly, combined with a diet high in antioxidants to protect from the damage of excess inflammation, can ensure a healthy immune system ready to fight disease the way it was originally designed. As a bonus, feta cheese contains probiotics, which also help your immune system fight infection and disease. Learn more!

Did you know?

Oleocanthal, one of the most researched and effective phenolic compounds in high phenolic olive oil – and only found in olive oil – was discovered by a scientist who noticed the similar sensation on the back of the throat as ibuprofen. Research continues to delve into its similar anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation is the basis of many of the chronic illness that plague our Western culture. Its scientific name is decarboxymethyl ligstroside aglycone, but when he discovered it in 2005, Gary Beauchamp of Monell Chemical Senses Center named it oleocanthal for its characteristics: oleo=olive, canth=sting, al=aldehyde. Learn more!

 

 

 

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