Instead of slavishly following recipes, close the book after you have cooked a dish a couple of times and experiment focus on flavors, varying vegetables and herbs to adapt the dish to suit the changing seasons and personalities of guests. Using your brain keeps it active.
Tonic Brews - Herbal teas to revive
Peppermint tea is advised for instant brain recovery and to relieve stomach discomfort.
Nettle tea helps maintain strong bones and is an antioxidant.
Lemon balm tea refreshes in summer heat and stimulates brain and memory.
Ginger tea gives instant zing and keeps joints mobile and circulation moving. Grate 1 in (2.5 cm) fresh ginger into a cup, pour over boiling water and steep for 10 minutes; sweeten with honey.
Natural Nutrition - Choose free range
Beef from herds that graze on pasture contains more healthy fats than meat from animals fed on dry, sometimes additive-laced feeds.
Tonic Brews - Curry and green tea
When eating Indian-style dishes, have a cup of green tea. Turmeric, a staple ingredient in India curries, and green tea seem to enhance each otherís health-giving properties.