Wednesday, June 30, 2010

In Memory of Rosie

Today it’s been forty days without Dear Jules, aka Rosie of Baking Cakes Galore, who left us quite unexpectedly of heart attack. This event was created to honour Jules but also to bring awareness about heart diseases and the best cure is to know what causes it and how to prevent it.

As much as I hate repeating myself, I am going to tell you not only to look after your own health, but since WE are responsible for putting food on the plate to feed our families we should think twice of what to eat and what not to eat.

According to Mayo Clinic, heart disease may be the leading cause of death for both men and women, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept it as your fate. Although you lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps you can take.

Take steps to avoid heart disease — don’t smoke, get regular exercise and eat healthy foods. Avoid heart problems in the future by adopting a healthy lifestyle today.

What Is Coronary Artery Disease?

Coronary artery disease (CAD), also called coronary heart disease, is a condition in which plaque (plak) builds up inside the coronary arteries. These arteries supply your heart muscle with oxygen-rich blood.

Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol (ko-LES-ter-ol), calcium, and other substances found in the blood. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is calledatherosclerosis (ATH-er-o-skler-O-sis).

What Causes a Heart Attack?

Most heart attacks occur as a result of coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is the buildup over time of a material called plaque on the inner walls of the coronary arteries. Eventually, a section of plaque can break open, causing a blood clot to form at the site. A heart attack occurs if the clot becomes large enough to cut off most or all of the blood flow through the artery.

National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute

This is the what Ivy wrote when she organized this event in honor of Rosie Actually it's thanks to Rosie if I met Ivy because I joined the Sweet and Simple Bakes group that Rosie had created with Maria and between all the bakers I met Ivy.

I never met Rosie but I feel that I did, only from the contacts we had thanks to internet.She was so kind and nice to everybody that I was very sorry to hear she was unwell and I couldn't even imagine it could be true she was not with us any longer.

I decided to make healthier puffs to make my previous Profiteroles lighter.

I got the recipe from Luca Montersino a very health-conscious Pastry Chef.


(from Le Dolci Tentazioni)

Bring to a boil 260 gr organic sunflower oil

with 320 gr water and a pinch of salt.

Add 160 gr all purpose flour all together

and mix for at least a minute until the dough forms a ball (I added some flour because it looked very oily and nothing bad happened)

Put the dough in a mixer and add 70 gr egg whites followed by 390 gr of whole eggs.

Form the puffs, either with a spoon or with a sac a poche and cook in a 220° oven until golden.

I noticed the puffs tend to dry sooner than the ones made with butter so fill right away or freeze in an airtight bag.


elra said...

What a lovely and beautiful tribute Natalia.

Ivy said...

Natalia thank you so much for linking your recipe to the event. Love profiteroles but I rarely make them because of the butter and eggs. Next time I shall try this recipe.

Marcellina said...

My mum died at 44 when I was only nine. Now I am that age and am very aware of eating correctly- even if I don't always!I didn't know Rosie or her blog but if this makes people more aware she didn't die in vain.

The Cooking Ninja said...

They are gorgeous. I'll definitely try them.