Recorded from the Willy Wonka Warehouse in Wickham
In this episode, the 2 Boomer Broads talk about one of their favorite subjects, food. They discuss what they should eat and what they eat instead and revel in their foodie fantasies. Be prepared to get hungry.
Rebecca posts recipes for longevity as well as favorite family and friend’s recipes on her blog www.babyboomster.com, Her topics revolve around wellness, lifestyle and travel for women over 50. Please check it out.
Sharone contributed a delicious chocolate pudding recipe to Rebecca’s blog made with avocado and orange oil. It sounds strange but is amazingly yummy! Click here for the recipe.
If you were on a desert island and could only eat one food, what would it be?
Rebecca would eat avocados because she absolutely loves them. They’re a source for healthy fat and multiple nutrients.
Sharone says she doesn’t like to mix avocado with fruit but loves tomatoes mixed with watermelon. Both tomato and watermelon are high in the cancer fighting carotene lycopene. Watermelon is higher in lycopene than tomato.
Watermelon juice is refreshing on a hot summer’s day. Both Broads are not into juicing but love watermelon juice because it’s so delicious.
If you’re looking for foods that are high in energy on a spiritual level, go for fruits that spend a lot of time in the sun, like pineapple, guava, melons, and other tropical fruits.
Pineapple eases the pain of inflammation and is often eaten by athletes with injuries. The bromelain in pineapple is anti-inflammatory. Bromelain is also a meat tenderizer. If you eat too much pineapple and your mouth is scratchy it’s because the bromelain is tenderizing you a little.
But what do the Broads really like to eat?
Rebecca is obsessed with Italian food, and thoroughly enjoyed everything she ate in Italy. She tries to look for restaurants in America that are authentic Italian. She found a fabulous restaurant on a weekend trip she took to Temecula.
Sharone’s favorite European restaurant in Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley) is called Adrian’s Trattoria. They have great pizza as well as other wonderful dishes. Sharone’s a big fan of pizza. She says Adrian’s also has the best eggplant Parmesan she’s ever tasted.
Sharone made cauliflower crusted pizza recently. Rebecca had some and it was sooooo good! It’s a great substitute for anyone who needs to eat gluten free. You can also bake slices of eggplant and make them into mini pizzas. Check out Rebecca’s recipe for eggplant mini pizzas here.
Sharone’s eggplant tip – Make sure to salt and sweat your eggplant slices first or they will be bitter.
Rebecca isn’t a picky eater, although she can’t stand pickled herring and pickled pig’s feet. Sharone hates picked beets. Both of the Broads love pickles. Rebecca tries to stick to more or less of a Mediterranean diet and avoids any food that’s been processed. She also stays away from food that has sugar in it. Rebecca adores going to food tastings and culinary events and it’s starting to show.
Sharone says, “Unfortunately, food and I are very close.” “Chocolate and I are very very close.”
She has to be careful about making chocolate treats at home “because I’m my very best customer.”
Rebecca deliberately doesn’t bake or bring sweets into her house because she knows she’d eat it.
Sharone tries to use alternative natural sweeteners like, agave or xylitol. Rebecca cautions that you should never let your dog eat chocolate or anything containing xylitol because both are toxic for dogs. It’s the same with grapes and raisins. They may be great for humans but can kill a dog.
Rebecca’s favorite recipes include some that have been passed down in her family. She has an Eastern European background and loves Russian and Polish cabbage soup and stuffed cabbage.
Here are two of them.
Neither Broad is a vegetarian but both love veggies.
Rebecca tries to eat small portions. Rebecca once traveled through Amarillo Texas on her way to Detroit. She noticed that you can order a 32 oz. steak to eat all by yourself. There was a movie out recently with Barbara Streisand where she and her son go to Amarillo and Babs eats the entire 32 oz. steak.
Sharone admits that she could eat the entire 32 ounce steak if it was sitting in front of her. She once went to Lawry’s steak house when she was young and thin with her boyfriend. He was a foot taller and 100 lbs. heavier than her. She finished off his food as well as hers. She says she’s an unrepentant carnivore. She’d love to be vegan but says her body wouldn’t be happy without a little red meat.
Rebecca craves protein but tries to eat fish and salads. She puts as many vegetables in her salad as she can but never uses bottled dressing. People think they’re eating healthy when they eat salad but then they douse it with globs of high calorie, artificially flavored salad dressing. Rebecca simply sprinkles on a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Italians eat seasonal fresh food but Americans often don’t. We eat fruits and vegetables year round but don’t always know where they came from or how they were processed.
Italian soil is rich with volcanic and nutrient dense soil. The soil and their mineral water helps Italians stay healthy. Italian and some other mineral waters contain nutrients with important health benefits. The element silicon, (not silicone or silica) helps build bone strength. Fewer people have osteoporosis if they drink mineral water that contains it. Bring on the Pellegrino!
Note: The Perrier Company is apparently discriminating when it comes to hiring Jews and others. Therefore the Broads suggest you not purchase it.
Rebecca and Sharone are cheese heads.
Sharone suggests a fun spread. Blend feta cheese with peanut butter. Use almost equal amounts or feta and peanut butter. (about 3-4 oz. each) Then add the sweetening agent of your choice such as honey or agave. She says it tastes kind of like peanut butter cheese cake. Don’t eat a lot because it’s a little fattening but filled with protein and calcium.
Rebecca prefers savory foods and Sharone says she’s a sweet person. When Rebecca came over to Sharone’s to record one day she saw that Sharone had baked 25 lbs. of cookies (about 800) for a charity event. It was hard to resist eating them, but she did.
While in Italy, Rebecca says she must have tried every variety of Tiramisu there was. She loves chocolate but usually only eats a tiny square of very dark chocolate with over 70% cacao.
Sharone is a diehard chocoholic. She says her mother took credit for the term “chocoholic.” We don’t know if that’s really true. Sharone says, “When you eat high quality chocolate with a high percentage of cacao you can eat less and are more satisfied.”
Both Broads believe that milk chocolate is an abomination but wouldn’t throw it out of bed. For those of you sucking on a Hershey bar right now, we apologize.
Rebecca visited a cacao plantation on the island of Grenada in the Grenadines. On the plantation they made free trade, organic chocolate bars and other products made with cacao.
Cold pressed chocolate that isn’t alkalized has the most health benefits and has a highest ORAC value of anti-oxidants. It helps heal bleeding gums and softens skin.
At the chocolate plantation, Rebecca was served a tea made out of cacao. It’s delicious! To make it you have to grate whole cacao balls into hot water, add milk and Caribbean spices. Instead of cacao balls you could also try using organic cacao nibs.
The Broads go on to talk about their favorite fruits and vegetables.
Rebecca loves eating sauerkraut because it tastes good and contains natural probiotics. Sauerkraut and other fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, miso and tempeh aid digestion and keep you regular. Sharone’s not a big fan of sauerkraut.
Cuisines the Broads Love Best
Both love Italian food but they also like Middle Eastern fare. (kabobs, hummus, tabbouleh, fattoush, Baba Ganoush)
Moroccan food is yummy too. – Both love Bastilla. (a chicken stew in a pastry with Moroccan spices and dusted with powdered sugar)
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