(Health Secrets) There are many ways to strengthen the immune system. Some of the best are spending time with those you care for, being kind to yourself, and eating healthy food. To achieve all this at one time, make a date for teatime with friends or family. While there, you may be able to enjoy scones made with cranberries, black walnuts, and buttermilk.
The term tea refers to a special meal in countries which were formerly part of the British Empire. Teatime is the time at which the tea meal is usually served, typically in the late afternoon or early evening.
English afternoon tea dates back to 1840 and the home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, known as Belvoir Castle, which is close to the town of Melton. Anna Maria Stanhope, the 7th Duchess of Bedford was visiting the castle and asked for tea and bread to be served in her quarters as it was mid-afternoon and she needed a little something to stave off the ‘sinking feeling’ she was having. Typically a Victorian dinner was not to be served until 8 pm in the evening.
Over time the original bread and butter became sandwiches, and scones and clotted cream were added as well as delicate little pastries and desserts. Afternoon tea was born and became a social affair for Victorian Britain for ladies. It was initially served in private residences, then the finest hotels of London began providing afternoon tea. Today, afternoon tea is a tradition at the Ritz and Harrods in London as well many other tearooms, department stores and hotels around the world.
One of the favorites at teatime is cranberry black walnut scones. In addition to its wonderful flavor, this recipe provides many health benefits – enough to keep guilt away.
Cranberry walnut scones
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Serves: 12, Yield: 12 Scones
2 cups organic bread flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
1/3 cup turbinado sugar (minimally processed cane sugar)
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup of whole organic buttermilk from grass fed cows
1/3 cup chopped black walnuts
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
Pre-heat oven to 400°F
Cover baking sheets with parchment paper
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in cranberries. Add buttermilk and vanilla, stirring with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened.
Spoon 2 heaping tablespoonfuls of dough, 2 inches apart, onto the baking sheets. Sprinkle with walnuts and 1 ½ teaspoons sugar.
Bake at 400 F for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden. Makes 12 (13) scones.
Health benefits of cranberry walnut scones
The cranberry is one of only a handful of fruits native to the USA. The benefits of cranberry include urinary health and relief from urinary tract infection, respiratory disorders, kidney stones, cancer, and heart disease. It is also beneficial in preventing stomach disorders and diabetes, as well as gum diseases caused by dental plaque.
Buttermilk is a fermented food. It contains all essential nutrients required by the body, and it improves immunity and the ability of the body to fight off disease. The vitamin B 12 in buttermilk helps synthesize fatty and amino acids, in addition to fighting anemia and stress, while promoting nerve cell growth. B12 also aids in converting glucose into energy. The potassium and riboflavin in the buttermilk helps lower blood pressure.
The cosmetic industry has made extensive use of buttermilk in the best beauty products. Buttermilk makes a good facial mask that softens, and the lactic acid in it brightens and exfoliates the skin to create a youthful look, while its astringent nature removes blemishes, freckles and tightens skin.
Black walnut is known as a vermifuge, which means it removes worms and parasites. It is thought that even with our standards of sanitation nearly a third of the population is infected with parasites. Such parasites as ringworm, pinworm and tapeworm have been a problem for humanity for thousands of years.
Black walnut is also an antiseptic and germicidal. It heals skin conditions, fungal infections, and balances sugar levels. Black walnut is thought to oxygenate the blood, and it provides a source of iodine and omega 3 fatty acids. It also is able to destroy toxins.
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