Health

Tisana de limón y menta (Lime and mint infusion)

This delicious and bone-warming tisana de limón y menta (Dominican medicinal lime and mint tisane) is used to alleviate cold and flu symptoms. And it was made with scrumped limes. Have you ever heard the word "scrumping" before? No? You're not alone. As it happens, neither have most of the world's non-British English speakers, as far as I ...

The Mighty Coconut

The coco palm has become almost synonymous with paradise. Along with a deserted white beach, its image stands out on countless postcards and holiday brochures. I don’t know about you, but every time I catch sight of one I know I am where I want to be. The Coconut originated in the islands of the Indian ...

Ideas for healthy school snacks

Kids love snacks! Your child’s lunchbox does not have to include chips, candy, cookies or sodas – these are full of ‘empty calories’. They have little nutritional quality and have lots of ingredients that are actually harmful to your child’s health – sugar, salt, fat, artificial colors and additives. You don’t have to ban these snacks altogether, ...

sopita

Not long ago I came across a thread in one of our favorite forums* in which people discussed Dominican cooking. A friend of ours commented that most Dominican cooks used seasonings and calditos (bouillon/stock cubes) in their food. Is that really so? As a child from a family of diabetic, hypertensive, picky eaters this was not ...

Kitchen wise – a safety guide

This article is written with children in mind but much of the advice applies to adults as well. Accidents in the home - especially in the kitchen - can be avoided if you apply several commonsense measures. My first and central tip would be: if at all possible, keep children out of the kitchen when ...

Food safety

These are some tips for preventing foodborne illnesses caused by pathogens. Some of them are fatal, however, in a person with a weakened immune system all of them are potentially deadly. Campylobacter jejuni It reproduces in the "intestinal tracts of animals and birds, raw milk, untreated water, and sewage sludge" and is transmitted by "contaminated water, raw ...

Boiled egg salad

Why spend money on losing weight when it is mainly a question of common sense? Diets are a relatively new phenomenon, unless you count the biblical “milk and honey”, “bread and fishes” or the Roman “wine, women and song” as diets. The compulsion to go on a diet is relatively recent, because not so long ago ...

Hidden Poisons in Common Foods

Food contains natural chemicals that are essential to our health - vitamins and minerals are obvious examples. But did you know that in some foods lurk certain substances which may be harmful? Some of these items - like rhubarb - are not commonplace in our cuisine, but looking through the lists of foods that need ...

Lactose Intolerance

The neon sign in the colorful photo that so appropriately illustrates this article can be found on one of Copenhagen’s main avenues and reads "1/2 liter of milk every day, all your life", an indication of the importance of this food for some people. But some of us discover that instead of a source of nutrients, ...

Eating well with diabetes – The Dominican diet

Yes, you can continue eating and enjoying your favorite traditional dishes by following these simple steps: STEP #1 The number one goal of diabetes treatment is to keep your blood sugar (glucose) levels as close to normal as possible. Your fasting blood sugar levels should be between 80-130 and no higher than 150 two hours after meals. STEP ...

First Aid in the Kitchen

The kitchen can be a dangerous place, as could be sworn by the participants and the winner of our Kitchen Disasters Contest. Barring some serious injury, for which we encourage you to seek medical attention, these basic remedies are all you will need to return the fun to the kitchen. The basic first aid kit We suggest ...

Caonabo's Revenge

Every Dominican knows the story of Caonabo, the brave Taino, husband of Anacaona, queen of Jaragua. Upon the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors Anacaona was tricked into extending her hospitality to the newcomers, decision that she came to regret when she was strangled and her entire village massacred. Caonabo revolted in revenge, but was captured ...

Fast food fiasco

Santo Domingo has it all, some would say. Drive around the newer parts of the city, and they are all there, those familiar blots on the landscape of every modern city in the world. When I first arrived in the country over eight years ago, there were very few international fast food chains in evidence, ...

Organics: Is it worth it?

There has been much controversy on the question of organics and whether it is worth paying the extra money. D. Daidone, an industrial-scale organic farmer, gives us his take on it. Are organics worth it? Here's he has to say: Being that the consumption of organic food is a relatively new phenomenon, and the limited research ...

Baby and toddler foods, Dominican Republic-style

I weaned my baby son here in the DR, and found that many of the foods found here worked as excellent first foods for him. The requisites - wherever you're coming from - were that they should be palatable, easy to digest, and nutritious. First stage (never before the age of 4 months): purées like Avocado, ...