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Delicious sweet corn has benefits for health
Harvest: Putting the 'sweet' in sweet corn
Serves 5-6 people
1 cups of rice
1 medium red onions, chopped
2 tbsp of cumin
4 large sprigs of fresh cilantro or
1 medium bulb of garlic, chopped
3 large tomatoes, chopped
6 leaves of sage
1 tsp or to taste of chilli power
2 medium jalapenos, chopped
1 cups of water or coconut milk
2 cobs of sweet corn (stripped of
1 tsp salt to taste
1 tsp pepper to taste
Use a small amount of high heat
resistant oil such as coconut oil,
and let it get hot.
Fry uncooked rice until slightly
brown, and then pour in
approximately 1 cup (or enough to
cook rice in) of hot water or
coconut milk for a more tropical
flavour, and bring to a boil.
Then slowly stir in all other
ingredients to the rice except the
corn and cilantro.
Add more water if needed and
allow to simmer until most of the
water has been absorbed.
Near the end of cooking add the
corn kernels and cilantro, and
more spices according to your
Far North clinical
Botello tells us about the
benefits of sweet corn.
What would summer be without a
fresh cob of sweet corn on your bar-
Now is the best time to take full
advantage of this nutritious grain.
One medium cob of corn contains
about 400 kilojoules of energy, con-
tains 12 percent fat and is made
7-10 percent of protein, although it
lacks two essential amino acids --
lysine and tryptophan, so to make it
a complete protein for a vegetarian
diet it is best to combine it with
beans, peas, lentils or other
The seeds and oil are rich in vit-
amin C, the kernels contain good
quantities of some B vitamins, in
particular pyridoxine (B6), thiamine
(B1), niacin (B3) and pantothenic
acid (B5), and folate (B9).
One cup of corn provides 24
percent of the recommended daily
intake of thiamine,a vitamin that is
important for enzymatic reactions
in energy production and is crucial
for brain cell and cognitive function
and may assist in the improvement
of memory in patients with Alzhei-
One cup of kernels provides 7
percent of the recommended dietary
intake of folate which is very
important for the health of a grow-
ing foetus. The folate and pyridox-
ine in corn can help lower levels of
homocysteine, a substance that
when in excess can directly damage
blood vessels leading to the risk of
heart attacks, strokes or peripheral
vascular disease found in patients
with heart disease.
Most of the niacin in corn is in the
form of niacytin, which is not
broken down in the human diges-
tive tract. In Mexico and South
America the corn is mixed with an
alkaline substance such as lime
water, which releases the niacin.
A cup of corn supplies the body
with 14.4 percent of the daily value
for pantothenic acid, which is a
valuable vitamin when under stress
because it supports the functioning
of the adrenal glands.
Corn also contains good levels of
selenium, manganese, magnesium,
some iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper
and potassium, and vitamin A (beta
caroteine) which can help lower the
risk of developing lung cancer.
The fibre content in sweet corn
improves digestion and regulates
Sweet corn may help to lower the
risk of age-related macular degener-
ation which is a common cause of
blindness in order adults because it
is a good source of lutein which is a
The plant, and particularly the
young silks, are said to reduce blood
sugar levels and act as a mild
diuretic. Corn has cancer-fighting
properties and when crushed can be
applied externally to speed up
Here are some tips to follow when
you buy sweet corn: It is important
to choose corn that is stored in a
cool place -- make sure supermarket
corn is refrigerated, but if you buy
from the local farmers market or a
roadside stand, make sure it has
been kept out of direct sunlight,
because heat rapidly converts the
sugar in the corn to starch.
Look for fresh green husks that
don't look dried out. Pull back the
husk slightly and check that the
kernels look plump and are
arranged tightly in rows.
Test for juiciness by pressing a
fingernail into one of the kernels -- if
it's fresh a white milky substance
can be seen.
For best flavour cook corn or eat
it raw on the day you buy it, or store
it in the refrigerator in the husk.
Joyous painting for police station
The Yellow Balloon: This painting by Judi Soutar was commissioned for the Kerikeri police station.
ABOUT THE ARTS
with Mike Nettmann
Art is the most intense mode of
individualism that the world has
known''. Oscar Wilde
The Yellow Balloon
Kerikeri artist Judi Soutar was
recently commissioned by NZ Police
to create a work for the new
Kerikeri police station.
Judi has successfully used her
inimitable style and joyous sense of
humour to produce her masterpiece
The Yellow Balloon which now
hangs prominently in the foyer of
the fabulous new building.
The work is an evocation of every-
thing she does best in her art and
has ingeniously captured the
essence of the town.
Judi was trained as a technical
illustrator by the Patent's Office in
London. After emigrating to NZ in
1974 she started her own printing
business in Auckland which
involved all aspects of typesetting,
design and small offset work for the
larger printing companies.
After selling her business, Judi
worked for LD Nathan as an assist-
ant print manager, later becoming
manager for Nathan Print. In 1986
she moved to Totara North where
she and her partner restored Mill
House as a bed and breakfast estab-
lishment. Her interest in art was
rekindled and they opened an arts
and craft shop in the garage.
After settling in Kerikeri in 1993,
Judi joined the Kerikeri Art Craft
Society encouraged by Kerikeri
printmaker Rona Swallow. In 2000
Judi became one of the founder
members of the very successful Art
Upstairs collective and also became
involved in the popular, annual Art
at Vineyard exhibition promoting
local artists. Profits from the
exhibitions were put into a trust
which then purchased art to go into
The Centre at Kerikeri.
Judi is happily retired and tutors
once a month at Cherry Park
Signed A3 reproductions of The
Yellow Balloon are available at Keri
Copy and Design.
Coming to Trussler Residence
Trio A Due Almut Seebeck, soprano,
and Felicitas Weyer, mezzo soprano
and piano, have performed all over
Europe and Australia wowing
audiences with their musical magic
including arie antiche, Yiddish
songs, Celtic traditionals and jazz.
They will be bringing a delightful
programme of original arrange-
ments to Trussler Residence, 80 Pa
Rd, on March 11 at 6.30pm. Tickets
at door or ph (09) 403-7328.
Participate in a mural painting
competition ending in an exhibition
of all works at Easter weekend in
Paihia. The theme is Before 1850 ...
Paint Our History. Paint a mural on
a plywood sheet (2400mm x
1200mm) and bring it to the Haven
of History site before Easter. Inquir-
ies and forms, email paint
email@example.com or phone
Andrew (09) 402-8416 or Leah
Feb 25-Mar 31, Acrylic on Perspex by
Candy Clarke at Loft Design Store, 3
Fairway Drive, Kerikeri.
Mar 3-27, A selection of prints from the
Falmouth A4 International Print Show at
Art at Wharepuke, 190 Kerikeri Rd. Gallery
open 7 days, 9-5pm.
Until Mar 5, Botanical Notebook and
installation by Beverley Cox at Village Arts
Mar 11, Trio A Due, two voices, two
hands, three sounds at Trussler
Residence, 80 Pa Rd, Kerikeri at 6.30pm.
Tickets at door or ph (09) 403-7328
Mar 13-Apr 3, A collection of quality art
from previous exhibitions at Kaan
Zamaan, Kerikeri Rd.
Mar 1, Party Girls starring Geraldine
Brophy, Pinky Agnew and Lyndee-Jane
Rutherford at The Turner Centre Kerikeri at
Mar 10, Live comedy with The Canadian
Club Real NZ Tour at The Turner Centre
Kerikeri at 7.30pm $25 & $22
Mar 12, Celtic Dance and supper in
support of Hospice Far-Mid Northland
featuring special guest Casey Murray at
The Turner Centre, Kerikeri at 7.30pm
Mar 17, Power Tutus on Tour with
Pinocchio and Verdi Variations at The
Turner Centre Kerikeri at 7.30pm $45,
Mar 19, The Jade Quartet at Just Imagine,
Russell at 7pm $35. Bookings at Gallery.
Mar 20, Kerikeri singer/songwriter/
composer/musician Daniel Hewson
performs live at 2pm at Be Free Concert,
Mar 24, Michael Jackson Tribute at The
Turner Centre at 8pm $69, $64, $49
Apr 2, International concert pianist
Michael Andres at The Turner Centre
Kerikeri at 7.30pm $30 & $20.
Apr 20-May 6, Missing Pieces -- new work
by Mike Nettmann at Kaan Zamaan,
Apr 28, Songs My Mother Taught Me --
Naomi Ferguson at The Turner Centre
Kerikeri at 7.30pm, $25 & $20.
May 24, The Pink Floyd Experience Tribute
at The Turner Centre, Kerikeri at 8pm,
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