In winter we all know that food not only provides comfort but warmth. Living on the property I try and make food that gives the worker (farmer) sustenance and enjoyment so he can go back out into the cold and continue working. I have also decided to clear the contents of my pantry as I found I have lots of a couple of things and not of the other. I have to use an item a day from my pantry to make sure it is cleared and before I replace things.
Yesterday fro lunch I made sausage rolls – with cumin seed (I have 4 bottle of cumin seed)
It is probably not just for taste alone that cumin has made it into the stellar ranks of Indian, Middle Eastern and Mexican cooking. This ordinary looking seed is anything but ordinary when it comes to health benefits.
Iron for Energy and Immune Function
Cumin seeds, whose scientific name is Cuminum cyminum, are an excellent source of iron, a mineral that plays many vital roles in the body. Iron is an integral component of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells, and is also part of key enzyme systems for energy production and metabolism. Additionally, iron is instrumental in keeping your immune system healthy. Iron is particularly important for menstruating women, who lose iron each month during menses. Additionally, growing children and adolescents have increased needs for iron, as do women who are pregnant or lactating.
Seeds of Good Digestion
Cumin seeds have traditionally been noted to be of benefit to the digestive system, and scientific research is beginning to bear out cumin’s age-old reputation. Research has shown that cumin may stimulate the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, compounds necessary for proper digestion and nutrient assimilation.
Cumin seeds may also have anti-carcinogenic properties. In one study, cumin was shown to protect laboratory animals from developing stomach or liver tumors. This cancer-protective effect may be due to cumin’s potent free radical scavenging abilities as well as the ability it has shown to enhance the liver’s detoxification enzymes. Yet, since free radical scavenging and detoxification are important considerations for the general maintenance of wellness, cumin’s contribution to wellness may be even more farther reaching.
(makes 4 rolls)
2 sheets of filo puff pastry thawed & halved
4 beef or lamb sausages thawed
cumin seed (optional)
2 slices of cheese (optional)
If using the cheese slice cut them in half
Cut the Filo puff pastry in half
Heat the oven to 160 degrees
Spray a non-stick tray with olive oil spray
place the cut cheese slices on the filo puff pastry, sprinkle it with cumin seed. Place the sausage directly on the cheese slices and the pick up the edge of the puff pastry and roll it over.
Make sure there is no sausage exposed, as there will be excess pastry at the ends, trim this and then fold it on top of itself like an envelop.
Place the roll on the tray and repeat until all four are done – if you want sprinkle the top with cumin seed
Place the tray into the oven and bake for 20 minutes, turn it over until the pastry is golden. Serve immediately or cut into bite size pieces and serve at children’s parties or as finger food.