We’ve got one food that can delivers all four recipes ,as well as, provide other health benefits and is an easy spread for serving and cooking. There is one sauce that is versatile, low in calories and packed with health benefits; its mustard and it’s been around a long time.
Health wise, you’ll recall from a previous chapter that mustard seed is rich in omega 3 fatty acid. Mustard is one of the oldest spices dating back nearly 3000 years ago. Mustard has been used since ancient times as a medicine and a liniment. The word mustard comes from the Latin word “mustum” which means “must”.
As well as, omega 3 fatty acid, mustard is a good source of selenium, a nutrient that has been shown to reduce the severity of asthma, decrease some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and help prevent cancer. Mustard seed is also a good source of magnesium, which has been shown to lower blood pressure and to restore sleep patterns in women having difficulty from menopause. Mustard seed is good for the heart and helps to reduce the frequencies of migraine headaches. Mustard seed is also a good source of iron, calcium, zinc, manganese, protein, niacin and dietary fiber.
This all adds up to make mustard a pretty good recipe for health. It’s low in calories and fat and packed with nutrients. It makes a great sauce or spread. The Romans were probably the first to experiment with mustard as a condiment, but it was the French who perfected it. Adding mustard seed to wine and making it into a paste the French would sell the mustard out of mustard carts on the street. The well refined homes would have a mustard pot usually made of silver and glass with a spoon for serving. Mustard has been made in many variations by adding honey, herbs and fruit.
Our sexual health is dependent upon circulation and a list of nutrients to support hormone production. Mustard delivers zinc and magnesium to support hormones, manganese for female hormone support, selenium for male hormone support, niacin for circulation and sensation, iron for energy and omega 3 to feed the sex hormones. All that sex packed in a little spread across your sandwich! That’s why the ancient Chinese considered mustard an aphrodisiac.
Happiness is tied to faith. Eternal truths and strong beliefs are the gateway to happiness. Things that we learned to do because they were the foundation of our values are now things we believe in and do because they expand our strength and happiness. Doing good makes us feel good and feeling good makes us happy. When we focus on good things we feel energized and enthusiastic. This leads to feeling of satisfaction and happiness. It is grounded in our values and our faith.
The mustard seed is a symbol of faith. When I was a child my Aunt gave me a necklace with a small pendant attached that contained a mustard seed. She told me it would protect me. The mustard seed symbolizes the power of faith. In the Bible Jesus refers to faith as being the size of a mustard seed. All you need is a little faith and you can move mountains. Actually it means that to have faith like a mustard seed is to be the smallest seed in the garden, but when planted it will grow larger than the other plants, becoming a tree and producing large branches for birds to nest in. It is not the size of your faith, but the power of your faith that brings happiness.
People always have always will had a love affair with mustard. It is one of top traded spices in the world.
American’s love their mustard on sandwiches and pretzels; but mostly on the American hotdog! The use of mustard as a condiment was first seen at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, when bright yellow mustard was introduced by R.T. French Company and thus French’s yellow mustard was born. On average American’s consume about 60 hot dogs a year and each of those hotdogs is usually smeared with mustard. That’s a lot of love for a tiny seed.
Phrases such as “cut the mustard” which menas being able to handle the job, baseball pitchers applying “mustard “ to their fast balls, and “as keen as mustard”, all refer to mustard’s ability to deliver a strong and bold taste, distinguishing it as a delightful way to stay healthy, sexy, happy and in love.
Let’s make mustard! Use it as a spread and a condiment. I’m going to add a little thyme to the mustard. Thyme is an herb that stands for courage. The Romans used thyme to flavor cheeses and liquors. It has a strong aroma, yet it does not over power other spices. It blends well with meats and can be found in most all cuisines throughout the world.
Medicinally, thyme was used as a sleep aid. It is a good source of iron. Before the advent of antibiotics thyme was used in bandages as a sanitizer. Interestingly , in ancient times, thyme was used for respiratory purposes, including coughs, bronchitis and chest congestion. Science has now discovered volatile oils in thyme, called carvacolo, borneol, geraniol and most notably, thymol (which is where thyme gets its name), that act upon the respiratory system for relief from coughs, bronchitis and chest congestion!
The thymol is thyme is an antioxidant and has the ability to preserve food. It has also been shown to increase the omega three fatty acids in the cells of the brain, kidney and heart. Thyme is an excellent source of iron, manganese, and vitamin K. It is also a very good source of calcium and a good source of dietary fiber.
A Recipe for Health, Sex, Happiness and Love - Mustard
2 cups of dry white wine
1 cup of onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped
4 ounces of dry mustard
4 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of salt
3 sprigs of fresh thyme remove the leaves from the stem
Combine wine, onion, garlic and heat to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour mixture into a bowl and cool. Strain wine mixture into dry mustard in a small sauce pan, beating until smooth. Add remaining ingredients. Heat slowly, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. Add thyme. Cool. Pour into a non-metal container and cover. Chill at least 2 days before serving to blend the flavors.
Extra bonus: Mustard seed – take any vegetable(Swiss chard works well) and sauté it with a little olive oil and shallots. Throw in a sprinkling of mustard seed. Adds flavor to vegetables in a healthy manner without calories!
*** Put the mustard in cute little jars or pots and give as gifts***
Mustard is hot and spicy. It’s a great rub on meats, chicken and fish. Now that’s ,”cutting the mustard!”