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Cooking with cannabis: A recipe for Yellowfin tuna steak in hemp seed crust

Cooking with cannabis is a trend that goes back decades

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Yellowfin tuna steak in hemp seed crust on avocado edamame salad.

Cooking with cannabis is a trend that goes back decades, but now top chefs are embracing its benefits too.

Juicy Fields shares a recipe for a Yellowfin tuna steak in hemp seed crust on avocado edamame salad.

Cooking with cannabis is something that is getting more and more popular, we have seen it going back decades with the classic infused brownies. But more chefs are experimenting with the new trend, and cannabis has now found its way into more high-end cuisine. 

Today we are making a Yellowfin tuna steak in hemp seed crust on avocado edamame salad.

Yellowfin tuna with hemp seed crust

This dish is a particularly high-quality food in more ways than one and is full of protein.

Tuna itself is already high in protein and comparatively low in fat, but we increase this by preparing a crust of tasty and nutritious hulled hemp seeds.

Hemp seeds are not only a high-quality source of protein, they also score high in vitamins B1, B2 and E, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron, as well as the healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

The tuna in hemp seed crust is thus a real protein bomb, which in this case we served with an Asian avocado and edamame salad.

Edamame are the immature beans of the soy plant and have recently received increased attention as a superfood, and not without reason, these miracle beans also contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins C, E and B-6.

Edamame are gluten-free, cholesterol-free and have a very low-calorie content. Not only are they a true source of protein, but they are also high in iron and calcium.

Avocado is a fruit belonging to the berry family of the laurel family and is considered a superfood in Europe. It is a source of unsaturated fatty acids that help regulate cholesterol and prevent heart disease. It is rich in minerals, vitamins, folic acid and iron.

For two servings

  • 2x Yellowfin tuna steaks (approx. 2x 140g)
  • 1 egg white
  • 20 ml soy sauce
  • Approx. 30 g hemp seeds hulled
  • Some sesame oil for frying

The egg white is mixed with the soy sauce and the fillet steak is brushed with it on one side. Now the coated side is dipped into the peeled hemp seeds, and the other side is dipped in the same way.

To fry the fish, fry it over medium heat in a preheated pan with sesame oil on both sides for about 90-120 seconds until golden brown. The center of the fish should remain raw, this can usually be observed well during frying. To get a clean edge, the edge is cut off about 0.5cm wide with a sharp knife before serving.

On the plate the Yellowfin is seasoned with some Gomasio seasoning salt.

Gomasio salt is a Japanese seasoning salt made from toasted sesame seeds and salt, – these are finely ground together in a mortar at a mixing ratio of about 1:1.

Avocado-Edamame Salad

  • 2 carrots in fine julienne strips
  • 1 avocado
  • 120 g edamame
  • 1 lime – the juice of it
  • ¼ lemon – the juice of it
  • 2-4 g freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp hemp seed oil
  • 20ml sesame oil
  • 60ml sunflower oil
  • 7g Thai basil
  • 7g fresh coriander
  • black pepper -fresh ground
  • salt

Mix the carrot julienne with the lemon juice, lime juice, ginger and honey, add the avocado cut into cubes.

The edamame are blanched in boiling salted water for about 30 seconds and then rinsed in ice cold water. Any pods that separate from the beans are discarded.

The cooled beans are now mixed with the salad along with the oil.

Finely chop the leaves of the Thai basil and the coriander and mix with the salad and season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy the meal! 

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Silly Goose Coffee: Wake up and smell the CBD

The team behind Silly Goose Coffee explores the benefits of taking CBD in your morning cup of coffee.

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CBD infused coffee is one that often leaves people scratching their heads. Silly Goose Coffee explores the benefits of taking CBD in your morning cuppa.

CBD and coffee seem like strange bedfellows to some, but for Silly Goose Coffee it’s a combination as perfect as honking at strangers and scaring children.

In spite of the recent proliferation of CBD in almost everything (even if you live under a rock there is a pretty good chance it’s CBD infused now), CBD infused coffee is still one that leaves people scratching their heads. It’s easy to understand why; arguably the thing that CBD is best known for is improving sleep quality, and unarguably the thing that coffee is best known for is prying us from our collective daze every morning, so it feels like a tug-o-war in your brain. 

Silly Goose Coffee, is a coffee roaster selling CBD infused coffee direct to consumers, with coffees in compostable Nespresso pods and bags, and founder, Matt Swinburne, is unsurprisingly quick to champion the benefits. 

“Coffee and CBD are fantastic together, far from fighting they actually make each other better,” he says.

“I think the confusion is that people think of CBD like a traditional sleeping pill that basically knocks you over the head with a giant cartoon mallet but that is not the case.”

It’s an amusing analogy, but he’s right (warning nerdiness follows). Rather than wrestling your brain to sleep, CBD works with the natural endocannabinoid system, which is involved in governing all sorts of rhythms and cycles. Essentially it improves your natural cycle, which means better sleep quality when you should be sleeping, and can actually make you more alert during the waking part of the cycle. Nature is awesome.

“Our customers also find that it improves the coffee moment,” adds founder, Patrick.

“Smoothing the caffeine hit, so you don’t get so much of a spike and crash. They tell us it delivers more prolonged focus and mitigates the anxiety and jitters some people get.”

Patrick is quick to point out that it’s not a one-way street: “CBD definitely improves the coffee, but to coffee’s credit it’s good for the CBD too. Because it has a cumulative effect, the key to getting the benefits of CBD is to take it every day. I don’t know about you, but I have a shelf full of supplements I forget to take, but I can’t imagine a world where I neglect to drink my morning coffee.”

There are a few CBD coffee companies around now, so what makes Silly Goose different?

Well for one, they offer a range of CBD free coffee.

“We love CBD but we’re not just a CBD coffee company, we are a coffee company that does CBD,” says Patrick. “It’s paramount that the coffee is as good as any of our competitors that don’t offer CBD.”

That commitment to the quality of the coffee led to them developing a method to infuse the CBD into the beans in a way that delivers the best CBD but doesn’t affect the flavour.

“We found that some products can taste a bit weird. Our method leaves the coffee delicious and ensures that the CBD makes it to the cup as nature intended, terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids intact. By preserving their natural form, they work together, having a multiplying effect to provide you with maximum benefits,” explains Patrick.

They are also committed to responsible practices. As well as offering their coffee in compostable Nespresso pods and sustainable packaging, Silly Goose likes to partner with organisations to make a positive impact. Project Waterfall is a charity that builds clean water infrastructure in coffee farming communities, and they work with Ecologi to plant trees to offset their carbon impact. Matt is also quick to point out that they don’t have a private jet – “not even a small one”. 

Jokes aside Matt is keen to say that their guiding principle is simple.

He adds: “Every day we make sure everything we are doing is good for our customers, our community, and our planet, and if it’s not, we stop doing it.”

Sounds good to us.

Silly Goose Coffee is available in compostable Nespresso Pods, and bags of whole beans or ground coffee. You can order it straight to your door one off, or by subscription at sillygoosecoffee.com.

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How Rebel Wine is starting a conversation about CBD

At the end of festival season the Rebel Wine team reflects on changing attitudes towards CBD

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Rebel Wine has been spreading the word about CBD this summer

The team at Rebel Wine have been at festivals up and down the country this summer, starting conversations about the benefits of CBD products.

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Team Rebel have just come back from our last festival for the season and whilst we are celebrating with a 15 percent discount on all our products, we are also reflecting on the conversations we had in the last few weeks.

We were pleasantly surprised. We know the CBD movement is gathering momentum. We also know that CBD is good for you. What we didn’t know when we set out for our first event was that in general people are CBD aware and intrigued by its beneficial properties.

Some of our conversations have been with people taking CBD to manage conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. One conversation was immediately followed by another with an NHS nurse who recognised the benefits. Although they can’t openly recommend it, they were delighted to see us having frank and open discussions about CBD.

Other conversations were with those who want to try it, but perhaps feel a little too shy to ask, or those who think they will become addicted, which of course you won’t. We are thrilled to have those conversations, to reassure, affirm and gather more CBD followers.

We had chats with serving armed forces personnel, a tube driver working for Transport For London (who have a zero tolerance on CBD products) and police officers who are all aware of the benefits but unsure how this will translate when regular drug testing is carried out. Will it appear or not?

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We know that CBD is legal, but could you lose your job if you take it as part of a holistic lifestyle choice rather than conventional medicines? This of course will be down to each individual employer, we can’t comment and this topic certainly needs more in-depth work.

Then there are those who enjoy a glass of wine and are curious about the CBD element and how this affects the taste – it doesn’t in any way. Why put CBD in wine? Our wine is delicious, while CBD can taste bitter and earthy.

In summary, CBD chat is great and it’s clear that we need more to support the growth of the industry, to remove the myths and reassure the public.

CBD will become a more standard solution to everyday aches and pains for longer sustained periods of time. It’s a natural product used for thousands of years and its gathering momentum. The public are curious, let’s all continue those chats and stay informed to be informative.

For more information visit www.rebelwine.co.uk 

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