Worthing Cafe wins latest Eat Well award for their fresh, Italian food cooked from the heart
Released: Wednesday, 07 February 2018
The Cafe Buongiorno in Worthing has won a silver award for producing healthy, tasty Italian food.
They have been given the Eat Well award for offering healthy menu choices which are lower in sugar, salt and fat after an inspection by Adur & Worthing Council's food hygiene inspectors.
The restaurants joining the healthy eating project will be those given an Eat Out Eat Well award which is only awarded after visits by food hygiene inspectors like Wendy at Adur & Worthing Councils.
Under the scheme restaurants awarded top marks by our inspectors will donate a tasty recipe to local residents as part of a campaign to encourage healthy eating. Alongside the recipe, a nutritional therapist will explain the benefits of some of the ingredients.
This month the Eat Well recipe is designed to get you into the mood for love Italian style - with a delicious meal.
Wendy Anderson, Environmental Health Practitioner and project lead for Eat Well, said:
“Eating well can make a huge difference to our wellbeing and February is the perfect month to start. Xmas and new year seem such a long time ago now and with spring around the corner, it's a good time to think about what we are eating.”
“Eating well is becoming more and more important in modern life as our daily routines become more stressful and demanding. Love yourself and those you care about by making a commitment to eating foods packed with nutritional goodness.”
This month's recipe is from Eat Well winner Cafe Buongiorno in Montague Street, Worthing which is run by Roberta Dotti from Sardinia. Roberta said:
“Food has to be taken seriously, Italians take food seriously, in Sardinia the kitchen is often the biggest room in the house.”
Eating well at home is important and cooking is a family affair, Roberta remembers:
“even as a child cooking was a part of everyday life. We would make pasta with nonna, learn to cook by watching momma.”
But Roberta is adamant that you don't have to import Italian food to eat with the passion of an Italian.
“I believe in short food miles. There are some great fish, meat and local suppliers here. There is no need to get it delivered in a crate from Italy.”
Although the quality of the ingredients is important to Roberta, the way they are cooked and shared is equally important. Taking time to cook and share food with family and friends is great for well being. Roberta explains:
“When you cook with love, you put love into the food and people notice, they can tell it is made with love.”
Photo: Roberta Dotti from Buongiorno Cafe Bistro, Worthing
Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, Cllr Val Turner, said:
“I think it's great that a Worthing Cafe has won this award. As well as people being able to eat healthily when they're out and about, the Eat Well scheme gives them the option to try healthy options at home too.”
Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, Cllr Dave Simmons, added:
“Congratulations to the Bourgornio Cafe for providing fresh, tasty and wholesome food. It just goes to show that nutritious food can really pack a punch when it comes to flavour. Food cooked with care really helps with our general well being too.”
Why not show some love this Valentine's and cook this very special spaghetti dish? It's good for the heart in all senses of the word.
Eat Well: A Recipe for Love
Buongiorno Cafe's - Pasta Alla Puttanesca
“There is all of Italy in this recipe - all in one plate” ~ Roberta Dotti
- Serves 4
- Preparation time: 20 minutes
- Difficulty: Easy
- For a vegan dish simply remove the anchovies
- 500g Spaghetti
- Black pitted olives
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt for the water and a couple of pinches to season the sauce
- 1 tablespoon capers
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- Fresh Chilli (season to personal taste)
- 500g Cherry tomatoes
- 5 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 8 anchovy fillets
- De-seed the tomatoes and chop them into small pieces.
- Chop the capers, black olives and garlic.
- Heat the olive oil in a heavy and gently fry (on a low heat) the garlic for about a minute.
- Add the chopped anchovies and the chilli to taste.
- When the anchovies start to melt add the olives and the capers, cook for a couple of minutes before adding the chopped tomatoes and half of the parsley. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes on a low heat.
- Meanwhile bring the water to the boil, season with salt and add the pasta.
- When the pasta is 'al dente' it is ready to be drained and the sauce added to the pan.
- Gently stir-fry the pasta in the sauce for a couple of minutes before adding the rest of the parsley.
- Buon Appetito!
- If you have made the sauce without anchovies, add some grated parmesan for extra depth.
- If you really want to push the boat out, you could try this bitter, chocolate pasta perfect with a freshly made tomato sauce.
Buongiorno Cafe's - Cocoa Powder Pasta Dough
- Serves 4
- Preparation time: 20 minutes
- Resting time: 30 minutes
- Difficulty: Moderate
- 300g plain flour
- 30g cocoa powder (bitter)
- 1 or 2 pinches salt, plus the salt for the boiling water
- 200 ml water
- Mix the flour and the cocoa powder together
- Add the salt and water and mix all the ingredients together to obtain a smooth pasta dough.
- Put the pasta dough in cling film and rest it for 30 minutes in the fridge
- After 30 minutes take it out of the fridge and prepare the pasta.
- The easiest shape to make is gnocchi: cut and make 'sausage' shapes and cut them in 3 cm round shapes.
- Remember to dust the pasta a little bit with some flour whilst waiting for the water to boil so it won't stick to the surface of the counter
- Meanwhile boil the water. When it begins to boil add the pasta and a teaspoon of salt and cook until it's 'al dente', max 7 minutes.
- Drain and add to the sauce in the pan.
- Gently stir fry the pasta in the sauce for a couple of minutes.
Vegetarian / Vegan
Gluten Free if GF flour used.
Emma Walder - Nutritional therapist
Red is traditionally the colour love. Naturally red and purple foods contain anthocyanin which is a type of flavonoid, they are energising, protective and full of compounds that help to keep diseases at bay.
- Red cabbage
This month's recipe uses the humble red tomato which is seriously good for us.
Packed with vitamin E, biotin, vitamin B5 - helping to give us energy and important for healthy hair.
Lycopene - a strong antioxidant helping to keep cells healthy.
Dazzle your Valentine with strong glossy hair courtesy of eating tomatoes! Fresh and tinned are both good options. Fat enhances the absorption of lycopene so remember to add healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.
Love is also about hearts. Some everyday foods are very good for heart health. For example, oats contain substances that help to lower cholesterol as does olive oil, and fresh fruit and veg are all heart friendly as they contain potassium.
Valentine's Day wouldn't be the same without chocolate.
The best kind of chocolate for health benefits is the dark mysterious variety - 70% cocoa solids or more. Cacao is a source of minerals such as:
- Copper (very good for heart health)
- Magnesium and Potassium
Cacao also contains antioxidant compounds like resveratrol as well as other polyphenols which good for the heart and circulatory health.
- Buongiorno Cafe Bistro, 116 Montague Street, Worthing, BN11 3HG
- The Eat Well scheme is an Adur & Worthing Councils project designed to encourage healthy eating habits
- In order to qualify for Eat Well, eateries must already be recipients of the Eat Out, Eat Well award
- For further information see Eat Out, Eat Well
- Each month an Eat Well winner will donate a healthy recipe to the scheme and a nutritionist will provide nutritional benefits of some of the ingredients used
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