Hastings on Food RECIPE

2016-02-04 06:00

SALUTATIONS sailors and mermaids.

We all love to take a dip in the ocean to sooth our bodies and calm our nerves, from a young age we are taught to realise that water is the essence of our existence - we cannot survive without it and will rapidly succumb and die long before not having liquid than nourishment from food.

Drinking water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach purifies the body’s internal system, it cleanses the colon which then assists the body to absorb nutrients from food, and it also assists with the production of new blood which in turn has an immense restorative effect that can aid in treating certain ailments.

This remarkable water therapy originates from ancient Ayurvedic medicine, but can it actually cleanse diseases,

Two decades ago while serving time as a political prisoner in Iran, Doctor Batmanghelidj discovered the link between dehydration and chronic illness. During his imprisonment he used the only medicine available - water - and was able to treat around 3 000 fellow prisoners who were suffering from stress-induced peptic ulcers.

It appears that as we age we lose the thirst sensation as well as the critical perception of needing water.

The body’s biological thirst signals can be mistaken for symptoms of other illnesses, accordingly if the root cause being dehydration is treated medical interventions should become unnecessary. These symptoms and/or conditions include, but are not limited to, rheumatoid arthritis, angina, migraines, colitis, constipation, hypertension, asthma, obesity, anaemia, sinusitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, kidney stones, diabetes, leukemia, uterine cancer, breast cancer, bronchitis and throat diseases.

According to research with no other medical treatments apart from water, results have shown that constipation can be cured in 10 days, diabetes controlled within one month, hypertension and high blood pressure within a month and certain cancers within three months.

So how does one maximise the benefits of water treatment.

When you wake in the morning drink 1,5 litres of water, do not eat anything at least one hour before and for 1-2 hours after, do not consume any alcohol the night before. When you eat, don’t eat or drink anything else for two hours after.

Chilled water will boost your metabolism by up to 24% and assist with weight loss, it will help balance your fluids and aid the lymph system as well as purify your skin.

While 1,5 litres may seem challenging at first your body will get used to it, start by drinking one litre then rest for two minutes and continue drinking the other half litre.

However, lets get back to the joys of swimming and why should we do it in the first place.

It is a fun activity and you should not need any motivation, however, if you do, the following needs to be considered. Swimming has no ground impact so the stress and strains on joints is protected, very good for arthritis, if you do happen to stand or hit the bottom of the pool and/or ocean it happens with less force as you are buoyant, for individuals who use floating aids the impact is even less.

It is an activity that can be continued for the rest of your life, it helps build cardio-respiratory fitness, enhances your oxygen consumption by 10% and improves your overall endurance, and strengths your heart by as much as 18% as well as tones and builds muscle mass. So in essence it is a great way to remain fit and healthy.

Additionally if you are injured you can maintain your fitness levels by swimming during your rehabilitation.

On the banks of our Umtamvuna River with its superlative gorge is our own reserve which has become a wonderland for hikers - the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve consists of some 3 300 hectares and is known as the best example of Eastern Cape sandstone in the entire coastal region.

Our other claim to fame is the red desert which is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest recorded and acknowledged desert in the whole world.

The Umtamvuna River is tidal which means that fish do come in with the tides to bread and take care of their nurseries in the brackish water, certain species like the river bream tend to remain in the river all year round while others are seasonal being only available in the summer or the winter periods.

May you water cleanse well, enjoy the great outdoors, swim to your heart’s content and catch fresh dinner.




•whole filleted fish (skin on)

•finely chopped chives

•finely chopped dill

•toasted almonds chopped

•olive oil

•sliced garlic

•grated parmesan cheese

•rainbow pepper

•Khoisan sea salt

•lemon juice

•butcher’s twine

•tin foil


•Pat dry both the fish fillets and coat with olive oil.

•Season with the lemon juice.

•Sprinkle with the rainbow pepper and salt.

•Blend the chives, dill, garlic, almonds, parmesan cheese into a paste adding some olive oil for consistency.

•Lay flat the fish fillets skin down.

•Spread the paste over the entire surface of both fish and press down.

•Lay the one fillet on top of the other skin up.

•Bind the two together with butchers string.

•Wrap in foil.

•Bake in the oven on 180°C for 20 minutes.

•Uncover and finish off for about 10 minutes more.

•Serve with mashed potato and whipped cream mixed with lemon juice and chopped chives.

•The fish can also be done wrapped on the braai where a little wine can be added before closing to afford additional moisture.

If you prefer to deep fry your fish cut into portions, season with the salt, pepper and lime and use one of the following batters.

1 cup flour

1 ¼ cup beer

2 tablespoons of desecrated coconut

chopped chili

Mix the ingredients together into a smooth batter and d coat the fish and deep fry in hot oil.

Another batter

1 egg white whisked

1 cup iced water

1 cup plain flour

¼ teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

Same principal applies - mix into a smooth batter, coat the fish and deep fry.

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