Feed Your Beauty - Month Seven
Lemon Tagliatelle with Caviar
by Kati Vardon
A Little Luxury in the Festive Season
I love the change of seasons. As much as I adore warm, dry weather and a long hot summer, I also enjoy the change to bright chilly days and am as excited by snow now, as I was when I was a child. Of course, I’d rather have it on a day when I don’t need to travel anywhere and where we don’t also experience a power cut! There’s something magical about going for a walk in crisp, clean snow, and heading home to a warm house with indulgent and comforting food.
This month’s recipe combines more of my favourite ingredients. Pasta is a staple in my pantry. Different colours and shapes line up along one shelf, ready to make a super speedy and tasty meal.
I have never been a huge fan of potatoes, but pasta has been my friend for decades. I find it so versatile and a wonderful carbohydrate for many, varied, meals. These days I don’t eat it as often as I used to, but I really enjoy the two or three pasta dishes I eat each month.
When selecting your pasta, you can choose between dried and fresh pasta, and refined or whole-grain versions. Whole-grain pasta is made using the entire wheat kernel so they are higher in fibre and lower in calories. They may also help you feel fuller for longer and less likely to snack than their refined counterparts. Whole-grain pasta also tends to be higher in manganese, selenium, copper, phosphorus and magnesium. Whilst, on the other hand, refined pasta tends to be higher in iron and B vitamins.
Our Lemon Tagliatelle with Caviar has virtually no preparation, has a few ingredients and is as quick to prepare as it is to eat. As with all of our recipes, you can adapt this to suit yourself. You might prefer to swap melted butter for olive oil and add some fresh chopped tomatoes to lighten the dish.
You have some powerful ingredients in the lemon and caviar. Lemons are high in antioxidant vitamin C which helps to strengthen your body’s natural defences. They protect cells from free-radicals. Read more about antioxidants and free-radicals here.
In addition to the benefits from the vitamin content, lemons have a wonderful, tart flavour and can aid digestion.
Heavenly Fish Eggs
Caviar is often either loved or hated. At first taste, it isn’t for everyone, but can quickly be acquired as a salty, fishy, morsel of bliss. I particularly like caviar during the festive period, where I might top off a smoked salmon blini or serve it atop a bread or pastry base.
Caviar contains a number of vitamins and minerals, including omega 3, which helps to promote a healthy nervous, circulatory and immune system. This fatty acid can protect arteries from hardening and lower blood pressure.
One serving of caviar provides the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin B12 for an adult. Other nutrients include vitamins A, E, B6, iron, magnesium and selenium. Caviar is high in sodium and cholesterol, so it is best enjoyed in small portions.
Where does caviar come from? Traditionally caviar referred to the roe, or eggs, from wild sturgeon found in the Caspian Sea and Black Sea, but more frequently it is used to describe the roe from a wider variety of fish, including lumpfish, salmon and trout. The most expensive caviar comes from beluga sturgeon that swim in the Caspian Sea. The eggs are large (pea size) and range from a silver-grey colour to black. Farmed sturgeon is more commonly used today with caviar produced in a large number of countries.
Salt is used to preserve the roe before packing into tins – hence the high sodium content. The caviar has a short shelf-life and must be kept refrigerated.
In the UK, we have access to inexpensive black lumpfish caviar. This is dark in colour with very small eggs. It can not be confused with the beluga variety described above. It does still have that fishy, salty flavour and is an affordable addition to the pasta dish. Lumpfish roe can be dyed so you will also see red versions.
Food within Skincare
Within skincare, lemon complex, extract and peel provide astringent properties along with a natural, citrus fragrance. Please see the list, below, for details of Pevonia products containing lemon oil/extract.
Caviar extract contains antioxidant properties which protect against free-radicals damaging the skin. The Omega 3 fatty acids within the roe aid skin rejuvenation. Caviar is also an effective moisturiser, and acts to smooth and soften the skin, to reduce the visible signs of ageing.
In the Pevonia Myoxy-Caviar® line, you will find products with caviar extract from European black sturgeon roe. To see the entire collection, please click here.
For further details on caviar as a skincare ingredient, please click here.
Within Pevonia’s natural skincare range, Lemon Peel Oil and Fruit Extract is found within:
Seaweed Exfoliating Soap (Cellulite)
Combination Skin Line
De-Ageing Spa Body Line
Oily Skin Line
Spa At Home
Spa Clinica® Pro Micro-Retinol
In addition to the Myoxy-Caviar® line, caviar is also found within the following Pevonia product:
Power Repair® Age-Correction Line
To find out more about products, treatments and ingredients and all things Pevonia, please visit www.pevonia.co.uk