Thursday, September 22, 2011

Foods of Cancer

Cancer is the fourth sign of the Zodiac and one of our water signs. According to a Greek legend, the figure of the crab was placed in the sky by Hera after it was stomped on and killed by Heracles.

Cancers are said to be loyal, dependable, caring, adaptable, and responsive. They can also be moody, clingy, and self-pitying.

Foods for Cancers include tomatoes, pumpkins, pears, pineapples, kiwi fruit, milk, white fish, red and white cabbage, yogurt, cheese, lettuce, rye, and beets.

Borscht and Rye Bread

• 8 cups beef broth*
• 1 pound slice of meaty bone-in beef shank
• 1 large onion, peeled, quartered
• 4 large beets, peeled, chopped
• 4 carrots, peeled, chopped
• 1 large russet potato, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
• 2 cups thinly sliced cabbage
• 3/4 cup chopped fresh dill
• 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
• 1 cup sour cream
• Salt and pepper to taste

1 Bring 4 cups of the beef broth, the beef shank, and onion to boil in large pot. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until meat is tender, about 1 hour 30 minutes.

2 Transfer meat to work surface; trim fat, sinew and bone and discard. Chop meat; cover and chill. Cool broth slightly. Chill in pot until cold, at least 4 hours and up to 1 day.

3 Spoon fat from top of chilled broth and discard. Add remaining 4 cups broth, beets, carrots, and potato; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

4 Stir in meat, cabbage and 1/2 cup dill; cook until cabbage is tender, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in vinegar.
Ladle soup into bowls. Top with sour cream and remaining 1/4 cup dill.
Yield: Serves 6.


Rye Bread

• 1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
• 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
• 1 cup rye flour
• 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
• 1/4 cup bread flour
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 3 tablespoons dry milk powder
• 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
• 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 tablespoon caraway seed
• 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Add the yeast to the water with a pinch of sugar. Allow to bloom for a few minutes. Combine the other ingredients except the rye flour and ½ cup of the AP flour. By hand, stir in the rye flour and the rest of the AP flour to form a dough.

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 5-7 minutes, until smooth and elastic.

Place dough in an oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise until doubled, 45-60 minutes.

Punch down and turn out onto a floured surface. Shape into a loaf. Place on a greased cookie sheet, cover, and let rise a second time, 45 minutes.

Slash the top with a sharp knife. Back at 400 F for 30-35 minutes. Loaf will sound hollow when tapped.

This seems like heavy, wintery food for a sun sign, but in the summer Cancers can enjoy white fresh and fresh salads. Enjoy a salad with this meal too.

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