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Five good reasons to eat five a day? 1. They’re full of vitamins. 2. They help keep your weight down. 3. They’re a source of antioxidants. 4. They cut the risk of heart disease and some cancers. 5. They are delicious! Eating out, eating in Boost your business Restaurant reviews are a popular feature of East End Life. If you would like to advertise on this page, call our ads team on 7364 4061 Pass the peas and taste the summer This summer salad is quick and simple to make, packed full of flavor and ideal for lunch or for a light evening meal. Chickpeas are naturally low in fat, high in dietary fibre and rich in vitamins and minerals. It is a great dish to share at a barbecue on a sunny day. Chickpea and chorizo salad – serves 4 Ingredients 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp chilli flakes 1 lemon, juiced 600g tinned chickpeas, drained and rinsed 250g chorizo, skinned and diced into small cubes Method 1. Mix together oil, chilli flakes, garlic, lemon zest and juice in a large bowl. 2. Add the chickpeas, chorizo, onion, spinach, tomatoes and cucumber. Half a red onion, finely chopped 3 tbsp each of fresh coriander and parsley 250g fresh spinach leaves washed Half a cucumber, sliced 4 tomatoes, chopped 4 tbsp soured cream 3. Season, mix everything together gently, place fresh herbs on top and a spoon of soured cream. 4. Serve on a plate and enjoy, preferably with sunshine. www.5aday.nhs.uk Cut, carved or sliced, this meat is perfection BY AVARICIOUS ARCHIE WHAT’S an urbanite to do when Saturday night melts into Sunday morning and opportunities for breakfast, brunch and lunch have disappeared and dinner time is a few hours off? I know it’s one of life’s trickier conundrums. But I may have the answer for you. It comes in the shape of Raizes Restaurant and Bar. Post the World Cup and the abject failure of the hosts to carry off the title, I had avoided all things Brazilian –waxes, blow-dries, in an attempt to get over my disappointment. But this all ended with Raizes’ excellent Brazilian barbecue. The restaurant offers an a la carte selection which is a fair representation of what Brazil has to offer from coxinha (small chicken pastries), feijoada (mixed pork meat and bean stew) to all-in-one dishes such as muqueca de peixa (fish stewed with shrimp and coconut milk served with rice and salad). But, on a sunny Sunday, we opted for the a buffet and rotisserie with a selection of no less than eight meats. The buffet is worth the admission on its own – the stews and salads were delightful including a feijoada that excited the taste buds. There was a slight crunch to the rice, Meat and football on the menu at Raizes which I'm guessing was unintended but it was a buffet so I’d make a slight allowance for that. The restaurant itself was spacious and well appointed with a number of large screens beaming football from around the world. I can only imagine the type of functions that took place during the World Cup. However, the sound was turned down so it meant that if you weren’t interested in sports (it was the last day of the Glasgow games), it was not too disturbing. The waiting staff were attentive, helpful, knowledgeable and informative, which was handy as they were able to explain the menu and to serve the highlight of the day – the meat. The meat at Raizes is very good indeed. We were served excellent beef, lamb and chicken at the table, fresh off the rotisserie and cut, carved and sliced with a deftness of touch by our servers. The meat is worth a visit on its own but the general ambience and the sense of bonhomie generated by the staff also make this a place that I will visit time and again. Oh, and according to my companion, they make a mean cocktail too. Two ate and drank to bursting for just under £50. Raizes Restaurant & Bar is at 460 Hackney Road, E2. Tel: 7739 2009. 18 – 24 AUGUST 2014 N E W S F R O M TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 23


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