News - September 10, 2009

Healthy eating al fresco

Vitamin G? I've never seen this mentioned on food labels before. Not surprising at all, since this is the name of a research programme Wageningen UR is carrying out on the link between a green living environment and health.

Olive bread
Green in the neighbourhood reduces stress and promotes social contact, according to the research findings. The air is cleaner and the environment more inviting for physical exercise. This is good news for the population of Wageningen, Velp and Leeuwarden. Even flat-dwellers have flood plains, parks or the forests at their constant disposal. If you're looking for that extra dose of something green, go for the activities organized under 'Green Month' ( throughout September. I love being in the outdoors, especially when there is something to harvest or eat. Give me a late-summer picnic instead of an excursion.
Olive bread
Preparation time: an hour

  • 225 self-rising flour

  • 4 (organic) eggs

  • 100 ml olive oil

  • 100 ml white wine

  • 100 g boiled ham (in blocks)

  • 100 g cheese, preferably Gruyère (cubed)

  • 40 deseeded olives (green and/or black)

Vegetarian: Leave out the ham and use more cheese and olives instead.
Heat the oven to 180°C. Grease a cake tin and line it with a baking sheet. Use a mixer with big kneading tools to make a dough with the flour, eggs, olive oil and wine. Stir the ham, cheese and olives into the mixture. Pour this into the baking tin and bake for 10 minutes at 180°. Reduce the heat to 170° and leave the bread in the oven for another 30 minutes till it comes loose from the sides of the tin. Let it cool down before you take it out of the tin. Slice the bread. It's delicious with coleslaw. /Arianne van Ballegooij